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Bellingham, Washington

Swimming Lessons

Bayside Swimming Club (in Bellingham, WA) offers swimming and diving lessons for both members and non-members. Lessons are taught every half-hour from 9am to noon, Monday - Friday.

Seven Learning Levels

(Click links below to view ages and skills taught at each level)
Parent/Child Water Orientation(1)
(6 to 36 months)
Level 1 Water Exploration(2)
(18 months to 3 yrs)
Level 2 Primary Skills
(3 to 5 years)
Level 3 Stroke Readiness
(5 to 7 years)
Level 4 Stroke Development
(6 to 8 years)
Level 5 Stroke Refinement
(7 years and up)
Level 6 Skill Proficiency(3)
(8 years and up)
Level 7 Advanced Skills(3)
(8 years and up)
Diving Beginner to Advanced(4)
(8 years and up)
  1. The Parent/Child class is only offered at 11:30am. This class is for children ages 6 to 36 months, with a parent in the water with their child.
  2. The Level 1 class is not offered at 11:30am.
  3. Levels 6 and 7 are taught as a combined class and appear on the registration form as Level 6/7. This class is only offered at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30am.
  4. The Diving class is only offered at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00am.

Please refer to the level descriptions for suggested age suitability. Suggested ages are based on student and instructor safety as well as numerous studies on student success in learning. Class space is limited to maintain the proper student/teacher ratio (and further limited for 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions). The online registration form shows the number of spaces remaining for each class.

If you have questions, please refer to the FAQ page.

How to use our shopping cart system.

Swim Lesson Availability for 2022

Swim lesson registrations are not yet open.

Registrations are not yet being accepted for the 2022 season.
Registration will open on April 1, 2022.
Please check back at that time.

Note that we are located in Bellingham, Washington!

The schedule listed below is based on the assumption that Whatcom County will move to Phase 4 prior to Monday, July 5, 2021. There will be four sessions to choose from. Classes consist of 30 minute lessons, Monday through Friday, for two weeks, totaling ten lessons (except as noted).
This schedule is subject to change.




Session 1 Monday, July 5 - Friday, July 16 $95 for 1 child/$180 for 2
Session 2 Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 30 $95 for 1 child/$180 for 2
Session 3 Monday, August 2 - Friday, Aug 13 $95 for 1 child/$180 for 2
Session 4 Monday, Aug 16 - Friday, Aug 20 $50 for 1 child/$95 for 2


  1. All lessons must be PAID IN FULL at the time of registration. (Deposits for swim lessons are no longer accepted.) If we are unable to provide lessons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will receive a full refund.
  2. The first lesson added to a shopping cart will be charged at the full price (less any applicable discounts). Each subsequent lesson added to the same shopping cart will be charged at the multi-child reduced rate: $10 less for Sessions 1, 2, and 3, and $5 less for Session 4. Once you check out and complete your payment, you cannot add lessons to that cart. You will need to start a new shopping cart, and the first lesson added to that cart will again be charged at the full price (less applicable discounts).
  3. Active Members and Summer Members of Bayside Swimming Club will receive an additional discount of $10/lesson for Sessions 1, 2, and 3, and $5/lesson for Session 4. The member discount is in addition to any other applicable discounts.
  4. Cancellations (except those for valid medical reasons) are subject to a $25 non-refundable deposit per lesson. No refund will be given for any lesson cancelled after 12-noon on the Friday before the first day of the class.
  5. Cancellations and changes must be requested by email or by speaking directly with the aquatics director. DO NOT LEAVE MESSAGES ON THE POOL PHONE!
    Requests left via voice mail cannot be honored.
  6. A minimum $5 fee will be assessed for returned checks.
Although not available using the standard online registration system, it is possible to attend just one week of a 2-week session (Sessions 1, 2, and 3).
This is called a "1-week partial session."
  1. The cost for a 1-week partial session (half of a regular 2-week class) is $55 per week.
  2. Registrations cannot be split across multiple sessions. To register for the second week of one session and the first week of the next session, you must register for BOTH sessions and then request that both be changed to 1-week partial sessions.
  3. To request a 1-week partial session, you must first register for the full 2-week session and then email us to request that the registration be changed to a 1-week partial session. You must request this change by 12-noon on the Friday before the start of the session.
  4. No discounts will be applied for 1-week partial sessions. If you request that a 2-week session be changed to a 1-week partial session, the amount you paid in your shopping cart will be recalculated. This applies for both members and non-members and also affects early-bird and multi-child discounts.
  5. After the class is changed to a 1-week partial session, you will receive a refund for resulting over-payment.
COVID-19 Information

Since it appears that Washington State will move to Phase 4 of its COVID-19 protocols on June 30, 2021, we plan to start Session 1 of our swim lessons on Monday, July 5. If the state does not move forward (or returns to Phase 3), we will cancel lessons and issue refunds.

We will continue to adhere to all Whatcom County Health Department guidelines in effect under Phase 4.

All swim instructors who are in the water with children will be vaccinated. The majority of our staff is vaccinated, however, and any that are not will be required to wear masks or face shields (per Health Department guidelines). Unvaccinated staff will only be allowed to guard on deck. We also encourage all unvaccinated people at the pool to wear a mask when they are not in the pool.

DO NOT wear masks while in the pool because as soon as they get wet it becomes difficult to breathe through them.

Also, please note that since COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through the air, since chlorine is effective against coronavirus, and since the chlorine used in pool water continuously outgases, it is extremely unlikely that the virus can spread in an outdoor pool.

Please see the Swimming Lessons Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information.

Thank you for choosing Bayside Swimming Club.

For questions about our swim lesson program, email our Aquatics Director.

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Swim lesson updates and announcements are posted daily to our Facebook page.

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 Updated:   09/23/2021



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