Bobbers/Floaters

Bobbers: Preschool children will participate in activities to gain confidence and to increase their level of comfort in the water. The focus is on getting their face wet, blowing bubbles, and beginning to work on assisted floats. Floaters: Participants are challenged to work on front and back floats and glides. Children will also discover the use of buoyant aids.

Adult Drop-In Swim Lessons

Make Friends: make new friends, build confidence, and learn swimming strokes. Build Skills: adults will progress at their own pace by setting their own goals. Everything from basic water skills to swimming strokes used to increase endurance, fitness and speed can be accomplished in this class. Water Safe: learn seasonal water safety related to water activities on lakes, rivers and ponds. For...

Floaters

Participants are challenged to work on front and back floats and glides. Children will also discover the use of buoyant aids.

Gliders/Divers

Gliders: Children are introduced to deep-water activities, gliding on their front and back, and working towards a front swim of up to 5 meters. Divers: Participants are encouraged to develop deep water skills and spend time in the main pool. Instructors work with children to develop arm action and toward a front swim of up to 10 meters.

Divers

Participants are encouraged to develop deep water skills and spend time in the main pool. Instructors work with children to develop arm action and toward a front swim of up to 10 meters.

Surfers/Dippers

Surfers: Children are encouraged to develop front and back swims up to a distance of 15 meters. They will also be exposed to diving, creative entries, surface support, and spending a large amount of time in the main pool. Dippers: Participants will refine their front and back swims, explore deep water activities, and spend the majority of the time in the main pool.

Dippers

Participants will refine their front and back swims, explore deep water activities, and spend the majority of the time in the main pool.

Otter/Seal

Otter: Our instructors will help your child build confidence in breath control, floating, and gliding. If your child has completed Dippers in the Preschool program, please speak with any aquatic staff to be placed in the appropriate level. Seal: Your child will be introduced to deep water jumping, surface support, continuing with breath control, floats and glides.

Seal

Your child will be introduced to deep water jumping, surface support, continuing with breath control, floats and glides.

Dolphin

An instructor will help your child build endurance and working toward front and back swims, side breathing and treading water.

Swimmer

In this course your child will improve front and back strokes, endurance and treading water skills.

Star 1

In this class, your child will be introduced to safety education and elementary backstroke; as well as, increase front and back crawl skills, swimming endurance, and treading water up to 90 seconds.

Star 2

This course will introduce your child to safety skills and the breaststroke; as well as, continue to develop diving, treading water, higher stroke standards.

Star 3

Your child will begin to develop recognition and rescue skills, while improving stroke standards and being introduced to the eggbeater kick.

Learn to Swim

Make Friends: make new friends through learning with activitiesand games. May work in partnersor groups. Build Skills: swimmers will improve their body awareness and motorskills as they submerge, kick, roll,and jump in the water. They will be competent swimmers on their frontand back when they complete Learnto Swim. Water Safe: identify water hazards,using a personal flotation device,how to call...

Lil' Dippers

Make Friends: make new friends through learning with games and songs. Build Skills: blow bubbles, submersion, kicking, front & back glides, deep water skills, surface support, and diving. Water Safe: identify water hazards, how and when to wear a personal flotation device, accessing EMS, boating safety, ice safety. For Life: learn swimming skills that can be used to build swimming strokes and...

Star 4

Our instructors will expose your child to drowning prevention education, additional rescue skills, and sidestroke. Building on both endurance and stroke standards will continue to happen in this level.

Star 5

Your child will learn boating safety, rescue skills, and the butterfly stroke. Improving sidestroke and breaststroke is a focus, while continuing to build endurance and stroke standards.

Star 6

Children will learn first aid and advanced rescue skills, while being exposed to alternative swim strokes, synchronized swimming and water polo skills.

Parented Lil' Dippers

Make Friends: meet otherparents interested in teachingtheir child the basics oflearning to swim throughgames and songs. Build Skills: some of the skills you will learn include learning how to hold and assist your child, entering and exiting the water safely, splashing and kicking, getting face wet, blowing bubbles and bobbing, assisted front and back floats, and towing. Water Safe: introduction...

Star 7

Star 7 builds on the skills learned in Star 6.

Adaptive Aquatics Drop-In

This course is designed for persons with cognitive orphysical disabilities, ages 3-16. Enjoy group activitiesand games, with focus on individual challenges andprogress to create fun, safe and social environmentsin the water. Each registrant requires an adult toparticipate with them in the water at all times.

Private Swimming Instruction

Private lessons provide one-on-one instruction to meet each swimmer’s individual needs. All lessons are 30 minutes in length. Please contact the Member Sales and Service desk to book your lessons today! Private swim lessons are upon request only.

Lil' Dippers (3-5yrs)

Core Skills at a Glance: Bobbers: Hold wall kick and blow bubbles, front and back glide assisted, water hazards. Floaters: Bobs unassisted, front and back glide with kick 3m, how and when to wear a personal flotation device. Gliders: Deep water skills, front and back swim 5m, accessing EMS. Divers: Surface support 10 sec, front and back swim 10m, boating safety. Surfers: Kneeling dive, front and...

Learn to Swim (6-12yrs)

Your beginner-level swimmer will learn foundational swimming skills that will be applied throughout their future aquatic activities. 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 Swimmer. Core Skills at a Glance: Otter: Going under water and gliding on top of...

