Aquatics Programs

Swim Lesson Survival Guide

The following tips are some guidelines and recommendations to help you and your child have a positive swim lesson experience.  



Are you wondering which lesson level to register you or your child in? Call the Aquatic Centre to set up a time to have your child’s swim level skills evaluated.



Have your child changed and ready three minutes before class start time and then head out to the deck area and wait by the wooden bench. Please note that if a swim lesson is missed by the swimmer, there is no makeup or credits for that class.



Questions or concerns about your child’s lessons should be brought to the lesson supervisor as quickly as possible.



Children are not to go into the hot tub prior to their lesson.


SWIM CAMP DAYS (ages 7 - 12)
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | $35 for first child; $25/additional sibling

A day of various activities and swimming. A fun, alternative child care arrangement for a non-school day.
March 23 •
Activity #9271  |  April 20 • Activity #9272  |  May 4 • Activity #9274  |  May 18 • Activity #9275


For more information, contact the Aquatic Centre at 403-227-2924

Drop-In Programs

Sometimes you just gotta swim! There are a number of activities happening at the pool for all ages – whether you are wanting to take just a leisurely swim or take a class that is more structured. Click here for a list of drop-in rates and the public swimming times.

Aquafit Classes

Aquafit classes are offered in the morning or afternoon, with some classes offering supervised play (supervised swim is for kids over 3 years of age) so your kids can splash around while you take some well deserved time for yourself!

Shallow Aquafit
When: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Deep Water Aquafit
When: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Deep Water Aquafit with Supervised Play
When: Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.


Water Polo & Floatie Friday * New* 

Public Water Polo (All Ages)
When: Friday, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
(with swiming level above SK4)
Floatie Friday
When: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
(bring your own floatie)



Registration Programs 

The Aquatic Centre offers many programs for all ages and they are lead with skilled and educated instruction.

Pre-School Lessons (Age 4 months - 6 years)

Parent & Tot 

Starfish / Duck | 30 Min.
Age 4 months - 2 years

Starfish/Duck is an orientation to the water for babies and their parents/guardians. Babies must be able to hold their head up in order to participate. The goal is to help them experience the water and start understanding how to move, float and blow bubbles, as well as instructs parents/guardians on how to be safe around water. 

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Sea Turtle | 30 Min.
Age 2 - 3 years 

This level is to help wean the toddler from the parent/ guardian so they become more independent with an instructor. They will work on blowing bubbles, floats, kicks and help the toddlers know how to be safe around water.

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On My Own

Sea Otter | 30 Min.
Age 3 - 6 years

At this level, our swimmers work on becoming comfortable in the water while doing floats, glides and starting to swim one metre, as well as feeling comfortable with their faces in the water blowing bubbles. Children will also learn to make sure it is safe and have adult supervision before entering the water. The instructor will evaluate based on the child need of minimal assistance from the instructor or flotation devices.

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Salamander | 45 Min.
Age 3 - 6 years 

Building on the Sea Otter skills, swimmers will work on swimming two metres, rollover glides, jumping into chest-deep water, treading for five-seconds and learning more about Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices.

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Sunfish | 45 Min.
Age 3 - 6 years 

Building on Salamander skills, swimmers will work on swimming five-metres, learning how to move in the water by changing directions and weight transfer, more deep water skills will be added and side glides will be introduced.

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Crocodile / Whale | 45 Min.
Age 3 - 6 years 

Building on Sunfish skills, swimmers will work on swimming five-metres and ten-metres on front and back, treading water up to 20-seconds, start sitting dives and basic water rescue.

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School Aged Lessons (Age 5 - 13 years)

Swim Kids Level 1 | 45 Min. 
This is an orientation to the water working on being comfortable with having body submerged and able to blow bubbles. Swimmers work on front and back glides and swimming five metres.

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Swim Kids Level 2 | 45 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 10 metres, deep-water activities, and learning how to call 9-1-1. Focus will be placed on front, back and side glides in order to get a strong rollover glide.

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Swim Kids Level 3 | 45 Min.
wimmers will work on swimming up to 15 metres. Deep-water skills are introduced such as floats, changing direction, and surface support for 20 seconds. Working on a front to side glide combination will start to prepare the swimmer for front crawl.

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Swim Kids Level 4 | 45 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 25 metres. Build on the side glide combos to start front crawl, dives. Also back crawls and shoulder rolls start.

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Swim Kids Level 5 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 50 metres. Stride dives, disorienting entrees, whip kick and sculling are introduced.

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Swim Kids Level 6 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 75 metres. Elementary back stroke, dolphin kick, and head-first sculling are introduced.

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Swim Kids Level 7 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 150 metres. Stride entry and water safety skills, front sculling, and front whip kick will be introduced. Front and back crawl are for 50 metres.

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Swim Kids Level 8 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 300 metres. Eggbeater while treading water, feet-first surface dive, breast stroke and rescue breathing will be introduced.

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Swim Kids Level 9 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 400 metres. Head-first dives, complications with rescue breathing, boating regulation and sidestroke are introduced.

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Swim Kids Level 10 | 60 Min.
Swimmers will work on swimming up to 500 metres. Technique will be the main focus for all the strokes. Vertical dolphin kick, sun smart and ice rescues will be introduced.

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Teen & Adult Lessons (Age 13+ years)

Learn to Swim Beginner | 45 Min.
This lesson is designed to help participants become comfortable in the water. The focus is about the bodies center of buoyance, how to control breathing and the basics for building strokes.

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Advanced Certification (Age 8+ years)

Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion / Cross
Age 13+ years

Gain the understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defence and release methods in preparation for Bronze Cross.

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Life Saving Society National Lifeguard
Age 16+ years

This program builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the prerequisite Lifesaving Society lifesaving certifications. Recognized as the standard for lifeguards in Canada, this training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard.

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Jr. Lifeguard Club
Age 8 - 15 years

The Junior Lifeguard Club is for youth who are able to swim at least 25m, level 4 or equivalent This program is designed to let kids participate in activities similar to those of real lifeguards in a safe, fun, controlled setting.

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Red Cross Certified Baby Sitting Course
Age 11 - 15 years

Receive basic first aid and caregiving skills to prepare yourself to care for younger children. Also, learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies. Course also offers training to promote yourself to prospective parents to baby sit their children.

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Aquatic's Other Programming

Kidproof™ Home Alone Program
Mar. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Is your child ready to stay home alone? Kidproof At Home Alone training is designed to give children the tools and knowledge to look after themselves while at home unsupervised for short periods of time. This program is recommended for kids 10 - 13 years of age and is not a certified course. 

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