Red Cross Swim Lessons

Swimming lessons for kids ages 6 to 12 years

When you chose the Red Cross Swim Program you're getting:

  • A program based on research
  • Proven excellence in teaching
  • Strokes and safety skills—the combination that saves lives
  • A focus on fitness and personal performance
  • 10-level program for children 6 to 12 years of age


Swimmers receive an orientation to water and the pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5m front swim.


Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. Swimmers work on the front swim (5m) and learn about deep-water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m flutter kick and a 10m distance swim.


This level provides an introduction to diving and teaches swimmers how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15-metre swim.


This level introduces the front crawl (10m) and back swim with shoulder roll (15m). Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25m swim.


This level introduces the back crawl (15m), sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15m. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50m swim.


This level refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing (25m), back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll (25m), and body roll (25m), and introduces elementary backstroke (15m), safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1½ minutes. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 75m swim.


This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl (50m), back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m) and introduces a whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, reach assists and stride entry. Swimming endurance is increased to a 150m swim.


This level is an introduction to breaststroke (15m) and feet-first surface dives. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults, and standing shallow dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface in the event of an unexpected fall into the water. Endurance is built on a 300m swim. Front crawl and back crawl distances are increased to 75m each.


This level refines the front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breaststroke (25m), and encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness (3 mins). They also work on head-first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400m swim.


This level is a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance (front crawl 100m, back crawl 100m, elementary backstroke 50m, breaststroke 50m and sidestroke 25m). Swimmers learn about sun safety, the rescue of others from ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built by the dolphin kick and a 500 m swim.


Registration can be completed at:

  • Coronation Centre: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at 5925 Summer Street
  • Gale Centre: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • MacBain Centre: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Payment can be made with Cash, Cheque, Debit or Credit Card