Swim Lesson Descriptions

Please note that children not yet potty trained, please wear plastic pants or little swimmers on children, not diapers.

Parent & Tot 1 (4 to 12 months): your child will learn to enjoy being in the water with you in this class.

Parent & Tot 2 (12 to 24 months): your child will learn to enjoy being in the water with you in this class.

Parent & Tot 3 (2 to 3 years): your child will learn to enjoy being in the water with you in this class.

Preschool 1: we welcome you to join your little one until they are comfortable on their own in this class. Your preschooler will learn to get in and out of the water and jump into chest deep water. They will do floats and glides on their front and back, and learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater. 

Preschool 2: you’re preschooler will learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and how to get in and get out wearing a life jacket. They’ll also submerge and exhale underwater. While they wear a life jacket they’ll glide on their front and back.

Preschool 3: your child will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while they wear a life jacket and they’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They’ll also work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back. 

Preschool 4: your child will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and how to get out by themselves. They’ll do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They’ll also master a short (5m) swim on their front wearing a life jacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5: your child will get more confident with a forward roll entry wearing a life jacket and treading water for 10 sec. They’ll work on front and back crawl swims for 5m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.

Swimmer 1: your child will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a life jacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll also work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back. 

Swimmer 2: your child will learn to feel comfortable jumping into deeper water and learn to fall sideways into the water wearing a life jacket. They’ll also learn to support themselves on the surface without an aid, whip kick, swim 10m on their front and back, and we will introduce them to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5m).Swimmer 3Your child will dive and do front somersaults, and handstands in the water. They’ll work on their front crawl for 15m, back crawl and whip kick for 10 m. Their flutter kick interval training will increase to 4 x 15m. 

Swimmer 4: your child will swim 5m underwater and complete lengths of front and back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. They will also finish the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard then finish with front crawl sprints over 25m and 4 x 25m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5: your swimmer will master their shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50m, and breaststroke over 25m. Then they’ll pick up the pace doing 25m sprints and two interval training stints: 4 x 50m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6: your swimmer will rise to the challenge of more advanced skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and complete a 300 m workout.

Rookie Patrol/Swimmer 7: your swimmer will continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding. Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

Ranger Patrol/Swimmer 8: your swimmer will develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke. They tackle lifesaving sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.

Star Patrol/Swimmer 9: your swimmer will be challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100 m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defense methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

Adult 1: you’ll work towards a 10–15 m swim on your front and back. You’ll do jump entries from the side and recover an object from the bottom in chest-deep water. Improve your fitness and your flutter kick with 4 x 9–12 m interval training.

Adult 2: kick it up a notch working on two interval training workouts of 4 x 25 m kicking and front or back crawl. You’ll be able to perform dive entries and demonstrate breaststroke arms and breathing over 10–15 m. You’ll be supporting yourself at the surface for 1–2 minutes, and showing off your handstands in shallow water.

Adult 3: no sweat (or at least none anyone can see). You’ll learn eggbeater, stride entries and compact jumps. You’ll be doing a 300 m workout and sprinting 25–50 m. You’ll master your front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.


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