Swimming lesson information

Find out information on swimming lessons at your local pool, including how to register, what to expect from a lesson, and what happens if you miss a lesson.

Check for lesson break dates

Check your scheduled swimming lesson is still taking place. Some lessons may have breaks due to holidays or facility closures. Check at the pool or your program confirmation receipt for break dates.

Register at the right level

Check the Learn to swim pathway or come to the pool for a free assessment. The aquatic staff offers assessments during recreational swims to help you determine which level is correct for you or your child.

Parent’s day

A parent’s day is scheduled for one week during each session. Parents are encouraged to speak with their child’s instructor after their lesson.

What to expect at a lesson

The Swim for Life program focuses on the acquisition and development of fundamental swim strokes and skills for learners of all ages and abilities.

Swimming requires a lot of practice and positive feedback to be successful. The Swim for Life swim program allows students to progress comfortably at their own rate.

We encourage you to talk about lessons with your child. Make sure that you have realistic expectations and that your child feels no pressure to “pass” a level, but rather focuses on “completing” the skills at their own rate.

Look at swimming lessons as a long-term progression.

How you can help your child

  • Participate in a recreational swim before your first lesson. Orient your child to the change room, washrooms, and pool. Have fun and practice skills that your child already knows.
  • Swimming is a skill; it requires patience, practice, and lots of feedback. Individuals need to progress at their own rate. Talk with your child about their lessons and have realistic expectations.
  • Inform the instructor if your child is repeating the level
  • Bring your previous report card for your new instructor to review

Missed and cancelled classes

There are no catch-up classes if you miss or cannot attend a class.

If a program doesn’t have the required minimum number of swimmers, it may be canceled at any time. Some programs may be combined.

Check your confirmation receipt or closure notices posted at the pool.