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Swimming lessons

We offer a large selection of swimming lessons at 9 pools across Vancouver. All swimming lessons offered follow the Red Cross Swim program and was designed to offer age-appropriate learning, focus on safety and comfort, and skills that help you and your child to develop a healthy lifestyle through swimming. 

Unsure about what level to register in?  All indoor pools provide a complimentary swim assessment service during public swim times. Assessments take between 5 to 10 minutes and children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water.

Swimming lessons are grouped into four age groups:

Register online or in person at any Park Board recreation facility, including facilities without a pool.

Parent and tot swim lessons (4 months to 3 years)

Songs, games, and introductory swimming skills will make your child comfortable and happy in the water. These classes are for both child and parents/caregivers to take together. 

Preschool swim lessons (3 to 6 years)

Each level is based on age-appropriate learning through games and songs and built around an aquatic animal mascot, which makes lessons engaging and fun. The instructor uses progressive teaching techniques adapted to each child and provides constant feedback and encouragement. 

Swim kids lessons (5 to 16 years)

The 10 level allow for solid progression and helps your child learn to swim and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes a personal best and celebrates individual success.

Teen and adult swim lessons (13 years and older)

Whether you are just starting out, want to improve your skills, or simply try something new, our swimming lessons for teens and adults can help you accomplish your personal goals and support you in achieving a healthy lifestyle.