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Swimming Lessons

Summer Program Registration

Online registration begins Tues. June 14 at 6:00 p.m. and in-person registration begins Wed. June 15 at 8:30 a.m. 
Visit our ePlay program registration page to register.

In-person registration

  • St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
  • Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre
  • City Hall - Citizens First counter (second floor)

Summer Lessons

The spring session for swimming lessons begins Monday, July 4.

Red Cross Swim logo

The City of St.Catharines offers the Canadian Red Cross Swim Program which provides swimming lessons for preschool children to adults. Our goal is to provide participants with the skills to be safe around water by teaching strokes and educating individuals on the hazards around the water. 

Swimming lessons are offered at our indoor pools at the St.Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and the following outdoor pools: Lion Dunc Schooley Pool and Port Dalhousie Pool.

Our staff are certified with their Red Cross Instructors and High Five Principles of Healthy Childhood Development.  

 

Lesson Fees

 

Lesson Fees
St.Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre 5 Classes8 Classes 10 Classes
 Starfish to Whale $29.81 $46.31 $57.31
 Swim Kids Levels 1-6 $29.81 $46.31 $57.31
 Swim Kids Levels 7-10 $32.31 $50.31 $62.31
    
 Outdoor Pools (Summer) 5 Classes  
 Starfish to Whale $28.56  
 Swim Kids Levels 1-6 $28.56  
 Swim Kids Levels 7-10 $31.06  
    
 Private Lessons5 Classes8 Classes  10 Classes
 Children $98.56 $156.31 $194.81
 Adults* $103.56 $164.31 $204.81
 Older Adults* $98.36 $155.99 $194.41
    
 Semi-Private Lessons 5 Classes8 Classes  10 Classes
 Children $84.81 $134.31 $167.31
 Adults* $94.80 $150.30 $187.29
 Older Adults* $84.80 $134.29 $167.29

All fees are per participant.
*Adults and Older Adults- please call 905-688-5601 ext. 1800 for information on registering in private lessons.

Family Rates 

 

Registering one child: Full Price

Registering two children: First child at full price, each additional child 20% discount. Children must be from the same family, living in the same household registered in the same session for a recreational program and the Red Cross Swim Lessons.

 

Refund Policy and Program Transfer

These policies apply to all classes EXCEPT Aquatic Leadership:

  • No refunds or transfers will be issued after the 3rd class. If the program has started, registration fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.
  • A Program Withdrawl Refund Request form must be completed and approved by a Recreation Supervisor. Please bring in your receipt with you when making the request.
  • All refunds and transfers are subject to a $11.30 per person, per registration administration fee.
  • A full (100%) refund is given if a program is cancelled by the City of St.Catharines.
  • Refunds or transfers can be requested at any Registration Centre.

This policy applies to all Aquatic Leadership Programs:

  • Refunds will only be issued 14 prior to the start of the program.
  • No refunds will be issued after this time frame.

This policy applies to all First Aid Courses:

  • No  refunds will be issued.  A $10.00 fee will be required if transferring to another course.
 
 

Speciality Swimming Lesson Programs

 

Dynamite Drop In Lessons (3 to 12 years)

 

In this drop in pay as you go swim lesson class for children, participants will be split into four groups; Preschool, Just Getting Started, Learn to Swim and Swim Skill Development. The multi-level teaching concept will be used, allowing instructors to teach participants with various skill levels within the same group. This swim lesson concept is perfect for those who cannot take regular lessons due to vacations or time constraints, those whose schedule does not fit our regularly scheduled lessons, when you would like extra practice, or those who are just not sure if swimming is the activity of choice for their child. Please note that the same instructor is not guaranteed, nor will badges be provided. Ratio 1 instructor: 6 participants. Payment will be accepted no earlier than 1/2 hour before class start time.

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

  • Saturdays - 4 to 4:30 p.m. and 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sundays - 3:30 to 4 p.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fee $4.00 per participant/class.

