Aquatics Programs

Swimming lessons are a great outlet to build confidence, pride and social skills


Events & Notices

MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN: Please be advised that the Aquatic Centre will be closed for seasonal maintenance starting this Friday at 1:00 p.m. on August 17. The Centre will reopen in the morning on September 7.

MARKON ELECTRONIC is sponsoring our Tuesday Toonie Swim! Come every Tuesday to the Aquatic Centre for a FREE swim starting April 3. There is a capacity of 100 people to attend, so come early to get your spot. Thank you Markon Electric!


Drop-In Activities

Click here for a list of drop-in rates and the public swimming times. 

Please note that schedules are subject to change. Stay informed and follow us on the Innisfail Rec & Culture Facebook page or call ahead to the Aquatic Centre at 403-227-2924.

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 (May - June)
    Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • Deep Water Aquafit (May - June)
    Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Deep Water Aquafit with Supervised Play  (May - June)
    Monday & Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Combined Shallow and Deep Water Aquafit (May - June)
    Fridays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Swim Fit (May - June)
    Monday - Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Lane Swimming

Lane Swimming listings for May - June. 

  • 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.
    Monday - Friday
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Monday - Sunday (Lane Swim/Tot Swim)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Monday - Friday (2 Lanes)
  • 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
    Monday - Thursday


Aquatics Programs

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

Please note that lessons are cancelled 5-days prior to the start date if registration numbers are too low. 

NEW! Merfolk Swim Camp

CALLING ALL MERMAIDS AND MERMEN! Experience swimming like the Merfolk for two full days (8 hours/day) that will teach you basic swimming skills before transitioning into merfolk monofins. These swim sessions incorporate movement skills, fitness, pool entries and exits, dolphin dives, spins, turns, and of course mermaid games. Besides the four swim sessions in the water with the merfolk tails, the camp also features a ton of underwater themed crafts and activities outside the pool. Best of all, the fin is yours to keep!

Requirements: Swimmers must be in level 5 or above and be aged 8-12

Merfolk Swim Camp 1

($232.50) August 7 - 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Merfolk Swim Camp 2

($232.50) August 9 - 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pre-School Lessons (3 mos - 6 yrs)

Starfish/Duck (4 mos - 2 yrs)

This 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. The class also instructs parents/guardians on how to be safe around water. 30 Minutes


Sea Turtle (2 yrs - 3 yrs)

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. 30 Minutes


Sea Otter (3 yrs - 6 yrs)

In this level, our swimmers work on becoming comfortable in the water while doing floats, glides and starting to swim one metre. Swimmers will also work on 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. 30 Minutes


Salamander (3 yrs - 6 yrs)

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 (PFD). 45 Minutes


Sunfish (3 yrs - 6 yrs)

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. 45 Minutes


Crocodile/Whale (3 yrs - 6 yrs)

Building on Sunfish skills swimmers will work on swimming seven metres/ten metres on front and back, treading water for up to 20 seconds, start sitting dives and start of a basic water rescue. 45 Minutes



School Aged Lessons (5 - 13 yrs)

Swim Kids Level 1 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

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. 45 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 2 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers will work on swimming up to 10 metres, deep-water activities, and learning how to call 9-1-1. A focus will be placed on front, back and side glides in order to get a strong rollover glide. 45 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 3 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers 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. 45 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 4 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

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. 45 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 5 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers will work on swimming up to 50 metres. Stride dives, disorienting entrees, whip kick and sculling are introduced. 60 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 6 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers will work on swimming up to 75 metres. Elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, and head-first sculling are introduced. 60 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 7 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

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 is for 50 metres. 60 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 8 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers will work on swimming up to 300 metres. Eggbeater while treading water, feet-first surface dive, breaststroke and rescue breathing will be introduced. 60 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 9 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

Swimmers will work on swimming up to 400 metres. Head-first dives, complications with rescue breathing, boating regulation and sidestroke are introduced. 60 Minutes


Swim Kids Level 10 (5 yrs - 13 yrs)

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. 60 Minutes



Youth, Teen & Adult Advanced Certifications (8 yrs+)

Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion/Cross
($280) July 2 - 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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. Ages 13+ years


Junior Lifeguard Club
($135) April 24 to June 19, 2018
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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. Ages 8+ years


Life Saving Society National Lifeguard
($330) August 7 to 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 an understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. Ages 16+ years

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid


Life Saving National Lifeguard Re-Certification
($35) May 4, 2018
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This program is to renew your National Lifeguard certification. You must bring current award at program start in order to complete certification. Ages 16+ years


Other Programming & Certifications

Life Saving Standard First Aid
($135) July 26 to 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This is a comprehensive 2-day course, that offers first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR Level C) skills for work requirements or for those who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. This course includes the latest first aid and CPR and AED guidelines. Ages 11+ years


Red Cross Certified Baby Sitting Course
($45) June 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Receive basic first aid and caregiving skills to prepare yourself to care for younger children. Also, learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies. The course also offers training to promote yourself to prospective parents to babysit their children. Ages 11 - 15 years


Kidproof™ Home Alone Program
($30) August 3, 2018
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Recommended for kids who are 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 alone for short periods of time.

Kid's will learn about their rights and responsibilities when home alone, safe practices when home alone, how to respond safely to emergencies, and how to keep occupied constructively.


This program is recommended for kids 10-13 years old and is not a certified course. 


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For more information about programs, public swim or drop-in activities, contact the Aquatic Centre at 403-227-2924.  


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Program Guide

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