Junior Blues Swim Preschool

Program Information

Red Cross Preschool levels are for children aged 3 - 5 years.  Children who are registered in the incorrect level (i.e. have not completed the previous level) will be removed from the class for safety reasons. We will attempt to transfer them into the correct level if space permits.


Height requirement:  Children must be a minimum of 37 inches tall and 3 years old by the registration date for all preschool classes that take place in the teach pool.  

Red Cross Preschool Levels: 

Sea Turtle
This entry-level class develops early skills such as submerging, front and back floats and glides. Preschoolers participate independently of their parents at this level. This class is taught in the teach pool (height requirement: 37 inches) or 25yd pool on a tot dock.

Sea Otter
Children learn and refine assisted floats and progress towards an unassisted front glide. Children should be comfortable fully submerging their heads underwater and blowing bubbles before beginning Sea Otter. This class is taught in the teach pool or 25yd pool on a tot dock.

Preschoolers use games and songs to learn new skills, including unassisted floats and glides. Participants are introduced to deep water and learn to jump into deep water. This class is taught in the teach pool or 25yd pool on a tot dock.

This class is taught in shallow and deep water in the 50m or 25 yd pool. Assisted by an instructor, preschoolers work on stroke and skill development. Swimmers also learn proper judgment in, on and around the water as well as entries and floats in deep water.

Preschoolers progress to independent glides and kicking in deep water. Endurance is built through increasing distance for front and back swims. This class is combined with Whale. This class is taught in the 50m pool or 25yd pool.

Children learn to swim independently in deep water and participate in team games. Preschoolers increase their distance and improve skills with front and back swims. This class is combined with Crocodile. This class is taught in the 50m pool or 25yd pool.

Prerequisites and transferring from other Swim Lessons

As the program develops from the skills learned in the previous level, it is critical to be able to complete all skills and learning in a level in order to complete the level and move on. Performance criteria required for each skill need to be met on 3 separate occasions.

Swimmers who have not completed skills have the opportunity to continue to work on achieving the necessary progression step by registering in the level an additional time until their skills are strong enough to enter the next level. Your child will achieve physical developmental milestones at his or her own rate. It is important to look at the successes achieved during each lesson set, knowing that taking a level again offers the opportunity to improve on the skills that are the building blocks for success at the next level.

Transferring from City of Toronto or YMCA swim levels into Red Cross? Moving from Red Cross Swim Preschool to Swim Kids? Make sure you register in the correct level by using these tables.

Frequently Asked Questions - Junior Blues Swim Kids

What general information do I need to know?

  • Parents/Guardians must escort their children to and from the pool and to the washrooms during class time.
  • Children must shower and should use the washrooms and blow their nose before the start of class.
  • Participants should meet their instructor on the pool deck.
  • Health regulations prohibit street shoes, food, drink, and glass containers on the pool deck.
  • Red Cross progress cards, badges/stickers are included. For continuous evaluation please bring progress cards prepared by the previous instructor parent conference week.
  • In the designated parent conference week, classes will end 5 minutes early to give parents the opportunity to speak with the instructors about their child’s progress. Please give your instructor your past Red Cross Progress Booklet during this time.

How do I enter the facility?
Swimming classes are held in the Varsity (50m) pool, the teach pool, and the Benson (25yd) pool. At the Athletic Centre, in order to enter through the main doors you must have a GREEN facility access pass. Please ensure that you leave enough time prior to the start of class to pick up your pass on the first day if you would like to enter through the main turnstiles.

All Aquatics programs and participants at Athletic Centre: Remember that if you leave the premises for any reason and wish to re-enter thorough the main turnstiles you will need to show your green access pass every time. Again, please ensure that you leave sufficient time to anticipate lineups at the Main Office if you require a replacement pass.

What should my child wear and bring

  • Bathing suit and towel.
  • Long hair should be tied back.
  • Goggles are permitted but not required.
  • Children who are not toilet trained need to be wearing a swim diaper to prevent any solid matter from entering the pool. Please inform the instructor immediately if your child does have an accident in the pool.
  • Children who are cold in the water may wear a thermal bathing suit or tightly-fitted undershirt to help stay warm.
  • No outdoor shoes or strollers are permitted on deck.

Can classes be observed?
We find that children excel more in the class and have a better focus when parents are not directly by the pool/lesson.

Parents & guardians may view their child’s lesson from a designated on-deck seating area.  All parents/guardians in the on-deck viewing area must adhere to the Ministry of Health Regulations for Swimming Pools. Thank-you for your understanding.

What is the ratio of swimmers to instructors?
Swim Preschool: 1:4

Locations and Change Rooms

The swimming pool location for your child's lesson (50m, 25yd or Teach Pool) is indicated on your receipt.

What change rooms can I use before coming to the pool?

Children five and under may use either change room with adult supervision. Children six and over must use gender specific or privacy change rooms. All children under 12 must be supervised by adults in change rooms.

The family change room is located across from the 50m Varsity Pool office. We also have a gender-neutral change stall located outside the 25 yd/Benson pool.