Swimming Lessons

CHRISTMAS BREAK SWIMMING LESSONS

SWIMMING BLAST REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 1


Classes Offered December 19 - 23


The next round of swimming lessons is just around the corner.  Registration for Christmas Break sessions opens 10:00 am on December 1, 2022.

Click here for the December Swimming Blast schedule.

Registration begins, 10:00 am on December 1 here.

Please note:  If you were waitlisted during our previous swim courses, you will not automatically be placed in upcoming classes, nor will you have first pick of classes.  Registration will be open to everyone at 10:00 am on December 1.  First come, first served.

For more information on swimming lessons and what level your child should be in, contact Parks & Recreation at 780-674-2532 or email recreation@barrhead.ca









BECOME A LIFEGUARD IN TIME FOR SUMMER!

LIFESAVING COURSES ARE AVAILABLE

We need more lifeguards. You need a summer job.  Let's work together to get you certified and get our pool back to full operating hours by filling empty positions.

Getting certified as a National Lifeguard will guarantee you a great opportunity for employment in secondary school and beyond.  With good pay and flexible hours, the Barrhead Regional Aquatics Centre is an excellent employer.


WHAT DO I NEED TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD?

Here's a chart that explains the courses needed to become certified as a National Lifeguard.

Becoming a lifeguard isn't easy, but it is rewarding.  Each course challenges you to understand lifesaving principles in judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness.  At the end of each course, you will see an improvement on stroke efficiency and endurance, coming out of the water a better and strong swimmer than when you went in.  You'll learn the essential skills needed to respond to emergency situations, gaining skills in protecting swimmers from dangerous outcomes on the deck and in the water.


HOW CAN I REGISTER?

Registration is easy.  You can either register over the phone at 780-674-2532 or online by clicking here.


I'M ALREADY CERTIFIED AS A LIFEGUARD.  CAN I WORK FOR THE TOWN OF BARRHEAD?

We're actively looking for lifeguards and head lifeguards.  We also need lifeguards with instruction certification to run classes.  If you're qualified, we would love to hear from you.  Click here to visit our employment page.


 




WHAT SWIMMING LEVEL SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?

We understand it might be confusing trying to decide which swimming level you or your child can register for.  The Lifesaving Society has a great tool to help you figure that out!  Click here to use the skills screening chart.


Designed for the toddler to learn to enjoy water with parent and/or guardian.

Ages: 4 months - 3 years

 

During these lessons, children learn how to enter, exit and move in shallow water safely, to put their face in water blowing bubbles, to wear a lifejacket and to be comfortable with floats and back glides.

Ages 3 - 5 years.

During these lessons, children will wear a lifejacket or other buoyant aid as they jump into chest deep water, practice front and back glides and flutter kick. They also learn to submerge and exhale underwater.

Ages 3 - 5 years.

During these lessons, children perform a sideways entry into deep water wearing a lifejacket and recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They will master independent front and back floats, lateral rollovers, front and back glides and flutter kick on front and back.

Ages 3 - 5 years.

During these lessons, preschoolers will demonstrate they can support themselves in deep water for 10-secondes using the sculling action and supportive kick. Wearing a lifejacket, they will practice a forward roll entry into deep water. They will be introduced to whip kick, crawl, and interval training. Preschool 5 graduates will be prepared to enter Swimmer 2 at 6 years of age.

Ages 3 - 5 years.

 

This level provides the foundation for swimming skill development. These beginners will become comfortable jumping into the water with and without a lifejacket, learn to open their eyes, exhale, and hold their breath underwater. They will work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back. 

Ages 6 & up.

 

This level advances beginners with jumping into deeper water and learning to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They will be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 metres on their front and back and be introduced to flutter kick interval training of 4 x 5 metres.

Ages 6 & up.

These junior swimmers will dive and complete in-water front somersaults and handstands. They will work on 15-metre front crawl, back crawl and 10-metre whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 metres.

Ages 6 & up.

These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 metres underwater and lengths of front and back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. This level includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive standards, front crawl sprints over 25 metres and 4 x 25 metres front or back crawl interval training.

Ages 6 & up.

This level introduces the breaststroke, foot first surface dives and rescue entries. Swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They will refine their front and back crawl over 50 metres swims of each and breaststroke over 25 metres. Swimmers will pick up the pace in 25-metre sprints and 2 interval training bouts; 4 x 50-metre front or back crawl and 4 x 15-metre breaststroke. They will learn about the dangers of open water.

Ages 6 & up.

During these sessions, swimmers will develop individual fitness levels to meet a times 100-metre swim and a 350-metre workout. Water proficiency skills include swimming with clothes on, ready position, foot-first and head-first surface dives. This program also includes First Aid skills of demonstrating the ability to conduct a primary assessment and initiating EMS, victim recognition and throwing assists. Ranger Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 75 metres each, a 100-metre lifesaving medley, and timed 200 metre swims.