Community Pool

Lessons and Classes

Contact Information

Lynn VanAntwerp
Pool Director

231-526-4824 (office)
231-881-5429 (text only)
lvanantwerp@harborps.org

Harbor Springs High School
500 N. Springs St.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740

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Special in person swim lesson registration/skills day September 24th 9-11.

Please bring your child ready to swim. Online registration will be 9/26-10/7. All classes will be held on Saturdays starting October 15. The Only exception will be Parent Tot on Wednesday evenings starting October 12.

The Harbor Springs Community Pool offers swimming lessons throughout the year.

We also offer scholarships to assist with the finances of swim lessons. Please contact pool director, Lynn Van Antwerp, for more information! 

During the school year, the Community Pool has a fall, winter and spring session. These classes meet once a week for 8 weeks, and are held in the mornings, evenings, and Saturday mornings. Parent-Tot classes are designed to introduce your children, who are 6 months – 4 years old, to water as a fun environment with the comfort and security of the parent at their side. Pre-school classes are 30 minutes long and are geared to the 4 – 6 year old child. Classes are limited to 5 students. Your child must be at least 36 inches tall.  The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program classes are 45 minutes long and geared towards children 6 and older.  

Offered Courses

*Note: Not all classes in this list are available year-round. Only classes that are still open appear in eFunds. When a class gets filled, it no longer will appear on the eFunds menu.

Parent-Tot Classes

You can never start too soon when it comes to your child learning how to swim. Our Parent-Tot classes are designed to introduce your children, who are 6 months – 4 years old, to water as a fun environment with the comfort and security of the parent at their side.

Hello Parents!!  Thank you for signing your child up for swim lessons at the Harbor Springs community pool. In doing so, you have given them a start on being safe and knowledgeable in and around water.  To ensure an effective and safe learning environment, listed below are a few things to remember:

  • Arrive approximately 10 minutes early to have your child change into their swim suit and shower.  Showering helps to prevent the spread of water-borne illness, as well as helping to keep their skin healthy.
  • Make sure to express any concerns, goals, disabilities or cues that may help and/or hinder your child’s learning to the WSI (Water Safety Instructor) so that together a pattern of learning can be established.
  • Once you have observed the first lesson, please help with the efficient of subsequent lessons and observe from a distance, so as not to distract your child’s learning.  You are encouraged to return for the final lesson to observe your child’s progress.
  • Although the water is at a controlled temperature, there is still a chance your child may get chilled during lessons.  Please consider warmer swimming attire such as one-piece bathing suits or swim shirts.
  • To protect the privacy of other children, please do not take photos or videos of lessons.
  • Practicing difficult skills outside of lessons is strongly encouraged. Please use our to find recreational swim times or ask our instructors. 

Thank you for these considerations. If you have any questions please call the pool office at (231) 526-4824 or email me at lness@harborps.org

Pre-School Swim Lessons

Puddle Jumpers is the entry-level course for children 4-5 years old. Your child has little or no experience in the water.

Preschool 1 Puddle Jumpers.pdf

Water Bugs is the next level for your child who is 4-5 years old. Your child must be able to go under water, blow bubbles, and be able to float on their stomach with support.

Preschool 2 Waterbugs.pdf

Sea Serpents is the final level for your child who is 4-5 years old. Your child must be able to float on their front and back without support for 5 seconds, jump into the water, and kick on their front and back with support.

Preschool 3 Sea Serpents.pdf

Summer sessions (8 classes) Harbor Springs School District

$55 for Residents
$65 for Non-District Residents

The Preschool Level 1 through 3 classes are 30 minutes long.

Each class is limited to 5 students per class. If your child is 4 years or older and has no swimming skills, register for Preschool Level 1. 

Parents are strongly encouraged to observe the first and last class only!

