Swimming lesson schedules can be found in the current edition of the Key recreation guide. To determine which level your child should be in, read the program descriptions below.

To register, contact the pool where the lessons will be held.

  • Canada Games Complex, 684-331
  • Volunteer Pool, call 345-5143
  • Churchill Pool, call 577-2538

Program descriptions

Parent and tot 1

  • Designed for the 4 to 12-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.
  • This program will create a comfort level for both child and parent.
  • Orientation to pool and being safe around water.
  • Entries/exits, floats and movement.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:12

Parent and tot 2

  • Designed for the 12 to 24-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent
  • Unassisted entries/exits.
  • Floats with an aid, submersion in water, activities with instructor/other parents.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:12

Parent and tot 3

  • Designed for the 2 to 3-year-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.
  • Your child will experience safety awareness and water skills through discovery, front and back floats, submersion and movement skills.
  • Active parent participation is required.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:12

Preschool A

  • We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much).
  • These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water.
  • We'll help them jump into chest deep water.
  • They'll try floats on their front and back, and glides on their back while wearing a personal flotation device (PFD).
  • They'll learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4

Preschool B

  • These preschoolers learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a personal flotation device.
  • They'll submerge and exhale underwater.
  • While wearing a personal flotation device they'll glide on their front and back.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Completed Preschool A

Preschool C

  • These youngsters will try both jumping and a side roll into deep water while wearing a personal flotation device.
  • They'll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water.
  • They'll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Completed Preschool B

Preschool D

  • Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves.
  • They'll do side roll entries and open their eyes underwater.
  • They'll master a short (3-5 m) swim on their front and gliding and kicking on their side.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Completed Preschool C

Preschool E

  • These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a PFD and holding their breath underwater for up to 10 sec.
  • They'll work on longer front and back crawl swims, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Completed Preschool D

Swimmer 1

  • These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a personal flotation device.
  • They'll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater.
  • They'll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Beginner, non-swimmer, or Preschool A, B or C

Swimmer 2

  • These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a personal flotation device.
  • They'll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10-15m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 9-12 m).
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:4
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 1 or Preschool D or E

Swimmer 3

  • These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults.
  • Their new bag of tricks includes handstands and completion of the Canadian Swim to SurviveĀ® Standard.
  • They'll work on 10 15m of front crawl, back crawl and whip kick.
  • Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 25 m.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:5
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 2

Swimmer 4

  • These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing.
  • They'll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:5
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 3

Swimmer 5

  • These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults.
  • Surface dives will take them down to underwater swims.
  • They'll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 15-25m.
  • Then they'll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl and 4 x 10-15 m breaststroke.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:6
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 4

Swimmer 6

  • These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick.
  • They'll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m.
  • They'll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they'll complain about the 300 m workout.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:6
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 5

Swimmer 7 (Rookie)

  • Swimmers continue stroke development with 50m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.
  • Lifesaving sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15m object carry.
  • First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding.
  • Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:8
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 6

Swimmer 8 (Ranger)

  • Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke.
  • They tackle lifesaving sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid.
  • First aid focuses on assessment off unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures.
  • Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:8
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 7 (Rookie)

Swimmer 9 (Star)

  • Swimmers are challenged with 600m workouts; 300m timed swims and a 25 m object carry.
  • Strokes are refined over 100 m swims.
  • First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions.
  • Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:8
  • Prerequisite: Swimmer 8 (Ranger)

Bronze Star

  • Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion.
  • Participants develop problem-solving and decision making skills individually and in partners.
  • Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard.
  • Includes a timed 400m swim.
  • Instructor to child ratio: 1:12
  • Prerequisite: 10 to 12 years old and Swimmer 9 (Star)

 

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