Pool Programs & Swim Lessons

Parent and Tot Program

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun and learn and socialize.

Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.

Because activities and progressions are based on your child's development, you register in the level appropriate for your child's age.  Parent & Tot 1 is designed for 4 to 12 month old children, Parent & Tot 2 for 12 to 24 month old children and Parent & Tot 3 is for children 2 to 3 years old.

Each program encourages toddlers to learn to enjoy the water with their parents.

Click on any of the Parent & Tot links to be taken directly to the Lifesaving Society website for complete details of what you can expect your child to learn.

Preschool Program

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

Preschool 1: We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves. Preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We’ll help them jump into chest deep water.  They’ll try floats on their front and back, and glides on their back while wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They’ll learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2: These preschoolers learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They’ll submerge and exhale underwater.  While wearing a Personal Flotation Device they’ll glide on their front and back.

Preschool 3: These youngsters will try both jumping and a side roll into deep water while wearing a Personal Flotation Device.  They’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water.  They’ll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.

Preschool 4: Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They’ll do side roll entries and open their eyes underwater.  They’ll master a short (3–5 m) swim on their front and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5: These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a PFD and holding their breath underwater for up to 10 sec. They’ll work on longer front and back crawl swims, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.

Click on any of the Preschool level links to be taken directly to the Lifesaving Society website for complete details of what you can expect your child to learn.

Swimmer Program

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep.  Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics.  We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels.

Swimmer 1: These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a Personal Flotation Device. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2: These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10-15m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training, 4 x 9-12m.

Swimmer 3: These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults. Their new bag of tricks includes handstands and completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard.  They’ll work on 10-15m of front crawl, back crawl and whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 25m.

Swimmer 4: These intermediate swimmers will swim 5m underwater and lengths of front crawl, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25m and 4 x 2 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5: These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. Surface dives will take them down to underwater swims. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50m swims of each, and breaststroke over 15-25m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50m front or back crawl; and 4 x 10-15m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6: These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic 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 25m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll complain about the 300m workout.

Click on any of the Swimmer level links to be taken directly to the Lifesaving Society website for complete details of what you can expect your child to learn.

Lifesaving Programs

The Lifesaving Society provides a fun and challenging progression of lifesaving training programs.  Canadian Swim Patrol and 3 Bronze awards are designed for swimmers between 8 and 15 years of age.  Our first aid certifications focus on the practical ABCs of lifesaving.

Canadian Swim Patrol

The Lifesaving Society’s 3-level Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who want to develop swim strokes and skills while having fun in the challenging world of lifesaving. Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart® behaviour. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.

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

Ranger Patrol: Swimmers develop better strokes over 75m 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: Swimmers are challenged with 600m workouts, 300m timed swims and a 25m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

Bronze Awards

Bronze Star

Bronze Star is a 10-12 hour course that prepares participants for success in Bronze Medallion.  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 life guard.  This certification includes a timed 400m swim.

Prerequisites: None (but Swim Patrol experience is recommended).

Evaluation and certification: Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate all items and certify candidates.  The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Star medal, Bronze Star Award crest, certification card.

Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion is an 18-20 hour course that teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water-rescue education: 1) judgment, 2) knowledge, 3) skill and 4) fitness.  Rescuers learn tows and carries and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.  Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim.

Bronze Medallion is recognized as the waterfront supervisory certification for Ontario’s Recreational Camp Regulation 568.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).

Evaluation and certification:  Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates.  The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition: Bronze Medallion medal, Bronze Medallions Award crest, certification card.

Required reference material:  Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Bronze Cross

Bronze Cross is an 18-20 hour course designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.  Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.  This certification includes a 600m timed swim.

Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certificate in Ontario Regulation 565 governing public swimming pools.

Prerequisite:  Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certifications (need not be current).

Evaluation and certification:  Current Lifesaving Instructors evaluate most items, but only Bronze Cross Examiners may certify candidates.  The Lifesaving Society deems its certifications to be “current” for 24 months from the certification date.

Candidate recognition:  Bronze Cross medal, Bronze Cross Award crest, certification card.

Required reference material:  Canadian Lifesaving Manual

Click on any of the Swim Patrol level or Bronze award links to be taken directly to the Lifesaving Society website for complete details of what you can expect your child to learn.

 

***Information provided on this page is directly from the Lifesaving Society website.

The swim lesson schedule and fees are available for download or viewing.

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