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0–12yrs

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 same time, giving you the freedom to schedule other activities throughout the day.

We are committed to offering swim lessons that will help participants to Make Friends, Build Skills, Water Safe: For Life.

Make Friends: we promote relationship building between Instructors, Swimmers, and Families.

Build Skills:
while we still identify core swimming skills within levels such as Bobbers, Otter, Star 1–4 etc., we now organize them by grouping: Lil’ Dippers, Learn to Swim, Star, and Star Leadership.  Swimmers will work on several levels at the same time within their grouping.

Water Safe:
learning water safety is part of being fun, prepared, and safe around all bodies of water.

For Life: swimmers will progress at their own pace without the pressure of completing levels within the typical lesson structure and time frame.  Swimming is a life skill.


NEW for 2018 | 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misses two swim classes in a row without advanced notice to the Aquatics Department, their registration will be withdrawn to allow space for those members on the wait list.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!

Register or Change Classes by: To Start Week of:
January 7 Monday, January 8 - Sunday, January 14
February 4 Monday, February 5 – Sunday, February 11
March 4 Monday, March 5 – Sunday, March 11
April 8 Monday, April 9 – Sunday, April 15
April 29 Monday, April 30 – Sunday, May 6
May 27 Monday, May 28 – Sunday, June 3
June 28 Tuesday, July 3 – Monday, July 9
August 2 Tuesday, Aug 7 – Monday, Aug 13
School Start-Up & Labour Day Weekend
(No Lessons)
Monday, August 27 – Sunday, September 9
 
September 6 Monday, September 10 – Sunday, September 16
October 7 Tuesday, October 9 – Monday, October 15
November 8 Monday, November 12 – Sunday, November 18
November 25 Monday, November 26 – Sunday, December 2
Rolling Over for 2018
(no movement in program)
Monday, December 3 – Sunday, January 6, 2019
 


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