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 (PHCD). 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 during the summer months. If you are unsure which level your child should be in, please ask a lifeguard to complete a swim test during an open swim.

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

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Covid-19 Requirement

Instructors will remain physically distanced from participants. Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.

Swimming Lessons

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Parent and Tot Lessons (4 months - 3 years)

Parent and Tot 1/2/3

Spend quality time in the pool with your child, while you both have fun, learn and socialize. Through structured activities and in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Activities and progressions are based on child development, so parents can register in the level appropriate for their child's age. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting.

Preschool Lessons (3 - 5 Years)

Preschool 1
These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of water with assistance and we will help them jump into shallow water. They will try floats and glides on their front and back and practice safe movement in shallow water wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). They will learn to get their face wet and blow bubbles underwater.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Preschool 2
These preschoolers will learn how to jump into chest deep water by themselves and get in and out wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). They will submerge and exhale underwater 3 times. Using a buoyant aid, they will work on moving through the water kicking on their front and back.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommended: Completion of Preschool 1 or Salamander.
Preschool 3
These preschoolers will try jumping into deep water wearing a Personal Floatation Device (PFD). They will recover objects from the bottom and practice holding their breath underwater for 3 seconds. They will work on front and back floats and kicking by themselves for 5 metres.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommended: Completion of Preschool 2 or Sunfish.
Preschool 4
These advanced preschoolers will learn how to jump into deeper water and get out by themselves. They will learn how to support themselves at the surface, open their eyes underwater and recover objects from the bottom in deeper water. They will focus on front crawl and back crawl swims (5 metres each) while wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) and glide on their side for 3 metres.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommended: Completion of Preschool 3 or Crocodile.
Preschool 5
These youngsters get more adventurous with sideways entries while wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). They will learn front and back floats with rollovers and will learn to hold their breath underwater for up to 5 seconds. They will work unassisted to perform front crawl and back crawl swims for 5 metres, tread water for 10 seconds and perform whip kick. Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommendation: Completion of Preschool 4 or Whale.

Swimmer Programs

 
Swimmer 1
These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). They will learn to open their eyes and exhale underwater and gain the skills to confidently get objects off of the bottom. They will swim 5 metres of flutter kick and front crawl while wearing a PFD and will work on floats and moving through the water on their front and back.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommended: Beginner or completion of Preschool 1, 2 or 3 or continuing Red Cross Swimkids 1.
Swimmer 2
These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water independently and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). They will be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 metres of front crawl and back crawl and tread water for 15 seconds.
Children enrolled in Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swimmer 1 or Swimmer 2 levels must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water for the full duration of the lesson.
Recommended: Completion of Swimmer 1, Preschool 4 or Red Cross Swimkids 1.
Swimmer 3
These junior swimmers will roll into water, do handstands, tread water for 30 seconds and swim underwater. They will work on front crawl and back crawl swimming for 15 metres each and do interval swims of 4 x 15 metres of flutter kick with 20 second rests.
Recommended: Completion of Swimmer 2 or Red Cross Swimkids 2/3.
Swimmer 4
These intermediate swimmers will swim 25 metres each of front and back crawl and will swim underwater, they will do whip kick and a breaststroke arms drill with breathing for 15 metres each. They will finish with interval swims of 4 x 25 metres of front or back crawl with 20 second rests.
Recommended: Completion of Swimmer 3 or Red Cross Swimkids 4/5.
Swimmer 5
These confident swimmers will master stationary eggbeater kick, tuck jump into deep water and perform a back somersault in water. They will refine their front crawl and back crawl for 50 metres each and swim breaststroke for 25 metres. They will pick up the pace with front crawl, back crawl and breastroke interval training and swim head-up front crawl for 10 metres.
Recommended: Completion of Swimmer 4 or Red Cross Swimkids 6.
Swimmer 6
These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills such as eggbeater kick on their back for 10 metres and treading water for 45 seconds without the use of arms. They will develop strength and power in breaststroke for 50 metres and will easily swim 100 metres of front and back crawl and concentrate on a 300 metre workout.
Recommended: Completion of Swimmer 5 or Red Cross Swimkids 7.
Swimmer 7
This program is designed for youth 8-12 years old. Swimmers will begin to learn self rescue techniques and the rescue of others, as well as continuing to focus on endurance.
Recommended: Must have completed the previous level.
Swimmer 8
This program is designed for youth 8-12 years old. Swimmers will begin to learn self rescue techniques and the rescue of others, as well as continuing to focus on endurance.
Recommended: Must have completed the previous level.
Swimmer 9

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

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