Learning To Swim

Swimming Lessons Are For Life...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. 

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Lesson Fees

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Steinbach Residents Fees 

Starfish - Sea Turtle - $73.00
Sea Otter - Swim Kids 4 (30 min. lesson) -  $78.00
Swim Kids 5 - 6 (45 min. lesson) - $88.00 
Swim Kids 7 - 10 (1 hour lesson) - $99.00 
Swim Basics & Strokes (45 min. lesson) - $92.40
Private Lessons - $247.00 (10 classes)
Private Lessons - For persons with a disability $148.20 (10 classes)

Non-Residents Fees 

Starfish - Sea Turtle - $108.04
Preschool - Swim Kids 4 (30 min. lesson) - $115.44
Swim Kids 5 - 6 (45 min. lesson) - $130.24
Swim Kids 7 - 10 (1 hour lesson) - $146.52
Swim Basics & Strokes (45 min. lesson) - $136.95
Private Lessons - $365.56 (10 classes)
Private Lessons - For persons with a disability - $219.34 (10 classes)  

Lesson Withdrawals: Withdrawals from lessons should be made as soon as possible. If the class has started, a refund or credit on account will be granted from the time of the withdrawal request. If a participant withdraws from a swimming session prior to the start of the lessons, they may receive a full refund (minus the administration fee). Within the first two weeks of lessons, a prorated refund (minus the administration fee) or credit to the account will be issued.  After the completion of the second scheduled lesson, prorated refunds or credits will only be issued with a valid medical certificate. NOTE: Holding spots is prohibited. If you register anyone in multiple courses of the same level, an administrative fee of $20 will be applied for all withdrawals.

Swimming Lesson Level Information

Please check your children's progress report for the recommended enrollment level for your child. Aquatic Centre staff will be happy to evaluate your child for proper level placement, at no charge.

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.
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 Program is a 10-level program for ages 6 and up.

This program for school aged children will help swimmers develop all five swimming strokes (front and back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, 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 TurtleParticipationSK1 at age 6
Sea OtterComplete or IncompleteSK1 at age 6
SalamanderIncompleteSK1 at age 6
SalamanderCompleteSK1 at age 5 or 6 
SunfishIncompleteSK1 at age 5 or 6 
SunfishCompleteSK2 at age 5 or 6 
CrocodileIncompleteSK2 at age 5 or 6
CrocodileCompleteSK3 at age 5 or 6 
WhaleIncompleteSK3 at age 5 or 6 
WhaleCompleteSK4 at age 5 or 6 

Please note: Red Cross does allow children to register in the swim kids program at age 5, however it is strongly recommended that children aged 5 remain in the preschool program. Sunfish is actually more challenging than swim kids 1. At the age of 6, you must register in the swim kids program. 

Swim Basics
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
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.

Before Your Lessons...

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.
  • One parent/caregiver per family unit, unless required to be in the water.
  • Space in the spectator area is limited to the number of chairs. No standing room available.
  • We strongly encourage parents to bring their child to public swim and practice several times throughout the session. Each student will receive a progress report which will detail items in their level.

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