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Swim Programs


Find the seasonal instructional program schedule in Registration and Enrolment.

Red Cross Swimming Programs for ages 3 months to 99 years

Dad and Me, Swim & Play (Parented)

Classes for babies & toddlers accompanied in the water with a parent or caregiver. A water safety instructor will help you get the most out of the pool experience. Build confidence through active water play & movement.

Swim & Play (Parented)

Classes for babies & toddlers accompanied in the water with a parent or caregiver. A water safety instructor will help you get the most out of the pool experience. Build confidence through active water play & movement.

Red Cross Preschool

Pre-schoolers aged 3 – 6 years old actively learn and develop new swimming skills through games and songs. Children must be 3 years of age on the first day of lessons.

Levels: Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile, Whale

Red Cross Swim Kids

Swimmers aged 5 – 12 years old learn how to be safe around water, increase swimming ability, fitness and endurance through fun activities. Children must be 5 years of age on the first day of lessons.

Levels 1 – 10

Red Cross Teen & Adult Lessons

Classes for adults & teens who would like to become confident in the water, learn or improve on skills, strokes or fitness. The Red Cross provides two levels, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes. Set your goal and the instructors will help you get there.

Red Cross Swim Sports

Jump in and get in the game. This program offers an introduction to a variety of aquatic sports. The focus is on having fun with friends/peers and trying new activities. Sports include diving, underwater hockey, baseball, water polo, and fitness swimming.

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

The Water Safety Instructor Course focuses on planning and teaching the Red Cross Swim continuum, instructional emergency response skills and instructional techniques specific to our programs. The certification issued allows candidates to teach all Red Cross Swim programs.

Candidates must be 15 years of age and be able to perform at a Red Cross swim kids level 10.

Private Lessons

Benefit from one-on-one instruction for you or your child with our private swim lessons. Private lessons are ideal for those who need to focus on a specific skill or stroke, improve swim ability, or who may need an extra lesson or two to complete a level.

We can accommodate a schedule that works for you. Private lessons are available upon request.ease call the Head Lifeguard for more information or to book your lesson: 467-2594.

Lifesaving Society Swimming Programs for ages 8 and up

Canadian Swim Patrol

This program provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond swimming lessons. Swim Patrol’s three levels – Rookie, Ranger and Star – continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for the success in the Society’s Bronze Medal Awards.

Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC)

JLC offers serious fun for kids 8 years and older who can swim at least 25m and tread water for 2 minutes. The Junior Lifeguard Club provides an action-packed challenge for kids who love the water but who want more than lessons.

Family Swim to Survive

This program is based on the Swim to Survive program, with the emphasis being on families who have little to no swimming experience. Learn as a Family.

Bronze Star

This program offers excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop decision-making and lifesaving skills and learn CPR. Ages 10 – 12 years.


Safeguard focuses on water safety awareness, accident prevention and the principles of aquatics safety supervision. Safeguard teaches participants how to identify hazards and at-risk behaviours, how to recognize potential victims, and how to respond safely in an aquatic emergency.   Designed for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.  For 12 years of age and older, and are able to swim.

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

On your way to be a lifeguard. Learn self-rescue and basic techniques in the rescue of others while developing stroke efficiency and endurance.

Emergency First Aid provides basic first aid principles and emergency treatment of injuries.

Prerequisites: Minimum 13 years or age or Bronze Star certification.

Bronze Cross & Standard First Aid

If you have Bronze Medallion and now want the challenge of more advanced training, this is the program for you. This is an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities and a prerequisite certification for National Lifeguard.

Standard First Aid provides comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and is a required certification for NLS.

Must hold Bronze Medallion Award – certification card required when registering.

National Lifeguard

The National Lifeguard training award develops the practical skills, knowledge and values required by lifeguards. Strong leadership, communication, decision-making and judgment skills are essential to complete the course.

Prerequisites: 16 years of age by last day of course, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid Award. Prerequisites need not be current.

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