An average of 400 Canadians drown each year. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Canadian children aged one to four.
While the ability to swim is important, swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life. Learning water safety is key to preventing an emergency in or on the water, and also teaches what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The Red Cross Swim program teaches both swimming skills, and water safety knowledge and skills - the most effective combination in preventing water-related injuries and fatalities. Enrol your child today.
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Preschool and Swim Kids 1-4 (30 min/lesson)
Swim Kids 5 - 7 (45 min/lesson)
SK8 to SK10 (60 min/lesson)
Swim Basics & Swim Strokes
Preschool and Swim Kids 1 - 4
Swim Kids 5 - 7
Swim Kids 8 - 10
Swim Basics & Swim Strokes
How Can I Register?
Registration for swimming lessons can be done three ways...
In Person - at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre, where you can pay with cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard.
By Phone - call (204) 346-6207. Please continue to call until you speak to a staff member. Payment by Visa or MasterCard is required when you register over the phone.
Internet - visit www.steinbachinaction.ca. To register on the Internet, you will need a login and PIN. If you don't already have this, you can call the Steinbach Aquatic Centre at (204) 346-6207 to obtain yours. Login and PINs must be obtained before registration day. Payment by Visa or MasterCard is required for Internet Registration.
Special Needs / Private Lesson Registration - Private Lessons are intended for children with special needs. We will try our best to accommodate all requests, but space is limited. Click to view our Private Lesson Information for info on how to register for private lessons.
Please Note: For those who prefer phone registration, but do not have a credit card, you may drop by the Aquatic Centre in advance and put a credit on your account for use during phone registration.
Swimming Lesson Information
PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILDREN’S PROGRESS REPORT FOR THE RECOMMENDED ENROLLMENT LEVEL FOR YOUR CHILD. Aquatic Centre staff will be happy to evaluate (at no charge) your child for proper level placement.
In Starfish (ages 4 to 12 months), Duck (ages 12 to 24 months), and Sea Turtle (ages 24 to 36 months), the parent or caregiver will participate in the classes together with their child. Progression is based on participation and age.
Sea Otter (ages 36 months to 5 years) provides a transition where parents gradually leave their preschooler with the Instructor. Progression is based on skill evaluation and is the starting point for most preschool swimmers.
Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile, and Whale
(all levels - ages 3 to 5 years) are un-parented – the children will be with the Instructor at all times. Progression is based on skill evaluation.
Red Cross Swim Kids
This is a 10-level program for ages 6 and up.
This program for school aged children will help swimmers develop all six swimming strokes (front and back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly, sidestroke), actively learn how to be safe around the water, and increase their fitness and endurance through fun activities. Children will be challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time, which will be a strong motivator through all 10 levels. If your child was registered in anything other than Red Cross SwimKids, please call for the correct enrolment level, (204) 346-6207.
Transition from Preschool To Swim Kids - Age 5-6
If they took...
Enroll in Red Cross Swim Kids Level…
Starfish, Duck or Sea Turtle
SK1 at age 6
Complete or Incomplete
SK1 at age 6
SK1 at age 6
SK1 at age 5 or 6 (parents' choice)
SK1 at age 5 or 6
SK2 at age 5 or 6
SK2 at age 5 or 6
SK3 at age 5 or 6
SK3 at age 5 or 6
SK4 at age 5 or 6
Please go over the following before bringing your child to swimming lessons to ensure there are no misunderstandings or delays once you arrive. Thank you!
Double-check your receipt to ensure that your child has been registered for the correct level and time.
Bring any questions or concerns about lessons immediately to the attention of a Deck Supervisor, so we can address it in a timely manner.
Provide the previous report card to the instructor on the first day of classes. It will be returned to you at the end of the session.
Ensure that your child does not eat immediately prior to swimming. A ½ hour break between a light meal and swimming or a 1-hour break between a large meal and swimming is strongly recommended. Also, please ensure that your child goes to the bathroom prior to attending swimming classes.
Children 11 and under must have adult supervision while in the facility. This includes children waiting for lessons. An adult participating in lessons does not qualify for supervision of children in the lobby.
Maximum class numbers are strictly adhered to; once a class is full no exceptions will be made.
Spectators, please remain on the large green tiles of the viewing area during swimming lessons.
We strongly encourage parents to bring their child to public swim and practice several times throughout the session. Each student will receive a booklet and a mid term report which will detail items in their level.
Leadership & Specialty Courses
*Changes to the Masters Program
Starting September 4, 2012, there will no longer be scheduled times for the Masters Program, and there will no longer be a separate fee/memberships. Instead, workouts will be made available during any lap swim time, and a staff member will also be present to answer questions and help with stroke correction. The cost is regular public and lap swim fees, or you can purchase a regular membership. Anyone is welcome to attend!
Steinbach Skimmers is a competitive swim club
offering coached practices Monday - Friday. Swimmers will focus on stroke improvement, strength, and speed. There are many competitions throughout the year for competitive swimmers to attend. Pre-competitive swimmers will also have the opportunity to attend a practice meet here at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre. Please visit the Skimmer's website for further information or to register.
