For Safe Fun Around the Water!

We are now registering for Winter 2018 Red Cross Swim Lessons for Adults and Children

Register before December 19th and receive an early-bird discount:

Please use promo code SwimYWCA

All youth and children lessons begin the weekend of January 13th and 14th. Lesson sets consist of 10 sessions for each class. Please note: There are no classes the weekend of February 17th and 18th.

NEW FOR 2018: Drop in Adult Lessons! You may register for all ten sessions or register for any single session. Classes still have a limit of 8 total students so register early.

Visit Here for Online Registration

If you prefer to register over the phone, please call 306-244-0944 ext. 100

Download the 2018 YWCA Winter Swim Lesson Schedule Here


Red Cross Swim Preschool
OtterPreschoolers actively learn new swimming skills including assisted floats and glides through games and songs. The fun includes learning to jump into chest deep water.
SunfishAssisted by an Instructor, preschoolers work on stroke and skills progressions. Learning also focuses on good judgement in, on and around the water, and entries and floats in deep water.
CrocodilePreschoolers start independent glides and kicking in deep water. Endurance is built through increasing distance for front and back swims. Swimmers learn about the dolphin kick and try synchro skills in the water.
Salamander Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion.
WhaleIn Whale, children will learn to swim independently and participate in team games. Preschoolers will increase their distance and improve skills in front and back swims. Swimmers also learn about throwing assists to help another person in the water.
Red Cross Swim Kids
Level 1This is the entry level for those who didn’t take the Red Cross Swim Preschool lessons. This level provides an orientation to the water and the pool area and introduces floats and glides with kicks. Children build their endurance by improving distance.
Level 2A second orientation level which helps the child build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides.
Level 3This level provides an introduction to front crawl as well the foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15-metre swim.
Level 4The front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25-metre swim.
Level 5Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Children try stride dives receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50-metre swim.
Level 6Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is newly introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescue of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75- metre swim.
Level 7Level 7 continues to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke and introduces whip kick on the front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions, and participate in timed treading water for increasing endurance. Endurance is built through timed treading water and a 150-metre swim.
Level 8Level 8 provides an introduction to the breaststroke, foot first surface dives, and rescue entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick and 300-metre swim.
Level 9Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. In this level children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first shallow dives and standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences, and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400- metre swim.
Level 10Further refinement of strokes, with an introduction to butterfly and scissor kick as a warm-up/cool down stroke for fitness. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head-first and feet-first shallow dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500-metre swim.