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  • COVID-19 protocols: 
    • Effective Friday, September 3, in accordance with public health restrictions, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status and government-issued identification is required at entry to University of Manitoba sport and recreational facilities for:

      • All users of UM’s gyms/fitness/workout facilities, aged 12 years and older
      • All participants in recreational/sport programs aged 18 and older (verification of age may be requested)
      • All guardians/spectators accompanying recreational/sport program participants 17 years and younger
    • At this time only those who can provide proof of approved COVID-19 vaccination status will be admitted.

      Please be reminded that 3-ply masks are required indoors at all times, as well as outdoor when physical distance cannot be maintained.

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Swimming lessons and registration information

We are offer the Swim Academy, ICS program (for children ages 5 -13) and our adult learn to swim lessons (for participants 18+) in a private / semi-private lesson setting.

  • Fall 2021 swimming lesson dates 

    Day Start date End date No class No. of lessons Start time Duration
    Monday Sept. 27 Dec. 6 Oct. 11 10 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. 45 min.
    Wednesday Sept. 29 Dec. 1 N/A 10 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. 45 min.
    Friday Sept. 24 Dec. 3 Oct. 8 10 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. 45 min.
    Saturday Sept. 25 Dec. 4 Oct. 9 10

    10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m

    12 p.m. and 12:45 p.m.

    45 min.


  • Group ICS lessons

    FALL 2021
    (ages 5-13)

    We are offering the Swim Academy, ICS program learn to swim program (for children ages 5-13) in a group setting. The ICS program is a dynamic aquatic program in which participants learn how to swim better and faster. It promotes participation, fun and success in the water. It is the only program that lets children learn at their own rate, with rewards every step of the way.

    Children are grouped according to their skill level, so it's easy to register all of your children all at the same time.

    Instructor to swimmer ratio: 1:5 or 6

    Lesson duration: 45 minutes

    Days offered: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

    Price: $135.00 

    Register now


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  • Private/semi-private swimming lessons

    FALL 2021

    Private and semi-private lessons are available for individuals who require or want more personalized instruction. Our swim leaders will deliver the Swim Academy, ICS program (for swimmers ages 5-13) or our adult learn to swim curriculum (for participants 18+) for up to two swimmers.

    Swimmers age 14-17 are welcome in private/semi private lessons. Lessons will be geared to each swimmers' goals. Please reach out to us at once registered so we can ensure we plan for your lesson accordingly.

    It is the responsibility of the participant to select a partner for their lesson should they wish for it to be semi private. Participants must be similar in age and swim ability.

    Instructor to swimmer ratio: 1:1 or 1:2

    Days offered: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

    Lesson duration: 45 minute

    Private: $360
    Semi-private: $400 (total)

    Register now


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  • Mini Bisons Swimming

    FALL 2021
    (AGES 7-14)

    The Mini Bisons swim program is designed for young swimmers who have previous swimming lesson experience and who are interested in an introduction to competitive swimming.

    Dates/days offered:
    October 26-November 30 (Tuesday/Thursday)
    September 25-November 27 (Saturday)

    Two courses are available, swimmers may register for one or both.


    1. $250: Tuesday/ Thursday and/or
    2. $125: Saturday


    • Swimmers must be able swim 25m of front crawl and 25m of backstroke.

    Swimmers 10 years old or younger (or those new to the program) may need to have an assessment done prior to enrollment.

    To learn if an assessment will be required please contact Dillon Perron:, 204-797-7596.

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Our commitment to your safety

Lessons for children 4 years of age and younger (Parent and Tot, Tots 1 and Tots 2) will not be included in this offering at this time.

  • Sanitization, equipment and PPE

    • Swim leaders (when not in the water) and Mini U leadership team members will be wearing masks during lesson time. 
    • Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own lifejackets/ aquatic equipment (i.e. goggles/ pool noodles/ flutter board etc). 
    • Our pool equipment (flutter boards, lifejackets, flippers etc) and high touch surfaces (i.e. stair rails) will be sanitized by aquatics staff between each group of swim lesson participants and by custodial staff at the conclusion of each day. 
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What to expect when you arrive

Arrival and Departure - Swimmers / Parents & Guardians

  • All swimmers and family members are asked to screen for COVID-19 symptoms at home before attending. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be turned away. Please ensure you stay home when you or someone in your household is ill.
  • Masks are mandatory on campus and all swimmers and parent/guardians must wear a mask of face covering when arriving/departing the facility and while observing. 
  • Swimmers should remove masks while in the water.


  • Available in ‘U Lot’.

Pool Access

  • Swimmers will enter the Active Living Centre via the South facing door (you will see a cuing line here).
  • Guardians will be asked to check in at the Customer Service desk and provide their name to be recorded for contact tracing purposes. 
  • All outdoor footwear must be removed at the Customer Service desk. Please feel free to bring indoor footwear with you for wearing while in the facility.

Parent/Guardian Accompaniment

  • Children 14 years of age and younger must be supervised while in the facility. 
  • We require that each household attend with only one parent/guardian as space for observing lessons is limited.
  • In accordance with current public health guidelines, only one parent/guardian will be permitted to watch their child(ren) swim from a marked space in the pool bleachers.

Change Room/Toileting & Locker Use

  • Swimmers and their guardian will be permitted to use the male/female and community change room spaces. 
  • The community change room is limited to 7 people at at time. Please use the larger male/ female change rooms when possible and maintain social distancing at all times.
  • Showers are available but limited to rising before and after pool use. 
  • Participants are encouraged to arrive at the pool in swim attire and bring as few personal belongings to the pool as possible. 
  • Showering (at home) before and after swimming is recommended.
  • Day use lockers are available.

Lifeguard certification courses

  • Bronze Cross Review and Exam

    This program is designed for participants who wish to challenge the Bronze Cross exam. Thoes who have sucessfully completed the Bronze Cross exam in the past, and wish to recertify are also welcome to attend. Please bring proof of either a previous Bronze Medallion or Cross award with you. 


    • Previous completion of a Bronze Cross course is strongly recommended. 

    Program Date:

    Sunday Sept 26: 12:30-5:30 p.m.

    Price: $90.00

    Register now

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  • National Lifeguard Certification

    NL is the nationally recognized lifeguard certification and is the final step to becoming a lifeguard. 100% participation is expected from participants in the NL components of the course and participants must be available for the exam (last day of class). 


    • Successful completion of Bronze Cross
    • Must have a valid Standard First Aid
    • Must be 16 years of age before the exam date (the final day of the course).

    Proof of Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross must be presented in the first class. 


    Candidates should bring a CPR barrier device, gloves, and a whistle. Participants are required to purcahse for the course: Alert, Lifeguarding in Action - Approximate cost $43.00 & National Lifeguard Award Guide - Approximate cost $24.00 (both will be available for purchase at the ALC desk on the first day of classes).

    Program dates:

    Sundays October 3 - Dec 12: 12:30-5:30 p.m.
    (no classes October 10) 

    Price: $300.00

    Register now

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