Lifesaving Society Programs

BGC Durham, alongside others across Canada, is in the process of switching over our swimming lessons to the program offered by the Lifesaving Society, called Swim for Life. We are making this change because our current swimming lesson program is offered by Red Cross, who have made the decision to wind down their swimming program to focus on more humanitarian efforts.

Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills while emphasizing water safety to ensure children are water smart before they get in too deep.
While we are not planning on switching over until Fall 2022, we wanted to keep you as informed as possible so you know what to expect:

  • Swim for Life is a completely different program with different expectations at each level and we will be doing everything we can to make sure that when it is time to make the switch, you will able to register for the correct level based on your current skills.
  • Those attending swimming lessons this spring can expect a sticker or note on their report card indicating which Red Cross swim level they should register for next (if they are planning on attending swimming lessons at BGC Durham this summer) AND which Lifesaving Society swim level they should register for next (if they are planning on attending swimming lessons at BGC Durham in the fall or later).
  • Those attending swimming lessons this summer can expect a sticker or note on their report card indicating which Lifesaving Society swim level they should register for.
  • Over the summer we will be working hard on getting everything ready to make the transition as seamless as possible. We will be releasing information before registration opens for fall lessons that provide further details on what will be offered and a chart that will help you navigate which level to register for.

We are excited for all of the new options the Lifesaving Society program will open up for us including multiple swim levels for parent and tot, preschool, regular swim program, and adults, and a fitness swim program.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for these changes.

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