A young swimmer gets set to hoist himself out of the shallow end of the University pool.
  • Spring Programs
    Day Date 
    Saturdays April 18 - June 27
    (no class May 16)
    Sundays

    April 19 - June 28
    (no class May 17)

    Mondays April 13 - June 22
    (no class May 18)
    Tuesdays April 14 - June 16 
    Wednesdays April 15 - June 17
    Thursdays April 16 - June 18
    Fridays April 17 - June 19 
    Summer Programs
    Session Dates: 
      Programs run Mon- Fri
    Session 1 July 6 - July 17
    Session 2 July 20 - July 31

    Session 3
    (Short Week) 

    August 4 - August 14
    (no class August 3) 
    Session 4 August 17 - August 28
  • View of the UM’s six-lane Joyce Fromson pool from the diving board in the pool’s deep end.

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Learn to swim programs

  • ICS swimming lessons

    (Ages 5-13)

    ICS is a dynamic aquatic program in which participants learn to swim better, faster. It promotes participation, fun and success in the water. It is the only program that allows children to learn at their own pace, with rewards at every step of the way. Children will be grouped according to their skill level, so it’s easy to register all of your children at the same time.

    Ages: 5-13

    Length: 45 minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1 leader to 5-6 swimmers

    Price: $112 ($101 for short week) 

    Day and time - Spring Session
    Mondays – 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m.
    Wednesdays – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (intended for home school participants)     
    6 p.m., 6:45 p.m.
    Fridays – 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
    Saturdays – 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m.

    Sundays – 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m.

    Day and time - Summer Sessions
    Monday - Friday: 4:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m. *

    * Please note: Any participant registered in both 4:30pm swimming lessons and a day camp program will be picked up from camp by a lifeguard and taken to their lesson. Parents are required to sign their children out from the head lifeguard at promptly 5:15pm. Any child registered in a 5:15pm swimming lesson and a day camp program must be picked up from camp by their parent/guardian prior to their swimming lesson.  

  • Camp swimming lessons

    (Ages 5-16)

    Participants registered for a summer day camp program may also choose to participate in a semi-private (2 or 3 swimmers per group), 45 minute ICS swim lesson during a one hour slot of recreation time. Mini U staff will lead the swimmer to the pool for their lesson and return them to their group at the conclusion of their swim time. 

    Note: Swimmers' camp-specific activity may be disrupted by their swim lesson. 

    Camp swimming lessons are not available for participants registered in: Mini/Jr Herd Hockey or Goalie Training, Archery Fencing Racquetball, Becoming a Mini U Leader, Golf, Outdoor Explorers & Outdoor Adventure, SUP & Water Sports, Entrepreneurship, Field Trip Camp, Sport Sampler

    Weeks offered: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

    Price: $94

    Ages Length Day and time
    5-16 5 days x 45 minutes

    Mondays - Fridays 9 a.m. or 3 p.m.*

    *This time slot will be assigned by the Aquatics Leadership team
    based on camp group. Children registered in Camp Swimming
    Lessons should plan to arrive at camp each day at 8:30 a.m.

     

  • Beginner Youth ICS

    (Ages 10-15)

    This program is designed especially for youth/teens that have little or no experience in the water.

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1 leader to 5-6 swimmers

    Offered: fall, winter, spring

    Spring Session    
    Day Time Price
    Mondays 6:45 p.m.  $112
    Saturdays 10:30 a.m.  $112

    Summer Session: Not offered.

    Please Note: Registration for this program is not available online. Eligibility must be approved by a member of our Aquatics Leadership Team. Via email to mu.aquatics@umanitoba.ca, and share with us the age of the child who wishes to participate and a brief description of their swim ability. 

    The Swim Academy logo.
  • Teen ICS

    (Ages 13-16)

    This program is designed especially for experienced swimmers wanting to complete the final stages of the ICS program or fine tune their strokes and enhance endurance.

    Offered: fall, winter, spring

    Length: 45 minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1:5-6

    Price: $112

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Wednesdays 6:45 p.m.
    Fridays 7:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 12:45 p.m.

    Summer Session: Not offered.

  • Private/semi-private swimming lessons

    (Ages any)

    Private and semi-private swimming lessons are available for individuals who require or want more personalized instruction. All selections are open to children and adults. For semi-private lessons, it is the responsibility of the participants to find the group they would like to swim with and register for the program at the same time. A semi-private lesson is for 2-5 people of approximately the same ability. Please note that you cannot register online for private and semi-private lessons. Please call us at 204-474-6100 or email us at  mini.u@umanitoba.ca.

