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Program Descriptions

Our popular preschool program continues to focus on the same learning objectives—building confidence and developing skills in young swimmers. Our small class sizes, qualified and caring instructors and a zero depth entry leisure pool provide an optimal learning environment for your child.

– 36 Months

Parents & Tots 1 (4 – 12 mths)
A great introductory class for babies to experience buoyancy and movement in the water.

 

Parents & Tots 2 (13 – 24 mths) 
In this class, specifically designed for older babies, young participants will build confidence while enjoying the water through games, songs and active water play.

 

Parents & Ducks (24 – 36 mths)
Children will build confidence and independence through games, songs and active water play. Participants will be encouraged to interact with the instructor with the intent of preparing them for un-parented classes. Upon completion children who are two years old have the option of continuing in this program or registering in the un-parented Ducks program.

2 Years

Ducks An introduction to swimming without a caregiver, participants will be introduced to pool safety, water entrances and exits, floats and glides. Now with a ratio of three children to one instructor!

 

Jellyfish This level will build on the basic skills of Ducks, including water safety and jumps, and an introduction to unassisted floats and glides. Now with a ratio of three children to one instructor!

 

3 Years

Minnows This program for three year olds with little swim experience is designed to make children comfortable in a lesson setting, introduce pool safety and develop basic swim skills.

 

Guppies An easy progression for swimmers that builds on the basic skills of Minnows. Including water safety, breathing, jumps and an introduction to unassisted floats and glides.

 

Seahorses Swimmers will gain more independence and confidence in the water through deep water floats and jumps, front swim and glides.

 

4/5 Years

Seals This introduction class for older preschool children with little swim experience is designed to introduce pool safety and develop basic swim skills including assisted floats and jumps and more.

 

Dolphins Building on basic skills of Seals, swimmers will gain more water safety knowledge and work on jumps, glides and unassisted floats.

 

Killer Whales Swimmers will gain confidence through unassisted floats, swimming with PFDs, rhythmic breathing and more.

 

Sharks Building on skills from Killer Whales, swimmers will learn pool rules, explore buoyancy, and work on front and back swims.

 

Ogopogos Swimmers will learn more safety skills, jump into deeper water unassisted, work on a front dive and practice front and back swims.

 

Barracudas Swimmers learn swim strokes including streamlined glides, sculling, front swims with breathing and advanced boating safety.

Not Sure?

If you are unsure of the level of your child, we offer free swim evaluations during any of our public swims where one of our lifeguards/instructors will be happy to do an assessment of your child. Upon completion of the assessment, you will
receive a slip of paper with the assessed level which you can then bring to the front desk for registration.