6-12 years

Swimming lessons for children 6-12 years old who are ready to take the plunge and learn how to swim! The YMCA Learn to Swim program encourages children to build their skills while being active in the water and meeting new people.

Starting with the basics and progressing to stroke development, the four levels of YMCA Learn to Swim – Otter, Seal, Dolphin, Swimmer – teach kids essential swimming skills that they’ll use for the rest of their life. Our lessons empower your child to take an active part in their learning by setting their own goals and choosing from a range of optional skills during each level.

After completing Swimmer, the highest level, your child will be able to submerge, kick, roll, and jump into the water. They’ll be swimming on their fronts and back for short distances. But best of all, they’ll have achieved lifelong skills through their own efforts!

Location: Peter Gilgan Family YMCA, 410 Rebecca Street


Otter / Seal
This introductory program; swimmers will be introduced to front and back floats and glides, they will be taught to get their face and head wet, blow bubbles and move through deep water with a PFD for five meters. Swimmers will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water with a PFD. Front and back floats unassisted, learn whip kick and side breathing. Swimmer will be required to float, glide and swim on front and back for 10 metres unassisted.

Dolphin / Swimmer
Swimmers will be treading water in deep water for 30 seconds. They will be introduced to front crawl arm and side breathing, required to swim front and back swim for 25 metres. They will continue to work on front and back crawl demonstrating proper arm and kick action for 25 metres. Swimmers will be introduced to fun new things like cannonballs, dives, somersaults treading water and underwater swim.



905-845-5597 ext. 244 or 307