Prospective Swim-Family Information

Thank you for your interest in Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics!  

It is our hope, that our swim program inspires a positive experience for every one of our swimmers.  Regardless of experience or ability, our focus is on maximizing the potential of each swimmer individually. We believe the sport of swimming can create life-long opportunities for our athletes in the classroom, in the pool, and into their careers. 


The MLA Mission

Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics is a facility-owned program focused on creating opportunities for our student-athletes.  We maintain an inviting, positive, and creative environment which respects diversity, instills confidence, and celebrates hard work.


Who We Are

MLA is a proud member of USA Swimming and as a Club-member of Michigan Swimming.  USA Swimming is our National Governing body, with Michigan Swimming being our Local Swim Committee (LSC).  We are a year-round competitive swimming program that is fortunate to call one of the country's finest facilities, the Holland Community Aquatic Center (HCAC), our home for meets and practices. 


In 2019, MLA was recognized by USA Swimming as a Top-40 program nationaly, and as the top-ranked program in the State of Michigan.  For the second year in a row, our program has been awarded the distiction as, "Silver Medal Club," by the USA Swimming Club Excellence program.  The program, run annually by USA Swimming, identifies and recognizes clubs for their 'commitment to performance excellence'. 

Our Staff

Every member of MLA's coaching staff have been American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) accredited and are USA Swimming registered and compliant.  The staff includes three, full-time coaches and two assistant coaches, each with their area of expertise.  Check out our coaching staff bios here.  Also, contact information for the entire staff can be found at the bottom of this page. 



Want to know more about MLA?

The MLA Basics

In this section, you will learn the basics of what the MLA program is all about.  Topics discussed in this link are: the swim seasons, team pricing, practice & competition expectations, and an explanation of the MLA practice group structure.   Click here for more

Team Best Practices & Policies

In this section, you will find more information regarding team policies including travel-trip policy, electronic communication policy, etc. as well as some simple guides to the way MLA practices work. Click here for more.  

Swim Meet Basics

Check out this section for details regarding attending and hosting swim meets.   Click here for more.

Want to join us?

Excellent!  We welcome you to join us for practice any weekday evening at 6pm for an evaluation.  Once evaluated, your swimmer will be placed in their appropriate training group.  We invite you to spend a week or so in practice with us before registering or giving payment of any kind.  We are committed to making sure MLA is a good fit for your family and swimmer.  If you would like your swimmer evaluated, please contact us in any of the following ways:

Email Coach Alex Wilkins, or you may also call or leave a message with the front desk staff at the Holland Community Aquatic Center that you would like to attend an evaluation on a date of your choosing.  

​Upon arrival to the Holland Community Aquatic Center, simply head to the front desk and the attendent will either head you in the right direction or they will contact a coach for your assistance.  

You May Begin the Online Registration Process by Clicking Here.