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Swim for Life Programs

The Okotoks Aquatics Centre, along with the Lifesaving Society, are pleased to promote the Swim For Life program. The Swim for Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills and incorporates valuable Water Smart®education that will last a lifetime.

The program has recently been modified based on feedback collected from parents, students, and program instructors, to better meet the needs of participants.

Parented Preschool Swim Program
L’il Tots 1/2/3

These courses are for children aged 6 months to 3 years and their parent/caregivers. Based on the principle 'Within Arm's Reach', this course focuses on close playful interaction and shared fun between child, caregiver and water. Through the provided safety education the parent/caregiver learns what it takes to make Water Smart® choices. The parent/caregiver and child are encouraged to progress on an individual basis. Group games and activities are used to encourage children to experience aquatic activities.

Ages and levels guide:

  • L’il Tots 1 – 6 to 12 months
  • L’il Tots 2 – 12 to 24 months
  • L’il Tots 3 – 24 to 36 month
Non-Parented Preschool Swim Programs
Preschool 1 – 5

This series is a 5-level program, for kids aged 3-5, that helps learn to love the water through games and activities. Stronger swimmers will continue to be challenged with the skills in preschool 5+. Following completion of Preschool 5, participants, will in most cases, be ready to register in Swimmer 2 once they turn 6. 

Non-Parented Child Swim Programs
Swimmer 1 – 6
Parents and swimmers will see greater success in each of the 6 levels, with more time to practice and master skills. Swimmers will be even better prepared to tackle the challenges of the Canadian Swim Patrol program once they have successfully completed Swim for Life. These levels are for kids 6-12. Water Smart Education is included in all of our learn-to-swim classes! Our aim is to provide participants with the swimming and survival skills, along with water safety know-how necessary to be active in and around the water.
Advanced Aquatic Leadership Programs

National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certification is the industry standard for professional lifeguards in Canada, and is offered through the Lifesaving Society's programs. NLS guards are water rescue professionals trained in emergency care. They prevent accidents. They are trained to spot potential trouble and intervene before it becomes life-threatening. They identify hazards and determine safe practices. They educate the public about the hazards and risks associated with aquatic activities and how to be Water Smart.

To become a lifeguard you must be 16 years of age and have the following certifications, outlined in the progression chart below.

Becoming a Lifeguard Chart

Canadian Swim Patrol

This program consists of three modular levels; Rookie, Ranger and Star. The Patrol program is great for swimmers who are ready to go beyond our Learn-to-Swim program.  This program provides a strong foundation for the Bronze Medal awards.

Bronze Star

This program prepares candidates for the Bronze Medallion award. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision making skills as individuals and partners. Interested candidates that are already 13 years old can register in Bronze Medallion

Bronze Medallion

This program teaches an understanding of these lifesaving principles: judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries and practice challenging rescues, which involve conscious and unconscious victims. Prerequisites are Bronze Star or 13 years old.

Bronze Cross

This program is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Includes CPR C.

Adult Learn to Swim Programs
Adult Beginner

This course provides a safe and comfortable opportunity for the beginner swimmer to develop basic skills or build on current skills. Classes are planned on the individual goals of each swimmer.

Adult Intermediate

Participants are given the instruction and feedback to improve swimming skills and learn some new techniques. This intermediate class is geared to those with some swimming experience (can swim a length) and who are comfortable in deep water

Swimming lesson Recreation
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Okotoks Recreation Centre
Sun: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 6:30 am - 8:30 pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
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