Specialty Courses which are offered through the Steinbach Aquatic Centre include:
We are a non-profit synchronized swimming club that swims at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre. We are committed to a holistic approach to sport: training both the body & mind, and educating all of our athletes on positive body image, nutrition, relationships, and sport psychology. We offer recreational and competitive synchronized swim programs for boys and girls ages 5+.
All aquacise classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. We accept a maximum number of 25 participants in most classes. Evening classes have a maximum of 15 participants per class.
Check out our Parent & Tots Aquacise program. It's for parents with tots between 4 - 18 months and it's a great way to get some exercise and meet other new parents! It runs every Monday and Friday from 9:45 - 10:30 am. Aquacise Schedule
6:45 - 7:30am
Tuesdays & Thursdays - Lazy River Challenge
9:00 - 9:45am
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Deep End
9:45 - 10:30am
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays - Shallow End
9:00 - 9:45pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays - Combo
*These classes have a maximum of 15 participants in each class.
Shallow End: During this class we stay in the shallow end of the lap pool, so being a good swimmer is not a requirement. In fact, you do not need any experience in water to participate. The class is a light, fun and healthy environment for anybody to participate in.
Combo Class: A combo class includes both shallow and deep end exercises and allows you to participate where you feel comfortable.
Note: Trained Lifeguards teach these classes for motivational purposes. The staff are not certified fitness instructors. Please be sure to participate at your ability level and let staff know immediately if you have any abnormal pain or discomfort. Those with medical conditions, new participants and those adding exercise into their life should seek medical advice prior to participating as there is an inherent risk of injury in any physical activity including this aquacise program.
Swim Basics is designed for teens and adults who have had little to no experience with the water. This class will teach you basic swim skills such as floating, gliding, treading water, deep and shallow water movement, diving, as well as basic front and back crawl.
Swim Strokes is designed for teens and adults who are comfortable in the water and can perform one or more recognizable Red Cross strokes (i.e. front crawl, breast stroke, etc.). This class covers a full technical teaching of front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke and side stroke. Progressions within each stroke mimic that of our Red Cross Swim Kids programs.
About the Assistant Water Safety Instructor (AWSI) course: 30 hour course
Eight hours hands-on teaching experience required after the successful completion of the course. This is usually done by joining an existing class for 2 – 2 ½ hours per week for 4 weeks. Depending on class schedules this may take anywhere from 1 – 4 months to complete. The Instructor/Trainer will then assess the supervising instructors comments to determine the final grade for the AWSI course. Additional teaching hours may be assigned if deemed necessary by the Instructor/Trainer.
About the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course: 25 hour course Minimum 12 hours hands-on teaching experience required after the successful completion of the course. This is usually done by joining an existing class for 2 – 2 ½ hours per week for 6 weeks. Depending on class schedules this may take anywhere from 1 – 4 months to complete. The Instructor/Trainer will then assess the supervising instructors comments to determine the final grade for the WSI course. Additional teaching hours may be assigned if deemed necessary by the Instructor/Trainer.
Please note: The courses usually run over 2 weekends back-to-back. With the practice teaching, it generally takes 3-4 months to fully complete each course.
Lifeguard Training and Tuition Reimbursement Program
The City of Steinbach has a unique program aimed at helping finance education and lifeguard training. The City of Steinbach will reimburse a portion of Manitoba College, University or Lifeguard training tuition costs for qualified Tuition Reimbursement applicants.
To be eligible for this program staff must be employed at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre in a Lifeguard position on December 31 and have worked a minimum of 520 hours in the application year.
This is not a scholarship or bursary competition. All staff that meet the criteria will be awarded the reimbursement. These amounts will be between $520.00 and $1000.00 per year based on hours worked.
Staff members in high school or wishing to take a year off of school to earn money for tuition may carry the amount earned forward within the guidelines of the program.
The Aquatic Centre hires instructor/guards regularly. You may submit your resume with a copy of your qualifications at any time. All those interested in applying must sign up for the skills review at the Aquatic Centre's reception desk. Minimum Current Requirements:
16 years old, NLS, SFA/CPR C
Preferred Qualifications: WSI
Candidates will be required to participate in a skills review.Candidates are responsible for calling the front desk to indicate that they will attend the skills review. Skill reviews are open to all candidates. Please feel free to call to review employment and certification options, (204) 346-6207.
Becoming an Instructor/Guard:
Have you ever wondered what is involved in becoming an instructor/guard at the Steinbach Aquatic Centre? There are many agencies that are involved in this training and certification process. Some courses may be taken at the same time as long as pre-requisites are met. Example: Bronze Cross may be taken at the same time as AWSI.
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It usually takes 18-24 months to go through the certifications process and depends on course and candidate availability. A criminal record check and a child abuse registry check are conditions of employment.
**All applicants are required to attend a skills review**
Call 346-6207 to register for the next Skills Review.
Please submit a resume, including when you are available to work and how many hours per week you would like to work, with a cover letter and a copy of all awards to:
Mail: Steinbach Aquatic Centre, 225 Reimer Avenue, Steinbach MB R5G 2J1 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org In Person: Steinbach Aquatic Centre, 330 Park Road East
Direct any inquiries to the Aquatic Centre at 346-6520.