Stay Informed
e-newsletter Icon

Join our Mailing Lists to stay in the loop

The latest news and council updates delivered to your inbox. Sign up for our e-newsletters.

Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon

Loading...

Download our Pingstreet App   Construction-Map   Public Notices

Red Cross Swim Preschool Lessons Red Cross Swim Preschool logo

The love of swimming starts here!

When you choose the Red Cross Swim Preschool program, you are getting: 

  • A program based on research 
  • Proven excellence in teaching
  • Age-appropriate learning through games and songs
  • A focus on your child's safety and comfort

Give your child the gift of aquatic fun and swimming at an early age. Songs, games and introductory swimming skills will make your child comfortable and happy in the water. Each level is built around an aquatic animal mascot, which makes lessons engaging and fun.

The Instructor uses progressive teaching techniques adapted to each child and provides constant feedback and encouragement.

Swimmers will progress through Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle based on participation and age. All classes are 30 minutes and have a maximum of 12 participants. Parents will participate in the classes with their child.

Swimmers aged 3 to 5 years will move through the Sea Otter through Whale levels based on skill evaluation. All classes are 30 minutes and have a maximum of 5 participants.

Starfish (4 to 12 months) CRCSPreschool_Starfish logo

In this introductory class for infants and their parent/caregiver, participants will have the opportunity to experience buoyancy and movement through songs and play in the water. They will have the opportunity to learn front, back and vertical positions in the water and shallow water entries and exits. To enter this level, babies must be able to hold their head up. This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation. 

 Duck (12 to 24 months) CRCSPreschool_Duck logo

In this beginner class for toddlers and their parent/caregiver, participants will have the opportunity to learn rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits. Age is the only condition for entering this level. This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation.

Sea Turtle (24 to 36 months) CRCSPreschool_Sea-Turtle logo

In this beginner class for toddlers and their parent/caregiver, participants will have the opportunity to experience the curriculum for both the Starfish and Duck program. Participants will have the opportunity to experience buoyancy and movement and learn how to use floating objects for support through games, songs and active water play. This level is participation based only, without formal evaluation.

Sea Otter (3 to 5 years) CRCSPreschool_Sea-Otter logo

Sea Otter is the next progression in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program following the completion of Sea Turtle, or the preschooler turning 3 years of age. In this beginner class for preschoolers without parent participation, participants will learn to swim through fun games and songs, and the basics of front and back floats with glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 meter upon completion of this level. Emphasis is on safety skills including site orientation, safe entries and exits and using a PFD.

Salamander (3 to 5 years) CRCSPreschool_Salamander logo

Salamander is the next progression in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program following the completion of Sea Otter. In this class for preschoolers, participants will work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 meters upon completion. Emphasis is on safety skills including choosing floating objects for assistance, using a Personal Flotation Device (PFD).Games and songs enhance the fun of the class.

Sunfish (3 to 6 years) CRCSPreschool_Sun-Fish logo

Sunfish is the next progression in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program following the completion of Salamander. In this class for preschoolers, participants learn to swim 5 meters, float without assistance in deep water, and jump into chest deep water while maintaining surface support for 5 seconds. Emphasis is on safety skills including deep water skills and use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Games and songs are part of the class.

Crocodile (3 to 6 years) CRCSPreschool_Crocodile logo

Crocodile is the next progression in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program following the completion of Sunfish. In this class for preschoolers, participants learn to swim 5 m on their front and back, increase their distance on front and back glide with kick to 7 m, jump into deep water, maintain surface support for 10 seconds and begin using rhythmic breathing. Emphasis is on safety skills including recognizing when a swimmer needs help. Games and songs are part of the class.

Whale (3 to 6 years) CRCSPreschool_Whale logo

Whale is the next progression in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Program following the completion of Crocodile. In this class for preschoolers, participants learn to swim 15 meters, jump into chest deep water while maintaining surface support for 20 seconds and perform a front and back swim for 10 meters. Emphasis is on safety skills including when and where to swim, sitting dives, jumping into and changing direction in deep water and throwing assists. Games and songs are part of the class.

To view course times and availability or to register, please visit ePlay.

Copyright © 2014 The Corporation of the City of St. Catharines