The City of Cambridge swim lessons are offered fall 2022 at our two indoor facilities.

Fall Registration

Fall Registration will begin on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 online or in person at a recreation centres. 

  • Swim lesson registration goes live at 7 a.m.
  • Programs beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Register here

Learn more about program registration.

Fall 2022 Swimming Lessons changes and reminders:

  • Preschool 1 - A guardian may participate in the first four lesson but it is not required. Participation is defined as fully in the water, providing support to the child in building a connection with the Instructor.  It is not a Parent and Tot program where you are assisting the swimmer learning skills.
  • Women's Only Programming - To create a safe space, registration is only open to a women guardian and girl swimmers.
  • Swimmer levels - A child must be 6 years of age by the first day of programming.
  • Preschool levels - A child must be 3 years of age by the first day of programming.

 The following are swim lessons and descriptions 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. Because activities and progressions are based on child development, parents register in the level appropriate for their child's age.

This class runs for 30 minutes and has an instructor to student ratio of 1:12.

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. 

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.

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 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 committed member of HIGH FIVE and we are ecstatic to announce that we have become an accredited organization. HIGH FIVE is a province-wide quality assurance program designed to support the safety, well-being, and healthy development of children in sport and recreation programs.