School-aged Lessons (5 to 12 years)
The City of Port Coquitlam features the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program for children five years of age to twelve. This ten-level progressive program combines Swimming Skills, Water Safety, and Fitness Activities into each lesson. This means that program participants will not only master all stroke components, but also learn life skills to stay fit and be safe in and around an aquatic environment. To register, visit portcoquitlam.ca/register or contact our customer service team at 604.927.7529.
Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick, shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5 meters. They also develop comfort in deep water with a PFD. Age: 5–12
Swimmers increase their flutter kick distance (front, back, side), work on front and back crawl, and are introduced to interval training. Age: 5–12.
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl, whip kick is introduced on back, and participants continue to work on safety in deep water. Age: 5–12
Swimmers continue to develop front and back crawl (25m), whip kick on front and breaststroke arms are introduced, and participants will tread water for 1 minute. Age: 5–12
Swimmers perform front and back crawl for 50m, learn breaststroke and eggbeater, and will tread water for 90 seconds. Age: 5–12
Swimmers work on front and back crawl (100m), breaststroke (50m), scissor kick (15m) and will be able to swim 300m continuously. Age: 5–12
Swimmer 7 (Rookie)
This is the first level of the Canadian Swim Patrol. Features stroke development, fitness (endurance swims), self-rescue, assessment of a conscious injured patient requiring EMS, treatment of bleeding, and throwing assist rescues. Age: 8–12
Swimmer 8 (Ranger)
This is the second level of the Canadian Swim Patrol. Features stroke development and personal fitness, assessment of an unconscious breathing patient requiring EMS, treatment of choking and an introduction to in-water rescue techniques. Age: 8–12
Swimmer 9 (Star)
This is the third level of the Canadian Swim Patrol. Features continuous stroke development and personal fitness, rescue of an unconscious breathing patient in the water, treatment of respiratory distress (such as asthma and allergic reactions), and treatment of fractures. Age: 8–12