Aquatics

With Lap Swimming, Swim Lessons, Water Aerobics, and Family Swims the BAC pool is one of the hottest places to be in Whatcom County! Contact aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com if you have questions.

Lap Swim

If you swim laps, you can keep track of your mileage and earn T-shirts. T-shirts are awarded at 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles, and every 100 miles thereafter up to 1000 miles. Want to make sure there's space in the pool for your workout? Members are welcome to reserve the lane on the far right side of the pool during select times. Reserve online with our web portal or give us a call!

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons are available for anyone ages 6 months to adult. Lessons are taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please see the Current Swim Lessons for our current swim session and prices.

We also offer private semi-private lessons. Call the Aquatics Director or Cordata Front Desk at (360) 676-1800 for prices or to sign up.

Swim Team

The goal of our swim team is to transition students into swimming as a competitive sport. This is a learning based program intended to prep students for swimming in high school or a similar club team (tryouts available).

Aqua Aerobics

Get a great cardio low-impact workout in the water! Great for all abilities and fitness levels.

Aqua Zumba

Looking for a water aerobics class with a twist? Try out Aqua Zumba! It is a fast-paced, body-toning water workout that combines the rhythm of a traditional Zumba class with the increased resistance in the pool.

Swim Lessons are available for anyone ages 6 months to adult. Prices vary per session.  We also offer private and semi private lessons. Contact aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com or Cordata Front Desk at (360) 676-1800 for prices or to sign up.  

If your student is currently enrolled in our program, please place them according to their previous level. We will be assessing and adjusting on the first day of lessons, but if you would prefer to have an independent assessment, please contact Brittany at aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com to set up a placement test. Note: These are the required skills to pass each level, not entrance skills.

Angelfish: For those age 6 mo-3 years

  • This is a Parent-Child aquatics class, focused on water adjustment and enjoyment!
  • You will learn how to hold your child in the water, practice survival skills and play games aimed at providing a positive first experience in the pool

Beluga: For those age 3 years +

  • For students who have never had lessons before
  • Focus on head & face submersion, bubbles through mouth & nose 5 seconds
  • Introduction to crawl stroke, front and back floats, & elementary backstroke (w/assistance)
  • Introduction to jumps & water safety

Starfish: For those age 7+ and just starting out

  • Meant for beginners - this is our youth beginner class! This class is for those who are a little older and just starting out - they may have some fears of the water, may or may not be comfortable putting their face under, and may or may not have had swim lessons before. For this level, the focus is on getting students adjusted for more advanced levels and becoming comfortable with the curriculum.
  • Students will learn:
    • Water adjustment and comfort (how to relax in the water)
    • Swimming 10-20 ft on own
    • Kicking with board
    • Ice Cream Scoops with rollover breathing
    • Elementary backstroke
    • Floating
    • Treading water
    • Essential Safety Skills

Clownfish: For those who have passed Beluga

  • Focus on transitioning from swimming with assistance to unassisted skills – by the end of the level they will be swimming 15-20 feet on their own
  • Effective crawl stroke and kicks
  • Front and back glide
  • Front & back floats w/ recovery (10-15 seconds)
  • Introduction to dolphin kick

Dolphin: For those who have passed Clownfish

  • Focus on increased distance and endurance – They will be swimming full lengths on a regular basis
  • Development of freestyle (crawl stroke) technique & side breathing
  • Introduction to backstroke
  • Effective glide w/kick – on stomach, back, and dolphin
  • Introduction to treading water
  • Introduction to side stroke

Flounder: For those who have passed Dolphin

  • Distance: They will be swimming 3-5 lengths on a regular basis
  • Refine freestyle and backstroke
  • Introduction to breaststroke
  • Underwater glide w/ dolphin kick
  • Tread water (40-60 seconds)

Jellyfish: For those who have passed Flounder

  • Distance: 6-8 lengths
  • Refine freestyle, backstroke & breaststroke
  • Introduction to butterfly
  • Introduction to flip turns
  • Side stroke
  • Introduction to yardage & competitive swimming skills

Manatee: For those who have passed Jellyfish

  • Distance: 12 lengths
  • Refine freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
  • 100 yards freestyle w/flip turns
  • Introduction to backstroke flipturns
  • Introduction to IM order
  • Competitive swimming skills including time clock, starts, turns, & finishes

Swim Team: For those who have passed Manatee (tryouts available)

  • Refine all 4 strokes
  • Competitive swimming skills
  • Introduction to race starts, turns & finishes
  • Refine flipturns & streamlines
  • Drills to develop technique, endurance and speed
  • The goal of our swim team is to transition students into swimming as a competitive sport. This is a learning based program intended to prep students for swimming in high school or a similar club team.

