Adult swimming lessons

Adult swimming lessons

Swim programs for beginners who want to gain confidence in the water or improve their technique and endurance while learning to swim.

Benefits of adult lessons

  • Learn water safety
  • Swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning by over 80%
  • Low-impact exercise is easy on joints
  • Excellent cardiovascular benefits
  • Build endurance
  • Builds Confidence

Types of adult lessons

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

Fall registration for swimming lessons is now open.

Winter registration begins for Adult Swimming lessons by facility on these dates at 6 a.m.:

  • Nov. 1 - Sir Winston Churchill, Foothills and Shouldice Aquatic Centres
  • Nov. 3 - Thornhill and Renfrew Aquatic Centres
  • Nov. 8 - Killarney, Glenmore and Inglewood Aquatic Centres
  • Nov. 10 - Canyon Meadows and Bob Bahan Aquatic Centres.

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?

The Adult Swimmer Program is for beginners or swimmers who want to improve their skills. Participants may set their own goals to develop water confidence and refine strokes.


Come prepared

Participants 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.

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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