Swim Lessons for all Ages

Trico Centre has swim lessons for all ages based on the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. The program starts by teaching fundamental swimming skills, which encourage students to make safe choices in and around water, and continually challenges swimmers to learn more.


Fall Swim Lessons

Registration for our Fall private/semi-private lessons begins Monday, September 21st for members (Sept 25 for public). 

    During this time Trico Centre will only be offering private and semi-private lessons. 
    • Private swim lessons are now conducted as parented classes for Parent and Tot, preschool 1 – swimmer 2 to reduce the risk. The parent/caregiver is accountable for ensuring the child is safe in the water. Caregivers must be 14 years or older.
    • For Swimmer 3 - 6, caregivers are not required but physical distancing requirements will be in place for participants. Children must pass the swimming pre-screen on the first day to ensure they can safely participate.
    • Member’s receive a 25% discount on all private lessons and 50% off a second child if upgrading to a semi-private lesson. Please contact Guest Services at 403-278-7573 to book all semi-private lessons. 
    • The instructor will maintain 2 metres of distance at all times and teach may from the pool deck.
    • Children of the same household, but not in the swimming lesson, cannot be left unattended on the pool deck while parents and siblings are in lessons.
    • At this time, no spectators are permitted on the pool deck during lessons due to capacity limits. Patrons can view lessons from the pool viewing area.
    • For more information about Trico Centre's Covid-19 protocols, please visit our Covid-19 page.
    • More questions? Review our FAQ section below.


    Swim Levels Offered at Trico Centre

    Parent & Tot |   Preschool  |  Swimmer  |  Adult  


    Parent & Tot (4 months to 3 years, with parent)

    Aimed at children ages 3 years or less, Parent & Tot focuses on playful interactions and shared fun between child, parent, and the water. This is a non-skill based program where children are placed according to age.

    Parent & Tot 1 Parent & Tot 2 Parent & Tot 3
    4-12 months 1-2 years 2-3 years


    Preschool (3-5 years) 

    For children 3 to 5 years of age. Each level is a prerequisite for the next.  A parent/guardian is required in the pool for preschool lessons at this time.

    • Preschool 1
      Preschoolers learn to put their face in the water blowing bubbles. They practice front/back floats and glides with assistance
    • Preschool 2
      Preschoolers learn to submerge and exhale under water and are introduced to lateral rolls and flutter kicking with a personal floatation device (PFD).
    • Preschool 3
      Preschoolers are introduced to side roll entries. They master independent floats, glides, and kicking.
    • Preschool 4
      Preschoolers master the flutter kick. Front crawl and treading water with PFDs are introduced.
    • Preschool 5
      Preschoolers master front crawl and treading water without the assistance of a PFD. Back crawl and forward rolls are introduced.


    Swimmer Levels (ages 6 years and older)

    Aimed at children aged 6 years and older who want to learn a variety of swimming skills and strokes. Each level is a prerequisite for the next.

    • Swimmer 1  (parent/guardian is required in the pool for Swimmer 1 lessons at this time)
      This level includes skills to develop a strong swimming foundation. Participants practice submerging, front/back floats and glides, flutter kicking and the fundamentals of front crawl in a PFD.
    • Swimmer 2 (parent/guardian is required in the pool for Swimmer 2 lessons at this time)
      Introduction to back crawl and interval training. Participants also master their flutter kick and ability to support themselves above water.
    • Swimmer 3
      Swimmers master front/back crawl. Body orientation skills are introduced such as handstands and somersaults.
    • Swimmer 4
      Greater swimming distances of 25 metres are set for both front and back crawl, and breast stroke is introduced. Successful participants will have achieved the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard, which are essential skills to survive an unexpected fall into water.
    • Swimmer 5
      Swimmers master stationary egg beaters, head up front crawl, and breast stroke. There is also interval training and sprints as a fitness component.
    • Swimmer 6
      Swimmers tread water with legs only using a lifesaving kick. There is a 300 metre workout as a fitness component. Graduates will be well prepared for success in Canadian Swim Patrol levels.


    Adult Levels

    • Adult Beginner
      Work at your own pace as you become comfortable in the water, explore basic swimming skills, and learn about water safety.
    • Adult Intermediate
      Set your own goals as you refine your swimming stroked and continue to understand water safety.


    Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross*

    *Not offered at this time

    • Bronze Star
      This is the pre-Bronze Medallion training. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem solving and decision-making skills as individuals, and with partners. Participants will earn CPR and develop Water Smart® confidence, and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard. Includes CPR A and AED training.
      Prerequisite(s): None
    • Bronze Medallion
      Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescuing of victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR A and AED. Pricing includes Canadian Lifesaving Manual.
      Prerequisite(s): Bronze Star or 13 years of age or older.
    • Bronze Cross
      Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatics facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs, including National Lifeguard and Instructor Certification. Includes CPR C and AED.
      Prerequisite(s): Bronze Medallion


    Canadian Swim Patrol  (10 years and older)*

    *Not offered at this time

    This three level program develops swimming strength with emphasis on personal responsibility. Students will be introduced to four elements: water proficiency, emergency recognition, rescue, and first aid. Swimmer 6 is a prerequisite. 


    Really Important Things to Know

    Swim for Life

    The curriculum has been modified to ensure the most effective delivery of content.

    About Your Swim Instructors

    All Trico Centre Swim Instructors are well-trained and highly qualified with Lifesaving Society certifications and High Five Training.

    First Day of Lessons

    Each student is required to present their previous report card to their instructor on the first day of lessons.

    Don't Forget...

    All swimmers must take a cleansing head-to-toe shower (including hair) with soap before entering the pool or hot tub (see our Facility Policies for more information).


    Our Aquatics staff is always delighted to help. You can reach us at 403-225-5564 or by aquatics@tricocentre.ca.



    How are you keeping my child safe?
    The safety of our patrons and staff in our number one priority at this time.  To eliminate as much risk as possible, we have limited our pool and hot tub capacity to 30 people. This will allow for sufficient distancing within the pool area at all times.  We have implemented a timed entry and pre book system for anyone using the pool to ensure we do not exceed capacity and allowing for proper sanitization time for the pool and change rooms between sessions.

    Can my child pass multiple swim levels during the session?
    With one-on-one instruction, your child can progress quickly. If they can master the required “skills” of each level, there is no stopping them!

    Has the cost increased?
    The cost of private swim lessons has not increased. The lessons are now 1 hour to allow for more personalized instruction and to better control the flow of people in and out of the pool and change rooms for everyone’s safety.

    *NEW* Members now receive a discount on private swim lessons (previously excluded from the discount) – members now get 25% off private swim lessons fees!

    Do members get a deal?
    All Trico Centre members receive 25% off private lesson fees. Additionally, all patrons 50% off of additional swimmers if upgraded to a semi-private lesson.

    Why are you not offering group swim lessons?
    In order to maintain everyone’s safety; we are limiting the number of people in our pool at one time. We will be reviewing this for our next session.

    Why does a parent need to be in the pool?
    Parents need to be in the pool for all Parent & Tot up to Swimmer 2 levels. All instructors are fully trained and certified in life saving techniques and will assist in any emergencies; however, to reduce the risk of virus transmission through physical distancing the parent/caregiver will be tasked with light duties (ie. Bracing child’s back in a back float).

    Do we need to wear a mask during the lesson?
    No, masks can be removed prior to your shower and is not required on the pool deck.

    What is a semi-private lesson?
    You can add an additional swimmer to your private lesson for 50% off the non-member price, making it a semi-private lesson. Additional swimmers must be in the same lesson “zone” (ie. unparented zone, parented zone).