Robin RankinRecreation Programmer, EBCCrobin.firstname.lastname@example.org(705) 739-4220 ext 4764
Kellee HoganRecreation Programmer, HCCkellee.email@example.com(705) 739-4220 ext 5670
Cathy Gellegan-ColbyRecreation Programmer, ARCcatherine.firstname.lastname@example.org(705) 739-4220 ext 5740
Swimming is an activity that might best be described as "one exercise fits all." It can be practiced by almost anyone, no matter what your age, whether you’re in top shape or recovering from an injury.
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Please review the following before you or your child attends a City of Barrie swimming lesson:
The City offers a variety of swimming programs & classes and swimming
drop in options at our 3 indoor pools.
We offer lessons based on the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life curriculum. These lessons, available from Preschool to Advanced levels, are comprehensive swim instruction that is accessible, flexible, success-oriented and fun. Opportunities for group lessons, low sensory environment lessons, adult lessons, private and semi-private, family, and diving are all available.
Schedule lessons for the whole family: same day, same time, same place. If you, or your friends and family, have multiple children you would like to have in swimming lessons on the same day and time, Family Lessons are for you! How it works:
Whether you are interested in fitness lane swims, open swims where you can play with all the toys or our popular 55+ swims, we have something for everyone.
Come and get fit with us in the pool. With less stress on the joints of the body, aquafit is an ideal way to get back in shape. We offer a variety of classes including boot camp, finning and more.
The City is pleased to offer our Board of Education program to all the schools in the Barrie area. This program is a fantastic way for school aged children who might otherwise not be exposed to swimming lessons to gain valuable swimming life skills. Our main goal above all else is the safety of the participants through active involvement; gaining an understanding of basic water skills and safety. Call us for more information from the contact numbers listed on this page.
The Lifesaving Society, The Ontario Ministry of Education, The Stefanie Gaetz Keepsafe Foundation as well as the City of Barrie provide wonderful support by FULLY FUNDING our Grade 3
Swim to Survive program. We offer this FREE important life skills program throughout Simcoe County to grade 3 public school students with the belief that basic swimming fundamentals are a requirement for everyone. With or without a PFD, the children are taught 3 skills: ROLL into deep water, TREAD water for 1 minute and SWIM 50m as statistics show that most drownings occur within 3 to 15m from shore. We are proud to say that last year we reached over 1700 grade 3 Simcoe County students at no cost to the school or families and are proud to offer this excellent opportunity for Grade 3 students during the coming school year! Ask if your school is involved! Contact us for more information.
Anyone who is 13 years of age with Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR-C is welcome to volunteer as an Assistant Instructor, or to be part of simulated emergencies during lifeguard training. The Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor award is preferred for those assisting with classes.
If interested in volunteering, please submit your resume and a volunteer application with LSS I.D. number to any of the recreation centres. A police check will also be required. Please contact the pool you are interested in volunteering at if you have any questions.
To help keep everyone safe and ensure that young children are always supervised in and around the pool. The City is partnering with the Lifesaving Society.
When you receive your valid City of Barrie pool fence permit, you will also receive the Lifesaving Society's On Guard card and a pool safety package. The On Guard card reminds parents that someone must be watching children near water with focused attention at all times. If you wear the card you're on guard.Learn more about pool safety.
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