Adult Swimming Lessons

Adult Swimming Lessons

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Adult Swim Instruction

There are 5 different adult swimming levels to provide people of all abilities a chance to improve their comfort, technique, and fitness in the water: Absolute Beginner, Basic Swim, Intermediate Swim, Stroke Mechanics, and an Introductory Swim Training course.

Please see the table at the bottom of the page for a description of each level.

Please note that we do not offer make up lessons for missed classes. 

Women’s-Only Swim Classes
Two adult swim classes (Absolute Beginner and Basic Swim) are offered for women only. No men are permitted in the pool area and blinds are drawn to ensure privacy. These classes run on Mondays for 7-10 weeks.

Program & Registration Dates

Session Program Dates Registration Begins
Fall '18 Session

Mondays: Sept 24 - Nov 19

Wednesdays: Sept 26 - Nov 21

September 6th at 8:00 am 

Winter '18 Session

Mondays: TBA

Wednesdays: TBA

December 6th, at 8:00 am

*No lessons on long weekends. For more information on how to register, click here.

UTM Adult Lesson Level Descriptions



In This Level

Absolute Beginner – Level 1

No previous swimming required.

Swimmers learn the basics in swimming skills: submerging the face in the water, breathing, buoyancy, and propulsion.  Classes are taught in the shallow end.

Basic Swim – Level 2

Successful completion of Absolute Beginner – Level 1 or being able to swim 10 metres on front and back.

Swimmers learn the two basic strokes: front and back crawl.  Swimmers are introduced to treading water and deep water skills when they are ready.


Intermediate Swim – Level 3

Successful completion of Basic Swim – Level 2 or being able to swim 25 metres on front and back.

Swimmers continue to improve their front and back crawl technique.  Swimmers will also be introduced to breast stroke.  This course will spend a lot of time in the deep end.

Stroke Mechanics – Level 4

Successful completion of Intermediate Swim – Level 3 or being able to swim 50 - 100 metres front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke.

Swimmers focus on improving stroke technique in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.   Dives, kicking drills and other strokes may also be taught.

Introduction to Swim Training – Level 5

Successful completion of Stroke Mechanics – Level 4 or being able to swim front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke comfortably and swimming 400 metres continuously.

Swimmers learn to read, understand and create their own swim sets, learn about and practice pace times, learn the difference between sprints and endurance swimming, and introduce swim equipment into their swims to improve swimming technique and ability.