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.

Spring/ Summer registration is open.

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.

Code Day Time Dates Price
87067 Thu 4–4:30 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $66
87068 Fri 5:30–6 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $66
87069 Sat 10:45–11:15 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $66
87070 Sun 12–12:30 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $66
87071 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 a.m. Jul 12-22 $66
87072 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 a.m. Aug 9-19 $66

*No classes May 20-22

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

Code Day Time Dates Price
87073 Thu 1:45–2:15 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $69
87074 Fri 5:30–6 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $69
87075 Sat 10–10:30 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $69
87076 Sun 12–12:30 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $69
87077 Sun 12:45–1:15 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $69
87078 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 p.m. Jul 12-22 $69
87079 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 p.m. Aug 9-19 $69

*No classes May 20-22

Preschool 3/4/5 » 8 Classes
Code Day Time Dates Price
87082 Thu 1:45–2:15 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $69
87083 Fri 5:30–6 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $69
87084 Sat 10–10:30 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $69
87085 Sun 1–1:30 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $69
87086 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 a.m. Jul 12-22 $69
87087 Tue-Fri 10–10:30 a.m. Aug 9-19 $69

*No classes May 20-22

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

Code Day Time Dates Price
87144 Fri 6–6:30 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24*$69
87145 Sat 11:30–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $69
87146 Sun 12:30–1 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $69
87147 Tue-Fri 11:15-11:45 a.m. Jul 12-22 $69
87148 Tue-Fri 11:15-11:45 a.m. Aug 9-19 $69

*No classes May 20-22

Swimmer 2» 8 Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
87153 Fri 6–6:45 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $74
87154 Sat 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $74
87155 Sun 12:30–1:15 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $74
87156 Tue-Fri 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Jul 12-22 $74
87157 Tue-Fri 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Aug 9-19 $74

*No classes May 20-22

Swimmer 1/2» 8 Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
87149 Thu 3–3:45 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $74
87150 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jul 12-22 $74
87151 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Aug 9-19 $74

Swimmer 3/4» 8 Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
87158 The 2:15–3 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $74
87159 Fri 6–6:45 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $74
87160 Sat 10-10:45 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25*$74
87161 Sun 12–12:45 p.m. May 1-Jun 26*$74
87162 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jul 12-22$74
87163 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Aug 9-19$74

*No class May 20-22

Swimmer 5/6» 8 Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
87164 Thu 2:15–3 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $74
87165 Fri 6:45-7:30 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $74
87166 Sat 10:30–11:15 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $74
87167 Sun 1:15–2 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $74
87168 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Jul 12-22 $74
87169 Tue-Fri 10:30-11:15 a.m. Aug 9-19 $74

*No classes May 20-22

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

Code Day Time Dates Price
87170 Thu 3–3:45 p.m. May 5-Jun 23 $79
87171 Fri 6:30–7:15 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* $79
87172 Sat 10:30–11:15 a.m Apr 30-Jun 25* $79
87173 Sun 1:15–2 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* $79
87174 Tue-Fri 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Jul 12-22 $79
87175 Tue-Fri 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Aug 9-19 $79

*No classes May 20-22

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.

Code Day Time Dates Price
87043 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* P $85
M $77
87044 Sat 10:45–11:30 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* S $64

*No class May 21

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.

May 1-Jun 26*
Code Day Time Dates Price
87033 Fri 6:45–7:30 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* P $85
M $77
87034 Fri 6:45–7:30 p.m. Apr 29-Jun 24* S $64
87035 Sat 10–10:45 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* P $85
M $77
87036 Sat 10–10:45 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* S $64
87045 Sun 1:30–2:15 p.m. May 1-Jun 26*P $85
M $77
87046 Sun 1:30–2:15 p.m. May 1-Jun 26* S $64
87037
(Female Only)
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. May 1-Jun 26* P $85
M $77
87038
(Female Only)
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. May 1-Jun 26* S $64

P-Public  M-Member  S-Student
*No class May 20-22

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.

Code Day Time Dates Price
87039 Sat 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* P- $85
M- $77
87040 Sat 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* S- $64

P-Public M-Member S-Student
*No class May 21

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.

Code Day Time Dates Price
87041 Sat 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* P $85
M $77
87042 Sat 11:15 a.m.–12 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* S $64
P-Public M-Member S-Student
*No class May 21

Adult 2/3 » 8 Classes

Code Day Time Dates Price
87047
(Female Only)
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. May 1-Jun 26* P- $85
M- $77
87048
(Female Only)
Sun 10:45–11:30 a.m. May 1-Jun 26* S- $64

P-Public M-Member S-Student
*No class May 22

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.

Code Day Time Dates Price
87867 Sun 9–9:30 a.m. May 1-May 29* $110
87869 Sun 9:30–10 a.m. May 1-May 29* $110
87871 Sun 10–10:30 a.m. May 1-May 29* $110
87868 Sun 9–9:30 a.m. Jun 5-26 $110
87870 Sun 9:30–10 a.m. Jun 5-26 $110
87872 Sun 10–10:30 a.m. Jun 5-26 $110

*No class May 22

Chinese Language Swim Lessons

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

Preschool Lessons

Code Day Time Dates Price
88263 Sat 1–1:30 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $69

Swimmer

Code Day Time Dates Price
88264 Sat 1:30–2:15 a.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* $74

Adult

Code Day Time Dates Price
88265 Sat 2:15–3 p.m. Apr 30-Jun 25* P-$85
M-$77
P- Public/ M- Member

*No class May 21

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 $82/ person Public $110/ person
Member $72/ person Member $100/ 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.

Swimming lessons could qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. It allows you to claim eligible fees paid in the year up to a maximum of $500 per child (an additional amount is available for a child eligible for the Disability Tax Credit). Eligible fees include an amount paid related to the cost of registration or membership for your or your spouse's or common-law partner's child in a prescribed program of physical activity. The child must have been under 16 years of age (or under 18 years of age if eligible for the disability tax credit) at the beginning of the year in which an eligible fitness expense was paid.

To qualify for the tax credit, a program must be: ongoing (either a minimum of eight weeks duration with a minimum of one session per week or, in the case of children’s camps, five consecutive days); supervised; suitable for children; and substantially all of the activities must include a significant amount of physical activity that contributes to cardio-respiratory endurance plus one or more of muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility or balance.

Please see the Canada Revenue Agency website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca for more information.