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 $10, for children of members is $9, and for members is $8.

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 $10/lesson for non-members, $9/lesson for children of members, and $8/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 $30 per half hour for non-members and $25 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 $70/month for non-members, $65/month for child of member, $60/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.

Before & After

by BAC Staff on May 22, 2020

Categories: Aquatics

We’re very excited to see the pool filling back up!

by BAC Staff on May 20, 2020
Categories: Aquatics

At least someone can swim at the club!

by BAC Staff on May 18, 2020

Categories: Aquatics

Five Swimming Drills to Build Muscle, Drop Weight, and Give Your Joints a Break

by BAC Staff on March 20, 2020

by Lindsay Williams, Aquatics Director

1. Kick Drills

Hold a kickboard in front of your body at arm’s length. Tighten your core muscles while you kick across the length of a pool. Try these alternate kicks to target different muscle groups:

  • Flutter Kick: Legs are extended straight back, in line with your body, as you kick them up and down.
  • Frog Kick: Bend your knees and bring your feet together, drawing your legs up toward your body (like a frog’s). Next, straighten your legs as far as you can, and then quickly bring them back up again.
  • Butterfly Kick: Bring your legs together completely from your thighs to your feet. Point your toes. Use your hips to kick your legs, keeping them together, acting as a fin to push through the water.

Swimmers should complete 150 meters of kicking.

2. Breaststroke and Butterfly Drill

Full body strokes like the butterfly and breaststroke engage your core muscles and improve endurance and speed.

Swimmers should complete 10 25-meter swims with 15-second rest intervals between each.

3. Water Running

This exercise provides the high-intensity cardio aspect of running without the punishing impact of striking on a hard surface. Essentially, you run through the water just as you would outdoors. The water should be just below your neck, your back should be straight, your arms should be bent at the elbow, and your hands balled into fists as you pump them through the water. Run as hard as you can.

Do 3 rounds of 5-minute running intervals.

4. Leg and Core Toners

Stand with your back against the side of the pool, and your arms extended backward holding the edge of the pool on each side. Then, pull your legs up toward the surface, keeping them together until they’re extended straight out in front of you. Next, move your legs outward to a V-position and then back together. Keep them together, and move back down to the starting position. Keep your movements controlled, engaging your abs and glutes to complete each motion.

Continue pulling them up, out, in and down for 3 sets of 20 reps.

5. Water Crunches

Float in the water on your back perpendicular to the side of the pool. Put your legs, from the knees up, on the deck of the pool, while the remainder of your body is flat in the water. Use your abdominal muscles to pull your upper body up out of the water as far as you can. Use your muscles again to lower your body back into the water.

Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

Categories: Aquatics

Swim Lessons

by BAC Staff on February 27, 2020

Our next swim lessons begin on March 3 for 5 weeks / 8 lessons (no lessons the week of March 23).

Press here for current Swim Lessons Schedule details and pricing.

Press here to go to the Aquatic Page.

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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.

Austin Clark
Austin Clark
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Austin is from Onalaska, WA and moved to Bellingham for college. He graduated with a degree in Biology and Chemistry and is pursuing a job in health care. He swam competitively for Western Washington University for four years. He loves reading books or going to the movies on his days off.

Erin Vopalensky
Erin Vopalensky
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Erin is from Spokane, WA. She’s a junior at WWU studying Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish. She swam for the club for 15 years and for a year in college at Mt. St. Mary’s University. She has taught lessons for 2 years. She loves to hang out with her friends and watch Disney+ in her downtime.

Hanna Johnson
Hanna Johnson
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Hanna is from Mill Creek, WA. She swam for four years in high school and is now studying Elementary Education at WWU. In her time off, she likes to bike, swim, hike, draw or play Mario Kart.

Isaac McCoy
Isaac McCoy
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Isaac is from Puyallup, WA and is studying Math in Elementary Education at WWU. He swam on the swim team and played water polo for 3 years while in high school. His favorite stroke is the butterfly. He loves a good burger from Boomers and reads or watches Netflix when he has time.

Jaycob Davies
Jaycob Davies
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Jaycob is from Tacoma, WA and is earning his geology degree at WWU. He has been on a swim team for more than 14 years and started coaching when he was a sophomore in high school.

Riley Binsacca
Riley Binsacca
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Riley is from Sammamish, WA and is a sophomore at WWU with plans to study Kinesiology. He has been teaching swim lessons for two and a half years and really enjoys working with kids. His hobbies include baseball, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.

Shea Davis
Shea Davis
Lifeguard / Aquatics Instructor

Shea is from Oak Harbor, WA. She goes to WWU and is studying political science and philosophy. Her goal is to become a prosecuting attorney.