Swimming Lessons with Aqua Essence

Aqua Essence delivers Red Cross swimming and water safety programs with a sharp focus on the swimmer as an individual. Red Cross provides Canada’s leading swimming curriculum, and our teaching methods (Ready, Set, Swim! ™) generate a cycle of success and remarkable confidence in the pool as your child advances.

What Makes Us a Star in the Industry


Unique to Aqua Essence is our ability to move kids onto to the next skill or level whenever appropriate. Swimmers are often working on more than one level at a time. Instructors teach from where the kids are at and build up from there. A strong foundation is key to the development of a swimmer.

Students can get through all levels and feel proud of their achievement.

Water safety and swimming skills are taught in the water and at poolside. Our students are always learning, always focused, and in the water as much as possible. The program promotes life-long fitness and confidence.

All classes are 30 minutes long. One-on-one classes, assessments, and extra classes are available at an additional fee.

Swimmers begin in the pre-school program at two and a half and stay there until they are six or have completed the whale level, whatever comes first. Once they are six they move over to the Swim Kids program. Each level in the preschool program corresponds to a level in Swim Kids.

Swim Lessons for All Ages

Aqua Babies

Aqua Babies

In Person OR At Home

Aqua Babies 1, 2 & 3 (5 months to 2 years – 5 participants per class)

Aqua Essence Swim Academy’s specialized approach to teaching babies how to swim is focused on safety, confidence, and family connection in the pool.

In our Aqua Babies program, parents and babies stay in the water together. Through a series of activities and choreographed movements, babies gain a comfort level that will help them learn different swimming skills and techniques more easily as they get older. At the same time, parents learn how to be with their children in the water in a way that helps them develop their skills and a love of swimming.

There is singing and there is play – but all for a purpose. This is a skills-based learning program taught by expert instructors who understand how babies react to the water and how they learn best. Our deliberately small classes allow babies and their parents to get individual attention.

Babies from five months to two years old are welcome in Aqua Babies. Participating infants must be able to hold their heads up on their own. 


$21 plus GST per class (in person)

$100 per for 10 weeks (virtual)


At Home Babies Fall 2021:

-Thursdays, September 23 – December 9 (no classes Nov 11 or Sept 30)

-Tuesday, September 21 – November 23

Time slots for the weekday classes:

o   Mornings 9:15 – 9:45am & 10:00 – 10:30am

o   Afternoons 1:00 – 1:30pm/ 1:45 – 2:15pm/5:30-6:00pm/6:15-6:45pm

  • Saturday, September 25 – November 27:

Time slots for the weekend classes:

o  Mornings 9:15-9:45am/10:00 – 10:30am/10:45-11:15am

o  Afternoons 2:15-2:45pm/3:00-3:30pm/3:45-4:15pm/4:30-5:00pm

preschool and swim kids

Red Cross Preschool + Swim Kids

Ages 2.5 – 15 years

Sea Turtle – Whale: 2.5 – 6 years old

Level 1 – Level 10: 6 years and up

The preschool levels match up with the swim kids see below:

  • Sea Turtle, Sea Otter and Salamander are all equivalent to Level 1
  • Sunfish and Crocodile are equivalent to Level 2
  • Whale is equivalent to Level 3
  • If you complete Whale you go right into Level 4. If you turn 6 before you get to whale then you go to the corresponding level.


$48 plus GST private 1:1 per class

$28 plus GST semi-private per child per class


adult swim lessons

Adult Swim Lessons

16+ for All Skill Levels

We have 3 very exciting programs for our adult swimmers.

Learn to Swim is for our novice adults who are wanting to learn to swim. We respect adult swimmers’ privacy and willingness to learn. Our learn to swim for adults is 1:1 unless the adult chooses to swim with a friend or someone they know. Adult lessons are set up directly with the office. We match an appropriate instructor with the adult based on what the adult wishes to achieve and learn. Not all of our instructors teach adults, so we carefully choose an instructor that will be a good fit. We value the courage and steps it has taken to send the email or make the phone call. Adult lessons are generally taught at the end or beginning of a shift to allow for flexibility within your schedule.

Stroke Technique or Learn to be an Efficient Swimmer

This adult program is designed for adults that took lessons at one point, are comfortable in the water and now want to swim for exercise or test their skills at a triathlon. One of our aquamazing instructors will work with you to reach and achieve your goals in the pool. These lessons are generally taught at the end or beginning of a shift to allow for flexibility within your schedule. We recognize that adults are busy with lots to juggle so we work with you to find times that work.

Adult Fitness

The best kept secret in town! Get a group of friends together or come and meet new ones. We will put you through a workout in the water. It is the absolute best! It is fun and challenging. We never do the same thing 2 weeks in a row. It is constantly changing. We have been doing this for over 6 years and it really is the best kept secret in town and now we want to share it with everyone! Grab a friend or 2 and sign up. 


$48 plus GST private 1:1 per class

$28 plus GST semi-private per swimmer per class


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We offer Camp @ Home, Birthday Party Packages and Lifeguards for Hire for your own events.

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