Summer 2023 Swimmer Swim For Life Program

Swimmer Swim For Life Program

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 6 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 Water Smart® education in all levels.

 

  • First time registering for swimming lessons? Click here to discover what level is best for your child!

 

Swimming lesson availability is subject to change based on staffing and classes will be adjusted accordingly. Additional swimming lesson offerings may be available closer to our registration date. Click here to view our online registration system for the most up-to-date information.

Summer program registration begins on June 6 at 8:00 a.m.

SWIMMER 1

Swimmer 1 is a beginner level for swimmers 6 years or older and new to swimming/swimming lessons. While building the foundations of swimming, participants will gain confidence as they learn safe entries into various depths of water, treading water in a lifejacket, opening their eyes underwater and breath control. Once they have mastered their floats, rollovers, glides, and kicks from front to back unassisted, they will be ready to front crawl their way into the next level!

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level! Please take this into consideration if you are registering for multiple classes.

 

Prerequisites:

6+ years of age

Any Red Cross Preschool Level

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 1 (Complete OR Incomplete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 2 (Incomplete)

Swim For Life Preschool 1-4 (Complete OR Incomplete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 1 (Incomplete).

 

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should:

– Be curious in and around water

– Have an interest in learning to swim

– Be able to work independently in a group setting.

 

Please note: Some lessons are 30 minutes long and some are 45 minutes long.

SWIMMER 2

Swimmer 2 is a beginner level for swimmers 6 years or older. This level requires swimmers to support themselves in the water with no assistance from an instructor. Swimmers will learn to jump into deeper water unassisted, how to fall sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m). By the end of the session, swimmers should be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid while doing whip kick and swimming 10m on their front and back with no assistance.

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level. Please take this into consideration if you are registering for multiple classes.

 

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 2 (Complete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 3 (Incomplete)

Swim For Life Preschool 5 (Complete OR Incomplete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 1 (Complete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 2 (Incomplete).

 

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

– Comfortably submerge their entire body with eyes open and blow bubbles

– Jump into chest-deep water with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Float on their front and back for 5 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Glide while kicking on their front, back and side for 3m – 5m with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Roll laterally from front to back and back to front with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide.

 

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Swimmer 1 for the next session. *

 

Please note: Some lessons are 30 minutes long and some are 45 minutes long.

SWIMMER 3

Swimmer 3 is an intermediate level for swimmers 6 years or older. This level requires swimmers to support themselves in water without the help from an instructor. Swimmers will make a splash with their kneeling dives and forward roll entries and be challenged as more difficult skills are introduced; such as handstands in shallow water and front somersaults. Increased time and distance components are incorporated for skills like flutter kick on front and back, whip kick on back, front and back crawl, and interval training.

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level. Please take this into consideration if you are registering for multiple classes.

 

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 3 (Complete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 4 (Complete OR Incomplete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 5 (Incomplete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 2 (Complete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 3 (Incomplete).

 

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

– Comfortably submerge their entire body with eyes open, blowing bubble and retrieving a sunken object from the pool floor

– Jump into chest-deep water with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Float on their front and back for 10 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Glide while kicking on their front, back and side for 10m with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Perform proper whip kick in a vertical position with the use of a floatation aide and no assistance from an instructor

– Perform proper front and back crawl for 10m each.

 

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Swimmer 2 or Swimmer 1 for the next session.*

 

Please note: Some lessons are 30 minutes long and some are 45 minutes long.

SWIMMER 4

Swimmer 4 is an intermediate level for swimmers 6 years or older. Swimmers will complete standing dives, treading water for 1 minute and work towards swimming underwater for 5 meters. Swimmers will achieve their Swim to Survive by being able to roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and swim 50 meters. In addition to improving their front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick, swimmers will be introduced to breaststroke.

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level. Please take this into consideration if you are registering for multiple classes.

 

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 5 (Complete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 6 (Incomplete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 3 (Complete).

 

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

– Comfortably perform a proper kneeling-dive into deep water

– Tread water for at least 30 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Jump into deep water, tread water for 30 seconds and swim 50m continuously without stopping

– Perform proper whip kick on back for 10m with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Perform proper front crawl and back crawl for 15m each.

 

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Swimmer 3 or lower for the next session.*

 

Please note: Some lessons are 30 minutes long and some are 45 minutes long.

SWIMMER 5 / 6 (COMBINED CLASS)

Swimmer 5 is an advanced level for participants 6 years or older although, Vecova recommends participants being at least 8 years of age to be successful in this level as the physical requirements are more demanding. Swimmers will be challenged with a whole new set of skills; shallow dives, tuck jumps (cannonball entries), eggbeater kick, and backwards somersaults (in water). Technique and endurance will also receive greater focus as swimmers will need to complete longer distance swims and interval training sessions for all their strokes.

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level. Please take this into consideration if you are registering for multiple classes.

 

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following): Red Cross Swim Kids 6 (Complete), Red Cross Swim Kids 7 (Complete OR Incomplete), Swim For Life Swimmer 4 (Complete), Swim For Life Swimmer 5 (Incomplete).

 

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Swimmer 4 or lower for the next session.

 

*Swimmer 6 is an advanced level for participants 6 years or older although, Vecova recommends participants being at least 8 years of age to be successful in this level as the physical requirements are more demanding. Being the final level in the Swimmer program, swimmers will build up their advanced skillset and work towards mastering stride entries, compact jumps, and lifesaving kicks. They will also refine their strokes to increase their swimming strength, power, and endurance ? a 300-meter workout is required to complete this challenging level.

 

Due to the nature and difficulty of Swim For Life lessons, it is very common for swimmers to do the same level multiple times before moving to the next level.

 

Prerequisites (at least 1 of the following):

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 8 (Complete OR Incomplete)

Red Cross Swim Kids Level 9 (Incomplete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 5 (Complete)

Swim For Life Swimmer 6 (Incomplete).

 

Prior to attending this swimming level, the participant should be able to:

– Shallow Dive into deep water

– Tread water for at least 120 seconds with no assistance from the instructor or floatation aide

– Perform proper eggbeater for 30 seconds with no assistance from an instructor or floatation aide

– Perform proper Breaststroke for 25m

– Perform proper front crawl and back crawl for 50m

– Perform proper Head-up front crawl for 10m

– 8+ years of age is recommended.

 

*For safety reasons, Vecova kindly asks that caregivers register participants into the correct swim level based on their swimming skills. If the participant cannot show the instructor the above skills on the first day of classes, they may be removed from the lesson and be requested to register in Swimmer 5 or lower for the next session.

 

***Please note that this is a combined class where caregivers need to indicate which level the participant will be partaking in. Participants will NOT be able to complete both levels in one session.**

 

Please note: Some lessons are 30 minutes long and some are 45 minutes long.

ROOKIE PATROL

The Canadian Swim Patrol program is the on-ramp to lifeguarding. Ability is the only prerequisite.

The Swim Patrol provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. Swim Patrol’s three levels – Rookie, Ranger, and Star – continue to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society’s Bronze medal awards.

 

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.