How do I know what class to enroll in?

​​​​Our instructors use the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Classes are structured to fit the needs of the swimmer and focus on building skills one step at a time. The information below will help you evaluate the swimmer’s abilities and choose the best class for them.

Please contact our front desk for available times for a placement test if you are unsure of your child’s swim level.

Parent/Child (PC): These classes are for students ages 6 months to 3 years old. Parents and children are taught different games, songs, and skills to help with exposure to water, basic swimming skills, and class environment. 4 students per class. ​

Preschool (PS): These classes are for students 3 years through 5 years old. The educational design is to meet the developmental needs of three to five year old’s. The skills begin with simple water exposure and continue on to more advanced swimming skills. 3 students per class.

Youth (YL) – These classes are for students 6 years through 12 years old. Students begin with simple basic swimming skills and then progress through more advanced swimming skills. 3 students per class.

Teen/Adult (T/A) – For students 13 years and older and will focus on the individual needs of the students. 4 students per class.

COVID-19 Modifications for Swim Lessons

Until the vaccination rate in kids age 12 and under is higher, a parent or guardian is required to be in the water with their child. Class sizes are limited with instructors leading the class from the pool deck.

All participants need to come swim-ready.

Masks are required to be worn by all in the facility, including the pool deck. Swimmers masks may be removed prior to entering the water. Please visit the City’s Mask Requirements page for more information.


Arne Hanna Aquatic Center
1114 Potter Street
Bellingham, WA 98229

Phone: (360) 778-7665
Fax: (360) 778-7062

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We are adjusting some City operations due to the current COVID-19 surge, prioritizing essential services and the safety of employees and the public.