Swim For Life

Did you know? The Canadian Red Cross is winding down swimming lessons and lifeguard programs to focus on surging humanitarian demands in other areas.

What does this mean for you? As a result, Ladysmith Parks, Recreation & Culture is transitioning from the Canadian Red Cross Swim program to the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program in January 2023.

Swim for Life is a complete learn-to-swim program from Parent & Tot through to Leadership.  The program is endorsed by the International Life Saving Federation and the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society.


Swim for Life Program Modules

There are five modules in the Swim for Life program:

  • Parent & Tot for parents and children up to 3 years of age
  • Preshool for children 4-5 years
  • Swimmer for children 5 years and older
  • Adult Swimmer for people over 16 years
  • Fitness Swimmer for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness.

The Society designed the modules to flow together seamlessly and logically into one another and into the basic lifesaving awards: Rookie, Ranger and Star Patrol

If your child previously participated in Red Cross Swim swimming lessons, please see the lesson conversion chart to discover your child’s new swimming lesson level.
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Frequently Asked Questions - Swim Programs Transition

  • Why is the Town transitioning to now offering Lifesaving Society swim programs?

  • What is the benefit of the Lifesaving Society swim programs?

  • When is this change happening?

  • How do I know what level to enroll my child in?

  • Where can I sign my child up for swim lessons?

  • How can I be hired as a Lifesaving Society swim instructor for the Town?

interested in becoming a lifeguard/swim instructor?

Check out these Advanced Aquatics courses coming up at Ladysmith Parks, Recreation and Culture!

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 Junior Lifeguard Club  Junior Lifeguard Camp  Junior Lifeguard Club
 Lifesaving Swim Instructor Course  Bronze Medallion  Bronze Medallion
 Emergency & Standard First Aid / CPR C  Bronze Cross  National Lifeguard Recert
   Standard First Aid CPR C Recert  National Lifeguard Pool Option
     Emergency & Standard First Aid / CPR C