Swim Lessons

Swim for Life™ at MacEwan University

You’re never too young to start and never too old to learn! Our Swim for Life™ Program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate valuable Water Smart® education that uses hands-on teaching activities to create fun, active lessons that will last a lifetime. All programming is built around the Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive™ standard, which stresses orienting yourself after falling into the water, supporting yourself at the surface and swimming to safety.

If your child took lessons at another facility and want to know the Swim for Life equivalent, see our Program Transition Chart.

Registration for Winter Classes opens November 17!

Parent and Tot

Parent and Tot  

Especially for children aged 4 months to 3 years and their parents. Based on the principle “Within Arms’ Reach,” these classes focus on close, playful interaction between child, parent and water.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90167 Thu 4–4:30 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $66
90168 Fri 6–6:30 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $66
90169 Sat 10:45–11:15 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $66
90170 Sun 1:30–2 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $66

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Preschool

Preschool Lessons

The Swim for Life™ Preschool Program gives children a head start on learning to swim, teaching them the basics to be safe and confident little swimmers. Water Smart® education is part of every Preschool level.

PresSchool SwimPreschool 1 Lessons

These preschoolers learn to get in and out of the water safely. They'll learn to move safely in shallow water and use a life jacket to be comfortable with their floats and glides.

Preschool 2 

These youngsters will explore the water learning to submerge and exhale underwater. Buoyant aids are used to help them discover rollovers, glides and flutter kicks.

Preschool 3

These preschoolers will master their floats, glides and short swims on their front and back (3 m). They’ll be able to pick up objects from waist deep water and use their life jackets to jump and roll into the deep end.

Preschool 4

These capable preschoolers will strengthen their flutter kicks and try swimming front crawl. They’ll start to learn how to support themselves in deep water and in the end they’ll do solo jumps and side rolls into deep water. Their lifejacket will support them while they learn to tread water and swim to safety (5 m) in the deep end.

Preschool 5

These skilled and independent youngsters will master short swims doing front crawl (5 m) and back crawl (5 m). They are ready to take on a forward roll into deep water with their lifejacket on and to tread water without the extra support. Here they will get their first chance to try whipkick and fitness training.

Preschool 1/2 » 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90172 Thu 1:30–2 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $69
90177 Thu 2:15–2:45 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $69
90173 Fri 5:30–6 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $69
90176 Fri 6:15–6:45 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $69
90174 Sat 10–10:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $69
90175 Sun 12–12:30 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $69
90179 Sun 12:45–1:15 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $69

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Preschool 3/4/5 » 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90182 Thu 1:30–2 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $69
90183 Fri 5:30–6 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $69
90184 Sat 10–10:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $69
90187 Sat 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $69
90186 Sun 12–12:30 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $69
90185 Sun 1–1:30 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $69

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Swimmer

Swimmer Swimming Lessons - 6 YEARS AND OLDER

Lifesaving Society Swimmer levels make sure your child learns how to swim before they get in too deep. Each level challenges school-aged children 6 years and older to develop strong foundational skills, leading to smooth and efficient swimming strokes.

SwimmerSwimmer 1/2 

In Swimmer 1, children will work on safe entries, exits and moving through the water. When ready, they’ll do floats, glides and kick on their front and back without assistance. They’ll even explore jumping into deep water and treading water while wearing a PFD. In Swimmer 2, they will be able to jump or side roll into deep water, tread water and swim (10–15m) using either front crawl or back crawl. They’ll try vertical whip kick and begin to work on their endurance level by stepping into the world of fitness interval training.

Swimmer 3/4 

In Swimmer 3, children will learn to dive, do handstands, front underwater somersaults and forward rolls into deep water. They’ll work on their front crawl, back crawl and whip kick over short distances and add some interval fitness training to their practice. By the end they’ll be able to meet the Swim to Survive™ standard: roll into deep water, tread water (1 min) and swim (50m). In Swimmer 4, they will get introduced to breaststroke arm drills, underwater swims and front crawl sprints.

Swimmer 5/6 

In Swimmer 5, children will learn eggbeater kick, head-up fron t crawl, breaststroke, back crawl and shallow dives. Just for fun they will try tuck jumps and underwater back somersaults. In Swimmer 6,they will easily go the distance with a strong front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. With interval training and sprint racing drills children will be ready to complete the 300m endurance workout. They will also try stride jumps and compact jumps. Note: After completing Swimmer 6 you can move to Rookie Patrol.