Lion Dunc Schooley July 4 - Aug. 26

  • Monday, Wednesdy and Friday: 11 - 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 - noon.
  • Fee $4.00 per participant/class

Angel Fish (3 to 14 years)

In this class for children with learning, physical or intellectual difficulties, the focus will be on developing sound water safety habits and basic swimming skills. To participate in this program, each child must be accompanied in the water by a caregiver/volunteer. The caregiver/volunteer must be at least 14 years of age and comfortable in a water environment. The caregiver/volunteer should be familiar with the child's physical and emotional needs and be capable of managing their general progress in a safe manner. Our qualified Adapted Aquatics Instructors will work with caregivers/volunteers to help children learn to swim and be water safe. An affordable alternative for children with unique physical or educational needs who struggle in our Red Cross Swim Program.

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

Swim Time 101 (3 to 10 years)

In this class for children, the swimmers will work on curriculum of the Sea Otter to Swim Kids 2 levels. The swimmers will be divided according to their ability. This program will be held in the Lane Pool. This is a great program for children who are home schooled or in school half days.

This class is available from September to June.

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

Swim Time 201 (6 to 12 years)

In this class for children, the swimmers will work on the curriculum of the Swim Kids 3 to Swim Kids 10 levels. The swimmers will be divided according to their ability. This program will be held in the Lane Pool. This is a great program for children who are home schooled or in school half days.

This class is available from September to June.

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

 

Six Steps to Successful Swimming Lessons

 

1. Participate in a Leisure Swim before the first lessons. Orient your child to the change room, washrooms and pool. Everyone likes to know what to expect. Have fun in the water and practice skills that your child already knows.

2. Have your child assessed to determine the appropriate level you should register your child. We offer free of charge screening during any leisure swimming time at all City of St.Catharines Pools.

3. Swimming is like any other skill; it requires lots of patience, practice and positive feedback. Children need to progress at their own rate. Talk with your child about appropriate lessons and have realistic expectations. Look upon swim lessons as a long-term progression, a time for enjoyment in a special environment!

4. Speak to your child's instructor. Ask about progress and any areas that you could work on with your child during Leisure Swim.

5. Look for the Head Guard to help direct you to where you should be. They provide a link between you and the Instructor. Ask the Head Guard and they will be happy to assist you.

6. Please check your registration receipt carefully for lesson dates, times and cancellations due to holidays and special events.

 

Evaluation Process

Parent updates will take place mid and end of session.

Children in the Red Cross levels are progressively evaluated throughout the session. Each Child will receive a progress card at the end of each session. Children completing a level will receive a badge or a sticker. Progress reports and report cards are kept on file for one complete session. If your child has not taken lessons for more than a year or you are unsure as to which level they should be registered in, please bring your child to any Leisure Swim for a free assessment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if there is a pool fouling or the pool is closed during my lesson?

Everyone is affected when the pool is fouled. Babies, tots and those without bowel control must wear snug protective swim diapers. All participants should avoid eating or drinking too much prior to swimming and those not feeling well should stay at home.

In the event of a pool closure, children will be taught water safety and are encouraged to come to the lesson. There will be no make-up classes due to absenteeism, thunder, lightning, pool foulings, emergency or maintenance closures.

What if my child is registered in an incorrect level?

Classes are geared to students registered in the appropriate level only. Every effort will be made to place your child in the appropriate level, however this is not always possible. Anyone who registers in an incorrect level (above or below the child's ability) will be de-registered and will be charged an administration fee.

What if my child took swimming lessons elsewhere? What level should they be registered in?

Check out the below comparison charts to determine the Red Cross Swim level your child should be registered in.

Red Cross comparison chart to Lifesaving Society

Red Cross comparison chart to YMCA

Why was my course cancelled?

Insufficient registration may result in class changes or cancellations. Some classes may be combined with another.

Why is my child or I being asked to take a shower before entering the pool?

It's CLEAN, It's GREEN, It's the LAW! Regulation 565/90 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act states that: Every bather shall shower or bath using soap and warm water before entering the deck.

Why do I need to remove my shoes when on the pool deck?

Street shoes and strollers are not permitted on the pool deck under Regulation 565/90 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. Please remember to bring your indoor sandals or slippers when you come to the pool.

My child has completed Swim Kids Level 10. What can they do?

The City of St.Catharines offers youth swimming lessons and leadership programs. Consider lifeguarding or swimming instruction as an investment in your child's future.  Visit our Youth Lessons page for more information.

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