The City of Cambridge follows the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program. This program uses in-water practice to develop strong swimming skills. In our lessons, we also use the program's Water Smart education, providing information and materials that help participants learn for life.

Aquatic Registration has been currently postponed until further notice. Learn more about program registration.

Classes

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

Parent and tot

Spend quality time with your child while both of you learn and have fun. We help you and your child develop positive water attitudes and skills. We provide Water Smarts tips to keep your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide direction and answer your questions. Since we base activities on child development, parents should register at a level suitable for their child's age.

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

Preschool

This program develops an appreciation and respect for the water before kids get to the deep end of the pool. Our system works to ensure 3 to 5 year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun at the same time!

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 end. These classes teach children 6 years and older, from beginners to swimmers who want to build their basic skills. We focus on a lot of in-water practice to develop strong skills. Children age 5 years who have completed Preschool 5 may register in Swimmer 1.

This class runs for 30 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1 to 6.

Swimmer 4 to 8

This program makes sure your child learns how to swim before they get to the deep end. These classes teach children 6 years and older, from beginners to swimmers who want to build their basic skills. 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 ext. 4527 or ext. 4469 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 Surive Plus

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

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