Swimmer 1» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90233 Thu 2:45–3:15 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $69
90234 Fri 6:45–7:15 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $69
90235 Sat 11:15–11:45 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $69
90236 Sun 12:30–1 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $69

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Swimmer 2» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90239 Thu 2:45–3:30 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $74
90240 Fri 6:30–7:15 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $74
90241 Sat 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $74
90242 Sun 12:30–1:15 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $74

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Swimmer 1/2» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90238 Thu 2-2:45 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $74

*No class Feb 23

Swimmer 3» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90243 Fri 5:30–6:15 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $74
90244 Sat 10-10:45 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $74
90245 Sun 12–12:45 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $74

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Swimmer 4» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90250 Fri 5:30–6:15 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $74
90251 Sat 10-10:45 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $74
90252 Sun 12–12:45 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $74

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Swimmer 3/4» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90246 Thu 1:30–2:15 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $74

*No classes Feb 23

Swimmer 5/6» 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90254 Thu 2–2:45 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $74
90255 Fri 6-6:45 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $74
90256 Sat 10:30–11:15 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $74
90257 Sun 1:15–2 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $74

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Patrol

Level 7: Rookie Patrol

Rookie PatrolRookie Patrol develops fitness levels to meet a timed 100 m swim and 350 m workout. Water proficiency skills include: swims with clothes, ready position and foot first and head first surface dives. Demonstrating an ability to conduct a primary assessment and initiating EMS are included as first aid skills. Victim recognition and throwing assists are other key elements of the program.

Level 8: Ranger Patrol

Ranger Patrol enhances capability in the water, including stride entry, underwater forward and backward somersaults, lifesaving eggbeater kick and increased fitness levels to meet a 200 m timed swim. Rescue skills involve an increased skill level in ABC first aid basics, victim recognition and non-contact rescues.

Level 9: Star Patrol

Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills; further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100 m each; and complete 600 m workouts and 300 m timed swims.

Level 7/ 8/ 9: Rookie/ Ranger/ Star Patrol » 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90259 Thu 2:45–3:30 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* $79
90260 Fri 6:15–7 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* $79
90261 Sat 10:30–11:15 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* $79
90262 Sun 1:15–2 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* $79

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Adult

"Scared Stiff" Adult 1 Learn to Swim » 8 Classes

The “Scared Stiff” Adult 1 lessons are for those who have a fear of water or who would like to work through the skills slowly. We believe everyone learns best in a comfortable environment. Don’t let your fear be a barrier to learning this life skill! We will help you every step of the way.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90133 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* M- $85
P- $77
90134 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* S- $64

*No classes Feb 19

Adult 1 Learn to Swim » 8 Classes

These beginning swimmers will work on safe entries, exits and moving through the water. When ready they’ll do floats, glides and kicking on their front and back without assistance. They’ll even explore jumping into deep water and treading water with their lifejackets on. Skill appropriate fitness drills will increase strength and endurance.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90123 Thu 3:15–4 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* M- $85
P- $77
90124 Thu 3:15–4 p.m. Jan 19-Mar 16* S- $64
90137 Fri 6:45–7:30 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* M- $85
P- $77
90138 Fri 6:45–7:30 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* S- $64
90125 Sat 10–10:45 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* M- $85
P- $77
90126 Sat 10–10:45 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* S- $64
90133 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* M- $85
P- $77
90134 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* S- $64
90127
Female Only
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* M- $85
P- $77
90128
Female Only
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* S- $64
90135 Sun 1:30–2:15 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* M- $85
P- $77
90136 Sun 1:30–2:15 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* S- $64

*No classes Feb 5, 17, 18, 19 & 23

Adult 2 Stroke Development » 8 Classes

These swimmers are really going to develop their confidence. Here they’ll explore underwater skills like handstands, and front somersaults. On top, they’ll try their hand at standing dives, forward rolls and “tuck” jumps. Interval and sprint training will help them master their newly developed front crawl and back crawl skills.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90129 Sat 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* M- $85
P- $77
90130 Sat 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* S- $64

*No classes Feb 19

Adult 3 Endurance Development » 8 Classes

These confident swimmers will master their lifesaving kicks and swimming strokes. With the interval training and sprint racing drills, they’ll be ready to make the 300 m endurance workout. Shallow dives, stride jumps and compact jumps put some spice into class, along with underwater swims to recover objects, plus underwater back somersaults.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90131 Sat 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* M- $85
P- $77
90132 Sat 11:15 a.m.– 12 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 18* S- $64

*No classes Feb 19

Adult 2/3 » 8 Classes

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90143 Fri 7-7:45 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* M- $85
P- $77
90144 Fri 7-7:45 p.m. Jan 20-Mar 17* S- $64
90140 Female Only Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* M- $85
P- $77
90139 Female Only Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* S- $64
90142 Sun 12:45– 1:30 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* M- $85
P- $77
90141 Sun 12:45– 1:30 p.m. Jan 15-Mar 19* S- $64

*No classes Feb 17 & 19

Swim to Survive® for Adults

These lessons are for adults of all ages, with a wide range of skill and interest levels. They aren’t intended to replace traditional swim lessons; rather they provide the essential self-rescue skills to enable a person to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. It could make the difference between life and death when immersion in water is sudden and unexpected.

