Swimming Lessons

Recreation Services has modified their swim lessons guidelines at the Vernon Aquatic Centre to align with Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.  These guidelines are intended to increase participation levels while minimizing the risk that COVID-19 poses to the health of its employees and to the public.  For the month of August, parent participation will still be required for most swim levels.  This will allow staff who are not fully vaccinated to remain physically distant until the instructor feels safe allowing participants into their personal space.  Equipment can now be shared between students.  Instructor to student ratios will increase as space allows.

Here are some things to consider before you come, and during your visit:

  • Do not come to the pool if you are sick or feel unwell.

  • Swimming lesson participants are encouraged to arrive no more than fifteen (15) minutes before your swim class.

  • Pool entry and exit is either through the main entrance or the viewing area using the club changerooms.  Lockers are now available for 25 cents to store belongings.

  • Everyone must have a cleansing shower before entering the pool area using soap and water.

  • Do not spit or blow your nose in the water.

  • Respect the personal space of the instructor and other participants.

If you have any questions about our Restart Plan for Step 3, the pool schedule, or swim lessons please call 250-545-6035 ext 0 or email greception@vernon.ca.

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    FAQ’s

    Please read below for some common questions we hear. If there is something we have not covered here we want to hear from you. Email us at greception@vernon.ca and let us know your question(s)!

    I'm registered for a swim lesson, what do I need to know?

    Following the recommendations from both the Canadian Red Cross and the BC Lifesaving Society, we have adapted our swimming lessons to align with Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact our Recreation Clerks at greception@vernon.ca or 250-545-6035 ext 0. 

    1. If you or your child is sick, you are to stay home and self-isolate up to 10 days until symptom free.
    2. All families are required to fill out an informed consent form prior to the first lesson.  This form is required to be filled out at the time of registration. 
    3. Parent participation in the water is required to ensure the child is safe in the water and reduces the contact with the instructor.  
    4. All families are required to have a cleansing shower before and after using the facility.
    5. Masks are no longer required but are still recommended in the lobby and changerooms for people who are not fully vaccinated.  Face coverings are not permitted in the water.
    6. The instructors will be following the Red Cross Swim Preschool and Red Cross Swim Kids Progressions, and an evaluation of the swimmers progress will be provided at the end of the lesson set.  Each swimmer/parent pair may be at different abilities at the same time.  Be patient, work with your child, and have fun.  The more the parent/caregiver can participate and have fun in the water, the quicker your child will progress. 
    My child usually swims with an instructor, why does a parent/caregiver need to attend?

    All Preschool and Swim Kids levels 1-3 are parented.  Parent participation in the water is required to ensure the child is safe in the water and reduces the contact with the instructor.  

    I have two kids registered in lessons, how many parents/caregivers are required?

    We require each child registered to attend with one parent/caregiver.  If you have registered two children, you are required to have two parents/caregivers available and participating during the swim lesson.

    My child woke up sick; what should I do? My child will be missing one day of the lessons, do you need to know?

    Please inform the aquatic staff as soon as you know  your child will not be attending a day of the lesson set, if for reason other than sickness.

    Please keep children at home if they are sick or any family members are sick. Those who have symptoms of a cold, flu, or with any coughing / sneezing, or family members within their household who are sick or self-isolating, will not be permitted to attend. 

    The Health and Safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority. During this unprecedented time, if you can't attend lessons due to sickness of the child or a family member, we will withdraw your child from the lessons. If we withdraw your child due to illness, they will not be permitted to return to lessons for fourteen days, potentially affecting other lessons. We would appreciate being given as much notice as possible if you need to withdraw your child so that we can plan our programs appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter. Please contact the Recreation Centre 250-545-6035 (ext. 0) (be sure to include your child’s name and the swimming lessons they are in).

    Do we need to wear masks to the pool?

    At this time, we do not require masks. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we encourage you to wear one. If you need to speak directly with a staff person we ask that you maintain the recommended physical distancing.  Any type of face covering is not allowed in the water due to a risk of asphyxia.

    Can I sit and watch my child's swimming lesson?

    Yes, the viewing area will once again be re-opened for public use.

    Will my child receive a swim progress card at the end of the lesson set?

    Yes. The instructors will be following the Red Cross Swim Preschool and Red Cross Swim Kids Progressions, and an evaluation of the swimmer’s progress will be provided at the end of the lesson set.  Each swimmer/parent pair may be at different abilities at the same time.  Be patient, work with your child, and have fun.  The more the parent/caregiver can participate and have fun in the water, the quicker your child will progress.

    How do I know what swim level my child is?

    If your child has previously taken swimming lessons, please refer to your last report card as to what level your child should be registered into next.  If you haven't taken lessons before, or can't find your old report card, please call the Recreation Clerks at the front desk at 250-545-6035 ext. 0 to set up a free swim assessment with one of our friendly lifeguards.

    We request that you don't register your child solely based on age as they may end up in a level beyond their ability in the pool.

    Are there any private swimming lessons available at this time?

    We currently have very few private swim lesson time slots available due to pool space and instructor availability among our COVID-19 modifications.  We have a Private Lesson Interest List available each season where interested participants are called when private lesson time slots become available.

    If private lesson time slots are available, the maximum number of participants is 3 participants per booking, except all 3 participants must be a similar ability.  All additional participants in a semi-private costs $5.00 per additional participant.