Swim Lessons

Q. Do I need to pay when I sign up or can I pay on the first day of class?
A. In order to reserve your spot, payment is due at the time of sign up. If payment is not made during registration, you will be placed on the waiting list. If the class fills up before you make a payment for your lessons, you may need to find a class with open slots at a different time.

Q. Do I need to get in the water with my child?
A. If your child is under the age of three and has never done swim lessons before, we offer a parent child swim class in which the parent does get in the water with the child. If the child is over the age of three, they are placed in a class with an instructor and other children who have the same skills, and the parent does not need to be in the water.

Q. My child can swim, but I don’t know which level to put him or her in?
A. The swim levels are posted on our website with the corresponding skills taught in that level. If your child can do the skills listed in a particular level, then they should be placed in the next level up. If you’re unsure, give us a call! Any of our instructing staff can place students in the appropriate level.

Q. How do I know my child is in the correct swim class level?
A. The first day of class is designed to assess the skills of the children in the class. If we think your child would benefit more from a different class, the Aquatics Director will notify you after the first day and your child will be placed in the class they will be most successful in.

Q. How big are your classes?
A. The maximum number of students to one instructor is 5. For Angelfish and Swim Team, the maximum number of students to one instructor is 12.

Q. This session has already started; can I still sign my child up?
A. Yes, if there is a class with open space, we will gladly accept sign-ups after the session has started.

Q. Can I request that a class be offered at a specific time?
A. Yes, you may request a class if you have a specific time that you would like a class to be offered. The Aquatics Director does his or her best to schedule the class at the times requested, but if due to availability, the class cannot be scheduled when requested, it will be offered within 30 minutes of the requested time (either 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after the time requested).

Q. When are your swim lessons?
A. Our swim lessons are Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually run in 4-week sessions of 8 lessons. We have morning (10-12), afternoon (3:30-5:30), and evening (6:00-8:00) times so you can come when it’s most convenient for you. Classes are 30 minutes long and begin every half hour.

Q. Do you have swim lessons on other days of the week besides Tuesdays and Thursdays?
A. We do not. Our swim lessons are only on Tuesdays and Thursdays as of right now. However, private swim lessons can be scheduled at any time throughout the week (as long as the pool is not in use for another program or class)."

Q. Can I just sign up for one day a week (Tuesday OR Thursday)?
A. Yes. If we have spots available in a class, you may sign up for just one day a week and pay a per class rate. The price per class for non-members is $9, for children of members is $8, and for members is $7.

Q. Do you prorate the price if I miss a class?
A. We are able to pro-rate lessons if you know about the absence at the time of registration! The pro-rated cost is $9/lesson for non-members, $8/lesson for children of members, and $7/lesson for members. However, if you do not tell us about the absence at the time of registration, or if your student gets sick and is not able to make it to their lesson, we are not able to provide a refund.

Q. Where can I find a schedule of the classes offered?
A. We post schedules for swim lessons on our website on a monthly basis! Want to keep updated without having to check the website? Just email the Aquatics Director at aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com and ask to be put on our email list! We send out an email blast once a month with the new schedule.

Q. When will the Aquatics Director be in the club so I can talk to him or her?
A. The Aquatics Director’s hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm, and 3pm-8pm. You can reach him or her during these times or leave a voicemail message if he or she is not available. The aquatics voicemail is checked multiple times a week and your call will be returned promptly. You can also feel free to email at aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com at any time.

Q. Do you offer private swim lessons?
A. Yes, we offer private swim lessons at a rate of $25 per half hour for non-members and $20 per half hour for members. We can also offer semi-private or group private lessons! Just give us a call at (360) 676-1800 to submit a private lesson request.

Q. When are the times I can schedule a private swim lesson?
A. Private swim lesson times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 3-5 and 7-8:30; Saturday from 10:30-12, 3-5, and 6-8:30; and Sunday from 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8:30. However, private lessons can be scheduled at any time that the instructor is available and there are no other conflicting activities in the pool.

Q. I need to cancel or reschedule my private lesson, how do I get a hold of the instructor?
A. Instructors will schedule private lessons with you individually, so they will give you their contact information when they call you to schedule. If you do not have the instructor’s contact information, please email (aquatics@bellinghamathelticclub.com) or call the front desk and they will notify the instructor for you. NOTE: The front desk CANNOT give out instructor’s contact information for any reason.

Q. The class I want to sign up for is full, will another class be opened?
A. If we are able to staff an additional class and there are two or more people on the waiting list, we will open up another class for that time.

