Swimming Lessons

In order to align with local programming and lifesaving courses, Banook offers the National Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program. Swim for Life® is a complete learn-to-swim program from introduction to water through to Leadership.


Local facilities, such as the Zatzman Sportsplex and the Canada Games Centre, have been successfully operating within the Swim for Life program for many years. 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.

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

Summer Details

Banook offers two sessions of swimming lessons each summer. Each session runs Monday-Thursday for three weeks.

We offer the following lessons:

  • Swimmer 1-6
  • Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star)

To register, you will receive an email with a link to enter our waitlist. The waitlist will open approximately two weeks prior to each session. Places will be limited and offered on a first come, first served basis. Lesson schedules will be released the week prior to the start of each session.


  • 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. 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.
  • Due to continued registration, the numbers of participants and lesson class sizes change frequently. For this reason, the swim lesson schedule will not be available until the week prior to the start of each session.
Swim Lessons


Please note: Unfortunately, the Bronze Award (Star, Medallion, Cross) courses will not be running at Banook during Summer 2022. We are facing a shortage of instructors and instructor training opportunities which has restricted us from offering this program in-house.

However, Bronze Award courses run frequently at pools across HRM.

To see courses near you

  1. Visit https://www.halifax.ca/parks-recreation/programs-activities/program-registration
  2. Navigate to “Search for Programs”
  3. In the “Program name” field, type “Bronze” and then click Search

If you have any questions about enrolling in the Bronze Award program, email [email protected]