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Cardinal Aquatics Program

The Cardinal Aquatics Program provides swimming lessons for preschool through adults. Our courses are taught by certified instructors.

Courses take place in the Gerstacker Regional Aquatic Center, the premier aquatic center of the Great Lakes Bay Region located within the Ryder Center. Class participants have access to men's, women's and family locker-rooms, fully equipped with showers and other amenities.

Course Descriptions:

Preschool Aquatics—3-5 years: Gives young children a positive, developmentally appropriate learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and foundational swimming concepts. Skills are age appropriate, helping participants achieve success on a regular basis while in a class environment with peers.

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and enjoy water safety. Fundamental skills such as floating and basic locomotion are taught along with an introduction to water safety.  These classes are offered Fall and Winter only

Learn to Swim Levels 1-6—6 years and older: Based on a logical, six level progression that helps swimmers 6+ years old and adults develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills. It is designed to give participants a positive learning experience.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills - Helps participants feel comfortable in the water

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills- Gives participants success with fundamental skills

Level 3: Stroke Development- Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided

practice in deeper water

 Level 4: Stroke Improvement- Develops confidence in skills learned and improves

other aquatic skills

Level 5: Stroke Refinement- Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes

Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency



Classes Offered:

Group Swim Lessons                                                                        










Learn to Swim (lvls 1-3)

Learn to Swim (lvls 4-6)


Learn to Swim (lvls 4-6)

Learn to Swim (lvls 1-3)








Summer I                   June 5 - June 28                  Registration closes:   June 2

Summer II                 July 17 - August 9                Registration closes:   July 14


Lesson Fee: $45.00     SVSU Staff/Faculty/Student $40.00


A $5.00 late fee will be charged per child for enrollments after the registration deadline.

Register online at

or at the South Fitness Center Desk of the Ryder Center.  For questions contact Megan Will 989-964-7326

 Semi-Private & Private Lessons - Times, dates, and fees to be set by instructor. Call (989) 964-7326 for more information.