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.


2024 spring & summer registration dates

Registration for spring & summer swimming lessons, lifesaving and first-aid certification courses is open.

We are adding more swimming lesson times and dates at Southland Leisure Centre, Village Leisure Centre and Glenmore Aquatic Centre.

  • Today - Schedules can be previewed online
  • June 6 - Registration begins

Upcoming facility closures

Programs, classes and swimming lessons will not be offered at the following facilities while they undergo repairs:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this spring and summer.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre: closed this summer.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre: closed this summer.

Types of parent and tot lessons

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

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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.

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