Hello Parents!!  Thank you for signing your child up for swim lessons at the Harbor Springs community pool. In doing so, you have given them a start on being safe and knowledgeable in and around water.  To ensure an effective and safe learning environment, listed below are a few things to remember:

  • Arrive approximately 10 minutes early to have your child change into their swim suit and shower.  Showering helps to prevent the spread of water-borne illness, as well as helping to keep their skin healthy.
  • Make sure to express any concerns, goals, disabilities or cues that may help and/or hinder your child’s learning to the WSI (Water Safety Instructor) so that together a pattern of learning can be established.
  • Once you have observed the first lesson, please help with the efficient of subsequent lessons and observe from a distance, so as not to distract your child’s learning.  You are encouraged to return for the final lesson to observe your child’s progress.
  • Although the water is at a controlled temperature, there is still a chance your child may get chilled during lessons.  Please consider warmer swimming attire such as one-piece bathing suits or swim shirts.
  • To protect the privacy of other children, please do not take photos or videos of lessons.
  • Practicing difficult skills outside of lessons is strongly encouraged. Please use our to find recreational swim times or ask our instructors. 

Thank you for these considerations. If you have any questions please call the pool office at (231) 526-4824 or email me at lness@harborps.org

American Red Cross Swim Lessons

The Level 1 through 6 classes are 45 minutes long. Each class is limited to 8 students per class. If your child is 6 years or older and has no swimming skills, register for Level 1.  
Parents are strongly encouraged to observe the first and last class!

Hello Parents!!  Thank you for signing your child up for swim lessons at the Harbor Springs community pool. In doing so, you have given them a start on being safe and knowledgeable in and around water.  To ensure an effective and safe learning environment, listed below are a few things to remember:

  • Arrive approximately 10 minutes early to have your child change into their swim suit and shower.  Showering helps to prevent the spread of water-borne illness, as well as helping to keep their skin healthy.
  • Make sure to express any concerns, goals, disabilities or cues that may help and/or hinder your child’s learning to the WSI (Water Safety Instructor) so that together a pattern of learning can be established.
  • Once you have observed the first lesson, please help with the efficient of subsequent lessons and observe from a distance, so as not to distract your child’s learning.  You are encouraged to return for the final lesson to observe your child’s progress.
  • Although the water is at a controlled temperature, there is still a chance your child may get chilled during lessons.  Please consider warmer swimming attire such as one-piece bathing suits or swim shirts.
  • To protect the privacy of other children, please do not take photos or videos of lessons.
  • Practicing difficult skills outside of lessons is strongly encouraged. Please use our to find recreational swim times or ask our instructors. 

Thank you for these considerations. If you have any questions please call the pool office at (231) 526-4824 or email me at lness@harborps.org

Senior Citizens Water Aerobics

Senior Citizens Water Aerobics is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 – 12:00. 

Senior Citizens Water Aerobics includes an exercise program which lasts for approximately 55 minutes. 

In order for you to attend these classes you must be 55 or older.

$3 for Harbor Springs Residents
$4 for Non District Residents

Monthly passes are available.

Lifeguard

Contact the pool office to register
231-526-4824

A waiting list has been started for a new Lifeguard Class. A minimum of 3 participants is needed for a new class. The class approximately 30 hours. Upon successful completion of the course, you will hold a certification in Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid. The certification is valid for 2 years.

Prerequisites for the Lifeguard class are as follows.

  • The candidate must be 15 years old.
  • The candidate must swim 300 yds (12 lengths) continuously in the following order:
    • 100 yds of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick
    • 100 yds of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick technique.
    • 100 yds of either front crawl or breaststroke. This may be a mixture of front crawl and breaststroke.
    • The candidate must swim the 300 yds without stopping.
  • The candidate must swim 20 yds using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 ft, retrieve a 10-pound brick, return to the surface, and swim 20 yds back to the starting point.

*When returning to the starting point, the candidate must hold the 10-pound brick with both hands and must keep his or her face above the water. The candidate has 1 minute and 40 seconds to complete this task.

The cost for the classes are $200.00. The cost for adding a waterfront component is $25

Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor (Swim Instructor) classes are offered periodically. Contact the pool office for more information
231-526-4824

The candidate must be 16 years old, good swimmer (completed level 4 skills) and enjoy working with others (especially children).