Swimming lessons

Children, teens and adults can register for swimming lessons offered by the City with the goal of learning the swimming skills needed to safely enjoy the water.

Registration | Winter 2023 Session

NEW

The ''Société de sauvetage'' ''Nager pour la vie'' program replaces Red Cross swimming lessons. It teaches children, teens and adults the swimming skills needed to enjoy the water safely. See the Swimming classes for children and adults tab for full details. 

Registration

Registration is done online on the registration platform. It is important to create an account at least 48 hours before the opening date of registration, if you have not already done so. To create an account and to register, residents must have a valid citizen card. Registration by phone is also possible for people who do not have access to a computer (450-455-3371, option 4).

Registration dates 

Swimming lessons (children and adults), aquatic fitness and Water safety and rescue courses (winter 2023 session)

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion residents: starting December 12, 6 p.m.
  • For all: starting December 14, 9 a.m.

National Lifeguard (fall 2022 session) 

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion residents: starting November 7, 9 a.m.
  • For all: starting November 21, 9 a.m.

Procedure for online registration (in French)

Procedure for creating an account on the registration platform (in French)

Swimming classes for children and adults

Taught by qualified instructors trained in supervision and safety, the Swim for Life program is structured in motivating modules, ensuring progressive learning between each level.

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*Please note that the following levels are not currently offered: Parent-Child 1 (4-12 months) corresponding to Starfish, Parent-Child 2 (1 year) corresponding to Duck.

In order to facilitate the transition to the new program and to ensure continuity for you or your child's aquatic journey, please refer to the information for the appropriate age group in the table below. 

You can also consult the "Decision Aid" (in French) tool for more details on the prerequisites and skills developed for each level.

The schedule for swimming lessons will be available soon.

AQUATIC EQUIVALENCE
Former Red Cross Program Nager pour la Vie by the Société de Sauvetage Prerequisites

PARENT-CHILD 3, PRESCHOOL AND SWIMMER 1

Designed for children ages 2 to 5

Class length: 30 minutes

Cost: $42 (residents) | $58 (non-residents)

 

A parent must accompany the child up to and including the Preschool 3 level.

 

Course description

 

Schedule
(update: December 9, 2022)

If Tortue de mer has been completed,

register in Préscolaire 1

Parent-enfant 3

(2 to 3 years old)

with accompanying parent mandatory

No prerequisites
If Loutre de mer or Salamandr

has been completed,

register in Préscolaire 2

Préscolaire 1

(3 to 5 years old)

with accompanying parent mandatory

Can float on its stomach and on its back with assistance. 
If Poisson lune 

has been completed,

register in Préscolaire 3

Préscolaire 2

(3 to 5 years old)

with accompanying parent mandatory

Can jump into water at chest height, with assistance;

Can float and glide on stomach and back, with assistance;

Can blow bubbles and put face in water, unassisted.

If Crocodile 

has been completed,

register in Préscolaire 4

Préscolaire 3

(3 to 5 years old)

with accompanying parent mandatory

Can jump into water at chest height without assistance;

Can go underwater and exhale underwater 3 times;

Can float on their front and back, wearing a lifejacket, for 3 seconds.

If Baleine 

has been completed,

register in Préscolaire 5

Préscolaire 4

(3 to 5 years old)

Can jump into deep water wearing a life jacket;

Can hold their breath underwater for 3 seconds;

Can float on their front and back for 5 seconds;

Can glide and whip kick on their front and back for 5 m (masters all skills unassisted).

 

Préscolaire 5

(3 to 5 years old)

Can jump in deep water;

Can slide on side 3 m;

Can float on stomach, turn on back, and swim 5 m;

         Alternating front and back kicks 7 m;

5 m belly crawl with life jacket.

If Junior 1 

has been completed,

register in Nageur 2

Nageur 1

(5 to 9 years old)

The child must be of the required age and be a beginner in swimming.

