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We offer a wide range of swimming lessons to suit every age and skill level. We offer both Red Cross swimming lessons and Lifesaving Society swimming lessons, as well as water safety courses. View 'the link' for all current swimming lessons.
Red Cross Swim Preschool is an eight-level stand-alone program for four-month to six-year-old children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability. Each level is represented by an animal mascot that is incorporated into the content and makes the lesson engaging and fun, through songs and activities.
* No class February 17th, make up day is February 21, 2014. Same time as regular class.
This course is a combination of 2 similar levels for different age groups. Starfish is an introductory class for babies, 4-18 months, and their parent or caregiver. Starfish level, babies must be able to hold their head up. Duck is for toddlers or older babies, 18-30 months, with a parent or caregiver. Toddlers build confidence while enjoying the water through games, songs and active water play. The goal of these classes is to experience buoyancy, movement, entries, songs, and play in the water.
This class is for beginners participating without a parent or caregiver. Using games and activities, this level is an introduction to skills in swimming, glides, and floating while developing an awareness of deep water and safe entries.
Preschoolers actively learn new swimming skills including assisted floats and glides through games and songs. The fun includes learning to jump into chest deep water.
Assisted by an Instructor, preschoolers work on stroke and skills progressions. Learning also focuses on good judgement in, on and around the water, plus entries and floats in deep water.
This is a combination of the last two preschool levels which share similar skills. In crocodile swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously. In whale swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.
Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for five to twelve-year-old children.
Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success. The program teaches competitive and survival strokes, as well as increasing the distance and speed that each swimmer can achieve, while focusing on making safe decisions in, on and around the water. * No class February 17th, make up day is February 21, 2014. Same time as regular class.
Swimmers receive an orientation to the water and the pool area. Swimmers will work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5m front swim.
Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and remain at the surface. Swimmers work on the front swim (5m), learn about deep-water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m flutter kick and a 10m distance swim.
Swim Kids 3 provides an introduction to diving, and teaches swimmers how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15-metre swim.
Swim Kids 4 introduces the front crawl (10m) and back swim with shoulder roll (15m). Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25m swim.
Swim Kids 5 introduces the back crawl (15m), sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15m. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50m swim.
Swim Kids 6 refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing (25m), back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll (25m), and introduces elementary backstroke (15m). Water safety skills such as safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists are taught. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1 minute. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 75m swim.
Swim Kids 7 builds skills and endurance for the front crawl (50m), back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m) as well as introduces whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, reaching assists and stride entry. Swimming endurance is increased to 150m.
Swim Kids 8 introduces swimmers to breast stroke (15m), continues to develop front crawl and back crawl with an increased distance of 75m each. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults, as well as standing shallow dives and feet-first surface dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes. Endurance is built on a 300m swim.
Swim Kids 9 refines the front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breast stroke (25m), and encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400m swim.
Swim Kids 10 is a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance (front crawl 100m, back crawl 100m, elementary back stroke 50m, breast stroke 50m and sidestroke 25m). Swimmers learn about sun safety, the rescue of others from ice, as well as head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is developed through the dolphin kick and a 500m swim technique and distance (front crawl 100m, back crawl 100m, elementary back stroke 50m, breast stroke 50m and sidestroke 25m). Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick and a 500m swim.
Red Cross Swim Basics is a class in which the two-level learn-to-swim programs for adults and teens have been combined. This course is designed to develop or increase swimmers’ comfort in the water through basic flotation, movement, and breathing skills and to foster the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to stay safe in, on, and around the water.
Red Cross Swim Strokes is a stand-alone stroke development program for adults and teens, and for participants in Red Cross Swim Kids who require additional work on a stroke to complete the level. The program is designed to further develop strokes chosen by the swimmer in consultation with the Water Safety Instructor, and increase swimming distances and proficiency.
Private Lessons are for those swimmers that need specific attention due to unique circumstances in which one of the Red Cross swim programs that are offered would not meet the swimmers needs completely. Please review the many programs we offer as one of them may be better suited to meet your needs.
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