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Swim

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parent/Guardian Participation Swim program will resume this Winter season.

Age

Early Years, Children, Youth, Adult

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

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.

Parent/Guardian Participation Swim* 

*In order to offer swim in a safe and supportive environment, we will continue to require a caregiver to support participants in the water and provide any physical guidance if required (ie. supporting the child to float).

  • Focus will remain on opportunity to learn basic swim skills
  • Led by Red Cross-certified Water Safety Instructors
  • Recommended for children who are comfortable in the water with parent/guardian support

Please Note:

  • CAN staff will remain 3 metres distance from participants and caregivers.
  • Caregivers will need to provide any physical guidance required (e.g., supporting the child to float).
  • We request that the same caregiver attends each session to maximize success.
  • Facility-specific COVID safety protocols will be provided and must be adhered to by all participants.
  • Due to the limited support available due to physical distancing, we suggest registering participants who are already comfortable in the water and are able to follow simple group instructions with caregiver support.
  • Note that CAN’s traditional swim programs will return as soon as it is safe to do so, where participants with all levels of support needs are encouraged to register.

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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).

*Please note that program structure is constantly evolving as we navigate the physical distancing requirements during COVID-19.

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.

*Please note that program structure is constantly evolving as we navigate the physical distancing requirements during COVID-19.

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.

*Please note that program structure is constantly evolving as we navigate the physical distancing requirements during COVID-19.

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 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 for Winter opens Mon, Nov 15 at noon

View the Winter program guide to see upcoming locations, dates, and times.

Registration closes on Sunday, November 21 at midnight.

Set a reminder in your calendar to register >>

Login to your membership account when registration opens. Registration is not first-come first-served.*

*Due to the high volume of web traffic we experience when registration opens, you may experience issues logging onto the system. If you are unable to log on, please check back again later in the afternoon or evening. Your registration will not be affected if you submit your requests later in the day or in the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Missed the Winter registration period?

Submit a late registration request: canucksautism.ca/late
Note that this is a new, streamlined process. We will no longer accept late registration requests emailed to [email protected].Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Program times don’t work for you? Access our online resources and pre-recorded programs that you can follow along at anytime or send us feedback – we’d love to hear from you!