Swimming Classes in Toronto

If you’re looking for quality swimming classes in Toronto, you’ll find Aquatics Academy to be one of Toronto’s premier swim schools. We offer everything from swimming lessons, to first aid instruction, to advanced lifeguard training. Our instructor/student ratio is low and personal attention is where we succeed. We offer classes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced swimmers – and simply for fun!

Swimming Classes in Toronto for Parents and Tots

For most parents, organized swimming classes are equally exciting for both parent and child. At Aquatics Academy, our Parents and Tots Program is a unique aquatic experience for children who will be continuing to swim in one of our Red Cross Preschool Programs. This is the ideal starting point for every child – with our proven teaching methods and our team of highly experienced swim instructors.

In our Parent and Tot Program, your child will begin learning basic swimming skills and water safety.  The program is targeted at kids from 4 months to 3 years. Our approach is “skills-based”, even at the youngest age. And while safety is a priority, we never forget to provide a fun and enjoyable experience. All in shallow water, these swimming lessons incorporate floating, kicking, and jumping into the water.

Aquatics Academy offers Advanced Swim Courses

Our advanced swim courses are designed to be in-depth and comprehensive. We provide the most expert training and instruction and ensure that every participant is prepared for their certification.

The Canadian Swim Patrol Program is the launch point for lifeguard training. With three levels, this course focuses on stroke development, which lays down a solid foundation for moving forward to medal-level awards. Rescue and First Aid are incorporated, setting the stage for Bronze Certification.

The Bronze Star is preparation for the Bronze Medallion. Here, swimmers enhance decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. Candidates will learn CPR while developing lifesaving skills. The Bronze Star is a prerequisite for the Bronze Medallion (only if a candidate is under the age of 13).

The Bronze Medallion course teaches lifesaving skills based on the four principles of water rescue: knowledge; fitness; judgment; skill. Participants learn relevant skills for challenging rescues, including higher-risk situations with unconscious victims. Emergency First Aid and CPR B are also taught, with a specific focus on heart attack, stroke, external bleeding, angina and other health complications.

Looking for Adult Swimming Classes in Toronto?

If you’re interested in adult swimming classes in Toronto, Aquatics Academy offers programs for all skill levels. Whether you want to upgrade your skills, or you’re a first-time swimmer, we have an option for you. Our experienced instructors will ensure that your individual needs are addressed.

For beginner swimmers, we teach you the basic skills so you’ll be comfortable in the water. Instructors will teach you to properly float, to enter/exit the pool safely, and basic water security. You will learn stroke development skills, self-supporting yourself in the water, and important breathing techniques.

Our intermediate and advanced classes are designed for those who know how to swim. We focus on stroke improvement, confidence in deep water, and enhancement of fitness levels. You will learn the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, backstroke, treading, and the butterfly (advanced swimmers).

Red Cross Lessons vs. Ultra Swimming Program 

The Red Cross program is aimed at swimmers ages 5-12 and is offered at Aquatics Academy. The 10-levelled program enables kids to learn to swim, stay safe and be fit, in a fun atmosphere that encourages them to achieve their personal best and to always celebrate their personal successes. The platform teaches survival and competitive strokes, increase of swim speed and distance, while always focusing on a #1 goal of making the safest decisions possible, in and around the water.  Swimming strokes are built throughout all levels; using solid based established progressions with a large focus on distance and drills.  This program in particular strongly encourages lifetime physical activity as part of a completely healthy lifestyle. Throughout the 10-levelled program, there is a continuous evaluation that is meant to challenge the swimming student to constantly go beyond the skills they have developed. There are worksheets that are used by the instructors in determining the standards for each item in each level while giving ongoing feedback and practice opportunities to the specific learning needs of each swimmer.

The Ultra swim program is designed for swimmers age 5-16 years old and is offered at other swim schools. In levels 1 through 5, students will learn introductions to entries and exits, breath control and submersion, basic floats, deep water introductions, kicking, surface support, development of front swim, glides, back kicks, front crawl, diving, back swim, side glides, side breathing, somersaults, forward rolls, treading water, front dives, front crawl and forward rolls.  Through these 1-5 levels, swimmers will begin a continuous swim goal of 5m and build up to 75m.  These lessons run for 30 minutes each session. In levels 6 & 7, swimmers will learn stride entries, breaststroke, interval training, surface dives, shallow dives into deep waters, and clothed treading water. These skills are in addition to gaining more strength and confidence on their back and front crawl, backstroke and eggbeater while working from a continuous swim of 150m-200m.  These lessons run for 45 minutes at one time. In the final levels of Ultra Swim, 8 & 9, all strokes and skills are developed and a continuous swim of 300m-400m is obtained.

How do we differ from the YMCA?

At Aquatics Academy we are much more than the average swim school.  We offer high-quality swimming lessons, with low student to instructor ratios. We have multiple indoor facilities in North York, Toronto and Vaughan.  Our pools are always kept at a comfortable degree of temperature between 84-88.  We also are proud to offer private mobile swimming lessons that take place in the comfort of your home or condo.  We offer a wide range of swimming services; first aid training, summer camp, advanced aquatics courses, lifeguarding and more. Our professional and experienced staff have been specifically screened and chosen by our management team.  All of our instructors and coaches are certified in both The Lifesaving Society and The Canadian Red Cross.

How much does it cost to learn how to swim?

The cost of swimming ranges from private to city-run swim schools. Each option may offer different types of packages and classes that differ with the number of students in the class, the length of the class, and the related costs. Since it can be somewhat challenging to compare all of these options, it's best to think about what the students’ ideal goals are. Costs normally vary depending on how many students are in the class. Contact Aquatics Academy at 647.350.SWIM and one of our team members will listen to your swim goals and will place you in the right type of group to achieve these goals.

For Some of the Best Swimming Classes in Toronto, Contact Aquatics Academy

With several locations in the GTA, Aquatics Academy operates the main swim facility in North York. Whatever swim program you choose, we’ll have something for yourself or your kids. We are also available to discuss special needs, and for those who require, we can customize a swim program to suit. Find out more at https://www.aquaticsacademy.ca/program/red-cross-swimming-lessons-kids or call us directly at 647.350.SWIM.

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