Q. I put in a private swim lesson request and I have not heard back yet.
A. Private swim lessons are scheduled based on the instructor’s availabilities. The Aquatics Director has to find an instructor who is available during the requested time, which may take a week or two. If it has been more than two weeks, the Aquatics Director will call you with an update.

Q. How big is your pool?
A. Our pool is 50 feet long and 30 feet wide. The shallowest point is 3 feet and the deepest point is 4 feet.

Q. What is the temperature of your pool?
A. We keep our pool between 84 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Swim Team

Q. Who can join swim team?
A. BAC accepts any swimmer who passes the tryout test, or swimmers who have successfully completed manatee skills. This is an introductory swim team where students will learn to view swimming as a sport, rather than fun activity. They will learn the official USA swimming rules & standards, stroke improvement, flip turns, starts, time clock and many other necessary swimming skills.

Q. What are the pre-requisites?
A. Tryout Test: Swimmers must complete at least 3 lengths of each stroke (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), complete at least 1 flip turn on stomach & back, swimmers must be able to complete 12 lengths of freestyle or backstroke, and demonstrate basic knowledge of swimming skills (ex floats, glides, side breathing, treading water, etc). All ages are welcome, as this is a skill based program aimed at education and fun! OR Swimmers who have completed the “Manatee” level of our learn-to-swim program and can demonstrate those skills.

Q. When can my student take the tryout test?
A. Tryout testing will take place during regular swim team time, from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Or make arrangements with the aquatics director via email (aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com).

Q. How much does swim team cost?
A. Swim team will cost $65/month for non-members, $60/month for child of member, $55/month for members.

Q. How many times per week will swim team run?
A. Since our program is young, we will be running on Tuesday and Thursday nights only. However, as we pick up momentum, we will be looking to expand our program. Stay tuned!

Q. What time is swim team practice?
A. Swim team will run from 5:30-6:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Q. Is it competitive?
A. Our program is currently aimed at an introduction to swimming as a sport. In this respect, we will be training our swimmers to compete. At this point, the focus will be on learning competitive swimming skills. Additional questions, contact aquatics@bellinghamathleticclub.com.

Family Swim Hours

by BAC Staff on November 7, 2019

Now that the rain is starting and fall sports are winding down, you may be looking for indoor activities to do during the week with your children. Our indoor, heated pool is a great place to burn some energy and get some exercise! Our trained and friendly lifeguards are there to keep an eye on and interact with your family. We offer several family swim times throughout the week. AND, if your child is at least 6 years old or has passed the swim test, you can even drop them off and go work out or run to the store!

 

Our family swim hours are below:
MONDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
WEDNESDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
FRIDAY 3:30-5:00 PM & 7:00-8:30 PM
SATURDAY 3:00-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:30 PM
SUNDAY 3:00-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:30 PM

Categories: *Current News & Events, Aquatics

Swim Lessons

by BAC Staff on October 24, 2019

Our next swim lessons begin on October 29th for 4 weeks / 8 lessons.  There will be no classes on Halloween, but there are plenty of events for the kids that whole week, so check it out.

In other exciting news, this fall, we have been offering our Angelfish class at 5:30 in the evening with Sydney McDonald as the instructor. This class is for parents and their children who are too young for group lessons, from 6 months to 3 years. Sydney has been teaching swimming lessons for 15 years and is really gifted in her role. She loves helping to give students of all ages confidence in the water, and really celebrates when they learn to swim on their own. If you’ve been thinking about doing a parent and child class in the water, this is the perfect time! Our next session starts on October 29th!

Press here for current Swim Lessons Schedule details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

Categories: *Current News & Events, Aquatics, Kids

Water Aerobic Update

by BAC Staff on October 1, 2019

Carrie Vike-Hillary, our beloved Wednesday instructor, is taking an extended leave of absence from teaching. Her life is now full—traveling and enjoying time with her family. I am delighted for her, but she will be hard to replace.

Cathy, Jeri and I are working diligently to interview and hire instructors that will be a good fit for everyone in Carrie’s absence. During this time of transition, I am asking for your usual patience, kindness, and grace with our new instructors. I know change can be difficult, but I am confident we can build a loyal, dedicated team again.

Here is the current schedule for September and October.

– Gayle will be subbing Monday, Sept. 23, Wednesday, Sept. 25, and Monday, Sept. 29

– Victoria will be teaching on Mondays in October. I will introduce her on Friday, October 4th.

– Toni will be teaching Wednesdays in October.

All for now. I will keep you updated as soon as I have news to share.

