Swimming Lessons and Information

The City of Livonia strives to have the best swim lesson program in the area!  We have combined the best aspects of other Learn to Swim programs into our own custom program to emphasize parent involvement, safety and small instructor to child ratios.  For more information please call (734) 466-2900.

About Swim Lesson Class Days and Times
For an up to date listing of current or upcoming swim lessons please refer to the Aquatics Section in the Parks and Recreation 
"L" Magazine for a detailed listing of class fees, days and times.  Below is a list of class levels and descriptions.  Pre-Registration is required as space is limited.   Must register online or at the Kirksey Recreation Center.  


Swim Lesson Class Descriptions
Aqua Infants
Ages 6–18 months

This is a water orientation class for parent and infant.  Goals include water adjustment, getting in/out, safety awareness, water play with toys and socialization. 

Aqua Tots
Ages 18 months–3 yrs

This is a water orientation class for parent and toddlers.  Goals include basic water readiness skills, getting in/out, safety reminders, water play with toys and equipment and group activities. 

Parent Preschool
Ages 3-5

Parents will accompany children in the water.  Goals include transitioning the child into a class without the parent present, practice of fundamental skills and safety reminders.  Lessons are designed to make learning fun.

Water Basics 
Ages 3 and up
No prerequisites.  This is a water orientation class without a parent present.  Goals include comfort in the water, going underwater, basic swimming propulsion and safety reminders.  Lessons are designed to make learning fun.

Yellow Group   Ages 3 and up
Prerequisite: Must be able to put whole head under water. Goals include floating on front and back, basic swimming propulsion with flotation aides and safety reminders.

Red Group
Ages 3 and up 
No skill prerequisites.  Goals include comfort in the water, body position, basic swimming propulsion and safety reminders.  Lessons are designed to make learning fun.

White Group

Prerequisites: Swim front crawl and back crawl one width (15 ft.) of the leisure pool.   The main goal of this class will be mastering breathing for front crawl.  This class will also cover introductions to the breaststroke, sidestroke and possible the elementary backstroke and the butterfly if time is available.

Star Group

Prerequisites: 2 length (50 yards) of the pool front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly with one minute of rest permitted between strokes. This is a technique and drill based class. Taught in the Lap Pool.

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Important Aquatic Area Rules
  • Youth 11 and under must be directly supervised by a responsible person at least 16 years of age.  Non-swimmers must have an adult in the pool within arms reach at all times.
  • Avoid water activities if you have had diarrhea or a contagious disease in the past two weeks.
  • Showers are required before entering the pool.
  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear tight fitting plastic pants over a cloth or swim diaper.
  • An appropriate bathing suit is required for swimming, please no tee shirts, or street clothes in the water.
  • Lazy River and Water Slide riders under 48” tall must be accompanied by a parent or responsible person at least 16 years.
  • Lap Swim -You may need to share your lane with other swimmers.  Remember to circle swim, always staying to the right side.
  • Only lifejackets OR floatation devices built into the bathing suit are allowed (non-inflatable). The use of these items requires parent/guardian to be within arms reach of the youth at all times.  Toys may not be brought into or used in the pools.
  • Food/drink not permitted in the pool area.  Plastic water bottles only.  Gum is prohibited.