Swimming Lessons

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Learn to swim at any age

The Centre offers Lifesaving Society programming including Swim for Life, Swim Patrol, Aquatic Leadership courses, and Adult and Fitness Swimmer programs. 

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Swim for Life®

This complete learn-to-swim program for all ages and abilities teaches the important skills needed to be safe around water while having fun and developing strokes.
 Parent & Tot Program
Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills is stressed. Levels are age-based:
  • Parent and Tot 1: ages 4 to 11 months
  • Parent and Tot 2: ages 12 to 23 months
  • Parent and Tot 3: ages 2 to 3 years 
 Preschool Program

This program consists of 5 levels from Preschool A to E that help children develop an appreciation and healthy respect for the water using play and skill building. Each level includes basic aquatic progressions that incorporate Water Smart® education to ensure 3 to 5 year olds become comfortable in the water while having fun.

 Swimmer Program
This 6 level program for children age 5 and older includes progressions from complete beginners to swimmers who want to build on their current skills. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills.
 Swim Patrol
This 3 level program provides enriched training for those who want to develop swim strokes and skills while having fun in the challenging world of lifesaving. Swim patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart® behaviour.
 Specialty Lessons

Adaptive Lessons
Adaptive lessons provide the opportunity for swimmers of all abilities to be water-safe and water confident. Participants are paired with instructors according to their abilities. 
Trio Lessons 
Available for Preschool & Swimmer levels (age 3+) trio lessons offer a smaller ratio of 3 students to one instructor and are ideal for swimmers who may have repeated a level several times. Participants will be paired with other swimmers of similar ability. 
Private Lessons 
Available for Preschool & Swimmer levels (age 3+) private lessons offer one-on-one instruction and are ideal for swimmers who may have repeated a level several times, and provide an opportunity to work on specific skills required to progress to the next level.
Beginner Swimmer for Adults and Teens

Designed for individuals of all swimming abilities, participants are divided into groups based on swimming comfort and skill. Instructors work with each group to achieve desired goals such as learning to swim, improving strokes, and increasing efficiency so that participants are more comfortable and confident in the water.

Teen: Ages 12 to 16

Adult: Ages 16+

Fitness Swimmer for Adults and Teens

Swim to get fit. This program is recommended for those who want to challenge themselves in a non-competitive setting while developing stroke efficiency, strength, and endurance through personal goal setting including endurance challenges, sprints, and object support. 

Teen: Ages 12 to 16

Adult: Ages 16+

Family Swim to Survive 

This free program is designed to create a comfortable learning environment for families who may have no experience with survival swimming and water safety. This program teaches families (ages 6+) the skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. 

 

How do I determine which level my child is suited for?

Swim for Life lessons focus on a combination of age and ability. Use this chart to determine which level may be the best fit. Children must meet the minimum age requirement by the first day of swim lessons. If your child has reached 5 years of age and was previously in Swim Preschool, please review Swimmer 1 and Swimmer 2 criteria found in Age: 5 to 12 years. If you did not participate in lessons in a previous session, we recommend receiving an assessment or registering in the level that was previously taken. Please call the Centre to schedule your free assessment.

Age: 3 months to 3 years 

Current ability: Is ready to explore the water with a parent while learning fun games and songs.

Choose: Parent & Tot  

Our Parent & Tot levels are age based, with three levels to choose from. Choose the level that fits your toddler based on their age by the first day of lessons.

Age: 3 to 5 years 

Current ability: Is just starting out and ready to learn to enjoy the water without a parent.

Choose: Preschool A 

Similar to: YMCA Bobbers and Red Cross Sea Otter

Current ability: Can submerge face and blow bubbles. Float and glide on front and back (assisted). Successfully completed Preschool A / Red Cross Sea Otter.

Choose: Preschool B 

Similar to: YMCA Floaters and Red Cross Salamander

Current ability: Can jump into chest-deep water and submerge, perform front/back floats, glides, and kicking with an aid. Successfully completed Preschool B / Red Cross Salamander.

Choose: Preschool C

Similar to: YMCA Gliders and Red Cross Sunfish


Current ability: Can jump into deep water wearing a PFD, hold breath underwater, and perform front and back floats, glides, and kicking (unassisted). Successfully completed Preschool C / Red Cross Salamander.

Choose: Preschool D

Similar to: YMCA Surfers and Red Cross Crocodile


Current ability: Can jump into deep water, tread water for 10 s wearing a PFD, perform front, back, and side flutter kick, and swim front crawl wearing a PFD. Successfully Completed Preschool D / Red Cross Sunfish or Level 1.

Choose: Preschool E

Similar to: YMCA Gliders and Red Cross Whale

Age: 5 to 12 years

Current ability: Is new to swimming lessons, or has turned 5 years of age and has completed Preschool A, B, or C; Red Cross Sea Otter, or Salamander. This level focuses on the fundamentals of swimming.

Choose: Swimmer 1

Similar to: YMCA Otter and Red Cross Level 1


Current ability: Can submerge, perform front and back floats, glides and kicking, as well as swim front crawl for 5 m in a PFD. Has turned 5 years of age and completed Preschool D, or E; successfully completed Red Cross Sunfish, or Level 2.

Choose: Swimmer 2

Similar to: YMCA Seal and Red Cross Level 2/3

Current ability: Can tread water for 15 s, perform front, back and side flutter kick, whip kick in the vertical position, swim front and back crawl for 10 m each, and swim 4 x 5 m flutter kick interval training. Successfully completed Swimmer 2 / Red Cross Level 3.

Choose: Swimmer 3

Similar to: YMCA Dolphin and Red Cross Level 4

Current ability: Can tread water for 30 s, perform front, back, and side flutter kick, whip kick on back, swim front and back crawl for 15 m, and swim 4 x 15 m flutter kick interval training. Successfully completed Swimmer 3 / Red Cross Level 4.

Choose: Swimmer 4

Similar to: YMCA Swimmer and Red Cross Level 5

Current ability: Has completed the Canadian Swim to Survive standard (roll into deep water, tread 1 min, swim 50 m), whip kick on front, breaststroke arms, front and back crawl for 25 m, and can swim 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training. Successfully completed Swimmer 4 / Red Cross Level 5.

Choose: Swimmer 5

Similar to: YMCA Star 1 and Red Cross Level 6

Current ability: Can perform eggbeater kick, front and back crawl for 50 m, breaststroke for 25 m, and two interval training workouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl, and 4 x 15 m breaststroke. Successfully completed Swimmer 5 / Red Cross Level 6.

Choose: Swimmer 6

Similar to: YMCA Star 2 and Red Cross Level 7
Age: 8 to 13 years 

Current ability: Can perform a head-up swim for 25 m, breaststroke for 50 m, front crawl and back crawl for 100 m, breaststroke for 50 m, and a 300 m workout.   

Choose: Rookie Patrol

Similar to: YMCA Star 3 and Red Cross Level 8 


Current ability: Can perform a 350 m workout, 100 m timed swim, front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke for 50 m, as well as lifesaving sport and first aid skills.

Choose: Ranger Patrol

Similar to: YMCA Star 4/5 and Red Cross Level 9

Current ability: Can swim front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for 75 m, and can perform lifesaving sport and first aid skills. 

Choose: Star Patrol

Similar to: YMCA Star 5/6 and Red Cross Level 10