You are welcome to register for swimming lessons at any time over the summer. At $35 per session it is so economical that even if your child can only attend a portion of the session it is worth it! Come to the Swim Dock any weekday morning between 9:00 and 10:00 am and register with our Head Swim Instructor Tess.
Session 1: July 1 – July 19
Session 2: July 22–Aug 9 (lots of spots available in all classes including Fit and Fun and Private/Semi-Private.)
Red Cross Swim Preschool Programs:
Pre-School Levels 1 and 2
This program is for children 3-6 years of age.
Lessons are designed to be fun, using lots of songs, games, and themes. Basic swimming skills and age-specific water safety are taught at the Swim Beach.
Red Cross Swim Kids Programs
This program is for children 5 years of age and older. It is a 10-level program designed to help swimmers develop the five main swimming strokes—front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, breast stroke, and sidestroke—and supports learning how to be safe in, on, and around the water. The program also increases fitness and endurance through enjoyable activities. Levels 1-3 are taught at the Swim Beach. Levels 4-10 are taught at the Swim Dock.
Lifesaving Society Programs
Bronze Star - This course is the pre-Bronze Medallion training and is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Candidates develop problem solving and decision-making skills as individuals and with partners. This course includes CPR level A.
*Canadian Swim Patrol is recommended, but not required.
Bronze Medallion- This course teaches an understanding of lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education (judgment, knowledge, skills and fitness) in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk and complexity. This course includes CPR Level A. *To register for this course you must have your Bronze Star AND/OR be 13 years old by the last day of the course.
Bronze Cross- This course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced lifesaving training, including an introduction into safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite award for most advanced training programs. This course includes CPR level C. *To register for this course you must have your Bronze Medallion.
Fees and Session Dates for the 2019 Season
Standard Group Lessons for Preschool 1/2 to Level 10
Three-week session at a fee of $35.00 per session; lessons are ½ hour daily. Two sessions available per summer
Students may be registered for both sessions on registration day.
To register for any lessons, swimmers must be at least 3 years old
For Levels 1-10, students must be at least 5 years old * no exceptions
Private and semi-private lessons for Red Cross Swim Kids Level PreSchool 1/2 to Level 10 will also be available upon request, time permitting. Lessons are ½ hour. The fee for private lessons is $60.00 per week and for semi-private lessons (maximum two students at the same level), $45.00 per week. We will make every effort to accommodate your request, but there are no guarantees.
Lifesaving Society Programs
Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross, in one six week session from July 1 - Aug 9.
Lesson length varies from ½ hour for Bronze Star, to 1 hour for Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.
The fees are as follows:
Bronze Star - $80.00
Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross - $170.00.
Bronze-level lifesaving classes may have additional fees of between $10 and $50, depending on level and need for textbooks. These fees will be paid directly to instructors when due.
Fit and Fun – Three-week session at a fee of $35.00 per session; lessons are ½ hour daily. Two sessions available per summer. Fit and Fun is geared toward kids who have achieved Level 10 and who want to keep swimming and improving their strokes but who are not interested in or eligible for the Bronze programs.
In an effort to reduce the chaos of Registration Day, please note the following procedure:
To start, you should bring/know:
your copy of VB Club membership form (memberships available on-site; wristbands will NOT be accepted as proof of VB Club membership)
medical insurance numbers for each registrant
cash or chequebook
relevant medical conditions of each registrant (asthma, allergies, etc)
expected date of arrival/departure (see below)
your own pen or pencil (highly recommended)
STEP 1/AREA 1 – Choose Your Classes
Pick up a registration form and a swim program policy statement from the first table as you enter, or from an instructor outside if you arrive early.
Check out the big program schedule poster to find your preferred classes.
Please read the policy document THOROUGHLY, then complete and sign your registration form.
STEP 2/AREA 2– Buy a membership, if you haven’t already got one.
STEP 3/AREA 3 – Get Signed Up
There will be several lines in this area, each ending in an instructor, who will assign students to classes. Just pick the shortest line and keep an eye on the master list of classes as spots are filled in.
STEP 4/AREA 4 –Payment/Fee Calculation
Pay by cash or cheque (payable to the Victoria Beach Club).
If possible, please use line-up time to complete your cheques.
*As usual, we will do our best to have the various areas well labeled, but we rely on our experienced VBers to help anyone looking overwhelmed. Thank you in advance.
*Please note that persons in default of payment from last year will not be allowed to register this year until their accounts are cleared by cash payment.
*Again, we are asking you to “know” your expected date of departure. Too often we have found that suddenly a child will greet the instructor with “Today is my last day!”. Of course the instructor, not having known this, has not prepared a progress report, and is unable to complete one while teaching that day’s lesson. The child is disappointed. We hope that asking for this date in advance will eliminate this problem. The date is not intended to be binding. You are free to change your mind, though we will still require two or three days notice if you decide to leave earlier than your stated date.
*If you cannot attend Registration Day, our Head Swim Instructor will be available for swimming registrations and the purchase of VB Club Memberships daily at the Swim Dock from 9:00-10:00 am (at the Clubhouse if it is raining). The above fees apply. The base rate for Red Cross Swim Kids is $35.00 for three weeks or any part thereof. Please ensure that you have your copy of the VB Club membership form and medical insurance numbers and either cash or cheque payment.
*Looking forward to seeing you on Swim Registration Day, Sunday, June 30th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm @ the Clubhouse.