You may know we’re on the prowl for resources people new to GR (and old-timers, too!) can use.  Most recently, we asked our grkids.com readers to tell us where to find great places to take swim lesson for kids.

The five most recommended places to take swim lessons for children (greater Grand Rapids area) are listed below, along with the reasons that parents recommend them.

If your location didn’t make the list and you think it is great for kids, leave a comment below letting us know why it’s a good fit for families.[clear][line]

PARENTS SAY:

  • Ms Rita has classes in her home, she’s the best!
  • She is hardcore, but good.
  • Kids may scream and be afraid on Monday, but by Friday they are laughing!
  • Rita is about swim safety as a central lesson to teaching kids to swim.

PHONE: 616-534-0066

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PARENTS SAY:

  • Most kids are swimming after 4 lessons!
  • My daughters loved to bob around in the water all day, but no “real” swimming. After 8 lessons with Patty, they are pros! We will be doing them again this summer.
  • My son cried and cried the first day, but by day 2 he loved it!
  • note: Miss Patty fills up fast- you might want to think about her for next summer

WEBSITE:  Miss Patty’s Swimming

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PARENTS SAY:

  • Nice small classes allow for one on one instruction and teachers really care about the kids and recognize them and talk with them during open swim too

ADDRESS:  2500 Division Ave South, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

PHONE:  616-588-7200

Aquatics

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PARENTS SAY:

  • They seem to have lots of patience and move at a pace my child is ok with
  • They are excellent with the kids, and not only do they teach swimming, but they also teach water safety

ADDRESS:  6230 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

PHONE:  616-698-6700

Aquatics Center – Kentwood Public Schools

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PARENTS SAY:

  •  Very personable instructors
  • They took my child from crying to loving swimming in a few short weeks
  • note: read Jennifer’s review here

ADDRESS:  1640 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

PHONE:  616-224-5400

East Hills Athletic Club

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Also mentioned by our readers multiple times:

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[note] There is a new option in town for swim lessons, too.  Slated to open mid- July, the Goldfish Swim School is now enrolling students.  At GFSS, families sign up for a weekly time slot rather than a 5 or 6 week session typical of other programs.  This, along with many other innovations make their program unique.  Visit their website for more information.  And stick around grkids.com…we’ll be learning more as they open next month and sharing it with you! [/note]

Goldfish Swim School Grand Rapids