Swimming Lessons & Aquatics

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 and return to the Aquatics Department.
Swim Lesson

Private Lessons

Is your child struggling with a difficult skill? Do you feel you need a refresher to brush up on your strokes? Register for a private, one-on-one lesson for you or your child and get back into the swim of things today.
When registering, please bring your child's most recent progress memo with you. We recommend a re-evaluation if the time since your last swimming lesson is greater than six months. Come in any day except Sunday for a free evaluation of your child's skill level.

Supervision of Children

In accordance with provincial guidelines for swimming pools, we require someone over 16 years of age to be within arm's reach of all children under 7 years old (maximum three children per adult).

Use of Sauna, Steam Room & Whirlpool by Children

Due to the high temperature of the sauna, steam room and whirlpool, 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.

Swimming Lesson Levels

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 ages 4-5 years of age. Minnows 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.

Parent Participation

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

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

For teens ages 12 - 16 years who are just starting out in swimming lessons. Focus will be on the first four levels of the Swim Kids Program.

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. Completion of the Swim Kids curriculum will allow participants to train as Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.