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Private swimming lessons

Customized, one-on-one swimming lessons designed to focus on specific goals and for individuals who require additional support. Ages 3+ years.

Benefits of private lessons

  • One-on-one instruction.
  • Targeted training to address unique needs.
  • Can help address weak areas before returning to group classes.
  • Help swimmers gain confidence.

Types of private lessons

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

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?

Instructors assess your abilities and design a custom training program to address your specific needs or goals.

Private lessons can have up to two swimmers per class. Private lessons are booked as individual classes. The length of lessons vary depending on scheduling requirements and the typical age of the swimmers participating in each lesson.

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.  

Frequently asked questions

How much do swimming lessons cost?

Swimming lesson prices vary based on number of classes in a course, the total number of instruction hours and the number of swimmers in each class. Group lessons range from $5.75 to $10 per class. Private lessons cost $47.50 per class. 

Are there any additional costs for lessons?

No. Swimming lessons do not have any additional costs.

Lifesaving and swim certification courses may have some material costs and certification fees which are paid to the Lifesaving Society. 

Does my swimmer need to practice swimming in addition to lessons?

Absolutely. Lessons teach core skills, but practicing will help swimmers progress at a much faster rate and is essential to becoming a better swimmer. Find public swim times at our locations at

More swimming lessons

Learn how to set up an account, register for programs and find information on cancellations in the help section of Live and Play.