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Winter Swimming Lessons

Registration opens January 27th at 8 a.m.
For more information, please contact the Community Recreation Centre at 705-753-0160

Group lessons will take place on Mondays
Parent & Tot sessions will take place on Tuesdays
Private lessons will take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays

If your family has participated in a pool program, you might already have an account. Save yourself some time by confirming or creating your account ahead of time.

Not sure what level to choose for your child? Come in for a free swim lesson screening. Please register by calling 705-753-0160.

How to register online

  • Open the registration portal using the “Register Here” button below;
  • If you have already participated in a pool program, select “Sign In” in the top-right corner. Select “Forgot password” and reset if account details are forgotten;
  • If you are a new member, select “Create an Account” in the top-right corner.
  • Using the “Activities” tab, scroll through or filter your lesson options.
  • Register as of Saturday, January 27 at 8 a.m.

  • Accounts must be made in the parent/guardian’s name, with all family members added.
  • Birth dates must be entered correctly.
  • A credit card is necessary to complete your registration online.
  • In-person registration is also available at the Recreation Centre.

Be sure to log-in and confirm or create your account before registration opens.


Cost for members: $55 1st child, $45 2nd child, $35 3rd child
Cost for non-members: $70 1st child, $60 2nd child, $50 3rd child

All classes must be paid at the time of registration.

A Family Membership to the Community Recreation Centre is the only level of membership eligible for a swimming lesson discount.

For more information 

West Nipissing Community and Recreation Centre
219 O’Hara Street, Sturgeon Falls,

New Swim For Life Program

The Swim for Life program is the Lifesaving Society’s learn-to-swim program that develops solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate valuable Water Smart® education that will last a lifetime. You’re never too young to start, and never too old to learn. These swim programs offer different strokes for different folks – of all ages and abilities.

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Parent & Tot (4 months-3 years)

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun, learn and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.

Because activities and progressions are based on child development, parents register in the level appropriate for their child’s age.

Parent & Tot 1:

Age 4 months-1 year

Parent & Tot 2:

Age 1-2 years

Parent & Tot 3

Age 2-3 years

Preschool (3-5 years)

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels. 

Preschool 1:

Age 3-5 years

We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We’ll help them jump into chest deep water. They’ll float and glide on their front and back and learn to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2:

Age 3-5 years

These preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They’ll submerge and exhale underwater. Wearing a lifejacket they’ll glide on their front and back.

Preschool 3:

Age 3-5 years

These youngsters will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while wearing a lifejacket. They’ll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They’ll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.

Preschool 4:

Age 3-5 years

Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They’ll do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They’ll master a short swim on their front wearing a lifejacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5:

Age 3-5 years

These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a lifejacket and treading water for 10 sec. They’ll work on front and back crawl swims for 5 m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.


Swimmer (6+)

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels 

Swimmer 1:

6 years +

These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They’ll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2:

6 years +

These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They’ll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

Swimmer 3:

6 years +

These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They’ll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

Swimmer 4:

6 years +

These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They’ll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

Swimmer 5:

6 years +

These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They’ll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they’ll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6:

6 years +

These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They’ll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They’ll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they’ll complain about the 300m workout.

Swim Patrol

The Lifesaving Society’s 3-level Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who want to develop swim strokes and skills while having fun in the challenging world of lifesaving. Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart® behaviour. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.

Swimmer 7 (Rookie Patrol):

Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding. Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

Swimmer 8 (Ranger Patrol):

Swimmers develop better strokes over 75m swims of each stroke. They tackle lifesaving sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.

Swimmer 9 (Star Patrol):

Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.





Preparing for a swim lesson

Other than a swimsuit, other equipment or aids are not required:

– Lifejackets will be provided by the facility.
– Water wings and goggles in Swim Preschool levels are discouraged.
– Goggles are encouraged, but not mandatory, in advanced swimming levels.

In addition, please note:
– Long hair must be tied back or braided.
– All swimmers must have a cleansing shower prior to entering the pool.

Frequently Asked Questions

I think my child is registered in the wrong level. Is it possible to change classes?
We will make every attempt to accommodate swimmers, however there is no guarantee that there will be a vacancy in their desired class. If you are unsure of your swimmer’s level, book an Aquatic Skill test prior to registering.

Are all Water Safety Instructors bilingual?
Some instructors are unilingual. If your child requires instruction only in French, all attempts will be made to assign a bilingual Water Safety Assistant to their class.

Am I eligible to receive a swimming lessons member discount with my gym membership?
A current Family Membership is the only level of facility membership eligible for a swimming lesson discount.

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