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Department of Culture and Recreation
Swimming Lessons

The Town of LaSalle is affiliated with the Lifesaving Society. All lifeguards/swim instructors are trained on how to be Water Smart and the High Five principles of healthy child development. The following is a list of the Lifesaving Society swim classes offered at the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex and at the LaSalle Outdoor Pool (seasonally). If you are unsure which level your child should be in, please ask a lifeguard to complete a Swim Skills Test during a recreational swim.

The Town of LaSalle is proud to have been recognized by the Lifesaving Society in their annual affiliate awards.  

The Lifesaving Society recognizes affiliate members who deliver the Society's training programs, promote Water Smart public education, and raise funds in support of the Society's drowning prevention mission.

LaSalle placed first in Ontario in two categories!

Swimming lesson registrations fill up quickly. To avoid disappointment, register early! Sessions usually run from January to March, April to June, July to August and September to December. To find how to register, visit our How to Register page.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are offered for up to 3 swimmers at a time.

PARENT AND TOT (ages 3-36 months old)

1 (3-12 months old) 2 (12-24 months old) 3 (2-3 years old)

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun, learn and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills.  We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting.  Tot must be accompanied in the water at all times by a parent or guardian who is within arms reach of the child.  Participants registered in split/combo classes will continue to work towards their appropriate level.

PRESCHOOL 1 (3-5 years old)

These young children will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We'll help them jump into shallow water. They'll try floats and glides on their front and back, wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater. Recommended: New to lessons or participated in Parent and Tot or Starfish, Duck and/or SeaTurtle. Ratio 1:4.

PRESCHOOL 2 (3-5 years old)

These young children will learn to jump into shallow water by themselves and get in and get out wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll go underwater and blow bubbles while they are there. With a floating aid, they'll work on moving through the water kicking on their front and back. Recommended: completed Preschool 1 or Salamander. Ratio 1:4.

PRESCHOOL 3 (3-5 years old)

These young children will try jumping into chest-deep water without help and into deep water wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll get objects from the bottom. They'll work on front and back floats and kicking by themselves for 5 m. Recommended: completed Preschool 2 or Sunfish. Ratio 1:4.

PRESCHOOL 4 (3-5 years old)

Young children will learn to jump into deeper water and get out by themselves. They'll learn to hold themselves up at the surface, open their eyes underwater and get objects from the bottom in deeper water. They'll concentrate on short (5 m) front and back crawl swims in a PFD and a 3 m glide. Recommended: completed Preschool 3 or Sunfish. Ratio 1:4.

PRESCHOOL 5 (3-5 years old)

These youngsters get more exciting activities by going into the pool sideways wearing a Personal Flotation Device. They'll work on front and back floats while rolling over and holding their breath underwater for up to 5 seconds. They'll work on unassisted front and back crawl swims (5 m) and whip kick. Recommended: completed Preschool 4 or Whale. Ratio 1:4.

SWIMMER 1 (5-12 years old)

These beginners will learn to jump into water with and without a Personal Floatation Device. They'll learn to open their eyes and blow out underwater, and to get objects off the bottom. They'll work on floats and moving through the water on their front and back. Recommended: beginner or completed Preschool 1, 2 or 3 or continuing Red Cross SwimKids 1. Ratio 1:6.

SWIMMER 2 (5-12 years old)

These swimmers will jump into deeper water on their own and learn to fall sideways into the water wearing a Personal Floatation Device. They'll be able to stay up at the surface without help, learn whip kick and swim 10 m front and back crawl. Recommended: completed Swimmer 1, Preschool 4 or 5 or Red Cross Swimkids 1. Ratio 1:6.

SWIMMER 3 (5-12 years old)

These swimmers will roll into the water, tread water and do handstands, go head over heals in-water and swim underwater. They'll work on front and back crawl swimming 15 m and interval swims of 15 m, four times. Must have completed Swimmer 2 or Red Cross Swimkids 2/3. Ratio: 1:6.

SWIMMER 4 (5-12 years old)

These swimmers will make stride entries better, learn eggbeater kick, foot-first surface dives and go head over heels backward in the water. They'll learn to scull and swim 25 m of front and back crawl, whip kick and breaststroke arms with breathing. They'll finish with interval swims of 25 m, four times. Must have completed Swimmer 3 or Red Cross Swimkids 4/5. Ratio 1:8.

SWIMMER 5 (5-12 years old)

These swimmers will get eggbeater kick and foot-first sculling just right. Surface dives will take them down to underwater swims and front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 50 m will be perfected. They will also do 25 m sprints and intervals of 50m, four times. Must have completed Swimmer 4 or Red Cross Swimkids 6. Ratio 1:10.

SWIMMER 6 (5-12 years old)

These swimmers will work on difficult skills like eggbeater kick for 1 minute while changing directions; and, head-up front crawl or breaststroke over 50 m.  Swimming 100 m front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke will be easy and they will do swims of 300 m. Must have completed Swimmer 5 or Red Cross Swimkids 7. Ratio 1:10.

SWIMMER 7/8/9

This program is for youth 8-12 years old. Swimmers will learn self rescue techniques and the rescue of others as well as continuing to focus on endurance. Ratio 1:12.

FITNESS SWIMMER

For swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water.  Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach based on accepted training principles and practices including interval training and goal setting.

SPORT LEVEL 1/2

Participants practice in water starts and jump starts from the side.  Stroke work for front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.  Sprints and workouts are introduced.  Learn to throw accurately, swim with fins and tow a manikin with rescue tube.

SPORT LEVEL 3/4

Participants set short term and long term goals while mastering relay transitions, and flip turns for front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.  Sprints and throwing accuracy are improved.  Participants practice in-water object support for 2 minutes.

For information about the courses that we offer to train to become a lifeguard, visit our Lifesaving Programs page.