    Length: 45 minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: private, 1 to 1, semi-private 1 to 2-5

    Price:
    Private: $324 ($292 for short week)
    Semi-private per participant: $192 ($173 for short week)

    Day and time - Spring Session
    Mondays – 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m.
    Wednesdays – 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m.
    Fridays – 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
    Saturdays – 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m.
    Sundays - 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:45 p.m.
    Day and time - Summer Sessions
    Monday - Friday: 4:30 p.m., 5:15pm *

    * Please note: Any participant registered in both 4:30pm swimming lessons and a day camp program will be picked up from camp by a lifeguard and taken to their lesson. Parents are required to sign their children out from the head lifeguard at promptly 5:15pm. Any child registered in a 5:15pm swimming lesson and a day camp program must be picked up from camp by their parent/guardian prior to their swimming lesson.  

     

  • Two young swimmers try the backstroke as their instructor watches.

Tots swimming

Just getting your feet wet? Tots programs will help young swimmers become comfortable in the water while having fun and learning basic swimming skills.

  • Parent and Tot

    (Ages 0-3)

    This program is designed for children to have fun in the water with a parent or guardian while learning swimming fundamentals.

    Length: 30 minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1 to 7

    Price: $95 ($86 for short week)

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Mondays 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays 6 p.m.
    Fridays 6:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.
    Sundays 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

     

    Summer  Sessions  
    Day Time
    Session 1: Monday - Friday NA
    Session 2: Monday - Friday 5:30 p.m.

    Session 3: Monday - Friday

    (Short Week) 

    4:30 p.m.
    Session 4: Monday - Friday 5 p.m.
  • Tots 1

    (Ages 3-5)

    Children should be willing to try to swim without a parent or guardian.

    Length: 30 minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1 to 4-5

    Price: $95 ($86 for short week)

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Mondays 6 p.m., 7 p.m.
    Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
    Fridays 7 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m.
    Sundays 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m.

     

    Summer Sessions  
    Day Time
    Session 1: Monday - Friday 5 p.m.
    Session 2: Monday - Friday 4:30 p.m.

    Session 3: Monday - Friday

    (Short Week) 

    5 p.m.
    Session 4: Monday - Friday 4:30 p.m.
  • Tots 2

    (Ages 3-5)

    Children should be comfortable moving through the water independently with or without a flotation aid.

    Length: 30 Minutes

    Leader to swimmer ratio: 1 to 4-5

    Price: $95 ($86 for short week)

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Mondays 6 p.m.
    Wednesdays 7 p.m.
    Fridays 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m.
    Sundays 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
    Summer Session  
    Day Time
    Session 1: Monday - Friday 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
    Session 2: Monday - Friday 5 p.m.

    Session 3: Monday - Friday

    (Short Week) 

    5:30 p.m.
    Session 4: Monday - Friday 5:30 p.m.

     

Fall, Winter, Spring Special interest swimming lessons

  • Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, Star)

    (Ages 8-12)

    Ready to swim hard? This is a three-level award progression that delivers work-hard-play-hard training for skilled swimmers. Swim Patrol levels from a pre-Bronze progression of enriched training for young swimmers ready to go beyond the ICS program. Participants will be challenged to develop their swim strokes and introduced to basic lifesaving methods and first aid. Swim Patrol is designed to be challenging, but achievable with effort. 

    Pre- Requisites: Participants should feel comfortable in deep water and should have achieved all ICS Stage 2 skills (or equivalent) prior to registration for Swim Patrol. 

    Length: 1 hour

    Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual (Optional) $49

    Price: $148

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Mondays 6:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:30 a.m.

    Summer Session: Not Offered. 

  • Swim Fit

    (Ages 11-16)

    Here is your opportunity to get fit in the pool! Swim two times per week working on endurance and technique. Participants should have completed the ICS Program (or equivalent) prior to registering for this program.

    Length: 1 hour, twice a week

    Price: $221

    Spring Program Dates: April 14 - June 18

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Tuesdays 7 p.m.
    Thursdays 7 p.m.

    Summer Sessions: Not Offered. 

Steps to becoming a lifeguard

  • Step 1: Bronze Star

    (Ages 10-12)

    This course is the first step to becoming a lifeguard if you are under the age of 13. Bronze Star is a preview to the world of lifeguarding. This course will introduce basic lifesaving skills and water safety procedures. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills as individuals and as members of a team. An endurance swim of 400 metres in 12 minutes is required for a successful completion of this level.

