Swimming Lessons


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 with local programming and lifesaving courses, Banook offers the National Lifeguarding Society’s Swim for Life program.  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 now offer the Swim to Survive program.  Another important advantage is that this program aligns with the National Lifeguarding programming such as Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross, 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.  

For more information, please refer to the Swim for Life program at-a-glace, provided by the Lifesaving Society.

Summer 2018 Details

Banook offers two sessions of swimming lessons this summer. Each class runs Monday-Thursday for the first three weeks of each month at just $40 per session!

  • Swim Kids level 1 to 10 (Session 1, July 3 – 20)
  • Swim Kids level 1 to 10 (Session 2, July 30 – August 17)

Sign up when you renew or buy a club membership;  classes  fill up quickly each summer!



There are no prerequisites for the Bronze Star program. Participants will learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Successful completion requires a 400m timed swim.

Banook also offers bronze medallion and bronze cross courses to its membership. These courses teach 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.

In order to participate in the Bronze Medallion program, participants must be 13 years of age or older, or have a Bronze Star certification. For the Bronze Cross, participants must have successfully completed their Bronze Medallion and have completed an Emergency First Aid course, such as the St. John Ambulance Babysitting Course.

Bronze Star
Date: July 9-13th for two hours each afternoon
Time: TBA (we will confirm a time once paddling and swimming schedules are confirmed)

Bronze Medallion
Cost: $150
Date: July 14-15th
Time: 9am to 5pm

Bronze Cross
Date: August 18-19th
Time: 9am to 5pm

Check out the Lifesaving Society‘s webpages for more information about the Bronze Medallion, Bronze Star, and Bronze Cross Program


  • 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.
  • Due to continued registration, numbers of participants and lesson class sizes change frequently. For this reason, the swim lesson schedule will not be available until opening day.

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Just a reminder of placing your singlet order if you need one by tomorrow morning. If you plan on sharing one, this will not work well for crew boats if you are in the same boat and will not work for war canoe.

ADCKC/CKC regulations require those who are 11 years old as of January 1st, 2018 and older to wear a designated club singlet. You will need one for the U13/U15 Championships August 23-25. http://adckc.ca/Regattas/Regatta-Schedule/

All those UNDER 11 years old DO NOT need a Banook singlet but must wear a red t-shirt at regattas. If you are under 11 and still want one then please do order one.

For the next month while you wait for your singlet, please wear a red t-shirt to regattas if you do not have the singlet pictured below as we have permission from ADCKC. There are no exceptions at National events, you must wear one of these when racing.

Banook has a few of these, but I don’t think we have enough for everyone. This year we are not going to make a large expensive order and end up not having enough of the right size and many of the wrong sizes. We are asking you to go onto this google document link and enter your name, phone number and put a big “X” in the square matching the size of the singlet your child requires.


Please keep in mind it is NOT a requirement for U11’s to wear singlets, they can wear a red T-shirt on their competitions days. If you are under 11 and still want one then please do order one.

Prices: Youth $42 and Women/Men $44. Please make payments to the Banook office. It will take 4 weeks from the time we place the order.

We are in a bit of a time crunch for you to purchase one of these singlets and need you to enter this data by tomorrow, July 16th at 1200. After this we will assume you already have one or do not need one. If your athlete is unsure of what size they require then please see me or Tiaro in the office and they can try on the different sizes we do have tomorrow morning.

Coaches will be following up with the athletes on Monday to remind everyone to enter their information if a singlet is needed.

As always if you have any questions please come see me or Tiaro in the Banook Office or send us an email.

Thank you,

Stephen Pottie
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