The next season of Swimming Lessons begins January 2023 with registration starting online November 29 (see "2023 Lessons" tab for full details). You can register for Swimming Lessons on this page by scrolling down to the registration window or calling 604-467-7422 during phone-in registration hours.
Starting January 2023, we will transition from offering Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Programs to offering the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program. See the "Upcoming Changes" tab for full details!
Starting January 2023, we will transition from offering Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Programs to offering the Lifesaving Society of Canada’s Swim for Life program. This is because Canadian Red Cross is winding down its swim and lifeguarding programming to focus on surging humanitarian demands in other areas. We thank them for their years of support and wish them all the best in their important humanitarian work around the globe.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will this swimming lesson transition affect my current and future lesson levels?
All those who are currently enrolled in our swimming lessons will complete their lessons/programs with Canadian Red Cross until December 31, 2022. All lessons starting January 2023 will use the Lifesaving Society of Canada's Swim for Life program.
Swimming lesson participants/future participants can review our Swimming Lesson Transition Chart and/or view the "Registration Guidelines" tab to help determine their appropriate level. Those who are currently in Swimming Lessons will also receive a recommendation for their next level from their instructors once they have completed their current lesson. Should you need further assistance determining the appropriate level, please email email@example.com.
View the "2023 Lessons" tab for information about upcoming swimming lesson registration dates.
Why did the City choose to transition to the Lifesaving Society of Canada's Swim for Life program?
After evaluating available program alternatives, the City decided to transition to the Lifesaving Society of Canada’s Swim for Life program. The program has been running successfully throughout the country for over 20 years. The Lifesaving Society supports drowning prevention and aligns with our goals of promoting water safety and drowning prevention throughout our programs.
The Canadian Red Cross, our current program provider, has worked closely with the Lifesaving Society of Canada to ensure that the transition between the programs is as seamless as possible from having transfer information available for our customers, to developing and training our staff with online transition programs.
Why is the City changing Swimming Lessons from Canadian Red Cross to Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life?
The City is changing Swimming Lessons from Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Programs (CDC) to Lifesaving Society Canada's Swim for Life Program. This is because CDC has made the difficult decision to wind down its swim and lifeguarding programming to focus on surging humanitarian demands. We thank them for their years of support!
During 2022, CDC is encouraging and supporting its water safety training partners in making the transition to the swimming, lifeguarding and aquatic leadership programs of the Lifesaving Society Canada.
Our programs that are currently running until December 31, 2022 are CDC. Starting January 1, 2023, programs will be Lifesaving Society Canada's Swim for Life.
We encourage you to read this news release for more information.
Will the transition in swimming lesson program affect prices?
Swimming lesson costs are based on several factors and are evaluated yearly. We do not expect the cost to increase beyond what our yearly evaluation would demand.
The charts below (one for Infant - 5Y and another for 5Y+) will help you determine the appropriate Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program according to your child's age and ability. For those who have previously taken swimming lessons within the Canadian Red Cross program*, please refer to the third column to help determine the equivalent within Swim for Life.
*Please Note: Read the "Upcoming Changes" tab to learn about our transition from offering the Canadian Red Cross Water Safety Program to the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program.
Free Lesson Evaluations
Need help determining the appropriate level for your child? After November 1, come to the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre (11925 Haney Place) during public swim times for a FREE lesson evaluation. Just ask Customer Experience at the front desk and they will connect you with our Aquatics Team!
|Guidelines for Infant - 5 Years Old||Register in Lifesaving Society's Swim For Life:||Red Cross Equivalent (no longer offered):|
|4 to 12 months old and ready to learn to enjoy the water with a parent/guardian||Jellyfish - Parent & Tot 1||Starfish|
|12 to 24 months old and ready to learn to enjoy the water with a parent/guardian||Goldfish - Parent & Tot 2||Duck|
|24 to 36 months ||Seahorse - Parent & Tot 3||Sea Turtle|
|3 to 5 years old and just starting out||Octopus - Preschool 1||Sea Otter|
|Can get in and out and jump into chest-deep water assisted; float and glide on front and back||Crab - Preschool 2||Salamander|
|Can jump into chest-deep water; submerge and exhale underwater; float on front and back assisted for 3 seconds||Orca - Preschool 3||Sunfish|
|Can jump into deep water wearing a lifejacket; recover objects from the bottom; hold breath underwater; float, glide and kick on front and back||Sea Lion - Preschool 4||Crocodile|
|Can do solo jumps into deep water; swim front crawl for 5m wearing a lifejacket and flutter kick on front and back||Narwhal - Preschool 5||Whale|
|Guidelines for 5 Years Old +||Register in Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life:||Red Cross Equivalent (no longer offered):|
|5 to 12 years old and just starting out||Swimmer 1||Swim Kids 1|
|Can jump into chest-deep water by themselves and into deep-water wearing a lifejacket; open eyes, hold breath, and exhale underwater; float, kick on front and back||Swimmer 2||Swim Kids 2|
|Can jump into deep water and do a sideways entry wearing a lifejacket; support self at the surface for 15 seconds; do whip kick in vertical position; and swim 10 m on front and back||Swimmer 3||Swim Kids 3|
|Can tread for 30 seconds; do kneeling dives and front somersaults; 10 m whip kick on back; and swim 15 m front crawl and back crawl||Swimmer 4||Swim Kids 4|
Swim Kids 5
|Can complete the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard: Roll - Tread (1 min.) - Swim (50 m); dive; swim underwater; 15 m whip kick on front; breaststroke arms with breathing; and swim front and back crawl 25 m||Swimmer 5||Swim Kids 6|
|Can do shallow dives and cannonballs; eggbeater and scissor kick; swim 50 m front and back crawl; breaststroke for 25 m; sprint 25 m; interval training 4 x 50 m||Swimmer 6||Swim Kids 7|
|Can do stride entries and compact jumps; legs-only surface support for 45 seconds; sprint 25 m breaststroke; swim 100 m of front crawl and back crawl and 300 m workout||Swimmer 7 / Rookie Patrol||Swim Kids 8|
|Preferred successful completion - Swimmer 7/Rookie Patrol||Swimmer 8 / Ranger Patrol||Swim Kids 9|
|Preferred successful completion - Swimmer 8/Ranger Patrol||Swimmer 9 / Star Patrol||Swim Kids 10|
Winter 2023 - Upcoming Season of Swimming Lessons
- Lessons Viewable / Winter Program Guide Live | Friday, November 25
- Online Registration (registration window below) | Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:00 AM
- In-Person (MRLC) / Phone (604-467-7422) Registration | Thursday, December 1 @ 8:00 AM
- Lessons Begin | January 2023
Want to get in touch with our aquatics team?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have feedback, questions or ideas for future programming!
Need help with lesson registration?
You can register seasonally for swimming lessons below on this page; however, if you require assistance, please email us at email@example.com or call 604-467-7422 during our registration hours. You can also visit our Program Registration page for more information including "How To" registration videos.
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