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About the 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, or rent the Natatorium for a birthday party, reunion, meeting, or other special event.

General Information

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  • - Plan Your Event at Williams Natatorium

    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. 

    Click here for more information!

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Contact Us

For Scheduling and Assistance:
tskowronski@cranbrook.edu
(248) 645-3734

Natatorium Manager

Tim Skowronski

Our Programs

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  • Fall 2019 Swim Lessons

    Fall 2019

    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 Program Downloads for the current flyer.
    Click here to register.

  • Private Lessons

    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.
  • Gain the skills needed to earn 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.

Program Registrations