Swimming Lessons

Swim for Life logo Introducing Lifesaving Societies SWIM FOR LIFE! We are switching from Red Cross Swim to the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program starting in January 2023!

 See the announcement here

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The conversation chart is here.   For more information stop by the Front Desk.

More about the Swim for Life Program: 

Red Cross Swim Program - offering until December 2022.

Parent and Tot, Preschool, Swim Kids 1-10. For times and registration go to our online booking system: BV Pool & Rec Centre - Online (

Private Lessons: some sessions are pre-set in a limited capacity.  Call for inquiries.

Whether you’re a parent wishing to enroll your child in swimming lessons, a teen who is interested in becoming a better swimmer, or an athlete wanting to improve your best time BV Pool has the programs for you.  We are proud to offer the Red Cross Water Safety Swimming Program that offers a variety of swimming lessons for beginners to advanced, and babies to seniors.

For in-depth details about each level see: Red Cross Swim Level Guide


Rec Cross Preschool Levels at a glance parented up to age 3, unparented 3-5 years

Starfish - Parented ages 4-14 months

Supervised play. The instructor leads you and your child through songs and games.


Duck/Sea Turtle - Parented ages 15-36 months

Supervised play. The instructor leads you and your child through songs and games.


Sea Otter - UNPARENTED ages 3-5

Orientation to water and facility. assisted entries, chest deep-water activities, floats & glides rhythmic breathing,  assisted 2m swim



Safety rules, unassisted entries, chest deep-water activities, floats & glides rhythmic breathing, 2m swim



Safety rules, unassisted entries, chest deep-water activities, floats & glides rhythmic breathing, distance 5m swim



PFD and Me deep water, rhythmic breathing 10 consecutive times, surface support 10 sec, side glides and kick 1m, distance 10m swim



Kicking Drills, surface support 20 sec, front crawl 7m, continuous swim 10m


Red Cross School Age Swimming Levels - Ages 6+

Swim Kids 1

Orientation to water and facility. Front & back Floats Distance Swim 5m.

Swim Kids 2

Safety rules, unassisted entries, deep-water activities (assisted), side glide and kick 3m (assisted) rhythmic breathing, 10m swim

Swim Kids 3

Surface support 20 sec, sitting dives, front/side glide combinations, front crawl 5m distance 15m swim

Swim Kids 4

Kneeling dives, surface support 45 sec, front crawl 10m, distance swim 25m

Swim Kids 5

Tread water 1 min, stride dive, front and back crawl, intro to whip kick on back, distance swim 50m

Swim Kids 6

Sculling, Front Dives, front and Back crawl, intro to elementary back stroke, distance 75m swim

Swim Kids 7

Choking (partial & complete) eggbeater, front and back crawl, intro whip kick on front, distance 150m swim

Swim Kids 8

Stride dives, rescue breathing, eggbeater 3 mins, surface dives, intro to breaststroke, distance 300m swim

Swim Kids 9

Wise choices and peer influence, self-rescue (ice), shallow dives, distance 400m

Swim Kids 10

Sun smart, sidestroke, surface dives with underwater swim, next steps, strokes, distance 500m swim


Red Cross Swimming Lessons for Teens and Adults

Swimming Basics 1

Want some help in learning the basics of swimming?  Let our Red Cross certified instructors help you get comfortable in the water, both on your front and back.

Swimming Basics 2

Comfortable in the water but want to work more on your technique?  Let our Red Cross certified instructors help you improve your body position, kick, timing, and to help develop strong strokes.

Stroke Development

Not quite ready for Masters, but comfortable swimming several lengths at a time?  Our stroke clinics focus on improving the efficiency and power of your strokes while building endurance and working toward achieving your personal fitness goals.

What's Happening

Hours of Operation and Pool Schedule  


Swimming Lessons, SWIM FOR LIFE - Transition, January 2023.


Fall programs here: BV Pool ActiveNet

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 Winter prorgams 2023 front

Facility Function Report! June 2022.  Check out our facility improvement goals! 


Hiring; Casual Front Desk!   

Lifeguards, Aquatic Supervisors and Program Coordinator


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