Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

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Canadian Red Cross Swim Lessons & Leadership Programs:  COVID-19 Process for Fall 2020  
Swimming pool and program guidelines were developed in consultation with the Canadian Red Cross Learn to Swim Program and follows restrictions put in place by the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador. 
These guidelines are in addition to all posted swimming pool rules. 

  • Instructors are required to maintain physical distancing unless in case of emergency.
  • All instructors are also Lifeguards.
  • Please visit https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/recconnect/ for course descriptions, costs and schedules.Schedules will be posted by August 20.
  • Fall Registration for City of St. John’s Residents begins 7a.m. on Thursday, August 27 and Tuesday, September 1 for residents of other municipalities.
  • Equipment will be available for classes and will be disinfected in between.
  • Participants will be assigned their own equipment to use for the duration of their daily class.
  • Equipment is not to be shared between participants.
  • Showers are required before entering the pool but are not available after lessons.

 If you have any additional questions, please contact us at recreation@stjohns.ca.
 
The following are Aquatic Instructional program updates to reflect COVID-19 protocols:   

  • Red Cross Swim - Parent & Tot (Starfish, Duck, Sea Otter): No change, lessons will be spread out so that physical distancing can be maintained.  
  • Red Cross Swim - Preschool (Sea Turtle, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile, Whale):  A caregiver is always required to be in the water.  The Caregiver aged 19+ must be comfortable in chest deep water and able to hold the participant as needed as they practice skills.  Normally this would be done by the Instructor, however staff are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing unless in case of emergency. Each child should have their own caregiver assigned.  
  • Red Cross Swim - School Age Level 1 to 4: A caregiver is always required to be in the water.  The Caregiver aged 19+ must be comfortable in chest deep water and able to hold the participant as needed as they practice skills.  Normally this would be done by the Instructor, however staff are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing unless in case of emergency. Each child should have their own caregiver assigned.  Class size has been reduced to accommodate caregivers. 
  • Red Cross Swim - School Age Level 5 to 10: No change. Lessons will be spread out so that physical distancing can be maintained. Instructors will respond in case of emergency.  
  • Red Cross Swim - Adult Basics 1 & Teen Basics: Will not be offered at this time. 
  • Red Cross Swim - Adult Basics 2, Adult Strokes & Teen Strokes: No change. Lessons will be spread out so that physical distancing can be maintained. Instructors will respond in case of emergency.  
  • Red Cross Swim Adapted: A caregiver may be required to be in the water. The Caregiver aged 19+ must be comfortable in chest deep water and able to hold the participant as needed as they practice skills. Typically, this would be done by the Instructor, however staff are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing unless in case of emergency. Each participant should have their own caregiver assigned.  Class size has been reduced to accommodate caregivers. To ensure a safe and inclusive environment, meeting all participants’ needs, a Red Cross Swimmer Intake Form is required. This form can be found on the City of St. John's website under Inclusive Services at www.stjohns.ca, or by emailing inclusion@stjohns.ca
  • Red Cross Swim - Private Lessons: A caregiver is always required to be in the water with a child or participant whose skill level is lower than Swim Kids Level 5. The Caregiver aged 19+ must be comfortable in chest deep water and able to hold the participant as needed as they practice skills. Typically, this would be done by the Instructor, however staff are required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing unless in case of emergency. Each participant should have their own caregiver assigned. 
  • Junior Lifeguard Club: No change. Lessons will be spread out so that physical distancing can be maintained. Instructors will respond in case of emergency.  
  • Canadian Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructors (WSI):  No change. Pool and classroom sessions have been modified to meet required guidelines for COVID-19. 

 

CANADIAN RED CROSS
SWIMMING LESSONS
Descriptions & General Information
Level Age Ratio of Participants to instructor Length of Class Brief Overview / Pre-Requisites Click to Register 
Private Swim Lessons All Ages 1:1* 25 Minutes You choose if the lesson is private or semi-private. Bring a second participant for no additional cost as long as they are within 2 levels for safety reasons. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Starfish
(Parent & Tot)
4-12 Months & able to hold their head up 10 Tots :
1 Instructor
 
*Note:
Maximum 1 Adult accompanies each Tot in the water at all times
30 Minutes Instruction
 
20-30 Minutes Stay & Play
Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits. After the 30 minutes of instruction, parents and tots are invited to stay and play for an additional 30 minutes To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Duck
(Parent & Tot)
12-24 Months Parents and their little tots participate in active games and activities getting both comfortable in the water. After the 30 minutes of instruction, parents and tots are invited to stay and play for an additional 30 minutes To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Sea Turtle
(Parent & Tot)
24-36 Months Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim. After the 30 minutes of instruction, parents and tots are invited to stay and play for an additional 30 minutes. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Preschool
Sea Otter
3-5 Years 4 : 1 45 Minutes Focus on front and back floats, glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, distance swim of 1 metre. To register
in RecConnect
click here.

 
Swim Preschool
Salamander
3-5 Years Focus on floats and glides through games, and songs. Little one can you jump in the water and open your eyes? To register
in RecConnect
click here.

