The Canada Games Aquatic Centre has recently changed our lesson programming from Red Cross to the Lifesaving Society. Please take note of the changes for the upcoming Fall sessions.

Conversion Chart from Red Cross to Lifesaving Society

RED CROSS SWIM KIDS Lifesaving Society – Swim for Life
Swim Kids 1 (IC)

SK 1 (C) SK 2 (IC)

Swimmer 1

Swimmer 1 advanced

SK 2 (C) SK 3 (IC) Swimmer 2
SK 3 (C) SK 4 (IC) Swimmer 3
SK 4 (C) or SK 5 (IC) SK 5 (C) Swimmer 4
SK 6 (IC) or (C) or SK 7 (IC) Swimmer 5
SK 7 (C) Swimmer 6
SK 8 (IC) or (C) Rookie Patrol
SK 9 (IC) or (C) Ranger Patrol
SK 10 (IC) or (C) Star Patrol


(IC) – incomplete

(C) – complete

Swimming Programs

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Learn-to-Swim Class Descriptions

Parent & Child Classes (up to 3 Years)

Parent & Child 1 (12-18 months of age) – This class focuses on parent and child becoming comfortable together in the water
Parent & Child 2 (18-24 months of age) – This class focuses on kicking, splashing, blowing bubbles, and assisted floats
Parent & Child 3 (24-30 months of age) – Introductory swim skills including floats and glides, use of PFD for more independent swimming and submersion are covered
Parent & Child 4 (30-36 months of age) – Many challenging skills are taught at this level such as rollover swims, independent pool entry & exit, and survival skills.

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Preschool Classes  (3-6 Years)

Apricots – Allows young children to become comfortable in the water, learn to get their faces wet, blow bubbles and submerge. (Held in Tots Pool.)
Bananas – The focus of this level is to introduce underwater skills. (Children must be 38 inches tall for the Upper Leisure pool)
Coconuts – Children learn front floats, front glides and front glides with kicks.
Kiwis – Building skills in back floats, glides and kicks as well as front swim.
Pineapple – Provides an introduction to rollover glides, side glides with kicks and greater distance for back/front swims.
Star Fruit – Continued development of front, and back swims. An introduction to deep water activities and a distance swim of 15m.
Watermelon – Introduction to front crawl and front dives as well as a distance swim of 20m.

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Lifesaving Society Swimmers (6 Years and Over)

Swimmer 1 – These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2 – These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

Swimmer 3 – These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They’ll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

Swimmer 4 – These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5 – These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6 – These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll complain about the 300 m workout.

Rookie Patrol – (8-10 hr.): Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving Sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding.  Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

Ranger Patrol – (8-10 hr.): Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke. They tackle Lifesaving Sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.

Star Patrol – (8-10 hr.): Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100 m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

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Learn-to-Swim Program’s for Teen and Adults

Teen Basics – Offers older youth (13-17) the opportunity to learn to swim at their level without the discomfort of joining a class with younger children.

Teen Strokes – For 13-17 year old who can already swim front crawl and back crawl 15m. and are comfortable in deep water. Swimmers choose the stroke(s) they wish to focus on.

Adult Basics – A program designed to help adults learn to swim.

Adult Strokes – For adults who can already swim front crawl and back crawl 15m and are comfortable in deep water. Swimmers choose the stroke(s) they wish to focus on. Participation based program with individual goals.

For more information about our swim instruction programs, please contact us today.

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