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NOTICE: Community Services is currently transitioning to a new software program, at this time online registration is unavailable. Registration will be available over the phone with a VISA/MasterCard, or in person at Community Services or
the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre.

Swim Lessons

Drowning is the second most common cause of death among young Canadians. Most of these incidents are preventable. In 1999 (most current statistics), 24 toddlers (aged 1-4yrs.) drowned. 4 of these toddlers were supervised by minors, 9 were supervised by adults and 11 were alone. In 1999, 68% of boaters who drowned were not wearing life jackets, and 80% of all victims were male. Adult supervision of all children in and around the water is vital, and enrolling your child in water safety classes is an important part of their safety.

*Children 7 and under are NO LONGER PERMITTED in the Pool without a parent (or responsible person 16 years of age or older) in the water with them before, during and after swim lessons

At the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre, we maintain our high quality of instruction in a number of ways. Our Instructors make written lesson plans every day for each class. They incorporate daily goals for each child and are trained to adapt drills and activities to improve each individual’s strokes.

Red Cross Swim Preschool (3 – 5 years old)
Minimum 4, Maximum 6 per class
Instructors use creativity, imagination and enthusiasm to help your child learn to love swimming and to begin to build a solid foundation of how to stay safe in, on and around water.  When these swimmers turn 6, they join the Swim Kids level that best suits their ability. All Preschool classes are 30 minutes. In order of level, the classes are:

1. Sea Otter      2. Salamander      3. Sunfish      4. Crocodile      5. Whale

Red Cross Swim Kids (6+ years)
Children are taught to swim in logical, progressive steps. Initially they work on breath control and body positioning. Next a propulsive kick is introduced and then a strong effective arm stroke. Front crawl and back crawl are the focus of the first 5 levels. Elementary backstroke and breaststroke are introduced and perfected in the later levels, while students continue to build their front crawl and back crawl endurance. Upon completion of Level 10, students are able to swim 20 lengths with ease.
Level 1-6=30 minutes
Level 7-10=45 minutes

Private Lessons
If you or your child needs to focus on one or two skills, why not try a private lesson?  They can be scheduled on any week-day.  If you prefer a different time, drop by our front desk or call us at 250-782-7946, and we’ll arrange something to fit your schedule.  (Maximum of 2 swimmers of similar level per lesson).  Payment is due at time of booking.
Youth: $30.00/30 minutes (non-taxable)
Adult or Senior: $30.00/30 minutes (taxable)

Adult Beginner Lessons
Prerequisite: The courage and determination to try (and 16 yrs+)
Have you always wanted to learn how to swim. Sign up for our adult beginner class – our instructor will teach you the basics in swimming techniques.

Parent & Tot
Relax and socialize with other parents while learning swimming skills relevant to you and your child. All tots not 100% toilet trained must wear little swimmers. As long as we have a minimum number of 6 people registered, we will be able to offer drop in. 

Baby Tug & Kick
Made for parents with babies between 6-12 months; baby sits in a floatable seat which parents use as resistance in addition to other equipment. A great cardio and strength workout! 

Swim Lesson Flyer – Winter 2018

Fitness Classes

The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre offers a wide variety of Fitness Classes at varying intensity levels. Choose from the standard Drop in Water Fit classes (no registration required) or one of our many Specialty Fitness Classes. 

Water Walking – Gentle Intensity *Register Only
Takes place in the warmer Leisure Pool. This class is an excellent introduction to the water for those with arthritis, joint issues or for anyone with mobility concerns. This class takes place in the Leisure Pool and is a great starting point for aquatic exercise. One of the goals of this class is to develop range of motion on multiple joints. If you need assistance in the water, due to medical reasons, please bring someone to help you (an aide). The aide does not pay to attend. Please view our Refund, Transfer, Credit Refund Policy below.                                                                                                                               
*Encana Corporation Sponsorship – subsidy may be available for this class – applications can be picked up at the pool.

Deep Water Lite – Moderate to High Intensity
*Flex Option or Drop In Option available for this class.
Wearing a floatation belt, this gives you the opportunity to work your core and all your other muscles! Get the benefits of cardio as well as increased flexibility. This class is a little more intense than a Hydrofit class. Please view our Refund, Transfer, Credit Refund Policy below.

Deep Water Mix – High Intensity
*Flex Option or Drop In Option available for this class.

This is an intense deep water class that includes many different workouts while using the water and equipment to work the entire body for extreme cardio, strength and endurance gains.

Water Running – High Intensity
*Flex Option or Drop In Option available for this class.

Running with no impact; an excellent conditioning program for those wanting to increase strength, stamina and running endurance. You will also work the upper body at the same time. We have added an abdominal component for a fantastic cross training!

Attention High School Students:  To graduate, students have to show proof of physical activity; engaging in and recording at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity in each of Grades 10-12.  Enroll in our leadership or fitness programs today and begin contributing to your health and education! 

Fitness Flyer – Winter 2018

Climbing Wall Classes

We offer a variety of programs for everyone, age 4 years and older including Learn to Climb classes, Climbing Clubs (child, teen, ladies), Drop In Climb, Movement Classes and tryout sessions good for the family! See below for Climbing Wall information.

Belay Class – Ages 12+
This 1.75hr course will teach you basic climbing skills in a safe and controlled environment. You will learn to properly and safely put on your harness, tie the “double figure 8 knot” learn “checks and calls”, and learn to belay someone, which allows you to come to Drop In (belay checks are FREE!). Class runs Mondays. Bring a pair of indoor / gym shoes or rent a pair of climbing shoes from us. Everyone under the age of 19 must have their parent or legal guardian sign a waiver before they can climb.
Note: We need a minimum of 2 registrants or we may have to cancel the class, so register early! 

