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.

The government of Ontario has implemented a Province-wide lockdown. This measure prohibits use of all indoor recreation activities.  More details regarding COVID-19 impacts to the Municipality are available on the COVID-19 webpage

Please watch our website for virtual programs being offered regularly.

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.

Upcoming session and registration dates are ON HOLD. Pending the outcome of the Province wide shutdown, new dates will be announced.

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.

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.

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. Sea Otter is a class for ages 3 to 5 years. 

Skills to learn include:

  • Front and back floats
  • Front and back glide
  • Kicking on front
  • Front swim 1-meter 
Sea Otter Registration

Salamander 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. Salamander a 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 2-meter 

Prerequisite: Completed Sea Otter 

Salamander Registration

Sunfish

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. Sunfish a 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 5-meter
  • Surface support 

Prerequisite: Completed Salamander  

Sunfish Registration

Crocodile

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. Crocodile a 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 5-meter
  • Back swim 5-meter
  • Distance swim 10-meter
  • Surface support 

Prerequisite: Completed Sunfish 

Crocodile Registration

Whale

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. Whale a 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 10-meter
  • Back swim 10-meter
  • Distance swim 15-meter
  • Surface support

Prerequisite: Completed Crocodile 

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. 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 5-meter

 Prerequisites: Age 6

 Level 1 Registration

Level 2

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student.

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 5-meter
  • Distance swim 10-meter
  • Deep water activities (assisted)

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

Level 2 Registration

Level 3

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student

Skills to learn include:

  • Front, back and side glide with flutter kick
  • Front glide/side glide combination
  • Front swim 10-meter
  • Distance swim 15-meter
  • Surface support

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

Level 3 Registration

Level 4

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 3

Level 4 Registration

Level 5

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 4 

Level 5 Registration

Level 6

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 5

Level 6 Registration

Level 7

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 6

Level 7 Registration

Level 8

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 7

Level 8 Registration

Level 9

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

Prerequisite: Completed Level 8

Level 9 Registration

Level 10

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

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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. 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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions parents of children are required to go in the water with their child to maintain no contact between instructor and student. 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