Welcome to the Williams Natatorium!

This breathtaking building, constructed in 1999 by acclaimed architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, hosts public programs, classes and special events year round. Located on the Cranbrook campus, this building is the perfect marriage of design and functionality: an architectural masterpiece that is also a hub of activity and fun in the water. Come for swimming lessons, a SCUBA class, a morning of aqua aerobics, take a lifeguarding class, learn how to become a better competitive swimmer, or join our Speedsters team. Purchase a Natatorium membership to use the facility during recreational and lap swims or pay a daily guest fee.

Rent the Natatorium for a birthday party, reunion, meeting, or other special event. We offer two flexible plans that include lifeguards, light custodial service, and use of some or all of the natatorium building. For prices and information on rental fees and food and beverage options, please refer to the flyer in the downloads section.

Questions - Contact the Natatorium office at 248.645.3734 or email Tim Skowronski, Natatorium Manager, at tskowronski@cranbrook.edu.

Recreational and Lap Swimming

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  • Recreational and Lap swimming are available for all members and guests.

    During Recreational Swim times, the pool is available for "play time" activities. Lanes are provided for lap swimming during most Recreational Swim times. Lap Swimming is a time when the pool is available exclusively for lap swimmers and other aquatic exercisers.

    Please see the 'Downloads' section below for pool hours and directions.

    Beginning Saturday, September 9th, Williams Natatorium is re-open for usage as listed upon the Recreational and Lap Swim hours flyer under Natatorium Downloads.

Lessons and Certifications

Speedsters and Speedsters Plus

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  • 2017-2018

    Speedsters is an opportunity for young athletes (age 7-13) to learn the value of the sport of swimming. This program gives swimmers the chance to refine mechanics through structured fun and quality coaching. Speedsters will learn to enhance their swimming skills through goal setting, team building, dry-land conditioning, clock reading, in water technique mechanics, and by increasing their swimming vocabulary. An intra-team competition will take place near the program's conclusion to focus on friendly competition and implementing the topics covered in practices.

    Online registration opened at 6 am on Friday, July 28th for the Fall/Winter 2017-2018 program.
    As of 8:30 AM on Monday, August 7th all time slots are full.

    Click here for online registration.

Swim Lessons

Winter 2018

Our swim lesson program is designed with special attention given to individualized instruction, small class size and experienced, friendly instructors.  Children learn to work in a group setting and receive one-on-one instruction at various points of the class.  

Before registering, please review the class descriptions and determine what your child can do.  When in doubt, enroll a child in the class where he/she will find the most success and have the greatest comfort level to start of with.  Please remember all spaces are first-come, first-serve.

Please look under Natatorium Downloads for the current flyer.

Online registration opened Wednesday, November 8th. The link below will be activated for online registration.
GO, 1st STEPS and 3rd STEPS are full.

Click here to register now!

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Private Lessons

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  • Private lessons are available for adults and children of all levels and abilities.

    Start with an occasional lesson, or set up a regular weekly routine for more rapid improvement or conditioning. Whether it's your first time in the water, or if you're an avid swimmer, private instruction can help you achieve your swimming goals! 

    Click here to download a flyer with more information.


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  • Gain the skills needed to earn a lifetime SCUBA certification.

    SCUBA classes are taught and organized by Rec Diving, Michigan's largest diving business. For more information, please contact Tim Skowronski at tskowronski@cranbrook.edu.

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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