Orientation to Climbing Sessions – Ages 4+
Have you been wanting to try the wall? Let our friendly staff help you with your first climbing experience-we’ll take care of all the technical stuff while you climb! Feel a sense of adventure and accomplishment as you move and explore the wall. Class runs Sundays. If you can make it to the top, try and grab the chicken!  Please bring a pair of indoor/gym shoes or rent a pair from us! Register early – space is limited!
Sessions run Fridays and Saturdays. Everyone under the age of 19 must have their parent or legal guardian sign a waiver before they can climb.

Climbing Wall Flyer – Winter 2018
Climbing Wall Classes- Winter 2018

Advanced Courses

You could work for us…if you have a current NL, Standard First Aid, CPR C, WSI, CGI 1.  Call us today!

How to become a lifeguard/instructor:
Step 1 – Bronze Medallion (must be Age 13+ or have Bronze Star)
Step 2 – Bronze Cross
Step 3 – NL/SFA/CPR C
Step 4 – Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Please keep in mind that all of the following courses are offered when there is sufficient interest to fill the classes. If you are interested, please call the pool and your name will be placed on a interest list if it is not being currently offered. All courses require a minimum number of participants to run.

All courses listed below are 100% mandatory attendance. There may be pre-course assignments, so register a minimum of 1 week in advance.

Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross Combo Course
Bronze Medallion Pre-requisites: 13 years or completion of Bronze Star
This is the first step in becoming a lifeguard! In Bronze Medallion, candidates will learn the four components to water rescues – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Candidates learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims. In Bronze Cross, participants will continue to challenge themselves with further advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in an aquatic facility. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinals and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies. Development of stroke endurance and fitness training skills is an important part and will help candidates perform a timed swim.

National Lifeguard Certification (NL) – Pool Option Course.
Pre-requisites: 16 years and completion of Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid and Level C CPR (current within 6 months). 
National Lifeguard Training develops the basic lifeguarding skills to adapt to different pool facilities and situations. You will be trained in injury prevention, public relations, safety, supervision, teamwork, rescues and first aids. Candidates should expect 6-10 hours of homework in addition to class time. 100% attendance is required. Pick up candidate workbook and manual prior to course as workbook is due on first day of class.

NL (Pool Option) Precert/Recert
Pre-requisites: NL Certification – must show at start of class (issued within 7 years) and CPR-C (current within 1 year).
NL award-holders are recertified by completing an NL Precert/Recert clinic. The Precert acts as an opportunity for review and allows the candidates to become familiar with the evaluation standards. The Recert acts as the actual evaluation segment.  

Lifesaving Instructor (LSI)
Pre-requisites: 16 years and Bronze Cross (not current).
 Lifesaving Instructors are trained to teach and evaluate Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Distinction. Candidates are introduced to basic learning approaches and teaching strategies and apply them to teaching water rescue, first aid, and other lifesaving skills. Instructor candidates also learn about long-range and short-term planning, class management, safety supervision and the principles of evaluation. This introductory instructor level is the base for most Lifesaving Society instructor certifications.  

Lifesaving First Aid Instructor
Pre-requisites: 18 years by the end of course, Standard First Aid/CPR-C and Lifesaving Society AED Responder course recommended.
At the end of the course, candidates will be able to teach and evaluate CPR Level A,B,C, CPR-HCP, Emergency and SFA, AED Responder, AED Provider, Oxygen Therapy and AEC (must hold a current LSI or NL certification). Must complete a pre-course assignment and required apprenticeship within 3 years of the completion of the FAI course. 

Standard First Aid with CPR-C
Pre-requisites: 12 years of age
Comprehensive training covering all aspects of first aid and CPR. Whether you need training for employment or simply want to be prepared to respond to a life threatening emergency, this course will give you the skills and knowledge to act with confidence. Taught by a certified Lifesaving or Red Cross first aid instructor using practical hands-on training, you will learn to recognize and treat injuries including head and spinal, soft tissue, facial, abdominal and chest, burns, bones and joints, and other common medical emergencies.

Automatic External Defribrilator 
Pre-requisites: Current CPR or first aid certification in order to take the AED-R course.
The Lifesaving AED Responder course builds on the skills and knowledge learned in CPR and first aid courses. It provides knowledge of how the heart works, what goes wrong when defribrillation is required and teaches when and how to safely operate an AED. 

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)
Pre-requisites:15 years of age, Ability to perform Red Cross Swim Kids Level 10 strokes, and hold one of the following certifications (need not be current): Red Cross Assistant Lifeguard, and Emergency First Aid or equivalent. It is recommended to register for the WSI Stroke Evaluation if taking this course. 
This course prepares candidates to instruct the Red Cross Swim Programs (Swim Preschool, Swim Kids, Swim @ School, and Swim @ Camp). Candidates focus on strategies to introduce and develop fitness activities, skills and water safety.

Pool Operator 1
Registration is through RFABC. For course dates and times (click on Courses) .

Pool Operator 2
Registration is through RFABC. For course dates and times (click on Courses) .

Attention High School Students: To graduate, students have to show proof of physical activity; engaging in and recording at least 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity in each of Grades 10-12. Enroll in our leadership programs today and begin contributing to your health and education!

Stroke Improvement Skills Clinics
Struggling with a specific stroke? Interested in improving your skills? Please give us a call and we’ll add your name to an interest list.