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Swim Lessons and Programming

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Upcoming Registration Dates

Swimming Lesson Registration Opens:

  • Spring Session: Feb 13th at 10 a.m.
  • Summer Session - stay tuned! 


How do I register my child for a specific level?

All of our swim lessons are grouped to offer more options and times for our participants to choose from. During the registration process you will be asked to designate the appropriate level your child will be working on. See below for details on each program we offer.

Please go to and create an account to register for all levels. 

Can I come and watch my child swim?

Absolutely! Family and friends are permitted to watch lessons from the pool deck viewing area.

Will I have to be in the water to support my child?

No, parents/guardians are not required to be in the water with their child (except for the Parent and Tot swimming level).

 Lifesaving Society Swim for Life 

The City of Woodstock is pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program as our learn to swim program at our facilities. To help our swim lesson participants keep track of their swim lesson progression, you can now access your child's progress reports online.

View and register for our programs on our NEW REGISTRATION SITE.

 Southside also offers Private Lessons, to request Semi-Private lessons please call (519) 421-7665

Parent and Tot: Children 4 months to 3 years of age.

Register for Parent & Tot 1-3

Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.
Because activities and progressions are based on child development, you register in the level appropriate for your child's age: 4-12 months, 12-24 months, or two to three-years old.

Parent and Tot 1

Designed for the 4 to 12-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.


Parent and Tot 2

Designed for the 12 to 24-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.


Parent and Tot 3

Designed for the 2 to 3-year-old to learn to enjoy the water with the parent.

Preschool: Children 3 to 5 years of age

Register for Preschool A-E

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool 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 three to five-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.


Preschool A

We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves (thank you very much). These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water. We will help them jump into chest deep water. They will float and glide on their front and back and learn to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater. 

Preschool B

These preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They will submerge and exhale underwater. Wearing a lifejacket they will glide on their front and back. 

Preschool C

These youngsters will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while wearing a lifejacket. They will recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They will work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back. 

Preschool D

Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They will do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They will master a short swim on their front wearing a lifejacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool E

These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a lifejacket and treading water for 10 sec. They will work on front and back crawl swims for 5 m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick. 

Swimmer: Children 5+ to 12 years of age

Register for Swimmer 1-6

The Lifesaving Society's 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children five years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels.

Swimmer 1

These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They will learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They will work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.

Swimmer 2

These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They will be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m). 

Swimmer 3

These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They will work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m. 

Swimmer 4

These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They will cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training. 

Swimmer 5

These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They will refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they will pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

Swimmer 6

These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater or scissor kick. They will develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They will easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they will be proud to complete the 300m workout. 

Swim Patrol: Children 5+ to 12 years of Age

Register for Swimmer 7-9 (Rookie, Ranger, Star)

The Lifesaving Society’s 3-level Canadian Swim Patrol program (swimmer 7, 8, 9) provides enriched training for those who want to develop swim strokes and skills. Swim Patrol develops swimming strength and efficiency with emphasis on Water Smart® behaviour. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. 

Swimmer 7 (Rookie Patrol)

Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS, and treatment for bleeding. Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims. 

Swimmer 8 (Ranger Patrol)

Swimmers develop better strokes over 75m swims of each stroke. They tackle lifesaving sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation. 

Swimmer 9 (Star Patrol)

Swimmers are challenged with 600m workouts, 300m timed swims and a 25m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water. 

Teen Swim Lessons 12-18 years of age

Register for Teen Lessons

If you are between 12-18 years of age and looking to take swimming lessons, the teen program is for you! Whether you have difficulty putting your face in water, swimming in deep water, or are simply looking for stroke correction, our Teen Swim Lessons will give you the confidence to enjoy being in and around the water.

Adult Swim Lessons 18+ years of age

Register for Adult Lessons

Whether you’re just starting out or just want help with your strokes, our Adult Program is for the young at heart – no matter what your age. Set your own goals. Work with certified instructors to learn to swim, or improve your current swimming ability and water fitness.  You won’t be going to the Olympics, but you’ll develop water confidence and smooth recognizable strokes good enough for lane swimming and fit enough for the beach. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Adult levels.

Becoming a Lifeguard

 Bronze Star

Develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport.

Participation: 8 years and older Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended) 

 Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross.

Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current). 

 Bronze Cross and Standard First aid
Begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certification (need not be current). 

 Other Aquatic Programs

 Woodstock Lifesaving Club

The Woodstock Lifesaving Club (WLC) aims to teach fair play, team-building, and ethics in sport while helping swimmers develop their skills in the pool and working towards achieving their personal best. Success with the WLC can be gained with a positive attitude and putting forth a best effort each week. We will be learning and practicing together as a team, so respect for ourselves and each other is a very important component in our progress. Please arrive to practice on time, ready to give your best effort so that the team can achieve their goals together.

Lion's Pool Summer Swim Team

Please note: the Summer Swim Team will be operating out of Southside Aquatic Centre this summer since Lions Pool will be closed for the 2023 season.

The Woodstock Summer Swim team is a great way to build your swimming skills and have fun while being part of one of Southwestern Ontario’s biggest summer swim teams. Get ready to do stroke drills and correction, as well as practice and learn flip turns and starting dives.

This year the Woodstock Summer Swim team will be operating in the same format as last year. Swimmers will register for individual 40 minute sessions and can also register for multiple sessions per week. In order to join the team, we ask that you to be able to comfortably swim 30m.

Staff is currently transferring programs from Lions Pool to Southside Aquatic Centre, the registration link will be posted shortly. 

Adult Swim Fitness

Looking for some fitness motivation? This program is led by a swim coach who will help guide you through a swim workout each week. The coach will also work on your strokes and endurance, provide feedback and tips, and provide practices to do on your own throughout the week. Note: Must be able to swim at least 100m.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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