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).

Bobbers

Gaining comfort in the water, blowing bubbles with gradual facial immersion, front and back floats with assistance.

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...

Drop-In Adaptive Aquatics

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.

Floaters

Must be comfortable entering and exiting the pool on their own, as well as putting their face in the water. To complete: child must be able to float on their front and back and swim 5m unassisted.

Gliders

Must be able to float, swim 5m unassisted in shallow water. Must be comfortable beginning the transition from shallow to deep water with assistance.

Drop-In Adult Swim Lessons

Adults will progress at their own pace without the pressure of completing levels within the typical lesson structure and time frame. 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. Instructors will also...

Divers

Comfort in deep water. To complete: 10m back and front swim with leg and arm action, as well as front and back float in deep water.

Surfers/Dippers

Surfer - Surface support for 30sec, front and back swim with arm action and flutter kick up to 15m, side breathing, face in with buoyant aid. Dipper - Front and back swim 25m, intro to front and back crawl, standing dive, and surface support for 45 seconds.

Splashers/Bubblers

Caregiver-assisted children’s program to develop comfort in the water, familiarity with environment, and to promote water fun.

Otter

This level is for beginner swimmers. To complete: submerge, holding breath, front and back float unassisted, front and back swim 5m.

Seal

Deep end activities on a more regular basis. Build endurance and stamina to proceed onto length swimming. To complete: surface support 20sec; front and back float in deep water unassisted; front and back swim 10m.

Dolphin

Build endurance and stamina for length swimming and instruction. To complete: tread in deep water 45sec, front glide with kick, face in, side-breathing 15m, front and back swim with arm and leg action 15m. Jump into deep water and swim 15m.

Swimmer

Introduction to length swimming. To complete: initial standard front crawl 25m; back swim 25m; tread water 60sec; jump into deep water and swim 50m.

Bobbers

Gaining comfort in the water, blowing bubbles with gradual facial immersion, front and back floats with assistance.

Star 1

To complete: front and back crawl initial standard; tread water 90sec; endurance swim of 75m; eggbeater 60sec.

Star 2

To complete: front and back crawl intermediate standard; elementary backstroke initial standard; endurance swim 100m (4 lengths) throughout program; tread water 2min.

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 3

To complete: front and back crawl advanced standard; elementary backstroke intermediate standard; breast stroke initial standard; endurance swim 200m (8 lengths).

Star 4

To complete: recognition and care for an obstructed, conscious victim; eggbeater kick forward 10m and backward 25m; elementary backstroke intermediate standard 75m, breast stroke 25m intermediate standard. Swim 100m in 3min (4 lengths).

Star 5

To complete: swim 200m in under 6min; eggbeater kick 2min; butterfly initial standard 15m; breast stroke 50m advanced standard; sidestroke 25m intermediate standard; endurance swim 500m (20 lengths).

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 6

To complete: rescue unconscious victim with obstructed airway; sidestroke 50m advanced standard; butterfly stroke 25m intermediate standard; endurance swim 600m(24 lengths); help teach a swim skill.

Star 7

To complete: recognition and care for bone/joint injuries; respiratory distress and asthma/anaphylaxis; create and deliver 3 fun activities for a stroke/skill; 400m swim in under 12min.

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.

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.

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 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 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

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...

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,...

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

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.

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...

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.

Drop-In 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 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...

Drop-In Teen 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,...


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