Youth Development


With our city and the surrounding communities neighboring the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan it is our joint mission to teach people of all ages to swim and be safe around water.

Swim Lessons

Our swim lessons use a skill-based approach designed to meet the needs of the people we serve in partnership with the Portage Best Western Plus Hotels & Suites.
Members $50/segment          Non-Members $75/segment
Each segment consits of 8, 30-minutes sessions unless otherwise noted.
Segment Offerings  
October 16 - November 8      REGISTER by October 14
November 13 -December 13 REGISTER by November 11

Swim Starters Aquatics Program
Accompanied by a parent*, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the wate and develop swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences, while parents learn about water safety, drowning prevention, and the importance of supervision.

Parent & Child (6 - 36 months)
A /  Water Discovery  
Introduces infants and toddlers to the aquatic environment

Parent & Child A
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 11:30am
B / Water Exploration  
Focuses on exploring body positions, blowing bubbles, and fundamental safety and aquatic skills.

Parent & Child B
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00am - 10:30am
11:00am - 11:30am
Swim Basics for Preschool and School-age
Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchamak skills: swim, float, swim - sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide, and exit - and jump, push, turn, grab.

All Ages (3-11 years)
1 / Water Acclimation    
Increases comfot with underwater exploration and introduces basic self-rescue skills performed with assistance.
Level 1 - All Ages Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30am -  11:00am
  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm - 4:30pm
  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:00pm
2 / Water Movement    
Encouages forward movement in the water and basic self-rescue skills performed independently.
Level 2 - All Ages Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30am - 11:00am
  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00pm - 4:30pm
  Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:00pm
3 / Water Stamina     
Develops intermediate self-rescue skills performed at longer distances than in previous stages.
Level 3 - All Ages Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm - 5:30pm
4 / Stroke Introduction  
Develop stroke technique in front crawl and back crawl and earn the breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.(40-minutes)
Level 4 - All Ages Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:20pm - 7:00pm
Private Lessons
For preschool, youth, teen, and adult.  Private Lessons are by appointment only.  Each segment consists of 8, 30-minute lessons.
Call to schedule today! 219.762.9622

 Members $80/segment          Non-Members $120/segment
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00pm or 12:30pm