Swim Lessons for all Ages

Check Aquatics Schedule (under Facilities Schedule) to find out more about what is happening in the pool.

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.


Swim Lessons Offered at Trico Centre

Parent & Tot |   Preschool  |  Swimmer Levels  |  Canadian Swim Patrol | Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, & Bronze Cross |  Adult Lessons  |  Private Lessons  |  SwimAbilities


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

(3-5 years)

For children 3 to 5 years of age who are ready to learn in a non-parented class. Each level is a prerequisite for the next.

  • 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
    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
    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.

Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross

  • 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)

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. 

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.

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 emailing us using our contact form.

Private Swim Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are offered one-on-one with a certified instructor. These classes are designed for individuals who have specific goals for skill advancement, need additional support, or prefer one-on-one attention.

Call our Aquatics Department for more information.