Swimming Lessons

New info for Summer 2017

Swimming at BanookSWIM LESSONS

Banook has a long history of offering Red Cross Swim Kids program to its membership during the summer months.  In order to align better with local programming and lifesaving courses, Banook will change to the National Lifeguarding Society’s Swim for Life program starting this summer.  Swim for Life® is a complete learn-to-swim program from introduction to water through to Leadership. 

Program content is stroke and skill driven: entries and exits; surface support; underwater skills; Swim to Survive® skills; movement / swimming skills; fitness, and Water Smart® education. A fun program with achievable content is enjoyable for both participants and instructors.

For these reasons, the Dartmouth Sportsplex and the Canada Games Centre have recently changed their programming to Swim to Survive.  Another important advantage is that this program aligns with the National Lifeguarding programming such as Bronze Cross and Bronze Medallion, which are the cornerstones to lifeguarding.

Swim for Life consists of numerous levels for both preschool (3-5 yrs) to school aged children (5+ yrs) and beyond.  Once the levels are completed they lead seamlessly into the Rookie, ranger and Star Patrol program for kids 11-13 and then to Bronze Star and above.  Our qualified instructors will assess the appropriate levels for your child at the beginning of the session.  

Banook offers two sessions of swimming lessons every summer. Each class runs Monday-Thursday for the first three weeks of each month at just $35 per session! Sign up when you renew or buy a club membership;  classes  fill up quickly each summer!


Finally Banook is also offering a bronze medallion/cross course to its membership. These certifications are pre-requisites to obtain full lifeguarding qualifications. The course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principals embodied in the four components of the water-rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Candidates learn tows, carries, rescues and first aid including rescue breathing and obstructed airway. Candidates also develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. The bronze awards require participants to be 13 years of age and have completed an emergency first aid course such as the Saint John babysitting course. In addition to life-long skills, these qualifications enables teens to apply for lifeguarding jobs.

A fully qualified instructor will offers the bronze medallion course over a weekend (2 days) in July (timing to be determined by participant availability) and bronze Cross in August (timing to be determined by participant availability).  Each course is offered at only $100 plus manuals.


  • Banook aims to align our swim programming around the paddling schedule to enable children to participate in all club activities. We will make every reasonable effort to resolve conflict between swim programming and paddling where it occurs.
  • Swim lessons are organized on a first come, first serve basis after June 15. Lessons offered will be based on family registrations completed in the spring. We reserve the right to NOT OFFER certain levels, if the need is not there. We are a small club with limited resources and may not be able to offer all levels in one or both sessions. We encourage you to register your children for lessons AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION or BEFORE June 15.

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