Group Swim Lessons

Registration and payment can be completed online, by phone at 906-487-2073, or at the SDC Ticket Office. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver of liability and concussion awareness form prior to participation. You will receive an admission ticket to present to your instructor on the first day of class.

Knowing how to swim is an essential safety skill for kids of all ages, especially with all of our area lakes. Besides that—it’s tons of fun! It’s never too early to start—we offer classes for babies and toddlers (attended with parents), preschoolers, and six levels for youth and adults.

  • Parent/Child (6–18 months) and Parent/Child (18 months–4 years)—Increase your child’s comfort with the water and help him or her learn basic skills such as leg and arm movements and breath control.
  • Preschool—For children ages 4–5 years. Learn safe entries and exits from the water, life jacket use, and how to get help. Also learn (with support) rollovers, bubble blowing, combined arm and leg action, finning, and front and back float.
  • Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills—Learn safe entries and exits from the water, bobbing, life jacket use, and how to get help. Also learn (with minimal support) rollovers, bubble blowing, combined arm and leg action, front and back glides, floats, and treading water.
  • Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills—Learn (with no support) how to jump from the side, bob with your head completely submerged, roll over, tread water, fin, do front and back glides and floats, and recover to a stand.
  • Level 3, Stroke Development—Learn how to jump into deep water, dive from a sitting or kneeling position, and tread water for 30 seconds. You’ll also learn the front crawl; elementary backstroke; kicks for butterfly, breaststroke, and sidestroke; and safety skills.
  • Level 4, Stroke Improvement—Learn diving from a compact and stride position, open turns on front and back, treading water with two different kicks, swimming underwater, surface dives, front crawl for 25 yards, breaststroke for 15 yards, elementary backstroke for 25 yards, back crawl for 15 yards, and further safety skills and assists.
  • Level 5, Stroke Refinement—Learn the shallow dive, flip turns, and swimming all strokes for longer distances.
  • Level 6, Fitness Swimmer—Swim longer distances and learn competitive etiquette and skills, beginning-level springboard diving, and higher level self-rescue and assists.

Levels 1–6 classes are all ages 6 and up; adults are welcome.

Location

SDC Pool

The Student Development Complex lap pool and dive tank are licensed by the State of Michigan and inspected by the Western U.P. District Health Department. Accordingly, the water is analyzed and the temperature is taken daily. The temperature fluctuates between 81-87 degrees and this will depend on the pool usage, outside temperature and water flow rate. The water is replenished automatically due to water lost through splash, backwashing of sand filters and evaporation. This new cool water intake will not be 81 degrees until it is well mixed into the existing pool water.

Special Requirements

All students must have appropriate swimwear (no cutoffs or street clothes) and a towel; children under 18 months are also required to wear a swimming diaper. Students in Preschool or Level programs should bring goggles. Due to fluctuating water temperatures day to day, we advise parents to dress children in warm swim layers. Rash guard swim shirts for the upper body and fitted spandex or knit leggings for the lower body are good examples of clothing that keep the body warm but do not create excessive weight or retain water. A parent or legal guardian is required to sign a release form for all youth classes.

Fall Session 2: October 28 - December 16

Registration closes October 25. No class November 18 & 25.

Days/Times

Parent/Child - Saturday 10:15-10:45 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Preschool/Levels 1-6 - Saturday 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Cost

Parent/child $38/participant
Preschool & Levels 1-6 $50/participant


Spring Session 1: January 20 - March 3

Registration closes January 17. No class February 10.

Days/Times

Parent/Child - Saturday 10:15-10:45 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Preschool/Levels 1-6 - Saturday 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Cost

Parent/child $38/participant
Preschool & Levels 1-6 $50/participant


Spring Session 2: March 24 - April 28

Registration closes March 21.

Days/Times

Parent/Child - Saturday 10:15-10:45 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Preschool/Levels 1-6 - Saturday 10:00-10:50 a.m. OR Saturday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Cost

Parent/child $38/participant
Preschool & Levels 1-6 $50/participant


About the Aquatics Manager

Ann Hoover is a local resident of Hancock, Michigan. She is currently the Fitness and Aquatics Manager for the SDC. She has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness Management from Northern Michigan University. She has worked in many areas of health and fitness including: Personal Training, Fitness Coordinator, Spinning Coordinator, Fitness Class instructor, Running Clinic Coordinator, Health Instructor for programs such as PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) and is involved in multiple Health and Wellness committees within Michigan Tech.

Ann has an extreme passion for exercise and truly enjoys helping others improve their lifestyle to be fit, healthy and empowered! Her love for exercise keeps her active, strong and enables her to feel great about herself as a woman, mother, and professional. Her greatest passions are weight training, marathons, triathlons, and being active with her family.