Aquatic Programs

New swim program FAQs

The Canadian Red Cross announced it is winding down its swim and lifeguard programming to direct more attention to surging humanitarian demands in other areas – such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and caregiving for seniors.

We are excited to continue our First Aid programs through the Red Cross and do not have plans to switch organizations.

It's never too late to learn to swim

Whether you're most at home when you're in the water, or you're scared to even dip your baby toe, the University of Calgary Aquatic Centre is the place to find programs to help meet your swimming goals.

If you are unsure of the correct level for you, please call 403.210.7832 to schedule a swim assessment.

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Adult Swimming Classes


Adult Swimmer 1

Increase your comfort level and confidence in the water through floats, glides, kicking and swimming. Work with your Water Safety Instructor to set goals and develop your swimming skills. This class offers an introduction to swimming with a focus on front swim.

Learn more about Adult Swimmer 1

Adult Swimmer 2

Work with your Water Safety Instructor to set goals to develop your swimming skills. This course focuses on developing the front and back crawl, establishing comfort in deep water, and increasing the swimming distance. Recommended that Swim Basics level 1 is completed before registering in this level.

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Adult Swimmer 3

Develop one or more swimming strokes, working toward proficiency and increased endurance. Work with your Water Safety Instructor to choose the strokes and set your goals and priorities. If you are interested in developing your strokes so that you can increase your fitness and endurance, this is the ideal course for you. Red Cross Swim Strokes is for people 15 and older, who have experience swimming in deep water. If you are unsure if this is the correct level for you, please call 403.210.7832 to schedule a swim assessment.

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Adult Private Swim Lessons

Working with a certified swim instructor, adult swimmers can work on skills in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life program. Whether you are looking for advancements in your workout or a little extra help, this one-on-one experience can provide it.

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Learn to Float

Knowing how to float can save your life. Join us for a free learn to float class and take your first steps towards learning to swim. No previous experience is required.

Learn to Float sessions are pop-up classes that appear throughout the year. Please check back frequently for availability.