NAGEUR

Designed for children 6 years and older

Length of class: 40 minutes

Cost: $52 (residents) | $72 (non-residents)

 

Course description

 

Schedule
(update: December 9, 2022)

If Junior 2 

has been completed,

register in Nageur 2

Nageur 2

(6 to 14 years old)

Jump into water at chest height without assistance, and into deep water with a life jacket;

Opens eyes, holds breath, and exhales underwater;

Floats, flaps and glides on the surface of the water on their stomach and back.

If Junior 3 a

has been completed,

register in Nageur 3

Nageur 3

(6 to 14 years old)

 

Jump into water at chest height without assistance, and into deep water with a life jacket;

Opens eyes, holds breath, and exhales underwater;

Floats, flaps and glides on the surface of the water on their stomach and back.

If Junior 4 ou 5

has been completed,

register in Nageur 4

Nageur 4

(7 to 14 years old)

Swim on the spot for 30 sec;
Dives from kneeling position
Front somersault into the water;
10 m whip kick on the back;
15 m front crawl and back crawl.

If Junior 6 ou 7

has been completed,

register in Nageur 5

Nageur 5

(7 to 14 years old)

Roll, swim in place 1 min. and swim 50 m;

Dive into deep water;

Swim underwater;

15 m whip kick belly;

Breaststroke with arms and breathing;

Crawl and backstroke for 25 m.

.

If Junior 8 ou 9

has been completed,

register in Nageur 6

Nageur 6

(7 to 14 years old)

Dive to the water's edge and compact jump;

Swim in place with a spinning/scissor kick;

Crawl and backstroke 50m;

Breaststroke 25m;

Sprint 25m.

JEUNE SAUVETEUR

Designed for children ages 8 to 14.

Class length: 60 minutes

Cost: $78 (residents) | $108 (non-residents) 

 

  Becoming a Junior Lifeguard will not only improve your swimming skills, but will also provide you with the basic lifesaving and first aid skills needed to successfully complete Bronze Level courses. The approach is effort-based and allows you to develop your endurance and swimming efficiency while having fun.

 

Course description

If Junior 10 

has been completed,

register in Jeune Sauveteur Initié

Jeune Sauveteur Initié

(8 to 14 years old)

Swim on the spot with the legs only, for 45 sec;

Sprint 25 m breaststroke;

100 m crawl and backstroke;

300 m endurance.

 

Jeune Sauveteur Averti

(8 to 14 years old)

Preferably have passed the Junior Lifeguard level;

Swim on the spot with the help of the legs only, for 45 sec;

Sprint 25 m breaststroke;

100 m crawl and back crawl;

300 m endurance.

 

Jeune Sauveteur Expert

(8 to 14 years old)

Successful completion of the Jeune Sauveteur Averti

NAGEUR ADO / ADULT

Designed for teens (15 years and older) and adults.

Class length: 45 minutes

Cost for residents: $66, $57 (55+) | Cost for non-residents: $88, $79 (55+)

 

Course description

 

Schedule

Essentiel 1 Ado / Adulte 1 Being a beginner
Essentiel 2 Ado / Adulte 2 Swimming easily on the stomach 10 m
Style de nage Ado / Adulte 3 Swim at least 15 m of front crawl and 15 m of back crawl continuously;
Be comfortable swimming in deep water.

 

Aquatic fitness classes

Aquatic Fitness

  • Online registration, starting December 12 at 6 p.m. (residents) and December 14 at 9 a.m. (non-residents)
  • January 9 to March 23
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Class schedule (adults)

Aquafitness
Class given in the shallow end of the pool. Moderate intensity. No swimming skills are required for this class.

Aquaprofond
Class taught in the deep end of the pool. Moderate to high intensity. A flotation belt is provided to help participants stay afloat.

Aquasanté
Class given in the shallow end of the pool. Light to moderate intensity. For a less fit clientele.

Water safety and rescue training

Consult the description of the training offered by the Société de sauvetage.

