Swimming (under 16yrs)

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Adult 1

The Adult Swimmer Program is for beginners or swimmers who want to improve their skills. Within the Adult Swimmer curriculum, participants set their own goals to develop water confidence and recognizable strokes. Adult swimmers will work towards being able to complete short distance swims (10-15m) on their front and back. They will work through swimming stroke fundamentals such as floats, rolls, glides, and kicks. Swimmers will develop their underwater skills as they continue to build their confidence in the water. This program is for those over 13 years.

Adult 2

The Adult Swimmer Program is for beginners or swimmers who want to improve their skills. Within the Adult Swimmer curriculum, participants set their own goals to develop water confidence and recognizable strokes. Adult swimmers will practice different entries into deep water including dives, rolls, and tuck jumps (cannonballs). As they work on building strength and endurance, they will aim to be able to tread water for 1-2 minutes, New underwater skills are introduced such as handstands in shallow water and front sommersaults (in water). Swimmers will achieve the Swim to Survive standard by being able to roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and swim 50m. In addition to improving their front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick, swimmers will be introduced to breaststroke. This program is for those over 13 years.

Adult 3

The Adult Swimmer Program is for beginners or swimmers who want to improve their skills. Within the Adult Swimmer curriculum, participants set their own goals to develop water confidence and recognizable strokes. Adult swimmers will work towards mastering front crawl, back crawl, and breast stroke. Challenging skills such as shallow dives, stride entries and compact jumps will be completed as well as focus on developing lifesaving kicks. Swimmers can expect to improve their fitness levels as they work on completing 300m workouts and 25-20m sprints. This program is for those over 13 years.

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Fitness Swimmer

This program is for swimmers 13 and older who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water. Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach based on training principles and practices including interval training. Participants set their own goals. There are no levels in Fitness Swimmer. Certified instructors will work with swimmers to help them improve their strokes and achieve their fitness goals.

Parent and Tot 1

The Parent and Tot Program structures in-water interaction between parent/caregiver and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Parents and babies will explore the water together under the watchful eyes of their instructor. They will learn how to safely enter and exit the water and work on getting ready to discover the water safely. Parents will learn how to safely support their child while they play. This program is for babies 4-12 months.

Parent and Tot 2

The Parent and Tot Program structures in-water interaction between parent/caregiver and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Instructors will lead sessions to help parents with children learn basic water safety skills in a welcoming environment. Parents are taught how to support their child with assisted entries and exits into water and support them in learning to float and kick. They can celebrate together when the child can get their face wet and blow bubbles for the first time. This program is for children 12-24 months.

Parent and Tot 3

The Parent and Tot Program structures in-water interaction between parent/caregiver and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Parents will work towards supporting their toddlers in becoming more independent in the water. Getting in, getting out, going under, and floating, parents and toddlers will be introduced to different iterations of these fundamental skills. This program is for children 2-3 years.

Preschool 1

The Preschool Program works to ensure children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Preschoolers will be assisted by their instructor when learning to enter and exit water safely, jump into chest deep water, and put their faces in the water to blow bubbles. Becoming comfortable with floats and glides and moving safely in shallow water while wearing lifejackets will help them gain confidence with their water skills. This program is for children 3-5 years.

Preschool 2

The Preschool Program works to ensure children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Preschoolers will work on becoming more independent with their water skills. Some of these skills include jumping into chest-deep water unassisted, submerging and exhaling under water, and floating and gliding with various buoyant aids. They will be introduced to lateral rollovers and practice their flutter kick on their backs. This program is for children 3-5 years who have completed Preschool 1.

Preschool 3

The Preschool Program works to ensure children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Preschoolers will kick and glide their way through the water on their fronts and backs. They will work on retrieving objects from the bottom in water that is waist deep, and work towards mastering their floats, rollovers, glides and kicks. In this level they work their way into deeper water for side entries and jumping in with their lifejackets on. This program is for children 3-5 years who have completed Preschool 2.

