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

The Municipality of Port Hope offers swimming lessons through the Canadian Red Cross. Our swimming lessons are for ages 4 months and up. All swimming lessons run at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

COVID-19 restrictions: Please note that parents of children in levels 3 and under are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. You must arrive to lessons with your bathing suit on as dressing rooms will only be available after lessons. Please go straight on deck after check in for the lessons.

Red Cross Preschool

Red Cross Preschool lessons are for ages 4 months to 5 years. All preschool lessons are 30 minutes long. All infants and toddlers must wear swim diapers if they are not potty-trained.

Starfish/Duck

Starfish/Duck is a parented class for ages 4 to 24 months. One caregiver must take part in the water. All skills need help by the caregiver or instructor.

Skills to learn include:

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

 

Starfish/Duck Registration

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle is a parented class for ages 24 to 36 months. One caregiver must take part in the water. All skills need help by caregiver or instructor.

Skills to learn include:

  • Submersion
  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glides
  • Jumping into water with help
  • Kicking on front
  • Front swim

 

Sea Turtle Registration

Sea Otter

Sea Otter is an independent class for ages 3 to 5 years. All skills are assisted by the instructor or equipment.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glide
  • Kicking on front
  • Front swim 1m

 

Sea Otter Registration

Salamander 

Salamander is an independent class for ages 3 to 5 years. All skills are performed.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glide with kick
  • Rollover glide
  • Front swim 2m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Sea Otter or YMCA Bobbers

 

Salamander Registration

Sunfish

Sunfish is an independent class for ages 3 to 5 years. All skills are unassisted.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back glide with kick
  • Roll-over glide with kick
  • Side glide with kick (assisted)
  • Front swim 5m
  • Surface support

 

Prerequisite: Completed Salamander or YMCA Floaters

 

Sunfish Registration

Crocodile

Crocodile is an independent class for ages 3 to 5 years. All skills are unassisted.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back glide with kick
  • Side glide with kick
  • Front swim 5m
  • Back swim 5m
  • Distance swim 10m
  • Surface support

 

Prerequisite: Completed Sunfish or YMCA Divers

 

Crocodile Registration

Whale

Whale is an independent class for ages 3 to 5 years. All skills are unassisted.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back glide with kick
  • Side glide with kick
  • Front swim 10m
  • Back swim 10m
  • Distance swim 15m
  • Surface support

 

Prerequisite: Completed Crocodile or YMCA Surfers

 

Whale Registration

If you are unsure of which level to register in, please contact the aquatic coordinator for a swim assessment.

Red Cross Swim Kids

Red Cross Swim Kids lessons are for ages 6 to 13 years. Lesson length depends on the level. Level 1 to 4 are 30 minutes long. Level 5 to 7 are 45 minutes long. Level 8 to 10 are 1 hour long.

Level 1

No experience required.

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back Float
  • Front and back glide
  • Roll-over glide (assisted)
  • Flutter kick (assisted)
  • Shallow water entries and exits
  • Front swim 5m

 

Prerequisites: Age 6

 

Level 1 Registration

Level 2

Skills to learn include:
  • Front and back glide with flutter kick
  • Side glide with flutter kick (assisted)
  • Roll-over glide with flutter kick
  • Front swim 5m
  • Distance swim 10m
  • Deep water activities (assisted)

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 1, Sunfish (and age 6) or YMCA Otter

 

Level 2 Registration

Level 3

Skills to learn include:
  • Front, back and side glide with flutter kick
  • Front glide/side glide combination
  • Front swim 10m
  • Distance swim 15m
  • Surface support

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 2, Crocodile/Whale (and age 6), or YMCA Seal

 

Level 3 Registration

Level 4

Skills to learn include:
  • Front glide/side glide combination
  • Back swim with shoulder roll
  • Front crawl 10m
  • Surface support
  • Distance swim 25m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 3 or YMCA Dolphin

 

Level 4 Registration

Level 5

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 15m
  • Whip kick on back 10m
  • Tread water
  • Distance swim 50m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 4 or YMCA Swimmer

 

Level 5 Registration

Level 6

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 25m
  • Elementary back stroke 15m
  • Tread water
  • Distance swim 75m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 5

 

Level 6 Registration

Level 7

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 50m
  • Elementary back stroke 25m
  • Front scull 15m
  • Whip kick on front 15m
  • Distance swim 150m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 6

 

Level 7 Registration

Level 8

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 75m
  • Elementary back stroke 25m
  • Breaststroke 15m
  • Distance swim 300m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 7

 

Level 8 Registration

Level 9

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 100m
  • Elementary back stroke 50m
  • Breaststroke 25m
  • Sidestroke kick 15m
  • Distance Swim 400m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 8

 

Level 9 Registration

Level 10

Skills to learn include:
  • Front crawl and back crawl 100m
  • Elementary back stroke and breaststroke 50m
  • Side stroke 25m
  • Distance swim 500m

 

Prerequisite: Completed Level 9

 

Level 10 Registration

If your child completed any of the YMCA Star levels, contact the aquatic coordinator for a swim assessment. If you are unsure of which level to register in, contact the aquatic 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 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 45 minutes long. Come to the first class with your goals.  

 Basic Skills

Basic skills are for beginner swimmers. Bring your goals to your first class and notify the instructor.

 

Prerequisite: None

 

Basic Skills Registration

 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

 

Strokes and Fitness Registration

 Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for teens, adults, and seniors.  Contact the aquatic coordinator for availability.

 

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  • Ensuring that program practitioners develop a high level of knowledge and expertise in child development; 
  • Helping parents to make informed choices and; 
  • Providing practitioners with the tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality. 

The Municipality of Port Hope is proud to be an Accredited HIGH FIVE® organization, maintaining the highest standard in Canada

Youth Friendly Community

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The Youth Friendly Communities recognition award is a program of Play Works, an Ontario partnership for youth. The program outlines criteria for communities to support engaged youth and highlights the investments the community makes to youth play. Promising practices for youth engagement are highlighted and celebrated. The award recognition is a community collaboration and involves youth to complete the submission. The Municipality has been recognized as a Platinum Youth Friendly Community since 2008.

Age-Friendly Community

An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in secure and accessible physical and social environments. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities project developed eight domains of AFCs. These domains outline the physical and social aspects of communities that contribute to independent and active aging.

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