Star Program

Your continuing swimmer will learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and increase their swimming distance by the end of Star 3. The optional items give your child opportunities to explore competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and aquafit. Core Skills at a Glance: Star 1: Whip kick on their back, and 75m endurance swim. Star 2: Whip kick on their front, eggbeater as...

Star Leadership

Make Friends: make new friends, learn lifesaving skills, share knowledge with new swimmers while working in partners and groups. Build Skills: your competent and confident swimmer will build on their strong aquatic skills to improve their physical fitness, while building on advanced and competitive swimming skills. This grouping has a component of learning how to teach others. Water Safe: learn...

Star Program

Make Friends: make new friends while learning with activities and work in partners or groups. Build Skills: swimmers will learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke, side stroke, eggbeater and increase their swimming distance to 350m by the end of the Star Program. Optional items give your child opportunities to explore competitive swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and aquafit. Water...

Star Leadership

Your competent and confident swimmer will build on their strong aquatic skills to learn basic first aid skills, 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. Core Skills at...

Adult

Adults will progress at their own pace without the pressure of completing levels within the typical lesson structure and time frame. Core Skills at a Glance: This program is designed to establish comfort and confidence in the water. Participants will begin with the basic principles of movement and safety in and around water, basic water skills including submersion, floating, gliding and kicking....

Teen Drop-In Swim Lessons

This program is designed for teens who want to improve their swimming abilities and lifesaving skills. Participants have the option of completing the YMCA Learn to Swim program. Make Friends: make new friends, learn lifesaving skills, share knowledge with new swimmers while working in partners and groups. Build Skills: for teens who want to improve their swimming abilities and lifesaving skills,...

Teen

This program is designed for teens who want to improve their swimming abilities and lifesaving skills. Participants have the option of completing the YMCA Learn to Swim program.

The YMCA Continuous Swim Model

At the YMCA, we know that it takes more than six to eight weeks to develop effective lifelong swimming and water-safety skills. That is why we are thrilled to offer the YMCA Canada continuous swim lesson model.

Members sign up for a convenient time slot that continues throughout the year. All levels will happen during the same time slot. If you have a family with several children, they can all participate at the same time, giving you the freedom to schedule other activities throughout the day.

Participants will progress at their own pace without the pressure of completing levels within the typical lesson set structure and time frame. Our new swim program provides continuous feedback and promotes relationship building between the instructor, swimmer and families.

You do not need to re-register if you are in a Continuous Swimming Lessons. You will only be removed from Continuous lessons if you do not meet our absence policy, put your membership on hold, cancel or your membership expires (and is lapsed).


NEW for 2017 | Swim Absences

Edmonton Region: Calling in for absences is no longer necessary.  You will only be removed from Continuous Swim Lessons if you miss four (4) classes in a row, put your membership on hold, cancel, or if your membership expires (and is lapsed). 

Wood Buffalo Region: If a registrant misses two swim classes in a row without advanced notice to the Aquatics Department, their registration will be withdrawn to allow space for those members on the wait list. 
To report an absence and maintain your spot, please fill out the online form.

New registrant? Changing days or times of your swimming class?

Welcoming your child into our swimming lessons and placing them into the appropriate class is our first priority.  New participants and those changing times will start in the Continuous Swim Program only on select week(s) each month.  On your child’s first day, they will complete an assessment to determine the class that is most appropriate for their comfort level and swimming ability.

Intake and class changes are only done on select weeks to minimize the disruption on those currently in lessons and to ensure a productive and seamless transition into the program for all swimmers!

2016 Register or
Change Classes by...
To Start Week of...
Jan 3 Mon, Jan 4 - Sun, Jan 10
Jan 31 Mon, Feb 1 - Sun, Feb 7
Feb 28 Mon, Feb 29 - Sun, Mar 6
Spring Break/Easter Fri, Mar 25 - Sun, Apr 1
Apr 3 Tue, Apr 4 - Sun, Apr 10
May 1 Mon, May 2 - Sun, May 8
May 29 Mon, May 30 - Sun, Jun 5
Jul 3 Mon, Jul 4 - Sun, Jul 10
Aug 1 Tue, Aug 2 - Mon, Aug 8
School Start Up/Labour Day Weekend Mon, Aug 29 - Mon, Sep 11
Sep 11 Mon, Sep 12 - Sun, Sep 18
Oct 10 Tue, Oct 11 - Mon, Oct 17
Nov 13 Mon, Nov 14 - Sun, Nov 20
Nov 27 Mon, Nov 28 - Sun, Dec 4
Rolling Over for 2017
(no movement in program)
Mon, Dec 5 - Sun, Jan 8, 2017
 
2017 Register or
Change Classes by...
To Start Week of...
Jan 4 Mon, Jan 9 - Sun, Jan 15
Feb 5 Mon, Feb 6 - Sun, Feb 12
Mar 5 Mon, Mar 6 - Sun, Mar 12
Apr 2 Mon, Apr 3 - Sun, Apr 9
Apr 30 Mon, May 1 - Sun, May 7
May 28 Mon, May 29 - Sun, Jun 4
Jul 2 Tue, Jul 4 - Mon, Jul 10
Aug 4 Tue, Aug 8 - Mon, Aug 14
Sep 10 Mon, Sep 11 - Sun, Sep 17
Oct 8 Tue, Oct 10 - Mon, Oct 16
Nov 12 Mon, Nov 13 - Sun, Nov 19
Nov 26 Mon, Nov 27 - Sun, Dec 3
Rolling over for 2017
(no movement in program)

Mon, Dec 4 - Mon, Jan 8, 2018