Aquatic Programs and Swimming Lessons

SPRING POOL SCHEDULE. 

* Swim Lessons start the week of April 25, 2022

* Registration for swim lessons opens online and In-person on April 13th at 9:00am for residents of Niagara Falls.*

*Non Residents And In-person Registration opens on Tuesday, April 19th. Please visit our ActiveNet online portal for schedule.

Enjoy a variety of Aquatic activities in our 25M pool, with a depth from 3.4 feet to 9 feet allowing for a full range of aquatic activities for all ages and abilities. The leisure pool has a depth of  is 3.87 feet also used for swim lessons as well as our Therapeutic Aquafit class and Baby and Me Aquafit classes.

The water slide is open on Friday nights and Saturday afternoon. Sliders must be 48 inches tall and complete the lane pool swim test. Water slide open subject to staff availability.

Swim Schedule

MONDAY SCHEDULE

LANE 

  • 7:00am - 10:15am - Lane Swim  
  • 10:30am - 12:45pm - Lane Swim
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm -  Private Class
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Lane Swim

LEISURE   

  • 8:00am - 1:45pm - Open Swim
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm - Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Open Swim

TUESDAY SCHEDULE

LANE 

  • 7:00am - 11:00 am Lane Swim
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm - Baby & Me Aqua
  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm - Private Class
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:00pm - Drop In Aquafit

LEISURE

  • 8:00am - 1:00pm Open Swim
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm - Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Open Swim

WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

LANE

  • 7:00am - 9:15am Lane Swim 
  • 9:30am - 10:15am - Drop In Aquafit
  • 10:30am - 11:15am - Private Class
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Lane Swim
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Lane Swim

LEISURE

  • 8:00am - 11:15am -  Open Swim
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm - Private Class
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm - Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Open Swim

THURSDAY SCHEDULE

LANE

  • 7:00am - 12:15pm Lane Swim 
  • 12:30pm - 1:15pm - Private Class
  • 1:30PM - 2:15PM - Private Class
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:00pm - Drop In Aquafit

LEISURE  

  • 8:00am - 1:00pm Open Swim
  • 4:00pm - 7:00pm - Swim Lessons*
  • 7:15pm - 8:30pm - Open Swim

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

LANE

  • 7:00am - 10:15 am Lane Swim  
  • 10:30am - 11:15am - Private Class
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Lane Swim
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm - Open swim with Slide

LEISURE  

  • 8:00am - 11:15am -  Open Swim
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Swim Lessons*
  • 6:00pm - 8:30pm - Open Swim

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

LANE

  • 7:30am - 8:45am - Lane Swim
  • 9:00am  - 12:00pm Swim Lessons*
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lane Swim
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Open swim with Slide

LEISURE  

  • 7:30am - 8:45am - Open Swim
  • 9:00am - 12:00pm - Swim Lessons
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Open Swim
  • 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Open Swim

Lessons

The City of Niagara Falls offers the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life swim lesson program year round at the MacBain Community Centre. We have small group sizes for optimal teaching. You will need an Active Account to book online.

The Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program is a complete learn-to-swim program that focuses on lots of in-water practice to develop swimming strokes and skills and making kids water smart. Learn more about Swim for Life

Registration for swim lessons opens online on April 13th at 9:00am for residents of Niagara Falls.*

*Non Residents And In-person Registration opens on Tuesday, April 19th. Please visit our ActiveNet online portal for schedule.

Spring Session Swimming Lessons runs from April 25 until June 18 2022.

Parent and Tot for parents and children four months and up to 3 years of age

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Starfish/Duck/Turtle and YMCA Splashers/Bubblers.

This introductory level is designed for children aged 4 months to 3 years of age to learn to enjoy the water with their parent/caregiver.

Parent/caregiver is mandatory in the water. Infants must be able to hold their head up.

Preschool children up to 3 to 5 years of age

Preschool 1

Equivalent to Red Cross Level SeaOtter and YMCA Bobbers and Floaters

Students 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

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Salamander and Sunfish and YMCA Gliders and Divers

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

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Crocodile and YMCA Surfers

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

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Whale and YMCA Jumpers

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

Equivalent to  Red Cross Level Whale and Jumpers

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 for children 6 years and older

LSS Swimmer 1

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 1 and YMCA Otter

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

LSS Swimmer 2

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 2 and YMCA Seal

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).

LSS Swimmer 3

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 3 and YMCA Dolphin/Swimmer

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.

LSS Swimmer 4

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 4/5 and YMCA Star 1

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.

LSS Swimmer 5

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 6 and YMCA Star 2

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.

LSS Swimmer 6

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 7 and YMCA Star 3

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 300 m workout.

LSS Swimmer 7 (Rookie Patrol)

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 8 and YMCA Star 4

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

LSS Swimmer 8 (Ranger Patrol)

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 9 and YMCA Star 5-7

Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m 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

LSS Swimmer 9 (Star Patrol)

Equivalent to Red Cross Level Swim Kids 10 and YMCA Star 5-7

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

Leisure and Lane Swim

Lane Swim - You choose the lane that suits your speed and join in. Swimmers swim up one side of the lane and down the other. We have Fast, Slow and Medium lanes.

