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).

Adult Drop-In 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...

Assistant Volunteer Swim Instructor

The Assistant Volunteer Swim Instructor assists the Swim Instructor in facilitating swim lessons. The Assistant Swim Instructor will carefully monitor all class participants to enforce safe practices, devote equal time to all participants, and refer questions from parents of participants to Instructors. The Assistant Swim Instructor will also ensure that each child is safely returned to his/her...

Continuous Swim Lessons

At the YMCA, we know that it takes more than six-to-eight weeks to develop effective lifelong swimming and water-safety skills. That’s why we’re thrilled to offer the YMCA Canada Continuous Swim Lesson model, unique to the YMCA. Members sign up for a convenient time slot that continues throughout the year. If you have a family with several children, they can all participate at the...

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.

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...

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,...

Extended Bronze Course

Our certification covers all aspects of the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. This course will give you a complete understanding of the four main pillars of lifesaving: judgment, knowledge, skills and physical fitness. You’ll also learn everything about the lifesaver profession in aquatic installations and on recognizing an emergency and the procedures to follow. Our course will teach you...

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...

Mermaid Swim School

Mermaid Swim School is designed to help the potential Merfolk in your family learn how to use their “New Tails” in the water. Mermaid Swim School has four levels that will progress your Merfolk from No Tail to Tail Expert. We will teach movement, entries, new mer-skills, and games with and without tails. Participants must have a full body Mertail** to participate in this swim school....

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...

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.

Seasonal Swim Lessons

Seasonal Swim Lessons will use the Continuous Swim Lesson format. Seasonal lessons are different from Continuous swim lessons in that parents will be required to sign up for each season. Registrations will not conveniently rollover from one season to the next. Please Note: There are no swim lessons during Pool Shutdowns, Statutory Holidays, select Long Weekends, and Seasonal Breaks (specific...

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...

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,...