Red Cross Swimming Lessons - Preschool


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Before you go, you should know:

  • 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. 

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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.

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

Starfish

Starfish

An orientation to water for babies and their parent/caregiver. To enter this level, babies must be able to hold their head up. The goals of this program are to help babies experience buoyancy and movement through songs and play in the water and to teach the parent/caregiver age-specific water safety. One parent per child only.

Duck

Duck

An orientation to water for toddlers and their parent/caregiver, swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs, and active water play. The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety. One parent per child only.

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

In this program, the parent/caregiver actively participates with their child for the duration of the program. Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object, and how to perform basic floats, glides and kicks. One parent/caregiver per child only.

Sea Otter

Sea Otter

This level is where children who have not previously taken swimming lessons enter the swim program. Parents may wish to actively participate and gradually transfer the care of their child to the instructor. All skills are assisted by the instructor. Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills.

Salamander

Salamander

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim independently, swim 2 metres, further develop basic floats, and increase their distance on front and back glide. Front swim and roll-over glide are also included, and swimmers learn appropriate water safety skills such as how to jump into chest-deep water and how to use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Safety skills development includes water orientation, safe entries and exits, and only swimming when an adult is present.

Sunfish

Sunfish

Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres, increase their distance using buoyant objects, increase their front and back glide with kick, and develop their roll-over glide, side glide, and front swim. Safety skills include deep-water skills and use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Safety skills development include water orientation, safe entries and exits, and always asking for permission before going near the water.

Crocodile/Whale

Crocodile/Whale

Through fun activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 - 10 metres on their front and back, perform a dolphin kick, and begin using rhythmic breathing. Front swim is completed by arms coming out of the water in a circular motion. Swimmers work on developing their flutter kick and perform a distance swim of 10 - 15 metres. Safety skills include identifying safe swimming areas, jumping into deep-water, performing surface support for 10 - 20 seconds, recognizing when a swimmer needs help, throwing assists, sitting dives, and using a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in deep water.