 
Swim Preschool
Sunfish
3-5 Years Focus on rolling from front to back, move to deeper water, more independence, and use new equipment like PFD’s! Can you pick up a toy off the pool bottom? To register
in RecConnect
click here.

 
Swim Preschool
Crocodile
3-5 Years Focus on 5 metres front and back swim, kicking drills and increasing endurance, jump into deep-water and perform surface support for 10 seconds, recognizing when a swimmer needs help.  To register
in RecConnect
click here.
 
Swim Preschool
Whale
3-5 Years Getting ready to swim with the big kids! Focus on distance swims, safety and improving skills. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
 
Swim Kids 1 5-12 Years  6:1 45 Minutes Beginners focus on orientation, floats, glides, basic kicks, submerging face and head, 5 metre swim. To register
in RecConnect
click here.

 
Swim Kids 2 5-12 Years Breathing techniques, recovery from floats, roll-over glides, distance swims & safety topics. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 3 5-12 Years Introduction to front crawl, wise choices around water, diving, endurance challenges (15 metre swim) To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 4 5-12 Years Introduction to back crawl drills, kneeling dives, surface support, self safety. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 5 5-12 Years 8:1 Focus on back crawl, sculling and whip kick on back.  Stride dives, safe boating, dolphin kick To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 6 5-12 Years Front and Back Crawl refined, Elementary back stroke, ice safety, throwing assists, tread water, dive. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 7 5-12 Years Focus on endurance, introduce whip kick on front. Airway obstructions and first aid situations. Tto register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 8 5-12 Years Breaststroke, surface dives, danger of open water and hypothermia first aid. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 9 5-12 Years Refine all strokes, endurance and focus on overall swimming strength and knowledge. 500 metre endurance swims. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Swim Kids 10 5-12 Years Refine all strokes, endurance and focus on overall swimming strength and knowledge. 500 metre endurance swims. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Teen Basics 12-15 Years 8:1 45 Minutes Introduces fundamental skills for shallow and deep water swimming; Equivalent to Swim Kids Level 1 through 4. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Teen Strokes 12-15 Years Designed to improve participant’s strokes; or increase their proficiency and endurance. Equivalent to Swim Kids Level 5 and up. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Adult Basics 1 16+ 50 Minutes Increase your comfort level and confidence in the water through floats, glides, kicking and swimming. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Adult Basics 2 16+ This course focuses on developing the front and back crawl, establishing comfort in deep water, and increasing the swimming distance. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Adult Strokes 16+ Develop one or more swimming strokes, working toward proficiency and increased endurance.  You choose the strokes; your instructor helps to set your goals and priorities. To register
in RecConnect
click here
.
Masters Swim 16+ Modules include Triathlon sport, Lifesaving Sport, and Swim Workout.  Create an individualized program focusing on endurance and technical skills in a masters level environment. Participants should be able to swim 400m front crawl with short breaks as needed. To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Red Cross Swim - Adapted Open Registrant dependant. Learn-to-swim for swimmers with disabilities provides physiological benefits for people with disabilities. A well-designed adaptive aquatics program provides positive physical, motor, social, and emotional benefits for swimmers with diverse abilities. Aquatic experiences provide a variety of opportunities for individuals with disabilities to improve their well-being throughout their lives.  While the City of St. John’s encourages swimmers of all abilities to register in our Red Cross Swim program, this specific opportunity allows participants who may require more individualized attention the occasion to participate.
To register
in RecConnect
click here.
Please complete the
Red CrossAdapted Form
to register.

 Aquatics Policy Notes                       
 

  • Registration will not be accepted after the second class of any swimming lessons. Classes may be cancelled prior to program start date due to low registration.  If a class is filled participants can have their name placed on the waiting list for the appropriate level. Additional classes will be added where space and resources allow.
  • The City of St. John’s reserves the right to make changes to any scheduled program as the need arises.  As much notice as possible will be given.
  • Please note Parents of children who are 5 years of age may register for either Pre-school or school aged lessons depending on the participant’s skill level and parents scheduling preferences.  Please speak to an Aquatics staff member if you have any questions about the appropriate class for your child.
  • Low ratio: Preschool (maximum of 2 participants), Swim Kids (maximum of 3 participants). We require a minimum registration of two students before classes can proceed.
  • We are unable to accommodate makeup lessons.
  • For Private Swim lessons:   You choose if the lesson is Semi-Private – maximum of 2 participants per lesson.  Please note that participants must be within 2 lesson levels of each other.
  • For lessons missed due to circumstances beyond our control (Weather, Pool fouling, etc), the following policy will apply:
    • If 1 lesson is missed 2 free swim passes will be given to participants at the end of the set.
    • If 2 lessons are missed 4 free swim passes will be given to participants at the end of the set.
    • If 3 or more lessons are missed a Department of Recreation credit will be placed on the account for all missed lessons.  Free swim passes will not be issued.
  • Private lessons will always be credited for any number of lessons that may be missed due to circumstances beyond our control.