Preschool 4

The Preschool Program works to ensure children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Preschoolers will gain some independence in deep water. They will practice jumping into deeper water (including getting out by themselves), sideways entries, and opening their eyes underwater. These swimmers in training will work on completing 5m of front crawl in their lifejackets and work on their ability to tread water. This program is for children 3-5 years who have completed Preschool 3.

Preschool 5

The Preschool Program works to ensure children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Preschoolers will work towards achieving important swimming milestones. They will work on being able to support themselves treading in deep water for 10 seconds and complete 5m swims with front and back crawl. Wearing a lifejacket, they will practice forward roll entries into deep water, learn to whip kick in a vertical position, and be introduced to interval training. This program is for children 3-5 years who have completed Preschool 4.

Private Swimming Lessons - Child

Working with a certified swim instructor, swimmers can work on skills in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life program. This one-on-one experience can be adapted to a child’s individual skills and abilities.

Private Swimming Lessons - Child Adapted

Working with a certified water safety instructor, children with a variety of needs will work on items from the Red Cross Adapted Swim programs. Instructors will work one-on-one with children and their families to provide a fun and safe learning environment.

Starfish/Duck/Sea Turtle 4-36 months

This parented class combines Red Cross Preschool Levels: Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle. Babies and toddlers between 4-36 months can participate in this class. The goals for this course are to help swimmers experience buoyancy and movement through songs and play in the water and to teach the parent/caregiver age-specific water safety. Through fun games and songs swimmers will also learn how to use floating objects for support, explore different water movements, combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides and kicks (age dependant).

Swimmer 1

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. Building the foundation of swimming skill development beginner swimmers will gain confidence in the water as they learn safe entries into various depths of water, treading water in a lifejacket, opening their eyes underwater, and breath control. Once they have learned their floats, rollovers, glides, and kicks from front to back, they will front crawl their way into the next level. This program is for children 6-12 years.

Swimmer 2

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. Swimmers will gain comfort in deeper water by jumping in, learning their sideways entry, and treading water without a lifejacket. Swimmers will be challenged by the introduction of various skills including, flutter kick on their front, back and side, vertical whip kick with an aid, and swimming front crawl and back crawl for 10m. Swimmers will get to work on their Swim to Survive skills and be introduced to interval training. This program is for children 6-12 years who have completed Swimmer 1.

Swimmer 3

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. Swimmers will make a splash with their kneeling dives and forward roll entries. Swimmers will be challenged with the introduction to more difficult (but fun) skills such as handstands in shallow water and in front somersaults (in water). Increased time and distance components are incorporated for skills learned such as flutter kick on front and back, whip kick on back, front and back crawl, and interval training. This program is for children 6-12 years who have completed Swimmer 2.

Swimmer 4

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. Swimmers will move from a beginner to intermediate swimming level. Swimmers will complete standing dives, tread water for 1 minute, and work towards being able to swim underwater for 5m. Swimmers will achieve the Swim to Survive standard by being able to roll into deep water, tread for 1 minute, and swim 50m. In addition to improving their front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick, swimmers will be introduced to breaststroke. This program is for children 6-12 years who have completed Swimmer 3.

Swimmer 5

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. Swimmers will be challenged with a whole new set of skills; shallow dives, tuck jumps (cannonball entries), eggbeater kick, and backwards somersaults (in water). Technique and endurance will also receive greater focus as swimmers will need to complete longer distance swims and interval training sessions for all their strokes. This program is for children 6-12 years who have completed Swimmer 4.

Swimmer 6

The Swimmer Program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills. As the final level in the Swimmer program, swimmers will build up their advaced skill set. Swimmers will work towards mastering stride entries, compact jumps, and lifesaving kicks. They will also refine their strokes to increase their swimming strength, power, and endurance - critical for success in the 300m workout required to complete the level. This program is for children 6-12 years who have completed Swimmer 5.

Youth Triathlon

Fall 2022 Registrations starts July 15.

