Archive for Aquatics

Meet Victoria

Victoria WelchPrior to joining the team at BAC, I lifeguarded and taught swim lessons at home in Palouse, Washington for five years. Before that, I swam competitively! My favorite stock is freestyle. I moved up to Bellingham for school, but now I’m taking a year off. I love exploring Bellingham and finding the best restaurants to eat at.

Swim Team Interest?

Is my swimmer ready for Swim Team? The first thing you should know about BAC’s Swim Team program is that we are focused on progress – we want to improve our swimmers’ strength, speed, endurance, and technique. All aspects are important to achieving progress in this complex and rewarding sport. However, we do not classify ourselves as a “competitive” program! This means we don’t compete with other teams and are not enrolled in the USA swimming program. Should we get enough support, we would be happy to look into this possibility, but for now we are focused on the technical aspects. In practice, we aim to teach proper swimming technique, lap swimming etiquette, and basic competitive rules (in case they would like to swim competitively in the future). Swimming can be a great sport for kids to learn goal-setting and teamwork, as it is a sport that is both individually focused (each student sets their goals based on their own pacing) and group-oriented (swimmers work together during Relay races). Each student sets their own goals for times, and once a month we run a “mock meet” to test their improvement! Still sound fun? Well, if your student is interested in trying out Swim Team, they must know these basic skills:

  • Swim 3 lengths each of all 4 stokes (Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle) OR swim a 200yd IM (individual Medley).
  • Know flipturns on Front (freestyle) and Back (Backstroke) – Swim at least 200yds (12 lengths) Freestyle and Backstroke.
  • Want to know more about swimming as a sport!

Come check out Swim Team on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6PM! We are happy to administer tryouts, answer questions or just give information about this cool sport.

Take a look a the list of upcoming sessions:
February 5th – 28th ($65/ 60/ 55)
March 5th – 28th ($65/ 60/ 55)
April 9th – May 2nd ($65/ 60/ 55)
May 7th – 30th ($65/ 60/ 55)

Family Swim Time Canceled Tonight!

Due to the weather, we will be canceling family swim time tonight, Wednesday, February 13.

Meet Shea

Shea DavisI am studying pre-med at Western Washington University, with the goal of becoming a fetal surgeon. Before coming to BAC, I taught swim lessons for several years in my hometown, and found that I enjoy it a lot! My favorite stroke is the butterfly. Here’s a fun fact for you: I am the middle child of seven.

Meet Emily

Emily ChesterfieldI’m an aquatics instructor at BAC and I love the water. My favorite stroke is a tie between the backstroke and the butterfly. I did swim team growing up and am also a scuba diver! I enjoy heading to the beach when I’m not working. There’s nothing more beautiful than a Northwest sunset! I recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Western Washington University.

Meet Dakota

Dakota BernstenI have been swimming for twelve years, competitively for six. My favorite stoke is the backstroke. I’m an aquatic instructor at BAC and I’m seeking a degree at Western Washington University, where I am studying communications and journalism. I love to write, read, and play music, I’ve played the French horn for eight years!

Swim Lessons Update

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know it’s a little early, and I wanted to get our schedule out right away for the month of February. As you will see, we are expanding and changing a few times of lessons. 3:30-4:00 has been very slow for the better part of a year, so we are reducing classes offered at that time. We have also had several requests to extend afternoon lessons and run swim team a little later. So, we will do both on a trial basis for the month of February! Afternoon lessons will run 3:30-5:30, with Swim Team starting at 5:30-6:30. Evening classes will run as usual. It can be tricky to make sure that we offer the classes that our program needs at a time that works for everyone, but we are trying our best!

February 5th – 28th (4 weeks/8 Lessons)
March 5th – 28th (4 weeks/8 Lessons)
April 9th – May 2nd (4 weeks/8 Lessons)
May 7 – 30th (4 weeks/8 Lessons)

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 10am–12pm, 3:30pm–5:30pm, & 6:00pm-8:00pm

We offer adult groups lessons from 7:30 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as private lessons to meet your personal fitness goals.

Call (360) 676-1800 to sign up!

Press here for current Swim Lessons details and pricing.

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Meet Brittany

I’ve been a swimmer my whole life – My Mom likes to joke that her prenatal water aerobics made me the swimmer I am today! I swam competitively for 10 years, and have been teaching for 11 years. I started working at BAC teaching and lifeguarding in 2014, and in 2016 I took on the role of Aquatics Director. I love all of the ways this position allows me to interact with students, parents, members and other instructors! There’s truly something magical about helping someone learn this important life skill. When I am not in the pool, you can find me in other departments at BAC, helping out in membership and front desk, as well as putting together our monthly newsletter. In my spare time, I can be found writing about and analyzing film, catching up over coffee with friends, or exploring all of the splendor that the northwest has to offer.

Swim Safety Course

Happy Holidays Folks! We have all learned a lot this year! We’ve watched kids in our program grow in their abilities – from gaining the confidence to blast off the wall on their own for the first time to finally mastering their flip turns, all of our swimmers have “leveled up” their swimming skills. As the year winds down and our usual sessions come to a close, we have decided to offer a new type of course. This is a short, one-week Safety Course, open to all ages and skill levels! In this course, students will learn essential survival skills including survival strokes, breathing and stabilization skills, treading water, lifejacket safety, emergency preparedness, and a little bit of playtime! The course consists of two hour-long classes, and we will offer the safety course twice over the winter break. If your kiddos could use a brush-up on their safety skills or you’re just looking for something to do over the break, sign up at the front desk or give us a call at (360) 676-1800.

Safety Class
Session 1: December 18 & 20, 12:30-1:30PM
Session 2: January 1 & 3, 4-5PM
Cost: $20 Members – $25 Non-members
Signup Deadlines: Monday, December 17th (Session 1) & Monday, December 31st (Session 2)
* Note: Minimum of 5 students registered to run*

Pool Heater Update

The parts are installed and the pool is heating!! Lap Swim will be offered tonight, Wed. Oct 31, 5pm-10pm No Water Aerobics or Family Swim. Thursday, November 1 the pool will re-open on schedule and all programs and classes will be operating!! It has been a tough few days for our pool and we cannot tell everyone how much we appreciate your patience and understanding!