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SLS Family Sports Centre offers Swim Lessons from ages four months to adults.

Please reference past report cards as we do not keep old information on file.

Basic ~ Advanced Programs

Swim Basics 1

An integrated swimming skills and water safety program designed specifically for the adult learner with built-in flexibility to meet individual needs. The program focuses on lifetime swimming fitness and stroke development. The program begins by teaching students the basics when it comes to floating, kicking and gliding. Basics #1: An introduction to swimming with a focus on front swim.


Swim Basics 2

An integrated swimming skills and water safety program designed specifically for the adult learner with built-in flexibility to meet individual needs. Basics #2: Focuses on developing front and back crawl, establishing comfort in deep water, and increasing the swimming distance.


Swim Adapted

Adapted aquatics are modified swimming techniques that accommodate the abilities of individuals with cognitive or physical limitations. The goal is to give people the skills they need for independent swimming and water safety.
Adapted aquatics have lots of benefits including freedom of movement, increased strength and endurance along with improved self-esteem.


Private Lessons

Children: Working with a certified water safety instructor, children will work on skills in the Red Cross Swim Kids or Preschool Program. This one-on-one experience can be adapted to a child’s individual skills and abilities. The aim is to improve upon certain skills in order for the child to rejoin regular swim lessons once complete. Please come to the first class ready to discuss with the instructor what skills you want to be improved upon.
Adults: Working with a certified water safety instructor, adult swimmers can work on skills in the Red Cross Swim Basics or Sport Program. Whether you are looking for advancements in your workout or a little extra help, this one-on-one experience can provide it.


Bronze Medallion

Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn both tows and carries, and defence and realse methodes in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR A and AED. Prerequisites:
13 years old OR Bronze Star.


Standard First Aid

Courses on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) provide the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies and choking for adults, children, and babies depending on the level of CPR chosen. Courses meet legislation requirements for provincial/territorial worker safety and insurance boards, and include the latest CPR guidelines and training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).


Bronze Cross

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification. Prerequisites: Bronze Medallion and Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Level C.


National Lifeguard

The NL award builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge and values taught in the previous lifesaving awards to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards. Prerequisites: 16 years of age+ | Bronze Cross | Current AB workplace approved Standard First Aid.


Lifesaving Sport Club

The Cochrane Water Ninjas Lifesaving Sport Club (LSC) is a competitive club. Athletes combine their athletic ability with lifesaving skills and rescue equipment. The program offers athletes of all ages to participate in local/national and international competition dependent on ability and speed. In the LSC, athletes must meet a minimum of 100m freestyle to be placed in the Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Master's program. Swimmers will practice anywhere from 2-4 times per week and compete anywhere from 1-6 times in the 8-month season. Currently the 2021-22 registration is CLOSED. To add yourself to the wait list, please contact Swimmers on the wait list will be contacted in early June of 2022.


Water Safety Instructor Course

The Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course prepares the individual to instruct the Red Cross Swim programs. Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety, and swimming skills in the Red Cross Swim Pre-school, Red Cross Swim Kids, Red Cross Swim at School, Red Cross Swim at Camp, Red Cross Swim for Adults & Teens, and Red Cross Swim Adapted programs.
Prerequisites: 15 years of age+ Bronze Cross or Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard | Completion of each preceding part. Important: To achieve full certification, registration and successful completion of all four parts is required.