    Offered: fall, winter, spring

    Length: 1.5 hours

    Prerequisites: Swim ability is the only prerequisite, though Swim Patrol is recommended

    Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual (recommended) $49

    Price: $220

    Day Time
    Fridays 6 p.m.
    Saturdays 12 p.m.

    Summer Session: Not Offered. 

  • Step 2: Bronze Medallion

    (Ages 13+)

    Bronze Medallion focuses on the four components of a water rescue – judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk. This is the first step to becoming a lifeguard if you are 13 years of age or older. Endurance swim of 500 metres in 15 minutes is required for successful completion of this level. 

    Offered: fall, winter, spring, summer

    Length: 2.5 hours

    Prerequisites: 13 years of age or older (or have successfully completed Bronze Star)

    Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual (required) $49, whistle, gloves and CPR barrier device also required. May be purchased at the Active Living Centre customer service desk ($9)

    Price: $154 (includes exam)

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Mondays 5:30 p.m.
    Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.
    Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
    Summer Sessions  
    Session Time
    Session 1: Monday - Friday

    4:30-7:15 p.m.*

    * Class will end at 6:00p.m. on Thursday July 9 and 16th due to an event parking ban.

    Session 3

    4:30 -7:45 p.m.** 

    **This program will run Tuesday- Friday: August 4-7 & Monday - Thursday August 10-13. The exam will be 4:30-7:45 p.m. on Thursday Aug 13th. 

    Review and Exam

    Students who have been unsuccessful with the Bronze Medallion exam in the past, may register for the Bronze Medallion Review and Exam. This will enable them to participate in the final (exam) and second to final day (review) day of the course with a group of students currently completing their Bronze Medallion training. The dates are as follows:

    Spring Session:

    • Monday, June 15 & 22 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 10 & 17 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, June 20 & 27 - 10:30 a.m.

    Summer Sessions: NA

    Price: $80 

  • Step 3: Bronze Cross

    (Ages 13+)

    Bronze Cross teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, and teamwork. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for National Lifeguard. Lifesavers learn the skills involved in the rescue of a victim with a spinal injury, the rescue of an unconscious victim, and the rescue of a victim with deteriorating circumstances. Endurance swim of 600 metres in 18 minutes is required for successful completion of this level.

    Offered: fall, winter, spring, summer

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Medallion. Participants must bring their Bronze Medallion card with them to the first class.

    Materials: Canadian Lifesaving Manual (required) $49, whistle, gloves and CPR barrier device also required. May be purchased at the Active Living Centre customer service desk ($9)

    Length: 2.5 hours

    Price: $154

    Spring Session  
    Day Time
    Fridays 6 p.m.
    Sundays 10:30 a.m.
    Summer Sessions  
    Session Time
    Session 2: Monday - Friday 4:30-7 p.m.
    Session 4: Monday - Friday

    4:30 - 7:15 p.m.*

    * Class will end at 6:00 on Thursday August 27th due to an event parking ban.

    Review and Exam

    Students who have been unsuccessful with the Bronze Cross exam in the past, or who wish to recertify their Bronze Cross, may register for the Bronze Cross Review and Exam. This will enable them to participate in the final (exam) and second to final day (review) day of the course with a group of students currently completing their Bronze Cross training. The dates are as follows:

    Spring Session:

    • Friday, June 12 & 19 – 6 p.m.
    • Sunday, June 21 & 28 – 10:30 a.m.

    Summer Session: NA

    Price: $80

  • Step 4: National Lifeguarding (NL) Award

    (Age 16+)

    NL is the nationally recognized lifeguard certification and is the final step to becoming a lifeguard. Program includes classroom and water activities. 100% attendance and participation is required. Final exam will be held on the final day of the course, accommodations for an alternate exam time/date will not be accommodated.

    Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR C certification. Participants MUST be 16 years by final day of program.

    Required Materials: Alert textbook ($43), National Lifeguard Award Guide ($24). Participants are also required to bring a whistle and barrier device. May be purchased at the ALC Customer Service Desk ($12)

    Length: 5 hours 

    Price: $270

    Day and Time: Sundays – 1:30pm 

  • National Lifeguard (NL) Recertification

    (Ages 16+)

    Offered: fall, winter, spring

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of the National Lifeguard program within the last five years.

    Materials: Alert Manual (required)

    Length: 5 hours

    Price: $94

    Day Time
    Saturday, May 9 2 p.m.
  • Two lifeguards smile for the camera on the pool deck.