SPORT and WELLNESS

Swim Lessons

Lots of in-water practice. Hands-on teaching activities that are fun for everyone. An emphasis on solid swimming strokes and skills. These key components of our Swim for Life™ program combine to create life-long swimmers.

Our swim lessons programming, for students of all levels and abilities, 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. Swim with us and learn skills that last a lifetime.

If your child took lessons with a different program and you want to know the Swim for Life™ equivalent, see our program transition chart.

Program Transition Chart

Swim Transition Program Guide

Fall Swim Lesson Schedule at a Glance

Parent & Tot 1 & 2

For children four months to three years old. Caregivers accompany children in the water and maintain within arm's reach.

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Parent & Tot 2 & 3

Parent and Tot 2 & 3 lessons are for children ages 2 to 3 years old.

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Swim for Life - Preschool 1

These preschoolers learn to get in and out of the water safely. They’ll learn to move safely in shallow water and use a lifejacket to be comfortable with their floats and glides. Ages 3-5.

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Swim for Life - Preschool 2

These preschoolers will explore the water learning to submerge and exhale underwater. Buoyant aids are used to help them discover rollovers, glides and flutter kicks. Ages 3-5.

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Swim for Life - Preschool 3

These preschoolers will master their floats, glides and short 3 m swims on their front and back. They’ll be able to pick up objects from waist deep water and use their lifejackets to jump and roll into deep water. Ages 3-5.

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Swim for Life - 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 5 m to safety in deep water. Ages 3-5.

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Swim for Life - Preschool 5

These skilled and independent preschoolers will master short swims doing 5 m front crawl and 5 m back crawl. They are ready to take on a forward roll into deep water with their lifejacket and to tread water without support. In this level they will get their first chance to try whip kick and fitness training. Ages 3-5.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 1

These beginning swimmers will work on moving through shallow water, and safe entries and exits. They’ll do floats, glides and kicking on their front and back without assistance, when they are ready. They’ll even explore jumping into deep water and treading water with their lifejackets.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 2

These swimmers will jump into deep water, tread water and swim 10 m of both front and back crawl. They’ll learn vertical whip kick and begin to work on their endurance by stepping into the world of fitness interval training.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 3

These swimmers will dive and do forward rolls into deep water. Watch them learn handstands and front somersaults underwater. They’ll work on their front crawl, back crawl, whip kick over short distances and add some interval fitness training to their practice.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 4

These swimmers will swim full lengths of both front crawl and back crawl. They’ll get introduced to breaststroke arm drills, underwater swims and front crawl sprints. Interval training will boost their fitness level. By the end, they’ll be able to meet the Swim to Survive standard, roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 m.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 5

These swimmers will try eggbeater kick, head-up front crawl, shallow dives, and just for fun, some tuck jumps and underwater back somersaults. They’ll easily go the distance with a strong front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.

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Swim for Life - Swimmer 6

These swimmers will master eggbeater and scissor kicks, front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl. With the interval training and sprint racing drills they’ll be ready to make the 300 m endurance workout. And, just for fun, they’ll try stride jumps and compact jumps.

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Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star)

The Canadian Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. This program continues to develop participants’ swim strokes and provide the skill foundation that prepares them for success in the Society’s Bronze Medal awards.

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Preschool Beginner: First Steps

These lessons are for those who are uncomfortable or timid in the water. The focus is on slow progressions and getting swimmers more comfortable and confident in the water.

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Preschool Beginner: Second Steps

These preschoolers learn to get in and out of the water safely. They’ll learn to move safely in shallow water and use a lifejacket to be comfortable with their floats and glides. Ages 3-5.

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Child Beginner

For those who are still developing confidence in the water. No minimum swim ability required. Often, swimmers don’t know any strokes at this point. (Ages 6-15)

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Child Intermediate

At this point, swimmers should be comfortable in the water, be able to jump into deep water, swim confidently in chest-deep water and flutter kick on front and back for over 5 m. (Ages 4-12)

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Child Advanced

At this point, swimmers should be comfortable in deep water, be able to tread water for one minute, and swim front and back crawl for 25 m. (Ages 4-12)

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Child Mastery

Here, swimmers are proficient in the water; they are finessing their strokes and are able to swim 100 m non-stop. The focus is to develop endurance and strong swimming skills for life! (Ages 4-12)

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MacEwan University Sport and Wellness Swim Lessons allow participants to focus on developing swimming skills, endurance, stroke efficiency and Water Smart® habits. Swimmers will recieve a certificate of participation and a registration recomendation at the end of the session.

Swim for Life - Scared Stiff

These adult classes are swimmers who are uncomfortable or experience fear when putting their faces in the water, swimming without assists (lifejacket, floaty, etc), or appreciate learning at a slower pace.

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Swim for Life - Adult 1

These adult classes are for beginners who are just starting to swim. Participants will set goals to gain confidence in the water and improve strokes with instructor support. Water Smart education is a part of all classes. Fulfill your dream of learning to swim with us!

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Swim for Life - Adult 2

Participants learn deep water entries, undewater swimming skills, develop front and back crawl skills and start learning the components of breast stroke. Swimmers should be comfortable swimming in deep water prior to joining this class.

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Swim for Life - Adult 3

Participants learn to set their own goals, developing water confidence and smooth and efficient strokes.

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Swim for Life - Fitness Swimmer

Fitness Swimmer focuses on teaching participants how to set workouts and further incorporate swimming into their regular fitness routine.

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Adult Beginner: First Steps

These lessons are for those who are uncomfortable or timid in the water. The focus is on slow progressions and getting swimmers more comfortable and confident in the water.

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Adult Beginner: Second Steps

These lessons are for swimmers who are comfortable in the water but need to work on floating and swimming without assists.

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Adult Intermediate

At this point, swimmers should be comfortable in the water, be able to jump into deep water, swim confidently in chest-deep water and flutter kick on front and back for over 5 m.

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Students receive a thorough level assessment and are organized to ensure swimmers are properly challenged.

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Get in touch and we'll be happy to help you the best way we can, be it a quick answer to your email, a phone call or an in-pool meeting. Whether you have questions about pool etiquette, programs, lessons or skill assessments, we can clarify it all!

780-497-5779
aquatics@macewan.ca

Registered Private Lessons

Led by our highly trained instructors, these sessions are ideal for anyone wanting personalized instruction to improve their swimming. Lessons are tailored to each individual or group. Lessons are 30 minutes with a maximum of two participants per group. We suggest that individuals participating are similar in swimming skills to optimize their time with the instructor.

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Semi-Private Lessons

These 30-minute adult, child, and preschool lessons are ideal for swimmers who learn best in a small-group setting. With two-to-four participants these lessons fill up quickly! Book online on MacEwan University Sport and Wellness's website.

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Build Your Own Lesson Package

Not seeing a lesson offering that works with your schedule? Email us, and we can build a package together. Subject to instructor availability and pool space.

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Discount parking

Discounted parking is now included with fitness and aquatic course registration, swim lessons, and personal training*.
*Students, staff and faculty are not eligible.

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Cancellation policies

No refunds will be issued for withdrawals after the regular registration deadline.

Prior to the regular registration deadline, you may withdraw from any program for a full refund.

Late registrations may be accepted, pending available space. Speak to a Welcome Desk representative or email welcomedesk@macewan.ca for assistance.

Patrons may transfer from one program to another before the registration deadline, granted space is available in the requested program, with the consent of the programmer. Price differences are the responsibility of the patron.