Swimming Lessons

Parks, Recreation & Culture offer a variety of swimming lessons starting at 4 months of age for all abilities and age groups. Private and group lessons are offered as well as stroke improvement and aquatic leadership.

Swim Lessons & Lifeguard Leadership courses can be found in our Arts and Recreation Guide.

For Swimmers with Disabilities: Please fill out the Swimmer Information Intake Form (PDF) and return to the Aquatics section.

Swimming Lesson Levels

Adaptive Lessons

The aquatics department is committed to promoting the dignity, independence and potential of persons with disabilities, though small group size lessons. Ideal for children aged 3 - 12 years with mental or physical disabilities who learn best in a quieter environment. Please note: Lesson intake form must be filled out prior to lessons.

Parent Participation - Infant & Tot Lessons

Waterbabies 4M-12M and Parent & Tot (Level 1 is 12M-24M & Level 2 is 24M-36M). Parents are in the water giving one on one attention to their children and learning the basics of being water wise through games and exploration.

Guppies 1 - 2 Preschool Lessons

Guppies are beginning swimmers from 3 - 4 years of age. These first levels are taught mainly in the tot pool and focus on beginning skills from movement to assisted floats.

Minnows 1 - 5 Preschool Lessons

Minnows is designed for swimmers 4 - 5 years of age. This level is taught mainly in the leisure pool with the upper levels 4 - 5, gaining exposure to the teach pool. Minnows is intended for beginning swimmers of this age group.

Private Lessons

- One-on-one instruction for those needing individual attention. All ages are welcome.

Smart to Start

For children 9 - 12 years just starting out in swimming lessons. Focus will be on the first four levels of the Swim Kids Program.

Smart Teen

This course is designed for the specific needs of beginning swimmers in the 13 - 18 year age group. Positive experiences in the water and beginning swimming skills are focused on in this level.

Swim Kids 1 - 10

School Age (Child is 6 years old+ or completion of Minnows 5 and 5 years old.) The Red Cross Swim Kids Program lends attention to both swimming skills and water safety education. Progressive evaluation points throughout the levels allow participants to learn and progress at their rate.

Adult/Teen Lessons

Designed specifically for adults and teens age 13 years +. Classes will be a learning centred environment allowing participants to learn skills important to them.

Swim Evaluation

Not sure what lesson is right for you or your child? Drop by for a free evaluation to ensure you are registered in the best level for you.

Use of Sauna & Steam Room by Children

Due to the high temperature of the sauna and steam room, children under 16 years of age are not permitted to use them.


Volunteer opportunities in the aquatic area are available to assist with swimming lessons and special events. Volunteering can bring personal rewards and valuable experience for those interested in pursuing a career in aquatics. See our Volunteer for Aquatics page for how to apply.