Swim Lessons

I hope you are all enjoying your spring break! We just finished the makeup lesson day and are looking forward to another busy round of lessons. To that end, we have added a few classes to our schedule. In addition to the previously scheduled classes, we have added a few extra, since we are welcoming two new teachers to our staff. If you see Miles or Grace around the pool, feel free to introduce yourself and your kiddos! Take a look at the new and improved schedule below – the classes highlighted in purple are new.

April 9th – May 2nd (4 weeks/8 Lessons)
May 7 – 30th (4 weeks/8 Lessons)

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:30pm, & 6:00pm-8:00pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:30 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as private lessons to meet your personal fitness goals.

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for current Swim Lessons Schedule details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

Makeup Swim Lesson Thursday!

Bellingham Athletic Club - Bellingham SwimmingSince we have had so many weather cancellations this year, we have decided to offer a makeup lesson day! This will take place during spring break, on Thursday (4/4). Since the kids are out of school, we are offering morning and afternoon time slots for lessons. Please give us a call at (360) 676-1800 to sign up! We want to know who will be attending so that we can plan instruction accordingly. This lesson does not cost anything, but one of your pre-existing weather/other credits will be used.

We are also offering extra family swims throughout the week from 10-12, so if you have a family swim pass you haven’t used yet, come play with us! April is Aquatics Month at BAC, so stay tuned for more fun events around the pool.

Press here for the Make-Up Day schedule.

Swim Lessons

Spring is finally here! We are excited about the change in weather, and to celebrate this shift to the great outdoors, we are highlighting our Aquatics Department for the month of April! To that end, we are running a few extra events and promotions:

Free Trials for Swim Lesson Families: if you sign your kids up for swim lessons this month, grab a free week trial pass from the front desk! BAC is a great place for families who like to stay fit together – we have everything from Basketball to Racquetball to classes and kid-friendly programs.

Introducing: Angelfish II: We have had quite a few students come into the program that is in a strange, in-between levels kind of place. They are too independent in the water for a full-fledged Angelfish class, but may not be cognitively ready to listen and learn for a full 30 minutes independently with an instructor. Angelfish II is designed for those kids between the ages of 2 – 3 who fall into this category!

  • Students will start in the water with a parent for the first few lessons, and as they become more comfortable with the instructors, they will transition into spending more time with their teacher and less time with their parent. This gives us an opportunity to ease the transition between being with a parent and without. For example, a student who is particularly comfortable in the pool may only spend 2 or 3 lessons with the parent in the water the whole time, and then on 4th lesson, the parent would get out of the water after 20 minutes. If they’re still comfortable, on the 5th lesson, the parent may leave after 15 minutes, etc. Of course, this is a moving scale and will be customized to the comfort of your child.
  • We are running this class in the mornings, from 11:30-12:00! As our instructors become trained for this course, we will offer it in the evening as well.
  • Because of the introduction of this level, all students between the age of 2-3 must sign up for an Angelfish class, either I or II. We can no longer make an exception for students under the age of 3 to be in a Beluga class. This is for their safety! If you have any questions about this, please reach out via email or talk to me during lessons. I am happy to make recommendations for individual students.

Finally, we are offering a makeup lesson day next week! Many of you will be out of town, and therefore still eligible for a credit for any missed classes, but if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, we will run a makeup day on Thursday (4/4). I’ll release a lesson schedule for the exact classes for the makeup day this week, so stay tuned on updates there.

April 9th – May 2nd (4 weeks/8 Lessons)
May 7 – 30th (4 weeks/8 Lessons)

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:30pm, & 6:00pm-8:00pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:30 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as private lessons to meet your personal fitness goals.

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for current Swim Lessons details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

Swim-a-Thon Fitness Challenge

Did you know that we are going to be running a Swim-A-Thon Fitness Challenge in April? In this event, we are encouraging members to swim a distance of their choice: 100 yds (6 lengths), 200 yds (12 lengths, or 500 yds (30 lengths). Participating is easy since our staff will take your times, accurate to the one-hundredth of a second. This can be useful if you’re training for a race, triathlon, or you just want to see what you’re capable of! It will be open to all members, so if you would like to challenge yourself to see how fast you can swim any stroke, sign up to participate!

Swim Team Interest?

Is my swimmer ready for Swim Team? The first thing you should know about BAC’s Swim Team program is that we are focused on progress – we want to improve our swimmers’ strength, speed, endurance, and technique. All aspects are important to achieving progress in this complex and rewarding sport. However, we do not classify ourselves as a “competitive” program! This means we don’t compete with other teams and are not enrolled in the USA swimming program. Should we get enough support, we would be happy to look into this possibility, but for now we are focused on the technical aspects. In practice, we aim to teach proper swimming technique, lap swimming etiquette, and basic competitive rules (in case they would like to swim competitively in the future). Swimming can be a great sport for kids to learn goal-setting and teamwork, as it is a sport that is both individually focused (each student sets their goals based on their own pacing) and group-oriented (swimmers work together during Relay races). Each student sets their own goals for times, and once a month we run a “mock meet” to test their improvement! Still sound fun? Well, if your student is interested in trying out Swim Team, they must know these basic skills:

  • Swim 3 lengths each of all 4 stokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle) OR swim a 200yd IM (individual Medley).
  • Know flipturns on Front (freestyle) and Back (Backstroke) – Swim at least 200yds (12 lengths) Freestyle and Backstroke.
  • Want to know more about swimming as a sport!

 
Come check out Swim Team on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6PM! We are happy to administer tryouts, answer questions or just give information about this cool sport.

Take a look a the list of upcoming sessions:
February 5th – 28th ($65/ 60/ 55)
March 5th – 28th ($65/ 60/ 55)
April 9th – May 2nd ($65/ 60/ 55)
May 7th – 30th ($65/ 60/ 55)