Aquatics Instruction

Register for Aquatics Instruction

Our aquatics instruction courses will take you from a basic level of swimming strokes through to intermediate proficiency, stroke mechanics and beyond!

  • NOTE: Absolute Beginner classes will not be offered at this time due to Covid measures. Please read class descriptions below for any applicable prerequisites.

Programs & Schedules 

Register for Specific Aquatics Programs Below: 


Athletic Centre (55 Harbord St., Toronto) - 25 Yard Pool

Basic Swim - Level II

  • Prerequisite = Completion of Adult Swim 1 - Absolute Beginner OR participants must be able to swim 15 metres on their front with face submerged and 15 metres on their back. Participants must also be able to complete a distance swim of 15 to 30 metres.

  • Participants are taught front crawl, back crawl, treading water, and deep water skills when ready

  • Participants can sign up for Monday and/ or Tuesday classes 
  • For Monday class (Oct 18-Dec 6) - Register Here!
  • For Tuesday class (Oct 12-Nov 30) - Register Here!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7-7:45 p.m.            
  7:30-8:15 p.m.          


Intermediate Swim Level III

  • Swimmers practice front crawl and back crawl and learn breast stroke, elementary back stroke and side stroke
  • Register Here!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
  8:15-9 p.m.          

Stroke Mechanics Level IV

  • Classes focus on improving stroke technique in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke
  • Participants can sign up for Monday and/ or Tuesday classes 
  • For Monday class (Oct 18-Dec 6)  - Register Here!
  • For Tuesday class (Oct 12-Nov 30) - Register Here!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:45-8:30 p.m.            
  8:15-9 p.m.          

Swim Training Level V

  • Participants are coached through a series of workouts. Workout distances average from 1 to 3.5 kilometres and accommodate a range of abilities. This program is also offered on a pay-as-you basis and during exam periods
  • Register Here!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8-9:30 p.m.            

Other Information


In line with recommendations from public health authorities, participants must be fully vaccinated – 2 doses +14 days - by September 22, 2021 and complete a pre-visit screening form on the day of your visit before using our facilities.  The pre-screening tool will be available online and printed copies will also available at check-in if you do not have access to the online form. Please be ready to present your completed form (digital/mobile or print copy) when you check-in.

Please read the latest update on our safety protocols.

In an attempt to keep the environment safe, positive and enjoyable for all our patrons we would like you to follow our pool etiquette guidelines. Obey the lifeguards and staff at all times.

Pool Emergencies: When you hear one long whistle blast please exit the pool immediately at the closest side. One long whistle blast is a signal for a pool clear which is used at the end of swims and also in emergencies and therefore it is extremely important that patrons exit as quickly as possible.

Lane Speed and Direction

  • Please select a lane appropriate to your own speed. If you are continually passing others or being passed please move to a different lane. You may be asked to move for your own safety and the safety of other patrons.
  • Remember that lane speed is relative. You may be a fast lane swimmer one day and a medium lane swimmer the next.
  • Be aware of all your surroundings and other swimmers at all times.
  • Follow the swim pattern as outlined here and on lane signs.


  • Passing should occur only at the ends of the lane.
  • If you must pass mid lap do so only if you have a clear and safe path.
  • If someone is attempting to pass you please allow them to do so.
  • Please do not pass or swim in a manner that is aggressive or dangerous to other patrons, or that may block their way.
  • Do not hit or clip other patrons to encourage them to get out of your way; wait until it is safe and then pass. Ask the lifeguard if you require assistance.


  • Flip turn carefully towards the centre of the wall; do not flip turn if the wall is particularly crowded.


  • Avoid hanging off of lane ropes as this causes them to loosen and break.

Swim Start Times

  • Read the swim schedule carefully and register for a time slot.
  • Registered program participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of their program. No change room access will be permitted (except for lane swim participants). 
  • Be mindful of your scheduled time in the facility. Please ensure you enter and leave the facility within your allotted time to allow our staff to sanitize between usage periods for all users. Your allotted time includes time at your programmed activity and prompt use of showers and changerooms.

Water Jogging

  • Water jogging is only permitted in the slow lane.

Ontario Health Regulations and Pool Rules

  • Please shower with soap and warm water before swimming.
  • There is no food other than water permitted on deck.
  • Outdoor shoes are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • Please do not spit in the pools. Water and spit fountains are available on both pool decks.
  • Diving is not permitted in the North end of the 50m pool or the shallow end of the 25 yard pool.
  • The use of starting blocks is not permitted during recreational swim.
  • Please do not chew gum in the pool or the pool area.
  • Listen to the lifeguards at all times.

Please note: If you encounter problems with another patron please inform a lifeguard of the problem rather than confronting the problem yourself.

If you have a medical condition, notify the lifeguard or swim with someone who is knowledgeable about your condition. Swimming when ill with diarrhea can contaminate the pool water. Those who have experienced diarrhea should not swim until symptoms have cleared.

No glass is permitted on the pool deck, in change rooms or in the pool gallery.