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Bay View Swimming Program

Each summer, hundreds of campers participate in the Bay View Swimming program at the Bay View waterfront. American Red Cross-trained lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors (WSI) teach the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, which includes six levels of water safety and skill development.

This is an inclusive program with Boys’ and Girls’ Club registration. The Red Cross has developed its program over the last 60 years and it is considered the standard in swimming education.

Lessons take place in two 30-minute sessions: levels 1, 3 and 5 take place from 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and levels 2, 4 and 6 meet from 2 – 2:30 p.m. Objective assessment of youth skill level is done by the swimming director based on Red Cross standards. More detailed information regarding swimming level prerequisites and objectives is available from the swimming director. Levels 1 & 2 are in the pool. The pool is 1.5 feet to 3.5 feet and is designated for youths under age 8. Levels 3 – 6 are held in Lake Michigan.

The pool and Lake Michigan waterfront are guarded from noon-5 p.m., Monday- Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. On rainy days there is free play at Swift Field from 1-3 p.m. Call the waterfront director, 347-3626, with questions on rainy days.

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The Bay View Association is located just outside of Petoskey, Michigan on the shore of Little Traverse Bay.

1715 Encampment Ave
P.O. Box 583
Petoskey, MI 49770

Phone: 231-347-6225



Our Mission

To be an institution in which Christian values and traditions are central; To enrich the human experience for individuals and families within Bay View and the surrounding community through a seasonal program of religious, educational, cultural and recreational opportunities; to provide a Christian perspective in a changing world.

The Bay View Association is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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