Jill Robertson

Categories: Aquatics, News

Swim Lessons

by BAC Staff on September 29, 2019

Lindsay Williams

My name is Lindsay Williams and I am the new Aquatics Director at BAC! I am a native of Whatcom County, growing up in Ferndale. I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Communication. Some of you may be familiar with my mom, Jill Robertson, who has taught water aerobics at the club most of my life. I hear she is a staple around here, especially with her costumes.

I started working as a lifeguard in the summers at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club in 1997 when I was in high school. Eventually, I began teaching swim lessons and have grown to love helping children get over their fear of water and become competent swimmers. While working other jobs when I was newly married, I found ways to continue to teach lessons. In 2009, I became the Assistant Aquatics Director at the Country Club. Since then, every summer I trained their staff, organized over 2,000 swimmers into classes, and help run a hugely successful and popular swim lesson program.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you! Our next lessons are October 1st – 24th (4 weeks/ 8 Lessons). 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.

Categories: Aquatics

BAC Welcomes New Aquatics Director!

by BAC Staff on September 28, 2019

Lindsay WilliamsMy name is Lindsay Williams and I am the new Aquatics Director at BAC! I am a native of Whatcom County, growing up in Ferndale. I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Communication. Some of you may be familiar with my mom, Jill Robertson, who has taught water aerobics at the club most of my life. I hear she is a staple around here, especially with her costumes.

I started working as a lifeguard in the summers at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club in 1997 when I was in high school. Eventually, I began teaching swim lessons and have grown to love helping children get over their fear of water and become competent swimmers. While working other jobs when I was newly married, I found ways to continue to teach lessons. In 2009, I became the Assistant Aquatics Director at the Country Club. Since then, every summer I trained their staff, organized over 2,000 swimmers into classes, and help run a hugely successful and popular swim lesson program.

My husband, Brett, and I are getting ready to celebrate 16 years of marriage this fall. We have 3 children: Jack is 10, Maelle is almost 7, and Carys is 3 1/2. We often wonder what we did for entertainment before we had kids as they are constantly making us laugh. We love playing games together, watching movies, going for walks (especially to Starbucks!), and just spending time together. We also enjoy rooting on our beloved Seahawks and were just able to attend our first UW football game as a family.

All three of our kids have been in and around the water their entire lives. Because of this, they are all-natural swimmers and very confident in the water. Our youngest actually passed the swim test this summer—swimming across the shallow end and back without touching the bottom. Our oldest has one of the most beautiful breaststrokes I have ever seen. And my sweet middle girl has made friends with every swimmer, instructor, and lifeguard at the pool. I really love being a mom and taking pride and joy in my children. Although, they do occasionally drive me crazy.

My biggest encouragement for families with young children is to expose them to water at an early age. Not only playing and splashing in the bath but also finding ways to get in a pool with them. It’s so much easier when they’re young and haven’t quite formed their own opinions. But, if you or your child haven’t spent much time around water, it is never too late to learn. I’ve had the opportunity to teach all ages of beginners, even adults, and it’s admirable and encouraging. I enjoy building trust with my students and pushing them to their full potential while being gentle and firm. There’s a lot of fun to be had in and around the water! I’m looking forward to building on my experiences here at BAC!

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Lindsay Williams
Lindsay Williams
Aquatics Director

Lindsay was born and raised in Whatcom County. She is a graduate of Western Washington University where she earned a BA in Communication. She started working during the summers at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club as a lifeguard and swim instructor when she was in high school…and never left. She has over 20 years of aquatics experience and over 10 years of management experience. Her passion is to help kids learn to enjoy the water and become competent swimmers while having fun and being safe.

When she is not at the BAC, her life is spent with her husband, Brett, and their 3 kids: Jack, Maelle, and Carys. They love to do things together as a family, whether it be walking to Starbucks, playing games or watching movies. All 3 of her children have spent their whole lives in and around the water and have no idea water can be dangerous, much to the lifeguard’s chagrin—although Lindsay believes bringing her children to the pool is a great way to train her staff, especially her youngest, who is very good at pushing boundaries.

Dakota Bernsten
Dakota Bernsten
Aquatics Instructor

Favorite stroke: Backstroke
About me: I have been swimming for twelve years, competitively for six. I’m seeking a degree at Western Washington University, where I am studying communications and journalism. I love to write, read, and play music, I’ve played the French horn for eight years!

Shea Davis
Shea Davis
Aquatics Instructor

Favorite Stroke: Butterfly
About me: I am studying pre-med at Western Washington University, with the goal of becoming a fetal surgeon. Before coming to BAC, I taught swim lessons for several years in my hometown, and found that I enjoy it a lot! Here’s a fun fact for you: I am the middle child of seven.