Red Cross Swim Preschool Programs

Updates and notices

June 16, 2020

Strathcona County indoor recreation facilities remain CLOSED, targeted re-opening dates listed below.

Strathcona County is taking a phased approach to re-opening recreation and culture facilities. Residents can expect the delivery of County-run services to look different upon re-opening. The safety of our guests and staff remains our top priority.

Please note: re-opening dates listed below are targets and may be subject to change.

  • Millennium Cards continue to be suspended with no payments being taken. Cardholders will be notified before payments resume.
  • Fees and admission rates for re-opening are being reviewed, more information to come.
  • Strathcona Wilderness Centre – campsites and fire pits to open June 19, Lodge and Info Centre to open July 7 to 15.
  • Wellness centres, racquet courts, and fitness tracks – to open July 7 to 15.
  • Indoor fields and dry-surface spaces – to open July 7 to 15
  • Halls at Ardrossan Recreation Complex and Moyer Recreation Centre – to open July 7 to 15
  • Arenas – phased re-opening starting the week of July 7
    • Sherwood Park Arena, Sherwood Park Sports Centre, Glen Allan Recreation Complex – July 7 to 15
    • Millennium Place – August 4 to 7
    • Ardrossan Recreation Complex – mid August
    • Strathcona Olympiette Centre – late August
    • Moyer Recreation Centre – mid September
    • Broadmoor Arena – TBA
  • Festival Place – accepting September rental bookings starting July 15.
  • Public meeting spaces – to open July 7 to 15.
  • Emerald Hills Leisure Centre – to open July 15 to 22.
  • Kinsmen Leisure Centre – to open mid August
  • Pool at Millennium Place – to open early November (due to in progress revitalization project).
  • Indoor playgrounds, youth lounges, and child minding – remain closed (listed in Stage 3 of the province’s relaunch plan.)

More information including guidelines for guests and precautions taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be available prior to re-opening. Learn more about Strathcona County’s response to COVID-19.

Red Cross Swim Preschool is an eight-level stand-alone program for four-month to six-year-old children that allows swimmers to enter various levels based on age and ability. Each level is engaging and fun for students, with lots of songs, games, and activities.

What level should I register my child in for the new Swim Kids program? 

Starfish

4 - 12 months of age, able to hold their head up, and participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted).Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits.

Duck

12 - 24 months of ageparticipating with a parent or caregiver (assisted). Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits. 

Sea Turtle

24-36 months of age, participating with a parent or caregiver (assisted). Toddlers and their caregivers work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim. This program focuses on the transition from parented lessons to unparented lessons, through activities designed to help children become accustomed to working directly with their instructors. 

Sea Otter

3 - 5 years. Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level. This is the first unparented program in the Red Cross Swim Preschool Programs. 

Salamander

3 - 5 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Sea Otter. Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion 

Sunfish

3 - 6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Salamander. Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5 metres continuously. 

Crocodile

3 - 6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Sunfish. Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously. 

Whale 

3 - 6 years, successful completion of the skills in Red Cross Preschool Crocodile. Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.

Is your child over 5 years old? 

The transition between Swim Preschool and Swim Kids is very flexible. Children can transition to Swim Kids if they are five-years-old, regardless of what level they have completed in Swim Preschool. If you would really like to finish all eight Swim Preschool programs, you can still continue even if your child turns five-years-old.

Questions?
Phone: 780-464-2112
Email: swimming@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Friday, March 13, 2020
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