Swimming lessons and classes

Kids and teens get prepared for lifeguarding opportunities and more

There are many swimming classes and lessons in Canada. These are offered in camps, schools, and community centres, and provide many different types of programs. A swimming class can be a great way for your child to acquire and improve swimming skills and become more fit. Swimming programs and classes have lots of other benefits for your child, whether they’re at a camp, school, or community centre. These benefits will vary, based on the age and level of your child and on the type of class or lesson they’re taking. Swimming lessons can also be great fun! Learn more from class providers listed here!  Read more


List of swimming programs

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These programs offer dedicated swimming lessons that may prepare kids for lifeguarding opportunities, etc.

TAC Aquatics - Swim School, First Aid and Lifesaving  

Don Valley Village, Toronto; Bayview Village, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Sport: Swimming
  • Day, Program

TAC Aquatics offers the complete aquatics package through its swim school, Red Cross and First-Aid courses. TAC combines the best pools, instructors, and teaching system for a truly incredible experience!

  • Ages 2.5 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $270/session
Day, Program Coed2702.5-160Don Valley Village, Toronto, Ontario, Bayview Village, Toronto, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Olympium Synchronized Swimming Club  

Centennial Park, Toronto; Junction Triangle, Toronto; West Toronto Junction, Toronto; Downsview, Toronto

  • Sport (multi)
  • Day, Program

If your child enjoys swimming, dancing, gymnastics and loves music and team work, synchronized swimming may be the ideal sport for HIM or HER!

  • Ages 5 to 11
  • Coed
  • from $20/week
Day, Program Coed205-111Centennial Park, Toronto, Ontario, Junction Triangle, Toronto, Ontario, West Toronto Junction, Toronto, Ontario, Downsview, Toronto,

These programs may have occasional swimming activities and some lessons as part of a broader curriculum

Cherry Beach Soccer Club  

Danforth Village, Toronto; Downtown East, Toronto

  • Sport: Soccer
  • Day

A leading soccer program in Toronto with camps for players aged 6 to 16. A 1:6 staff/camper ratio means campers get a high level of attention and skill development.

  • Ages 8 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day Coed2008-160Danforth Village, Toronto, , Downtown East, Toronto, , Downtown East, Toronto, Ontario

Camp Mère Clarac  


  • Education: FSL
  • Day, Overnight

Located on the banks of Rivière Ouareau, we have a magnificent 115 acres of land (making it one of the most beautiful campsites in Quebec) with unique and safe facilities, and 25 activities conducted in French!

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $444/session
Day, Overnight Coed4444-161Saint-Donat, Quebec

Allegro Academy of Music and Art  

Don Mills, Toronto; Vaughan

  • Music (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

This Thornhill and Vaughan Ontario summer music camp offers daily music classes : MYC, Drama, Arts, Swimming, along with math, reading, language and fun kids games.

  • Ages 3 to 100
  • Coed
  • from $20/week
Day, Program, family Coed203-1002Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Vaughan, Ontario

What classes are offered?

There are lots of different kinds of swimming programs and lessons to choose from. For instance, there are group and one-on-one lessons. And both of these lessons are offered for kids of different ages and levels.

Lower-level classes: Some swimming classes are offered for kids who are just starting out, or are still building their basic skills. For instance, there are classes for infants and toddlers (six months to three years).

In these classes, your child will mostly learn to just get comfortable with the water. They’ll likely go in the water with an adult, such as you (their parent), their guardian, or the instructor. They’ll learn to kick, move around, blow bubbles, and dunk, while singing songs and doing hand motions.

Intermediate-level classes: Older kids, on the other hand, will start to go in the water by themselves. They’ll also start to learn basic strokes, such as the breaststroke, backstroke, and front crawl. And, they’ll learn to get in and out of the water by themselves. As they improve, they’ll begin to tread water and swim in the deep end by themselves.

Higher-level classes: Other swimming classes are offered for kids who are more advanced. Often, older children, aged 10 and up, will take these lessons. Sometimes teenagers and adults will take them as well. These swimming classes will build on certain skills.

For instance, kids will continue to work on their swimming strokes. They also may work on more challenging skills, such as diving. Many kids, at this stage, also get involved in competitive swimming. Here, they’ll race kids in swim meets, or face them in diving competitions.

What are the benefits of swimming classes?

At the lower levels, your child, most importantly, will learn basic swimming skills. In addition to making them safer, this can build their confidence and self-esteem.

At the higher levels, in addition to learning advanced skills, swimming lessons can build your child’s fitness level and endurance. They can also, like lower-level lessons, boost their confidence and self-esteem. And if they involve competitive swimming, your child may find them fun and exciting. Finally, your child may be able to obtain high certification in one of these classes. And, among other things, this may enable them to work as a lifeguard at pools and beaches across the country.    


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