The City of Cambridge is offering learn to swim lessons at select aquatic locations beginning July 20.

Swim lessons will be 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.

Registration will open Tuesday, July 7 at noon

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Learn more about program registration.

What to expect at our pools

  • Users will be screened prior to being admitted for their program.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled program, ready to swim in your bathing suit. Proceed directly to the pool deck following directions from staff and posted signage.
  • There will be NO changing or locker facilities. Be prepared to enter and exit the facility with your bathing suit on. Bathrooms will be available for as needed.
  • Please leave at the conclusion of your swim lesson through the designated exit points. Do not shower or re-enter the change rooms or linger on deck.
  • All programs at Ed Newland pool are weather-dependent. If the weather looks questionable please check the website or email.

Modified Summer Swim Lesson Program

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

  • Swim programs will run for nine consecutive days each (Monday through Friday).  
  • All lessons will be taught at a distance by qualified instructors to allow participants and staff to maintain a physical distance from others.
  • Participants registered in private lessons for Preschool 1 to Swimmer 3 will be required to have a parent or caregiver (13 years and older) in the water with them for physical contact and safety purposes.
  • Semi private lessons are available for anyone in the same household or social circle at a comparable swim level.
  • Please limit the number of people that accompany swimmers 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 offered at Cambridge pools:

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 5.

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 5.

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.


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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.