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Swim Lessons

At the Y, we believe the ability to swim is a critical life skill for everyone, regardless of your age. We offer a diverse array of swimming programs for all ages, levels and needs. And the best news? Y memberships are all-inclusive and include swim lessons*!

The Y Difference

At the Y, we know that people learn at different paces — that’s why we offer the YMCA Canada continuous swim model. With our model:

Explore our classes!

Fall session (September 18 – December 17, 2017)

  • Preschool Swim Lessons - Registered
  • Li'l Dippers - Parented (3-36 months)

    Beginner level swimmers will improve body awareness and motor skills as they attempt front floats, back floats, splashing, blowing bubbles and jumping into the water. With their adult caregiver by their side, they will become comfortable with movement in the water.

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    • To ensure as many children as possible have an opportunity to participate, there is a limit of one class per child per session
    • Swim diapers are mandatory for children who are not potty trained
    • Member-exclusive but excludes Family Casual
  • Gym & Swim - Parented (6-36 months)

    Spend some quality time with your kid and be active together. Parents play alongside their child and enjoy songs, games, guided movement and free play provided by our trained instructors in both the gym and pool.

  • Gym & Swim (3-5 years)

    Under the guidance of our trained instructors, children will enjoy songs, games, guided movement and free play in the gym followed by Li’l Dippers swimming lessons in the pool.

  • Li'l Dippers (3-5 years)

    Preschoolers will be introduced to swim movement skills, gain independence, develop a sense of comfort and confidence in the water and learn basic water safety.

  • Youth Swim Lessons - Registered
  • Adaptive Swim

    A swim program for members 12 years old and under who are challenged with cognitive or physical disabilities. Instructors coach individual support workers (provided by family) to teach and develop swim skills to the member.

  • Junior Lifeguard Club (Ages 8+)

    Does your child want more than what swimming lessons offer? With a focus on fun, this action-packed program develops aquatic skills using personal-bests to determine achievement. Improve your child’s swimming skills, lifesaving skills & knowledge, leadership & teamwork skills and personal fitness. Plus, they can train for competitions and work on special events.

  • Learn to Swim

    Your beginner-level swimmer will learn foundational swimming skills that will be applied throughout their future aquatic endeavours. They will improve their body awareness and motor skills as they submerge, kick, roll and jump in the water. They will be competent swimmers on their front and back when they complete the Swimmer stage.

  • Star Swim Program

    Your continuing swimmer will learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke, side stroke and increase their swimming distance to 350m by the end of Star 4. Optional items give your child opportunities to explore competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and aquafit.

  • Star Leadership Swim Program

    Your competent and confident swimmer will build on their strong aquatic skills to learn basic first aid to safely help others who are in trouble in the water, and to improve their physical fitness. Each level has a component of learning how to teach others and optional items include advanced swim skills, competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and aquafit.

  • Swim Club (10-17 years)

    Swim Club is a fitness-based course where students can work on continued development of swim strokes. Students will work toward achieving endurance and sprint challenges of choice. Students will work on team and individual development through exercise drills and competitions.

  • Youth Swim Lessons - Drop In
  • Come & Go Swim Lessons

    Led by our certified swim instructors, this casual-basis, member-exclusive swim program helps kids ages 4-8 years gain confidence in the water and build and maintain their swimming skills! With no defined swim levels, kids are separated each class into groups based on ability and age. There is no commitment to a multi-week program – simply sign up, on a per class basis, within 1-24 hours of the class time.

    • Note: this program does not focus on stroke development nor are formal assessments given.
  • Teen & Adult Swim Lessons - Registered
  • Junior Lifeguard Club (Ages 8+)

    The Junior Lifeguard Club (JLC) offers serious fun for children and youth 8-years-old and up. The Junior Lifeguard Club provides an actionpacked challenge for kids who love the water but who want more than swimming lessons. The JLC focuses on fun and developing skills using personal-bests to determine achievement. You can get better at your swimming skills, lifesaving skills and fitness, leadership and teamwork skills. You can also train for competitions and work on special events.

  • Swim Club (10-17 years)

    Swim Club is a fitness-based course where participants can work on continued development of swim strokes. Students will work toward achieving endurance, and sprint challenges of choice. Students will work on team and individual development through exercise drills and competitions.

  • Teen & Adult Swim Lessons - Drop In
  • Teen Swim Lessons

    Specifically for teens ages 13-17 years, this Swim Program improves swimming abilities, furthers water sport and safety skills, develops endurance and teaches new strokes.

  • Adult Swim Lessons

    It’s never too late to start swimming! Designed for adults who are non-swimmers, lessons are designed to teach basic skills and improve comfort in the water.

*excluding Family Casual memberships.