Why Swim at the Y?
The YMCA Swim Program is a values-based, water-activity program for children ages 6 months up to and including adults. At the Y, we focus on helping people develop. Each swimmer is challenged to grow and improve while the levels are a tool to help parents understand progress on different items. Children are challenged and not limited to completing a level before being introduced to new skills.
- What are Continuous Swim Lessons?Continuous swim lessons provide Classic and Premium members the convenience to register once in a time slot that fits their schedule. This one time registration is made in the program, not level, that meets both your child’s age and ability. Continuous swim lessons are on-going as long as your child’s membership remains active. Your registration will only end if you choose to move to a different time slot, cancel or put your membership on hold or miss 3 classes in a row without informing the Y.
- Age Limitations and ExceptionsChildren must be of the correct age for a swim lesson program at the time of registration. Exceptions to ages will not be made. If your child is not of the correct age you may register them on or after they have their birthday.
- How to RegisterRegistration in Continuous Swim Lessons is limited to Classic and Premium Y members only. Basic members may upgrade their membership in person prior to registering for swim lessons. Non-members must purchase a Y Classic or Premium membership by visiting the Y in person before registering for swim lessons.
Participation in Lil Dipper 1, Teen and Adult Lessons does not require registration but is limited to Classic and Premium Y members only.
Registration is on-going. Registration will be taken over the phone by calling 250-386-7511 or in person.
- Missed Swim Lessons - Members' Responsibility to Inform
At the Y we understand that families are busy, children get sick and lessons will be missed. Members are responsible for communicating absences by using our NEW Online Form or by contacting Member Services ahead of time if your child will miss three, or more, classes in a row. We do not require notification of absences for single lessons. If you do not inform the Y your child will be withdrawn from their continuous swim lesson.
- My Child's Progress and Progress CardsAll levels within a program are offered within each time slot. Once your child has completed all of the skills in a level they can start to work on the skills in the next level right away.
All swim lesson progress cards are available online. Progress cards will be posted in the evening on the day of your child’s swim lesson at the end of each season. To view your child’s swim lesson progress card you will need their customer number. To retrieve their customer number please call 250-386-7511 or visit the Membership Services desk. To view your child’s swim lesson progress card click here.
- Swim Lesson Seasons, Breaks and HolidaysSwimming lessons will continue to run throughout each season of the year with the following breaks: end of school year, end of summer break, mid-fall, Christmas holidays and March/Spring break (specific dates will be posted prior to each break). Lessons continue through the summer following the same schedules. Swim lessons will run on the weekend of statutory holidays but are cancelled on the statutory holiday (typically Monday).
Please note the Fall Season of swim lessons is currently running until December 15th, 2019. There are two swim lessons breaks in the Fall Season, October 28th-November 3rd and December 16th-January 5th. After the second break, lessons will resume with the Winter Season on Monday January 6th, 2020.
Swim Lesson Programs
Currently in Red Cross swim lessons; please review the Red Cross and YMCA Conversion Chart
Lil Dipper 1
The Lil Dipper 1 program is for children ages 6 months – 5 years. This non-registered parent participation program includes Splasher and Bubbler levels.
*Maximum one child per adult
Lil Dipper 2 NEW - Register Online
The Lil Dipper 2 program is for children ages 3 – 5 years. This registered program includes Bobber, Floater, Glider, Diver, Surfer and Dipper levels. Lil Dipper 2 programs do not require parent participation. Should your child need support from a parent please participate in Lil Dipper 1 until they are comfortable without a parent.
Learn to Swim and Stars 1-4 NEW - Register Online
The Learn To Swim & Stars 1-4 programs are for children ages 6 years and older. The Learn to Swim program includes Otter, Seal, Dolphin and Swimmer. The Star Program includes Star 1, Star 2, Star 3 and Star 4.
Teen Star 1-4
The Teen Star 1-4 program is for teens ages 13 years and older who want to continue with their swimming lessons in a formalized setting with their peers. Teens must have successfully completed Swimmer level or equivalent.
Star Leadership NEW - Register Online
The Star Leadership program begins after completion of Star 4. The Star Leadership Program includes Star 5, Star 6 and Star 7.
Aquatic Leader in Training
The Aquatic Leader in Training program offers a unique aquatic alternative for kids who really love the water! This program keeps kids interested and active in aquatics – especially quick learners and those caught between levels or programs. Learn about lifesaving, lifeguarding and first aid while improving swimming skills in a fun environment. A great way to learn about a future career. Prerequisite – 9 years old and Star 1 swimming ability.
Advanced Aquatics Programs
They Y offers Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross programs. Please visit the Leadership and Learning page.
Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons NEW - Register Online
These lessons are for current Classic and Premium members and start the 1st week of each continuous swim lesson season.
- Private and Semi-Private lessons are registered, are continuous for the duration of the season, and are non-refundable.
- Payment is required at time of registration.
- Make up lessons are not provided and classes cannot be re-scheduled.
- Members are responsible for ensuring there is a 2nd member present for semi-private lessons and both members must be within the same swimming ability.
Registration for each private/semi private lesson season opens Wednesday at 8 a.m. the week before the regular swim lesson season starts. Registration can occur once the season has started – fees will be pro-rated.
- Registration starts Wednesday September 11th, 2019 8 a.m.
- Season runs September 16th to December 15th , 2019
Swim to Survive – School Program
Acquisition of basic swimming ability is a fundamental requirement in any meaningful attempt to eliminate drowning in Canada. All Canadian children deserve the chance to learn basic swimming skills. The Swim to Survive Standard is:
- Roll Into Deep Water – to orientate oneself at the surface after an unexpected entry
- Tread Water for 1 Minute – to support oneself at the surface to locate nearest point of safety
- Swim 50 Metres – to be able to swim to the closest point of safety
The Vancouver Island Y was able to offer Swim to Survive to over 100 Grade 3 children. This Program is made possible with funding from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
Further information regarding Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities can be found at http://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/en.html
Further information regarding Swim to Survive can be found at http://www.lifesaving.bc.ca/level/swim-survive
Click here to view Aquatic Admission Criteria
Lanes available for swimming for ages 10+.
Open swimming available for all ages in our lane pool. Pool is shared with lane swim at these times. No toys allowed.
Bring the whole family and join us in our beach entry leisure pool where some of the water features will be in action! No water slides or waves during family swim.
Geared for infants and toddlers have some fun in our beach entry leisure pool! Some water features will be available during Kids Splash times.
Open swimming available in our beach entry leisure pool. Check schedule description for availability of water features, waves and water slides. These features may not available during all open swim times.
Bring the whole family to swim in our warm therapy pool. The depth is set to 3ft/0.6m a perfect depth for all ages!
Geared for infants and toddlers have some fun in our warm water therapy pool. Depth will be set to 1ft/0.3m.
Everyone is welcome for swimming in our warm therapy pool. The perfect place to bring your family for some fun, relax or have a gentle water workout. Depth at 3ft or 4ft, check schedule for details.
Therapy Pool Closed
The therapy pool is scheduled for specific depths. The pool will be closed to move the floor throughout the day. Check the schedule to avoid arriving at a time when the pool is closed.