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Due to continued dry conditions, mandatory Stage 1 Outdoor Water Restrictions are in place until further notice.

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Parent and tot swimming lessons

Parent and tot swimming lessons

Swimming lessons for young children and their parents or guardians, focusing on structured in-water interactions, the importance of play and helping to develop water-positive attitudes and comfortability. 

Benefits of parent and tot lessons

  • Parents and guardians learn how to keep their child safe in aquatic settings.
  • Children develop water-positive attitudes and become comfortable in water environments.
  • Reduce fear of water.
  • Increase motor skills.
  • Heart and lung development.
  • Gain some independence with parental supervision.


Types of parent and tot lessons

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling 403-268-3800 (option 1).

Fall swim registration is open.

Swimming lessons begin at aquatic facilities in September, at Southland Leisure Centre in October, and at Village Square Leisure Centre in November.

If your child has completed all the parent and tot lessons and/or is 3 years old and ready to swim without you., they can continue learning how to swim with preschool swimming lessons.

About our swim instructors

Our instructors have Bronze Cross or higher certification. They are qualified to teach and evaluate Swim for Life® programs, Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

What are lessons like?

Parents and tots can expect to play in the water and learn to enter and exit safely. Play is important for developing postive views of aquatic settings.

Parent & Tot lessons have up to 10 swimmers per class. Our swimming lessons typically contain five to eight classes, depending on scheduling. The length of each class varies depending on scheduling requirements and the typical age of the swimmers participating in each lesson level.

Come prepared

All participants must wear swim wear and bring a towel. Swim goggles are optional.

All children 35 months and under must wear plastic pants over their swim diapers. If you don’t have plastic pants, they can be purchased at the pool.​​​​

All other required equipment and lifejackets are provided. Lifeguard on duty on pool deck.

Non-Traditional Bathing Wear Policy

The City of Calgary Recreation is committed to providing an aquatic environment where individuals from all ethnic and religious backgrounds are comfortable participating in activities in and around the water.  We want all customers to feel safe and welcome at our facilities, and have therefore adopted a non-traditional bathing wear policy as outlined below.

In addition to conventional swim wear, participants may wear:

  • Long-sleeved pants and shirts, tee-shirts and shorts with undergarments or a swim suit worn underneath.   
  • Traditional ethnic clothing (e.g. saris and hijabs) with a swim suit or undergarments worn underneath.  For safety reasons, patrons wearing traditional garments such as saris are asked to remain in the shallow end of the pool and to refrain from using the dive tank.

In order to ensure that our aquatic environments are safe and free from any external contaminants, all participants are required to:

  • Wear clothing that is different from the clothing worn to the facility
  • Take a complete and cleansing shower (while clothed in the swim attire that will be worn in the water) before entering the pool 

Through this policy, Recreation affirms its commitment to recognizing and valuing the diversity of our customers.  

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Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.