Swimming programs


COVID-19 Update:
To learn how COVID-19 is impacting programs and services offered by Recreation and Culture Services, please visit COVID-19 Updates or our frequently asked questions. For information about the reopening of Recreation and Culture Services’ programs, services and facilities, and the corresponding COVID-19 health and safety protocols, please visit Reopening Recreation.

Please note, programs and services listed on this webpage may not be available at this time.

Before you go, you should know:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements:Parents and caregivers are required to show proof of vaccination to participate in a recreation program with their child. Community members 12 years of age and older must also show proof of vaccination to participate in fall program activities. Certain exemptions apply for indoor organized sports, dance classes, martial arts, and swimming lessons.
  • Bring a bathing suit, towel and goggles if needed.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck. If you would like shoes, they must be indoor sandals or water shoes.
  • Lockers are available for use; belongings cannot be left in the change cubicles.
  • Pool admission policies are in effect during all leisure swims. 
  • Do not eat large meals before you come swimming. Try a light snack instead.
  • Swimming lessons are designed to work on personal improvement and becoming water safe. 
  • Badges are not the only indicator of success, it takes time to learn to swim and achieve goals.

To search for a course:

  • Enter the course code from the activeOshawa Recreation Program Guide into the Course ID# field
  • Enter the title of the course into the Search field. Please note returned results will include your searched word(s) from course titles and descriptions. 

Tips for searching for courses:

  • Every filter option does not need to be entered to complete a search.
  • Hold the "Ctrl" key and click to select multiple values or to remove a selection.
  • Select the Reset button to clear all information entered into the search fields.

Community members requiring assistance with their registration, or those looking to take advantage of their advance booking privileges, are able to contact a Recreation Information Clerk by phone for assistance. For facility contact information and hours of availability, please visit our Program Registration webpage with details listed under the phone-in registration section. 

For more information, or to view, download or print a copy of the activeOshawa 2021 Fall Recreation Program Guide, visit Oshawa.ca/activeOshawa.

For more information on programs, services and facilities, visit Oshawa.ca/Recreation.


Select the program, or level, you are interested in registering for from the below list to see additional details.

Red Cross Swimming Lessons - Preschool

Red Cross Swimming Lessons - Preschool

Red Cross Swim Preschool is an eight-level stand-alone program for four-month to five-year-old children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability.

Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Red Cross Swim Kids is a 10-level stand-alone program for six to thirteen-year-old children. Children learn to swim, be fit, and stay safe in a fun environment that promotes achieving a personal best and celebrates personal success.

Low Ratio Swim Lessons

Low Ratio Swim Lessons

Low Ratio Swim Lessons are ideal for individuals who prefer smaller class sizes. Receiving more individual attention can help to improve on specific skills and strokes that can be customized in a lower ratio lesson. The ratio of instructor to participant is 1:3.

Private Swim Lessons

Private Swim Lessons

Designed for participants who would like a 1:1 ratio. Participants will receive individual attention to improve their swimming technique and have the convenience of selecting their preferred day and time. Levels will be determined upon registration.

Grandview Swim Lessons

Grandview Swim Lessons

This program is specifically designed for children and youth with disabilities and incorporates an adapted aquatics approach to swimming lessons based on individual requirements. Private lessons are for participants 3-19 years of age.