Aquatics Programs & Certifications

Experience our aquatic programs for all ages and levels, including learn-to-swim lessons, certifications, and fitness classes.


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Fall Program Details

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There are no aquatics classes on the following dates due to statutory holidays and reading week:

  • October 9, 10 & 11
  • November 6 - 12
Youth Programs
Parent & Tot Swim Lessons

The Parent and Tot Program structures in-water interaction between parent and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Designed for ages 4 months to 3 years.

Preschool (Levels 1 to 5)

The Lifesaving Society Preschool program gives children a head start on learning to swim. In our five basic aquatic progressions, we work to ensure 3 to 5-year-olds become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills.

Swimabilities (Levels 1 to 4)

This community-based, leveled swimming program is geared for youth ages 3 to 16, with special needs, who need additional support to achieve their beginning swimmer goals and to increase their safety, independence, and enjoyment in and around the water.

Swimmer Program (Levels 1 to 6)

The Swimmer program ensures children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Progressions accommodate 6 to 12-year-olds including beginners and swimmers who want to build on the basics.

Adult Programs
Adult Swimmer (45 min)

Perfect for beginners who may be just starting out or swimmers who just want help with their strokes. Participants set their own goals to develop water confidence and smooth recognizable strokes. For ages 13 and up.

CREF Student Swim Lessons

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Fitness Swimmer

Suitable for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water. Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach based on accepted training principles and practices including interval training. For ages 13 and up.

Lifesaving Society's Swim Patrol

Lifesaving Society's Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for those who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim.

Private Lessons
Private / Semi-private Lessons

Instructors will work one-on-one with participants on swimming skills they want to improve on. These sessions are suitable for children (8+) or adults who want to improve on a particular area of swimming.

Certifications
Aquatic Certifications

Become a lifeguard, an instructor, or just recertify to keep your professional skills up to date. We offer Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard & AEC, and Swim for Life/CPR Instructor.

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If COVID-19 public health measures impact in-person programs, we will deliver courses virtually wherever possible.


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Youth Programs (Registration Opens Aug 3)

Aquatics programs available for registration: Parent & Tot Swim Lessons, Swimabilities, PreSchool, and Swimmer 1-6. Visit www.activityreg.ualberta.ca to register.

Dates, Days & Times Code Location Cost*
Parent & Tot Swim Lessons
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
2:20 to 2:50 PM 
13001 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:55 to 11:25 AM
13015 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Preschool Level 1
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
1:45 to 2:15 PM
12997 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:20 to 10:50 AM
13010 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Preschool Level 2
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
1:45 to 2:15 PM
12998 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:20 to 10:50 AM
13011 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Preschool Level 3
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
1:45 to 2:15 PM
12999 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:20 to 10:50 AM
13012 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Preschool Level 4
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
1:45 to 2:15 PM
13000 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:20 to 10:50 AM
13013 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Preschool Level 5
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
2:20 to 2:50 PM
13002 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:55 to 11:25 AM
13014 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimabilities 1
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
12:45 to 1:30 PM
13026 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimabilities 2
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
1:30 to 2:15 PM
13027 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimabilities 3 & 4
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
2:15 to 3:15 PM
13028 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 1
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
1:10 to 1:40 PM
12993 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:55 to 11:25 AM
13016 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 2
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
1:10 to 1:40 PM
12994 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
10:55 to 11:25 AM
13017 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 3
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
12:55 to 1:40 PM
12995 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
13021 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 4
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
12:55 to 1:40 PM
12996 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
13022 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 5
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
12:20 to 1:05 PM
12989 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
13023 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Swimmer 6
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
12:20 to 1:05 PM
12990 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
13024 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $64.00
Lifesaving Sport Club (Ages 8 to 15)
Saturdays, Sep 18 to Dec 4 
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
13308 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $160.00

Adult Programs (Registration Opens Aug 23)

Aquatics programs available for registration: Adult Swimmer, CREF Student Lessons, Fitness Swimmer, and Lifesaving Society's Swim Patrol. Visit www.activityreg.ualberta.ca to register.

Dates, Days & Times Code Location Cost*
Adult Swimmer 1 (45 min)
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
12985 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
9:30 to 10:15 AM
13005 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Adult Swimmer 2 (45 min)
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
12986 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
9:30 to 10:15 AM
13006 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Adult Swimmer 3 (45 min)
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
12987 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
9:30 to 10:15 AM
13007 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
CREF Student Swim Lessons
Tuesdays, Oct 12 to Nov 2
3:30 to 4:15 PM
13117 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Tuesdays, Oct 12 to Nov 2
3:30 to 4:15 PM
13118 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Tuesdays, Oct 12 to Nov 2
4:15 to 5:00 PM
13119 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Tuesdays, Oct 12 to Nov 2
4:15 to 5:00 PM
13120 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Thursdays, Oct 14 to Nov 4
3:30 to 4:15 PM
13121 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Thursdays, Oct 14 to Nov 4
3:30 to 4:15 PM
13122 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Thursdays, Oct 14 to Nov 4
4:15 to 5:00 PM
13123 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Thursdays, Oct 14 to Nov 4
4:15 to 5:00 PM
13124 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $10.00
Fitness Swimmer
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27
11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
12988 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
9:30 to 10:15 AM
13008 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $72.00
Public $80.00
Lifesaving Society's Swim Patrol
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28
12:45 to 1:45 PM
13025 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Public $68.00

Private Swim Lessons (Registration Opens Aug 23)

Aquatics programs available for registration: Private / semi-private swim lessons. Visit www.activityreg.ualberta.ca to register.

Dates, Days & Times Code Location Cost*
Private/Semi-Private Lessons
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
12:20 to 12:50 PM
12991 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
12:20 to 12:50 PM
12992 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
2:20 to 2:50 PM
13003 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00
Saturdays, Sep 25 to Nov 27 
2:20 to 2:50 PM
13004 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28 
12:20 to 12:50 PM
13029 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00
Sundays, Sep 26 to Nov 28 
12:20 to 12:50 PM
13030 Van Vliet Complex 1-260 East Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00

Certifications (Registration Opens August 23)

Aquatics Certification programs available for registration: LS AEC & NL Award - Pool, LS AEC & NL Award - Pool Recertification, and LS Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross. Visit www.activityreg.ualberta.ca to register.

Dates, Days & Times Code Location Cost*
LS AEC & NL Award - Pool
Saturday/Sunday
Sep 11 to 26
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
12515 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student/Staff $364.50
Public $405.00
Saturday/Sunday
Oct 23 to Nov 7
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
12516 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student/Staff $364.50
Public $405.00
LS AEC & NL Recertification
Sunday, Oct 17 
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
12517 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student $85.50
Public $95.00
Sunday, Nov 21 
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
12518 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student $85.50
Public $95.00
Sunday, Dec 5 
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
12519 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student $85.50
Public $95.00
LS Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross
Sunday, Sep 26 to Nov 28
1:00 to 5:00 PM
13031 Van Vliet Complex 1-550 West Pool Student $224.00
Public $252.00

*Student: U of A student currently enrolled in an academic program at the U of A and has paid the Athletic and Recreation Fee. Staff: U of A Staff (full-time, part-time, faculty, and support staff). Member: Applies to the following membership types Van Vliet Complex, Saville Community Sports Centre.