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Develop swimming and water safety skills

Age

Early Years, Children, Youth, Young Adult

Regions

Interior BC, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

Registration

The swim program teaches basic swimming and water safety skills, under the nationally recognized Canadian Red Cross Swim program.

Each lesson consists of a small group of participants with a high ratio of support provided by a certified swim instructor, trained support workers, and dedicated volunteers.

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Program Structure: Early Years, Ages 3-6

Swim lessons focus on water safety, swim skills and fitness, while incorporating games and songs and fostering a fun environment! For more details, please view the Red Cross Preschool Swim Program information page.

  • Each session consists of 30 minute lessons, once per week, for eight weeks.
  • Sessions take place three times a year: In the fall (October to late November), winter (January to early  March), and spring (April to early June).
  • Each lesson consists of up to 5 participants who may be split into smaller groups.
  • Participants are provided with a high ratio of support (1:1 or higher, if needed).

Program Structure: Children, Ages 7-12

Swim lessons focus on water safety, swim skills, and fitness. Skills have been adapted from the Red Cross Swim Kids levels 1, 2 and 3 programs.

  • Each session consists of 30 minute lessons, once per week, for eight weeks.
  • Sessions take place three times a year: In the fall (October to late November), winter (January to early  March), and spring (April to early June).
  • Each lesson consists of up to 5 participants who may be split into smaller groups.
  • Participants are provided with a high ratio of support.

Participants who have completed the Red Cross Swim Kids level 3 program, and would like to further develop their swim skills, are encouraged to access the Red Cross Swim Kids program offered in their community.

Program Structure: Teens and Adults, Ages 13+

The 13+yrs Swim program focuses on water safety, swim skills, and fitness. Skills have been adapted from the Red Cross Swim Basic I program for teens and adults.
Prerequisite: For participants who are still developing water entries and exits, floats, glides, and front swim of 10 metres.
Participants who have completed the Red Cross Basic I program, or who are comfortable with the swim skills listed above, are encouraged to access additional Red Cross teens and young adult programs in their community.

  • Each session consists of 45 minute lessons, once per week, for eight weeks.
  • Sessions take place three times a year: In the fall (October to late November), winter (January to early  March), and spring (April to early June).
  • Each lesson consists of up to 6 participants who may be split into smaller groups.
  • Participants are provided with a high ratio of support.

Participants who have completed the Red Cross Swim Basic 1 program and would like to further develop their swim skills, are encouraged to access the following programs offered by Red Cross in their community: Red Cross Swim Basic 2, Red Cross Swim Strokes, or Red Cross Swim Sports.

Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through parent collaboration.

Please do not hesitate to speak with coaches and on-site staff about support strategies that work for your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.).

You can also access our Swim Activity Storybook to help prepare your child for the program. Activity Storybooks describe activities or situations as well as the expected behaviours in a given context using words and often pictures. Participants can read Activity Storybooks prior to engaging in an activity to help prepare them and build predictability.

Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

Program Criteria

  • Participants must be correct age when starting the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis and an active CAN Membership
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome (ratio of support can be adjusted if necessary; 1:1 or even 2:1 support)
  • Commit to pay highly subsidized program fee of $10/hr (See Program Fee Payment Options)
  • Commit to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)

This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum. We kindly ask that parents and siblings remain on the side.

Registration opens Mon, Oct 5 at noon for tentative swim program in Vancouver

Online registration for additional fall weekly programs opens Mon, Oct 5 at noon, and closes Fri, Oct 9 at noon.

See updated program guide for full details.

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If you would like to request late registration for a program, please email [email protected] with the following:

  1. Name and age of participant
  2. Program Name, Time, and Location

*Reminder: Late registration requests are not guaranteed. Priority will be given to those who submit registration requests during the registration period. Thank you in advance for understanding. See our Registration FAQs.

Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Interested in Online Resources & Activities At Home? Check out our Virtual Team Meetings, Story Time Series, and more!