Join the longest-serving Triathlon program in Canada! Learn proper swimming, biking and running technique from highly trained coaches. We have spin bikes for those who do not have a road bike and trainer. Training develops your aerobic and anaerobic systems to give you a good base for all sports. You will work with other youth at your level, with progression from start up, all the way to national team level training. The goal will be to have you ready to compete in The Kids of Steel Triathlon Series if you’re interested. This program welcomes athletes of all level.

Requirements: Successful completion of skills in Level 6.
Swimmers develop front crawl (25m), learn back crawl (25m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 75 meters continuously.

Important Information for Participants:
Mask Policy: To promote a healthy environment on campus, non-medical face masks must now be worn in all public indoor areas where physical distancing is not possible. Participants will be required to wear a mask up to the start, and after of their activity.

Participants must not attend class if they are sick, or a member of their household is sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold. Symptoms to look for include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell. 

Starfish 4-12 months

This is an introductory class is for babies and their parent or caregiver. The goal of this orientation to water class is to experience buoyancy, movement, entries, songs and play in the water. To enter this level, your child must be 4-12 months and be able to hold their head up.

Duck 12-24 months

This class is for older babies, toddlers and their parent or caregiver. Toddlers build confidence while enjoying the water through games, songs and active water play.

Sea Turtle 24-36 months

This class is for toddlers and their parent or caregiver. Toddlers build confidence while enjoying the water through games, songs and active water play. This is a great transitional class preparing your little swimmer for lessons on their own.

Sea Otter 3-6yrs

Sea Otter is an un-parented class, children will be with the instructor at all times. Toddlers develop independence and build confidence in this transitional class. They will experience the water on their own for the first time through games, songs and active water play.

Salamander 3-6 yrs

Salamander is an un-parented class, children will be with the instructor at all times. Preschoolers actively learn new swimming skills including assisted floats and glides through games and songs. Fun includes learning to jump into chest deep water.

Sunfish 3-6yrs

Sunfish is an un-parented class, children will be with the instructor at all times. Preschoolers will work on stroke and skills progressions. Learning also focuses on good judgment in, on and around the water, and entries and floats in deep water.

Crocodile 3-6yrs

Crocodile is an un-parented class, children will be with the instructor at all times. Preschoolers start independent glides and kicking in deep water. Endurance is built through increasing distance for front and back swims.

Whale 3-6yrs

Whale is an un-parented class, children will be with the instructor at all times. Children learn to swim independently and participate in team games. Distance will be increased and skills improved in front and back swims. They also learn about throwing assists to help another person in the water.

Level 1

This entry level provides orientation to water and pool area, and introduces floats and glides with kicks. Children build their endurance by improving distance.

Level 2

This level helps build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a personal flotation device. Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides.

Level 3

This level provides introduction to front crawl, and lays foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Endurance in achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15 meter swim.

Level 4

The front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25 metre swim.

Level 5

Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Children try stride dives and receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50 metre swim.

Level 6

Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is newly introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75 metre swim.

Level 7

This level builds on skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke and introduces whip kick on the front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions, and participate in treading water for increasing endurance. Endurance is built through timed treading water and a 150-metre swim.

Level 8

This level provides introduction to breaststroke, feet first surface dives and rescue entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 300-metre swim.

Level 9

Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. Children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first shallow dives and standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400-metre swim.

Level 10

This level features further refinement of strokes, and the introduction of sidestroke. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice, and head-first and feet-first shallow dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and a 500-metre swim.

Teen Swim Workout

Bring your swimming to the next level and learn how to make the most of all your aquatic workouts. Learn about and prepare for aquatic certifications and careers.

Homeschool Swimming Level 1 & 2

This program is not currently being offered.
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Homeschool Swimming Level 3 & 4

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Homeschool Swimming Level 5 & 6

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Homeschool Swimming Level 7 & 8

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Homeschool Swimming Level 9 & 10

This program is not currently being offered.
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Homeschool Teen Swim Workout

This program is not currently being offered.
Please check under "Swimming (Under 16yrs)" to see our swimming lessons.