Swimming Lessons

four children in an indoor pool using a flutter board to learn to swim

The Municipality of Port Hope offers swimming lessons through the Lifesaving Society - Swim for Life. Our swimming lessons are for ages 4 months and up. All swimming lessons run at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

September 5th, 2022: The 25m pool will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical issue. Our team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Please check back for updates.

For the Fall 2022 session the Municipality of Port Hope will be transitioning our swimming lessons from The Canadian Red Cross to Lifesaving Society - Swim for Life. Below is our level conversion chart to help this transition be as smooth as possible.

Parent & Tot and Preschool

Ages 4 months to 5 years old. All infants and toddlers must wear swim diapers if they are not potty-trained. These will all be 30 minute lessons.

Level Conversion chart: Parent & Tot and Preschool

Parent and Tot Conversion Chart (Parented)
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Parent & Tot 1

Starfish - 4 Months to 11 Months

Parent & Tot 2

Duck - 12 Months to 23 Months

 Parent & Tot 3

Sea Turtle - 24 Months to 36 Months

Preschool Conversion Chart Ages: 3 to 4 Years Old
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Preschool A

Sea Turtle or 3 Years old - Entry level

Preschool B

Completed Sea Otter or Incomplete Salamander

Preschool C

Completed Salamander or Incomplete Sunfish

Parent & Tot and Preschool Descriptions and Lesson Times

Parent & Tot - 1 & 2 (Parented)

Parent & Tot 1 and 2 is a parented class for ages 4 to 23 months. One caregiver must take part in the water. All skills need help by the caregiver.

Skills to learn include:

  • Getting wet
  • Buoyancy and movement
  • Front, back and vertical position
  • Shallow water entries and exits 

Lesson Times:

  • Mondays: 9:45 a.m.
  • Tuesdays: 9:45 a.m., 6:10 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m., 6:10 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:10 a.m.

Parent & Tot 1 and 2 Registration

Parent & Tot 3 (Parented)

Parent & Tot 3 is a parented class for ages 24 to 36 months. One caregiver must take part in the water. All skills need help by caregiver.

Skills to learn include:

  • Submersion
  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glides
  • Jumping into water with help
  • Kicking on front 
  • Shallow water entries and exits

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 9:45 a.m., 5:35 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9:45 a.m.

Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:35 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:35 a.m.

Parent & Tot 3 Registration

Preschool A

Preschool A - Ages 3 to 5

  • Face in water 

  • Blowing bubbles 
  • Front and back floats

  • Front and back glides

  • Jumping into water with help

  • Kicking on front 

  • Shallow water entries and exits

Lesson times:

Mondays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:10 a.m.

Preschool A Registration

Preschool B

Preschool B - Ages 3 to 5
  • Jumping into chest deep water
  • Submersion
  • Front and back float
  • Front Glides
  • Flutter Kick
  • Most activities are assisted

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: 5:35 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Preschool B Registration

Preschool C

Preschool C – Ages 3 to 5
  • Most activities are unassisted
  • Submerge and exhale 5 times
  • Recover objects from shallow water
  • Back floats and swim - 3 metres
  • Front and back floats
  • Flutter kick

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 9:45 a.m., 6:45 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9:45 a.m.

Wednesdays: 9:45 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:10 a.m.

Preschool C Registration

Swimmer 1 to Swimmer 9

For ages 5 to 13. 

Level Conversion chart: Swimmer 1 to Swimmer 9

Swimmer 1 to Swimmer 9 chart
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Swimmer 1

Incomplete Sunfish or Level 1 or 5 Years Old

Swimmer 2

Complete Level 1 or Incomplete Level 2

Swimmer 3

Complete Level 2 or Incomplete Level 3

Swimmer 4

Complete Level 3 or 4 and Incomplete Level 4 or 5

Swimmer 5

Complete Level 5 or Incomplete Level 6

Swimmer 6

Complete Level 6 or Incomplete Level 7

Swimmer 7 - Rookie Patrol

Complete 7, 8, 9 or 10 or Incomplete Level 8, 9 or 10

Swimmer 8 - Ranger Patrol

Completed Rookie Patrol

Swimmer 9 - Star Patrol

Completed Ranger Patrol

Swimmer 1 to Swimmer 9 Level Descriptions and Lesson Times

Swimmer 1

Swimmer 1 - Ages 5 to 13

  • Entry level lesson
  • Tread water with PFD
  • Submerge and exhale 5 times
  • Front and back glides
  • Flutter kick, front and back

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:00 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Wednesdays: 5:35 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

Thursdays: 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Swimmer 1 Registration 

Swimmer 2

Swimmer 2 – Ages 5 to 13

  • Jump into deep water
  • Tread water – 15 seconds
  • Flutter kick – front, back and side
  • Whip kicks in vertical position
  • Front and back crawl – 10 metres

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:00 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 5:35 p.m., 6:10 p.m.