Open Swim - Come and enjoy the water and have fun. We may even supply some pool toys and floatation aids for added extra enjoyment.

Aqua Fit

Enjoy a variety of shallow or Deep Aqua-Fit classes. Great non-impact workouts that are fantastic for all around fitness and wellness.

Drop In Aquafit- We use the buoyancy and resistance of the water to give you a safe, effective full body workout. Focus will be on cardiovascular, muscle toning, flexibility and increased mobility. Various resistance equipment will be incorporated. This class takes place in both the shallow and deep end. Make a splash with us in this fun water class! 

Pool Admission Standards

Patrons 6 years and Under (Red Wristband)

  • Must be directly supervised by a parent, guardian or designate who is at least 16 years of age within arms reach
  • Swimmer must remain in the shallow end unless they pass the facility swim test to enter the lane pool
  • Maximum 2 children : 1 adult

Patrons ages of 7, 8 and 9 years unable to pass swim test and Under (Red Wristband)

  • Must be directly supervised by a parent, guardian or designate who is at least 16 years of age 
  • Maximum 4 children : 1 adult

Patrons ages of 7, 8 and 9 years, pass the leisure pool swim test swim (Yellow Wristband)

  • May be admitted without caregiver supervision in the leisure pool
  • Must be directly supervised by a parent, guardian or designate who is at least 16 years of age to swim in the lane pool
  •  Leisure pool swim test - Two widths of the leisure pool continuously and comfortably

Patrons ages of 7, 8 and 9 years, pass the lane pool swim test swim (Green Wristband)

  • May be admitted without caregiver supervision in the lane pool
  • Lane Pool Swim Test - Jump into deep water, tread 1 minute, swim 25m continuously and comfortably

Patrons 10 years or older

  • May enter the pool without caregiver supervision
  • Patrons who can pass the lane swim test may swim in the deep end. Patrons who cannot pass the facility swim test must remain in the shallow end. These same standards are required of all pool groups entering the facilities.

Rates and Fees

Swimming Lessons

30 minute Class (Parent & Tot, All Preschool, Swimmer 1/2) - $60.00

45 minute class (Swimmer 3-6)- $75.00

60 minute class (Swimmer 7-9)- $90.00

Private Swim Lessons - $200.00 (eight week session of 30 minutes)

REFUNDS AND CLASS TRANSFERS

* If the class has started, registration fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis

* We do not issue refunds or transfers after the third class

* All refunds and transfers are subject to a $10.00 administration fee, per participant

* A full 100% refund is given if the program is cancelled by the City of Niagara Falls

Leisure and Lane Swim

Child/Youth 4yrs to 17yrs - $4.00

Adult $5.00

Senior 60+ - $4.50

Family - $10.00

Six month Pass - For Leisure and Lane Pool visits only

Child/Youth 4yrs to 17yrs - $70.00

Adult $135

Senior 60+ - $90.00

Aqua-Fit Classes

$6.00

Become a lifeguard or swimming instructor

Lifeguards and Swim Instructors are highly skilled and trained individuals. The skills you learn in Lifeguard Certification courses include communication, teamwork, responsibility and conflict resolution.  The City of Niagara Falls certifies Lifeguards and Swim Instructors through the Lifesaving Society, a nationally recognized certification program.  

Steps to becoming a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor

  1. Bronze Star (optional, prerequisite: none) Cost- $100.00

    Course Dates and times - not offered this session

    Develop swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness through refining your stroke mechanics, self-rescue skills and applying fitness principles in training workouts.  

  2. Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (prerequisite: 13 years old or completed Bronze Star) Cost-$135.00 

    Course Dates and times - Wednesday, April 27th - June 15th, 4:30 - 7:00pm

    Challenges candidate both mentally and physically by teaching the four components of Water Rescue - Judgment, Knowledge, Skill and Fitness. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and around the water. 

  3. Bronze Cross (prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid) Cost - $135.00

    Course Dates and Times - Wednesday, April 27th - June 15th, 4:30 - 7:30pm

    Candidates begin to understand the transition of being a lifesaver to becoming a lifeguard as it prepares candidates for responsibilities as an assistant lifeguard.  Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills through teamwork, communication and learning new lifeguarding techniques.

  4. Assistant Instructor (Optional, prerequisite: 14 years old and Bronze Cross) 

    Course Dates and Times - not offered this session

    Prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and they master basic progressions.

  5. National Lifeguard (prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid Award)

    Course Dates and Times - not offered this session

    Candidates develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. The course develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles and decision-making processes that will assist the lifeguard to evaluate and adapt in an aquatics emergency.  Note: Candidates will not be able to Lifeguard until they are 16 years old as per Ontario Health Regulations

  6. 6. Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor (prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross)

    Course Dates and Times - not offered this session

    Candidates are prepared to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills. They learn proven teaching methods, a variety of skill development drills and correction techniques. This certification allows candidates to teach the Swim for Life Program, Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Family Awards and Emergency First Aid Courses.

Spectators

Parents and/or guardians are welcome to watch their children during swim lessons in either the viewing gallery accessible by the pool deck, or, the seated area by the leisure pool. All outdoor shoes need to be removed. Bare feet or flip flops are allowed on the pool deck.