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Parents/Guardians : To ensure your child is placed in the correct level for swimming lessons, we offer free evaluations during public swim times.


Starfish (4 to 12 months) / Duck (12 to 24 months) Starfish:

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An introductory class for babies and their parent or caregiver. To enter this level, babies must be able to hold their head up. The goal of this orientation to water class is to  experience buoyancy, movement, entries, along with enjoying songs and play in the water. Duck: For toddlers or older babies with a parent or caregiver. Learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs and active water play.


Sea Turtle (24 to 36 months) :

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For toddlers with a parent or caregiver. Swimmers learn through fun games and songs. Combine skills like how to kick with a buoyant object, perform basic floats, glides and kick.


Sea Otter (3 to 6 years):

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Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, along with swimming 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills. Transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the Instructor.


Salamander (3 to 5 years):

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Children will learn assisted floats and glides, through games and songs. The fun includes learning to jump into chest deep water.


Sunfish (3 to 5 years):

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Preschoolers work on stroke and skills progression.  Learning also focuses on good  judgment in, on and around the water, entries and floats in deep water.


Crocodile (3 to 5 years) /  Whale (3 to 5 years) Crocodile:

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The beginning of independent glides and kicking in deep water happen in  Crocodile.  Endurance is built through longer front and back swims.  Swimmers learn about dolphin kicks and try synchro skills in the water. Whale: Children will learn to swim independently to increase their distance and improve skills in both front and back swims.


Swim Kids 1:
Note: Swim Kids now begins at 5 years
This is an entry level for children ready to move in shallow water. This level provides an orientation to the water and the pool area. Introduces floats and glides with kicks.  Children build their endurance by improving distance.


Swim Kids 2:

This level helps the child build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted aids.


Swim Kids 3:

This level provides and introduction to front crawl and diving.  Children will work on floats and changing direction in the water.  Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kicking and a 15 metre swim.


Swim Kids 4:

The front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits.  Endurance is built through a 25-metre swim.


Swim Kids 5:

Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Children try stride dives and receive an introduction to safe boating skills.  Endurance is developed through dolphin kicking and a 50-metre swim.


Swim Kids 6:

Front & back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is newly introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75-metre swim.


Swim Kids 7/8 Level 7:

Level 7: Building skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke and introduces whip kick on the front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions, and participate in timed treading water for increasing endurance. Endurance is built through timed treading water and a 150-metre swim.
Level 8: Introduction to the breastroke, foot first surface dives, and rescue entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick and 300-metre swim.


Swim Kids 9/10 Level 9:

Level 9: Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. In this level children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first surface dives and standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer Influences.
Level 10: Further refinement of strokes, with an introduction to butterfly and scissor kick as a warm-up/cool down stroke for fitness. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head-first and feet first surface dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500-metre swim.


Strokes 1/2:

This course is designed for a child experiencing difficulty completing the swim kids levels.  Classes focus on refining the strokes and improving the cardio vascular fitness endurance a child needs to progress to the next level.


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Red Cross Swim Lesson Pricing:  
*2017 Pricing   *Pricing is per session
Preschool:                             67.00
Swim Kids Level 1 – 6:         67.00
Swim Kids Level 7 – 10:       73.00
Swim Strokes Level One:     67.00
Swim Strokes Level Two:     67.00
Teen/Adult:                           80.00