Winter Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
90229 Thu 3:30–4:15 p.m. Jan 19-Feb 2 P $25
M $22
90230 Thu 3:30–4:15 p.m. Jan 19-Feb 2 S $18
90232 Thu 3:30–4:15 p.m. Mar 2-16 P $25
M $22
90231 Thu 3:30–4:15 p.m. Mar 2-16 S $18
90613
Female Only
Sun 11-11:45 a.m. Mar 5-19 P $25
M $22
90614
Female Only
Sun 11-11:45 a.m. Mar 5-19 S $18



SwimAbilities

SwimAbilities 1

This level is for children who have never taken swimming lessons and cannot put their face in the water.

Code Day Time Dates Price
90413 Sat 12:45–1:30 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $95

SwimAbilities 2

This level is for children who can put their face in the water, make bubbles and can be held in a front or back float position.

Code Day Time Dates Price
90566 Sat 12:45–1:30 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $95

SwimAbilities 3

This level is for children who can independently float on their front and back with or without help.
Code Day Time Dates Price
90567 Sat 1:30–2:15 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $95

SwimAbilities 4

This level is for children who can swim 5 m and float for 5 seconds on either their front or back.

Code Day Time Dates Price
90568 Sat 1:30–2:15 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $95

*No Class Feb 4 & 18

Adapted

We offer lessons that are tailored to individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Enrollment requires the completion of a Swimmer Information Form for our office use in establishing the appropriate level and recommended adaptations for lessons. Lessons are one-on-one with an aquatic instructor. Please contact us for more information at 780.497.4616.

Winter Classes

Code Day  Time  Dates Price
90114 Sat 12:30– 1 p.m. Jan 21- Mar 25* $231
90115 Sat 12:30– 1 p.m Jan 21- Mar 25* $231
90116 Sat 1– 1:30 p.m Jan 21- Mar 25* $231
90117 Sat 1– 1:30 p.m Jan 21- Mar 25* $231
90118 Sat 1:30–
2 p.m
Jan 21- Mar 25* $231
90119 Sat 1:30–
2 p.m
Jan 21- Mar 25* $231

*No class Feb 4 & 8

Chinese Language (Mandarin) Swim Lessons

The following lessons will be taught by a Sport and Wellness staff who will conduct the class speaking Manadrin.

Winter Classes

Preschool Lessons

Code Day Time Dates Price
90148 Sat 12–12:30 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $69

Swimmer

Code Day Time Dates Price
90149 Sat 1:15–2 a.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* $74

Adult

Code Day Time Dates Price
90146
 
Sat 12:30–1:15 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* P-$85
M-$77
90147 Sat 12:30–1:15 p.m. Jan 21-Mar 25* S-$64

P- Public/ M- Member/ S- Student

*No class Feb 4 & 18

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

For Children, Youth and Adults
These half-hour sessions are ideal for any children, youth and/or adults wanting personal, one-on-one or group instruction to help improve their swimming abilities or stroke efficiency.  

1 x 30 min Lesson 5 x 30 min Lesson 8 x 30 min Lesson
Public $46 Public $213 Public $309
Member $42 Member $192 Member $278
Student $42 Student $192 Student $278

 Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)

1 x 30 min Lesson 5 x 30 min Lesson 8 x 30 min Lesson
Public $35/ person Public $160/ person Public $233/ person
Member $32/ person Member $144/ person Member $209/ person
Student $32/ person Student $144/ person Student $209/ person

 Group Private Lessons (3-5 people)

For Children, Youth and Adults

5 x 30 min Lesson (3–5 people) 8 x 30 min Lesson (3–5 people)
Public $89/ person Public $119/ person
Member $78/ person Member $108/ person
Student $78/ person Student $108/ person

Add GST if participant is age 15 or older.

Lessons are by appointment only. Please email Brittany or phone 780.497.4616 to book Private lessons.

School Group Swim Lessons

Visit the Bookings and Rentals sections for School Group Swim Lessons, Recreational swim and Birthday bookings.


Participants in aquatic programs pay the discounted member price on Junior Griffins Summer Aquatic Camps.

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