Swim Lessons and Swimming

You're never too young to learn and never too old to start!

The "Swim for Life Lifesaving Society program features seamles program progression, from parent and tot to leadership programs. Stroke and skill-driven program content and Water Smart® messages embedded in the skills taught during the programs. See the quick reference charts located below

session dates for swim lessons

picture of kids swimming






Looking for something to do with the kids or looking to do some fitness swimming?  Drop in to one of the many recreation swims offered.  Please review the swim admissions and supervision standards prior.

Drop In Swim Schedule

Swim admission and supervision standards

Aquafit Programs

Spray Pads

Rotary Park Pool

 Swim lesson quick reference chart (Spring/Summer 2019)

chart list of swim lessons 

chart list of swim lessons 

 Swim Lesson Progression chart and program descriptions

swim lesson description chart

swim lesson description chart

swim lesson description chart


 Leadership Programs

 Bronze Star

Prerequiste: Star Patrol recommended. 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.  This program includes a timed 400 metre swim, and will help to prepare participants for success in Bronze Medallion.

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Prerequiste: 13 years of age or Bronze Star. Gain an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.  Rescueers will learn tows, carries, defense methods and releases in preperations for challenging rescues.

Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid. Lifesavers learn to perform safe rescues in challenging emergency scenarios, providing advanced training in the lifesaving principles learned in Bronze Medallion. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for the Swim Instructor and National Lifeguard courses. Standard First Aid covers all aspects of first aid and CPR training, including CPR-C certification, breathing and cardiac emergencies, bone and joint injuries, bleeding, and other medical emergencies.

Lifesaving Assistant Instructor

Prerequisite: 14 years of age and current Bronze Cross (or higher) certification and Standard First Aid. Through classroom learning and in-water practise, this program prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. You will be introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized. 100% attendance is required.

Lifesaving and Swim Instructor

Prerequisite: 16 years of age and Bronze Cross award or higher and Standard First Aid. (Note: HIGH FIVE® is now included in Instructor’s certification.) This program prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate swim strokes and lifesaving skills. Through classroom learning and in-water practise, instructor candidates explore proven teaching methods; learning strategies and activities; a variety of strokes and skills; effective correction techniques and evaluation criteria. Practice teaching is emphasized throughout. 100% attendance is required.

National Lifeguard

Prerequisite: 16 years of age, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid. Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada, National Lifeguard education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. 100% attendance is required.