Learn to Swim
The Town of Oakville offers the Lifesaving Society (LSS) Swim for Life program in all of its pools. If your child has not taken lessons for more than a year or you are unsure as to which level they should be registered in, please bring your child to either a leisure or combo swim for an assessment.
Children must be the required age indicated for the level by the program start date. Children who are 5 years-old do not need to complete all preschool levels before moving to the Swimmer programs. Children who have completed the Preschool E and who are 5 years-old should enrol in Swim for Life Level 2.
Leadership Courses and Re-certifications
Open the Aquatic Leadership Ladder pdf (40 kB) for an overview of the training required to become an instructor or lifeguard. Links are provided to take you directly to the online registration system for program details.
Re-certification courses include Bronze Cross Re-Certification (ages 14+), Standard First Aid and CPR C/AED Re-certification (ages 14+), and NLS Re-certification (ages 16+).
Please note: Proof of original awards (award card) must be shown to the examiner at the time of the re-certification. Please ensure you have your cards. Failure to provide this verification will prevent testing.
The following are not prerequisites but are courses offered to help participants develop their leadership skills.
Do you want to complete your volunteer hours in a pool environment? Then Aquatics volunteer preparation – Pool Pals is the training for you. Due to the specialized nature of this setting, this training must be completed prior to volunteering at any Town of Oakville pool. Topics covered include techniques to help in a class setting and child development. Must be 13 years old and hold Bronze Medallion.
Get ready for leadership courses Lifesaving Fitness (ages 13-16)! Focus on speed, endurance, and flexibility as you work towards achieving bronze, silver, and gold awards in a variety of skill items. Includes 25-metre sprints, 200-metre timed swims, tows, and treading water with a 10-lb. brick.
Pre Bronze Skill Session (ages 13+) is for swimmers who have completed either Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion, or are in Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross and are looking for extra practice on their water skills. Focuses on timed swims, lifesaving kicks, rescue techniques, and spinal rollovers. Candidates work in pairs and on their own. Prerequisite: Bronze Star.
If you have completed Bronze Cross and are waiting to take your National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certification, Pre N.L.S. (ages 14+) will reinforce the water rescue skills learned in Bronze Cross and introduce new skills that will be part of the NLS program. You'll work in pairs and on your own. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross.
Following is information about a selection of specialty Aquatics programs. For more information, click on a link, browse the Parks, Recreation and Culture program guide or online registration system.
Family Swim Lessons
Family Swim Lessons is an opportunity for the whole family to participate in lessons during the same time block. All swimmers under 5 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian who will remain as support during the program – the supporting adult does not pay the instructional fee. The lesson will be 45 minutes in length followed by a 15-minute recreational swim time for families to have fun in the water.
Water-based exercises add both support and resistance to your workout, which can help reduce pain and impact on your joints, improve flexibility and boost results. Some skill prerequisites may apply.
The Town of Oakville offers an introductory program to be taken before a full scuba certification course. Participants ages 8-11 years in the Discover Scuba Diving – Child (ages 8-14) must be accompanied by an adult registered in the Discover Scuba Diving – Youth/Adult (ages 15+) program. Participants can either bring their own mask, snorkel and fins or rent equipment at the pool for $10 per person.
Adapted Aquatics/Aquadapt (ages 3+) is swimming lessons for children with disabilities. The ratio is one child to one instructor.
The Junior Lifeguard Club (ages 8-15) meets weekly throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Members work to develop and improve their aquatic skills with emphasis on: swimming, lifesaving, leadership, teamwork, community education, competition, and personal fitness.
Parent and Tot CPR (ages 18+) is a two-hour clinic at Glen Abbey Pool. This is not a certification course, however if you are looking for more training, we can direct you to the proper courses.
Women Only Swimming Lessons (ages 13+) are appropriate for non-swimmers and beginners, and are taught by qualified female instructors. We will help you build water confidence and learn basic swimming techniques.
Dive Ontario’s Learn-to-Dive program is nationally recognized. Classes are taught by Canadian Amateur Diving Association qualified instructors. Participants (ages 5-12) must have completed Lifesaving Swimmer 4 and be deep water safe. New to diving? Begin with Springboard Diving – CADA Level 1
Synchronized Swimming programs are for participants who want to learn progressive skills, figures and routines; as well as develop muscle control, self-confidence and grace. Various courses are offered for children (ages 7-13), youth (ages 13-18), and adults (ages 18+). Some prerequisites and additional costs (for select programs) apply.
I Love Water Polo – Level 1 (ages 8-12) is a recreational learn-to-play skill development program that teaches the fundamental skills required to truly enjoy the game. Participants must be able to swim 25 metres and be comfortable in deep water.
I Love Water Polo – Level 2/3 (ages 8-12) continues development and introduces new skills. Participants must have completed Level 1.
Swim to Survive
Swim to Survive is a Lifesaving Society program that teaches participants the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Classes are provided as part of the Grade 3 curriculum and available for home schooled children ages 5-13.
Home School Swim to Survive
A combination of recreational swim time and instructional time for children and youth ages 5–13 who are home schooled. The course dedicates 45 minutes to the Swim to Survive curriculum and 15 minutes to a supervised recreational swim. Participants may be registered as individuals or an organized group. Check availability and register online.
Swim to Survive program for Grade 3 students
If you are a principal or teacher from either the Halton District or Halton Catholic District School Boards interested in the Swim to Survive program, please contact Lesley Franklin at 905-815-5975.
Employment opportunities in Aquatics
The town hires various staff, such as aquatic instructors and lifeguards, for summer programs, part-time day, evening and weekend hours. Please click on a position below to view detailed job descriptions and requirements.
For more information about current opportunities, application deadlines, etc. please visit the employment page.
Aquatic Fitness Instructor (pdf, 19 kB)
Assistant Instructor (pdf, 24 kB)
Assistant Life Guard (pdf, 22 kB)
Cashier - Aquatics (pdf, 21 kB)
Clerical Support - Aquatics (pdf, 14 kB)
Head Instructor - Aquatics (pdf, 21 kB)
Instructor - Specialized Instructor Junior Aquatics (pdf, 21 kB)
Lifeguard (pdf, 21 kB)
Maintenance Handyperson - Aquatics (pdf, 21 kB)
Maintenance Labourer - Aquatics (pdf, 20 kB)
Master Instructor - Aquatics (pdf, 22 kB)
Master Instructor - Leadership (pdf, 23 kB)