The City of Cambridge offers learn to swim lessons at our indoor and outdoor pool locations.

Swim lessons are still modified to follow guidelines and health precautions as set out by the Province of Ontario and the Waterloo Regional Public Health Unit, including physical distancing and group size restrictions. Parent participation will be mandatory in lower levels outlined below.

Winter Registration

Winter 2022 registration opens December 15 at 8 a.m. online or in person during regular business hours at W.G. Johnson or John Dolson centre.

Register here

Learn more about program registration.

Modified Swim Lesson Program

In response to COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing measures, we will be offering a modified swim lesson program at our pools. Modifications include:

  • Mandatory active screening, contact information and attendance for all guests. You can find the screening questionnaire at cambridge.ca/screening
  • All lessons will be taught at a distance by qualified instructors to allow participants and staff to maintain a physical distance from others.
  • Parent & Tot, Preschool and Swimmer 1 to 3 levels will be offered in a group format, a parent or guardian (13 years and older) will be required in the water with them for physical contact and safety purposes.
  • Participants registered in private lessons for Preschool 1 to Swimmer 3 will be required to have a parent or guardian (13 years and older) in the water with them for physical contact and safety purposes.
  • You must limit the number of people that accompany swimmers in Swimmer 4 and above to one adult.  Designated viewing space is limited and those who choose to view a lesson must maintain a physical distance from others.
  • Limited equipment will be used and will be sanitized between each use.

 The following are the types of swim lessons currently offered at Cambridge pools:

Parent & Tot 1 to 3

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun and learn and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills.

This class runs for 30 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1:10.

Preschool 1 to 5
This program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In our basic aquatic progressions we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. Parent participation is required in the water.

This class runs for 30 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 4.

Swimmer 1 to 3

This program makes sure your child learns how to swim before they get to the deep water. These classes teach children 6 years and older, from beginner swimmers who want to build their basic skills. We focus on a lot of in-water practice to develop strong skills. Parent participation is required in the water.

This class runs for 30 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 4.

Swimmer 4 to 8

This program makes sure your child learns how to swim in deep water. These classes teach children 6 years and older, from intermediate swimmers who want to build their basic skills to advanced swimmers looking for a challenge. We focus on a lot of in-water practice to develop strong skills.

This class runs for 45 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 8.

Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol Swimmer 9 to 11

The Canadian Swim Patrol program is part of the journey to lifeguarding. This provides greater training for those beyond learning to swim. The Rookie, Ranger and Star levels continue to develop student's strokes and provide the skills for future success.

This class runs for 60 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 10.

Private and semi-private lessons

You can sign-up for private and semi-private swimming lessons instead of our group classes. There is an additional fee for semi-private lessons and all participants must be at the same swimming skill level. 

Semi-private lessons

You must pre-arrange participants for semi-private swimming lessons. The City of Cambridge does not make these arrangements for you.

To avoid missing out on your preferred time slot, book one participant for a private swimming class and then call (519) 623-1340  during regular business hours to switch your private class to a semi-private class. You need to have the name(s) of the additional participates.

Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive Plus

Swim to Survive and Swim to Survive Plus is a Lifesaving Society program that teaches Grade 3 and 7 students basic swimming fundamentals in an attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada.

Thank you to our 2019/2020 Swim to Survive partners for their gracious sponsorship towards this beneficial program.

    

CUPE 32   Moore Environmental Services Ltd.

If you are a teacher or prinicipal from any Waterloo Region or Waterloo Catholic District School Boards interested in the program please contact Amy Ross at (519) 623-1340.

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HIGH FIVE Quality of Play

The City of Cambridge is a registered organization and committed member of HIGH FIVE, a province-wide quality assurance program designed to support the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs.