SwimAbilities


SwimAbilities             News and Updates


Are you a SwimAbilities Instructor or would you like to become one?  Click here.


(up to date as of November 15, 2017)

  • Every child who does not yet fit into regular lessons is welcome in SwimAbilities, regardless of whether or not they have a diagnosis.

What is SwimAbilities?

This community-based, leveled swimming program is geared for children ages 3 to 16, with special needs, who need additional support to achieve their beginning swimmer goals and to increase their safety, independence, and enjoyment in and around the water.  

Our goal is to have all  children, regardless of their individual needs, swimming as independently and safely as possible!


SwimAbilities Locations

Edmonton

MacEwan University Sport and Wellness Centre

Classes will run at the MacEwan University pool on Saturday afternoons.

Winter SwimAbilities Schedule: Saturdays – begins January 13, 2018 (No classes January 20, February 10 and February 17).

Date and Time: January 13 – March 24, 2018
 MacEwan University
Saturdays:
12: 30 pm – 1:15 pm
SwimAbilities 1
93874 · $60
SwimAbilities 2
93875 · $60
Saturdays:
1:15 pm – 2 pm
SwimAbilities 3
93876 · $60
SwimAbilities 4
93877 · $60
University Of Alberta Aquatic Centre

Classes will run at the University of Alberta swimming pool on Sunday afternoons, and registration will be online, or families can register by phone at 780-492-2231.

Fall SwimAbilities Schedule: Sundays – begins October 1.  Registration opens August 1.

Date and Time: Oct 1 – Dec 3, 2017
 University of Alberta
 Sundays:
1 pm – 1:45 pm
SwimAbilities 1

37365 · $50

 Sundays:
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
SwimAbilities 2

37366 · $50

 Sundays:
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
SwimAbilities 3 and SwimAbilities 4 (combined)

37368 · $50

 

Calgary

Repsol Sport Centre

Registration is accepted online and in person at the Customer Service desk.

For Questions:

email: swimlessons@repsolsport.com

Phone: 403-355-1286

Winter SwimAbilities Schedule: Wednesdays and *NEW* Saturdays

Date and Time  Repsol Sport Centre
Wednesdays: 

January 10 –  March 21, 2018

5:30 pm-6:15pm

11 lessons

SwimAbilities 1

  • Course ID# 5663 $82.50 member; $93.50 non-member
Wednesdays:

January 10 –  March 21, 2018

6:15 pm-7:00pm

11 lessons

SwimAbilities 2

  • Course ID# 5789 $82.50 member; $93.50 non-member
NEW: Saturdays:

January 13 – March 24, 2018

12:15 pm-1:00pm

10 lessons

SwimAbilities 2

  • Course ID# 5913 $75 member; $85 non-member
Village Square

SwimAbilities Classes will run on Monday evenings in Calgary at Village Square. 

For Registration or Questions: Please call 403-268-3800 ext. 1

Winter SwimAbilities Schedule: Mondays, January 22 – March 19, 2018

Date and Time:   Village Square
Mondays:   January 22 – March 19

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

SwimAbilities 1

10675 · $60

Mondays:   January 22 – March 19
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
SwimAbilities 2

10678 · $60

Mondays:   January 22 – March 19
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SwimAbilities 3

10682 · $60

Claresholm

A Teaching SwimAbilities course was offered in Claresholm in the spring of 2016.  Please contact Claresholm Aquatic Centre directly for information regarding their swimming programs for children with special needs.

Wetaskiwin

The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness

Classes will run on Saturday mornings, and registration will be online, or families can register by phone at (780) 361-4454.

Winter SwimAbilities Schedule: Saturdays – begins January 13 (no lessons Feb 17).

Date and Time: January 13- March 17, 2018
 The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness
 Saturdays:
10 am – 10:45 am
SwimAbilities 1

$55

 Saturdays:
10:45 am – 11:30 am
SwimAbilities 2

$55

 Saturdays:
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
SwimAbilities 3 and SwimAbilities 4 (combined)

$55

Others

Communities who would like to offer SwimAbilities would need to have a certified swimming instructor take a Teaching SwimAbilities course run through Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories Affiliates.

Please contact Laura Gilligan, Lifesaving Society SwimAbilities Expert Advisor, or the Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories directly if you have further questions.


Deciding On A Level

If you don’t yet know which level to put your child in, a general rule of thumb when deciding on a level is to choose the one where the child will be most successful, yet still challenged to improve their skills.  A very quick and basic way to decide is the following:

  • Can your child swim 15 meters or more on their front and back with no life jacket or floaties?  If they aren’t yet, see the next bullet.  If they are, SwimAbilities may not be able to meet your child’s needs.  See Deciding On A Level page and click alternative options.
  • Can your child swim 3 meters on their front and their back with no life jacket or floaties? If they aren’t yet, see the next bullet.  If they are, SwimAbilities Level 4 could meet their swimming needs.
  • Can your child float on their front and on their back, and swim one meter with no lifejacket or floaties? If they aren’t yet, see the next bullet.  If they are, SwimAbilities Level 3 could meet their swimming needs.
  • Is your child comfortable in the water and able to go under water either with minimal help, or all by themselves? If they aren’t yet, see the next bullet.  If they are, SwimAbilities Level 2 could meet their swimming needs.
  • Great news!  SwimAbilities Level 1 is just right for children who are not yet comfortable in the water, or not yet going under water.

FAQs

Our Frequently Asked Questions Page provides the answers to many more questions about SwimAbilities including information about who would benefit, families or aides in the water, swimming levels, and instructors.

Topics include:

What is SwimAbilities?

Who is it for?

Who would benefit?

Does SwimAbilities work?

Does someone have to be in the water with my child?

Is SwimAbilities grouped by skill level?

Who teaches the classes?

Who can I contact if I have any questions?


Questions?

Please contact Laura Gilligan, Lifesaving Society SwimAbilities Expert Advisor, if you have questions about SwimAbilities , or Lifesaving Society Alberta & Northwest Territories for further information on SwimAbilities, running SwimAbilities  at your facility, or running a Teaching SwimAbilities course at your facility.