As of January 1, 2023, Carleton University will transition from Red Cross Water Safety to the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program.

The Canadian Red Cross is ending its Water Safety Learn to Swim programs in order to focus on surging humanitarian demands in other areas – such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and caregiving for seniors.

Carleton University has been offering Red Cross Swim Lessons since 1974, and will continue to deliver the best quality swim lessons possible.

The Swim for Life® program is a comprehensive swim instruction program that focuses on the acquisition and development of fundamental swim strokes and skills for learners of all ages and abilities. It is accessible, flexible, success-oriented and fun. The Swim for Life® programs flows seamlessly into the Canadian Swim Patrol program and then into the Society’s lifesaving training awards.

The Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® includes:

  • Parent & Tot program levels: 4 months – 3 years old
  • Preschool program levels: 3 – 5 years old
  • Swimmer program levels: 5 – 12 years old

The Swimmer program get kids ready for the Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star), Junior Lifeguard Club, and Lifesaving levels such as Bronze Star & Bronze Medallion.

Many of our swim instructors already have experience teaching Lifesaving Swim programs, and our Red Cross instructors are working on getting certified as LS Swim instructors.

This conversion chart and information on our website will assist parents to select the most appropriate Swim for Life/Canadian Swim Patrol program for their young swimmers. We will continue to offer Power Swimming programs and our Private/Semi-Private swim lesson offerings will not change.

Registration for the Winter launch of the Lifesaving Swim for Life® program will open on Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 PM.

Your patience and understanding are appreciated as our Welcome Centre Staff and Swim Instructors become more familiar with the Swim for Life® program.

Monday, December 12, 2022 in ,
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