National Lifeguard

  • Online registration, starting November 7, 6 p.m. (residents) and starting November 21, 9 a.m. (all)
  • Course length: 40 hours + exam
  • Free courses: subsidized by the ministère de l'Éducation
  • Additional fees: Pocket mask and anti-viral valve ($21)
  • Prerequisites: Must be 15 years old at the time of the exam. Must have Bronze Cross and General First Aid certification (16 hours).

The National Lifeguard Certificate allows you to work as a lifeguard from the age of 17. It is valid for a period of  2 years. 

Schedule 

Course Date Time
Course 1 Sunday, December 11 3 to 8:30 p.m.
Course 2 Friday, December 16 5 to 9 p.m.
Course 3 Saturday, December 17 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Course 4 Tuesday, December 27 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Course 5 Wednesday, December 28 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Course 6 Thursday, December 29 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course 7

Friday, December 30 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Examen de certification Friday, December 30 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Bronze Medal

  • Online registration, starting December 12 at 6 p.m. (residents) and December 14 at 9 a.m. (non-residents)
  • Free courses: subsidized by the ministère de l'Éducation
  • Course duration: 22 hours + exam
  • From January 7 to March 25 + Exam on April 8 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
  • On Fridays, from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m.
  • Additional costs: Pocket mask and antiviral filter ($21)
  • Prerequisites: Be 13 years old at the time of the exam and have a swimming level that corresponds to the junior 10 level or pass the admission test.

The Bronze Medal certificate allows you to work as an assistant lifeguard starting at the age of 15. It is valid for 2 years, if used as a work permit, and valid for life to register for the Bronze Cross certificate.

* an absence for more than one class results in an automatic failure

Bronze Cross

  • Online registration, starting December 12 at 6 p.m. (residents) and December 14 at 9 a.m. (non-residents)
  • Free courses: subsidized by the ministère de l'Éducation
  • Course duration: 20 hours + exam
  • From January 13 to March 17 + Exam on March 24 from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • On Fridays, from 6 to 8:15 p.m.
    On Fridays, January 13, 20 and 27, from 6 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Equipment required: Canadian Lifesaving Manual, pocket mask and whistle
  • Prerequisites: Must have Bronze Medal certification and be 13 years of age or older at the time of the exam.

The Bronze Cross certificate allows you to work as an assistant lifeguard around a pool at the age of 15 and on a beach at the age of 16. 

* an absence for more than one class results in an automatic failure

Introduction to scuba diving

Practice basic exercises such as mask emptying, ear balancing, regulator recovery and underwater adaptation.

Winter 2023

  • Online registration starting December 12, 6 p.m. (residents) and December 14, 9 a.m. (for all) 
  • Saturdays, January 14, February 4, February 25, March 11 and April 1, starting at 7 p.m.
  • Cost residents: $35 per session | Cost non-residents: $42 per session
  • Ages 12 and up (children 12 and 13 must be accompanied by an adult)

Fall 2022

  • Online registration
  • Class dates: On Saturday, December 3, 7 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Ages 12 and up (12 and 13 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Residents cost: $35 / class | Non-residents cost: $42 / class

Diving equipment is provided (fins, mask, snorkel, tank, regulator and jacket).

Information

  • The swimming cap is mandatory for all.
  • For safety reasons, children under 6 years of age and those carrying a floating device must be accompanied by a responsible person in the water.

For more information, please contact the Recreation and Culture Department on weekdays at 450-455-3371, option 4, or call 514-477-7000 ext. 856101 (evenings and weekends).

Cancellation and refund

For any change or for a refund request, complete the refund or transfer request form (in French) and send it by email to the Recreation and Culture Department. No refunds will be issued for withdrawals unless a medical certificate or other supporting documentation is provided.

In the case of a cancellation by the City or a justified cancellation request, a credit will be issued to the account in proportion to the service not received. For refund requests by cheque:

  • If the request is sent prior to the start of the event, an administration fee of 10% or $10 (whichever is greater) will be deducted from the amount to be refunded.
  • If the request is sent after the event has begun, the amount of services rendered must be added to the previous calculation on a pro-rata basis.
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