Preschool Swimming Lessons

Preschool swimming lessons

Preschoolers learn to enter and exit shallow water safely and gain comfort with floats and back glides while wearing lifejackets.

Benefits of preschool lessons

  • Learn water safety
  • Learn how to hold breath under water
  • Learn how to float, to rest in the water
  • Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by over 80%
  • Significant heart and lung development benefits
  • Reduce fear of water
  • Increase motor skills
  • Builds Confidence
  • Valuable social engagement

Types of preschool lessons

You can register online, in person at our Recreation facilities, or by calling 403-268-3800 (option 1).

Spring swimming lessons can be previewed on Feb. 23, 2023.

Registration for group and private swimming lessons will begin on the following dates at 6:00 a.m. online (online waiting room opens at 5:30 a.m.), at any City-operated Aquatic Recreation facility or Arts Centre during posted business hours, or by calling the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800 (option 1) - 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.

  • Feb. 28 - Southland Leisure, Canyon Meadows and Acadia
  • Mar. 2 - Village Square, Bob Bahan and Foothills
  • Mar. 7 - Renfrew, Sir Winston Churchill and Thornhill
  • Mar. 9 - Killarney, Glenmore, Inglewood and Shouldice

If your child completed all the preschool lessons and is 6 years old they can continue learning how to swim with youth swimming lessons.

About our swim instructors

Our instructors have Bronze Cross or higher certification. They are qualified to teach and evaluate Swim for Life® programs, Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.

What are lessons like?

Children learn to enter and exit safely through a variety of fun activities. Classes are designed to help kids get comfortable in the water and  include such activities as:

  • Float and kick 
  • Get faces wet
  • Blow bubbles in the water
  • Becoming comfortable with floats and back glides
  • Move safely in shallow water and wear lifejackets

Come prepared

Children must wear swim wear and bring a towel. Swim goggles are optional. All other required equipment and lifejackets are provided. Lifeguard on duty on pool deck.

Note: If a child requires a support staff/aide, they will also require this support in the water.

Non-Traditional Bathing Wear Policy

The City of Calgary Recreation is committed to providing an aquatic environment where individuals from all ethnic and religious backgrounds are comfortable participating in activities in and around the water.  We want all customers to feel safe and welcome at our facilities, and have therefore adopted a non-traditional bathing wear policy as outlined below.

In addition to conventional swim wear, participants may wear:

  • Long-sleeved pants and shirts, tee-shirts and shorts with undergarments or a swim suit worn underneath.   
  • Traditional ethnic clothing (e.g. saris and hijabs) with a swim suit or undergarments worn underneath.  For safety reasons, patrons wearing traditional garments such as saris are asked to remain in the shallow end of the pool and to refrain from using the dive tank.

In order to ensure that our aquatic environments are safe and free from any external contaminants, all participants are required to:

  • Wear clothing that is different from the clothing worn to the facility
  • Take a complete and cleansing shower (while clothed in the swim attire that will be worn in the water) before entering the pool 

Through this policy, Recreation affirms its commitment to recognizing and valuing the diversity of our customers.  

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