Wednesdays: 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m., 9:35 a.m.

Swimmer 2 Registration

Swimmer 3

Swimmer 3 – Ages 5 to 13

  • Kneeling dives
  • Treading water – 30 seconds
  • Whip kick on back
  • Front and back crawl – 15 metres

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 6:40 p.m.

Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: 6:10 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:45 a.m.

Swimmer 3 Registration

Swimmer 4

Swimmer 4 – Ages 5 to 13

  • Standing dives
  • Tread water – 1 minute
  • Whip kick on front
  • Front and back crawl – 25 metres

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:50 p.m.

Tuesdays: 6:45 p.m.

Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:45 a.m.

Swimmer 4 Registration

Swimmer 5

Swimmer 5 – Ages 5 to 13

  • Eggbeater kick – 30 seconds
  • Breaststroke – 25 metres
  • Front and back crawl – 50 metres

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:35 p.m.

Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.

Swimmer 5 Registration

Swimmer 6

Swimmer 6 – Ages 5 to 13

  • Stride entries
  • Scissor kick – 15 metres
  • Breaststroke - 50 metres
  • Front and back crawl – 100 metres

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:35 p.m.

Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.

Swimmer 6 Registration

Swimmer 7 - Rookie Patrol

Swimmer 7 – Rookie Patrol Ages 5 to 13
Rookie Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 50 metres each, timed 100 metre swims and 350 metre workouts. A work hard/play hard approach develops swimming strengths and efficiency with emphasis on personal responsibility for water smart behaviour.
This course is divided into three categories

  1. Water proficiency
  2. First aid
  3. Recognition and rescue

Lesson Times:

Mondays: 5:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 6:10 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:50 a.m.

Swimmer 7 - Rookie Patrol Registration

Swimmer 8 - Ranger Patrol

Swimmer 7 – Ranger Patrol Ages 5 to 13
Ranger Patrol features development of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 75 metres each, 100-metre lifesaving medley and timed 200 metre swims.
This course is divided into three categories

  1. Water proficiency
  2. First aid
  3. Recognition and rescue

Will be offered at a later date, all swimmers must complete Swimmer 7 - Rookie Patrol before continuing to Ranger Patrol.

Swimmer 8 - Ranger Patrol Registration

Swimmer 9 - Star Patrol

Swimmer 8 - Star Patrol Ages 5 to 13
Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgement. Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills further refined front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke over 100 metres each, complete 600 metre workouts and 300 metre timed swims.
This course is divided into three categories

  1. Water proficiency
  2. First aid
  3. Recognition and rescue

Will be offered at a later date, all swimmers must complete Swimmer 8 - Ranger Patrol before enrolling into Star Patrol.

Swimmer 9 - Star Patrol Registration

If your child completed any of the YMCA Star levels, contact the Aquatics Coordinator for a swim assessment. If you are unsure of which level to register in, contact the Aquatics Coordinator for a swim assessment.

Private and semi-private lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All private and semi-private lessons are 30 minutes long. 

Private Lessons

Private lessons are 1-on-1 lessons with an instructor. Instructor requests are encouraged but are not guaranteed. Private lessons are for ages 3 years and up.

Private Lesson Times:

Mondays: 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:25 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Private Lesson Registration

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-Private are 2-on-1 lessons with an instructor. Instructor requests are encouraged but are not guaranteed. Semi-private lessons are for ages 3 years and up. For semi-private lessons, you must supply your own partner. 

Partner requirements:

  • In the same level
  • In the level below
  • In the level above

Semi-private lessons must register over the phone or in-person.

Adult and teen lessons

Adult and teen lessons are available for anyone ages 13 and up. All lessons are 30 minutes long. Come to the first class with your goals.  

 Strokes and Fitness

Strokes and Fitness is for all swimmers with basic skills. Bring your goals to your first class.  Triathletes welcome.

Prerequisite: Previous swimming abilities, and can comfortably swim over 5 meters.

Fall Registration Information:

Wednesdays: 8:30 p.m.

Fridays: 9:45 a.m.

Strokes and Fitness Registration

Basics Beginner 

Basics Beginner are lessons designed for adults who have little to no previous swimming experience, and who do not feel comfortable swimming over 5 meters.

Summer registration will run, week at a time structure (Monday to Friday) for the summer

Fall Registration Information:

Mondays: 8:30 p.m.

Fridays: 9:45 a.m.

Basic Beginner Registration

 Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for teens, adults, and seniors. For those who have little to no swimming experience. Contact the Aquatics Coordinator for availability.  

 

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The Municipality of Port Hope is recognized as an Age-Friendly Community through the World Health Organization, and was Awarded the Ontario Age-Friendly Recognition Award in 2018 through the Ministry of Seniors Affairs