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Note: The Town requires a guardian for all Parent & Tot 1, Parent & Tot 2, and Parent & Tot 3 classes. All Preschool and Swimmer levels are unaccompanied.


Aquatic Learn To Swim Programs

The Town of Aurora offers the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program. Please view the Learn To Swim flowchart for more information about this program.

Pre-registration is required for registered programs and recommended for drop-in activities. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

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Why Learn To Swim With Us?
  • Our program is focused on learning to swim. Program content is stroke and skill driven: entries and exits; surface support; underwater skills; Swim to Survive skills; movement/swimming skills; fitness; and Water Smart education. A fun program with achievable content is enjoyable for participants.
  • All of our Aquatic Instructors are certified with their National Lifeguard, Standard First Aid with C.P.R. “C” and Lifesaving Society Swim, Lifesaving and Emergency First Aid Instructors.
  • The Town of Aurora’s aquatic staff undergo over 140 hours of training prior to being hired as an Aquatic Instructor and then are required to undergo additional training each session.
  • Our Learn To Swim programs are F.A.I.R. Access (Fee Assistance in Recreation) eligible. Check out our F.A.I.R. Access webpage for full details.
First Time Taking Swimming Lessons?
  • We are excited to have you join us! All you need to bring is your bathing suit, towel and goggles (if preferred). We supply all equipment necessary. When you arrive, look for the Deck Supervisor (wearing a red shirt) and they will let you know where to wait for your swim class.
Make-Up Lessons
  • Make-up classes due to participant’s illness or commitments will not be available. Where a pool may close in an untimely manner, every effort will be made to appropriately accommodate participants. If an accommodation is not possible (at the discretion of the Deck Supervisor) the classes will be ended. If over 50% of the class was taught then no credit or refund will be issued.
Designated Viewing Areas

All spectators are asked to watch from the designated viewing areas.

  • A.F.L.C. Pool - There is a viewing area along the windows on the east side of the pool deck or from the hallway to the pool on the west side of the pool.
  • S.A.R.C. Pool - There is a viewing gallery at the north end of the pool that is accessible from the lobby.
Semi-Private Swim Lessons
  • Semi-Private Swim lessons are only recommended for individuals in the same level or a similar level. If more than one level apart (for example – Swimmer 3 and Swimmer 5), please email Shelley Makepeace prior to the start of registration.
  • In order to obtain a Semi-Private Swim lesson, please follow these steps:

1 – Register for a Private Swim lesson for one swimmer.

2 – Email our Customer Service staff a minimum of 3 days prior to the start of the lesson to create the Semi-Private Swim lesson.

  • Note: Cost is $23.00 per child per class.
  • The Town of Aurora does not match participants. Interested customers must supply both individuals.
Family Swim Lessons
  • Family Swim lessons are only recommended for individuals in the same level or a similar level. If more than one level apart (for example – Swimmer 5 and Adult 1), please mail Shelley Makepeace prior to the start of registration.
  • Parents and children can learn to swim together. In order to obtain a Family Private Swim lesson, please follow these steps:

1 – Register for a Private Swim lesson for one swimmer.

2 – Email our Customer Service staff a minimum of 3 days prior to the start of the lesson to create the Family Swim lesson.

  • Note: Cost is $15.30 per person per class. Maximum of 5 people.
Program Transfers

The Town of Aurora offers an easy way to transfer your skills from one program to another.

  • If you are joining us from the Canadian Red Cross Learn To Swim program, please see the conversion chart to determine what level to register for.
  • If you are joining from a different Learn To Swim program (for example – Y.M.C.A., American Red Cross, etc.), please have a free swim assessment completed prior to registration (see below).

Swim Assessments

Whether it is your first time taking swimming lessons, or it has been a while since you last participated, we offer free swim assessments to help ensure that you are registering for the correct swim level. Swim assessments take approximately 10 minutes. A swim assessment is not required for Private Swim lessons, as the Aquatic Instructor will complete this on the first class.

Do I Need a Swim Assessment?

Please see this helpful flowchart to determine which Learn To Swim level to register for or if you need a swim assessment.

Age & Level
AgeLevel

If the swimmer is between the ages of 4 to 12 months on the first day of the program.

Register in Parent & Tot 1.

If the swimmer is between the ages of 12 to 24 months on the first day of the program.

Register in Parent & Tot 2.

If the swimmer is between the ages of 24 to 36 months on the first day of the program.

Register in Parent & Tot 3.

If the swimmer is between the ages of 3 to 5 years by the last day of the program.

And has little to no exposure to swimming (swim lessons, leisure swims, backyard pool, open water, etc.), register in Preschool 1. 

And has never been in formal swim lessons but is comfortable in a swimming pool or open water, register in Preschool 2. 

And has had formal swim lessons, but it has been more than a year or you are uncertain of the level, register for a Swim Assessment.

If the swimmer is between the ages of 6 to 12 years by the last day of the program.

And has little exposure to swimming (swim lessons, leisure swims, backyard pool, open water, etc.), register in Swimmer 1. 

And has had formal swim lessons, but it has been more than a year or you are uncertain of the level, register for a Swim Assessment.

If the swimmer is over the age of 12 on the last day of the program.

 

And has little exposure to swimming (swim lessons, leisure swims, lane swims, backyard pool, open water, etc.), register in Teen or Adult 1. 

And has had formal swim lessons, but it has been more than a year or you are uncertain of the level, register for a Swim Assessment.

What to Bring
  • Most recent swimming report card (regardless of program)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Goggles (recommended)
  • A guardian to go in the pool with the swimmer (if under the age of 10 and unable to complete the facility swim test). For more information, see our Pool Admission Policy webpage for full details.
How to Register
  • Facility swim assessments are completed at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.) during leisure swims. If interested in staying for the leisure swim, you must be registered for that swim as well.
  • Multiple family members can be assessed at once. Simply register one person for the swim assessment space.
  • Visit our e-PLAY website and register for Aquatics – Swim Assessment.

If you require any assistance in registering for a swim assessment, please email Shelley Makepeace.


Aquatic Inclusion Services

The Town of Aurora welcomes and encourages residents of all abilities to have equitable and meaningful access to recreation opportunities. For more information about inclusive Aquatic Programs, please visit our Inclusion Services webpage for full details.


Finished Swimmer 6 - Now What?

Once your child has completed Swimmer 6, there are multiple options for next steps based on age (see chart below). For more information, please visit our Aquatic Leadership webpage for full details.

Age & Next Steps
Age & Next Steps
AgeNext Steps

If you are under the age of 12 years

  • Swimmer 7
  • Aurora Lifesaving Club (A.L.C.)

If you are between the ages of 12 to 13 years

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Star
  • Aurora Lifesaving Club (A.L.C.)

If you are over the age of 13 years

  • Lifesaving Society Bronze Medallion
  • Aurora Lifesaving Club (A.L.C.)

Aquatic Lifesaving Club

Lifesaving Sport is an emerging aquatic sport that focuses on developing swimming skills through lifesaving activities.

What is Lifesaving Sport

Image of swimmers in water

Lifesaving Sport is an emerging aquatic sport that focuses on developing swimming skills through lifesaving activities. Participants will not only learn how to swim with lifesaving equipment, throw coiled ropes and swim under obstacles; but they will also have an opportunity to attend regional competitions. The perfect youth training program for future lifeguards.

Lifesaving Sport - More Information


Contact

Shelley Makepeace
Aquatics Programmer
365-500-3173
Email Shelley Makepeace