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Child and youth swimming lessons

Child & youth swimming lessons

Swimming lessons designed for a wide range of abilities and experience. Both for individuals who are new to swimming and for those who want to develop their skills, endurance and strokes.

Benefits of child & youth lessons

  • Learn water safety.
  • Reduce the risk of drowning.
  • Low-impact strength and fitness.
  • Improves strength and coordination.
  • Build confidence.
  • Make new friends.

Types of child & youth 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 completed all the youth swimmer lessons and is 8 years old they can continue learning to swim in our lifesaving certification 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?

Early child/youth  classes focus on foundational skills like breath control and a variety of swim strokes. As levels progress the focus shifts to strength for distance swimming, rolls and dives, underwater skills and survival techniques. Classes involve group exercises as well as one-on-one teaching where needed.

Swimmer 1 and 2 have up to eight swimmers per class. Swimmer 3, 4, 5 or 6 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

Child/youth must wear swim wear and bring a towel. Swim goggles are optional. All other required equipment and lifejackets are provided. Lifeguard on duty on pool deck.

Note: If a child/youth requires a support staff/aide, they will also require this support in the water.

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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More swimming lessons

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