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COVID-19 CHANGES

Throughout the entire closure, our team created a protocol that would alter regular operations to reduce transmission of disease. The protocol was reviewed by two specialists in the field of infectious disease and disease control. Our adaptations include (but are not limited to):

  • Only running private and semi-private (same household) lessons
  • Staggered start times to reduce and control the traffic in our centre.
  • Clear signage and instructions for guests upon entering our centre.
  • A COVID-19 specialized screening questionnaire designed for guests and team members to screen any potentially infected people. Our guests and team members are screened every day.
  • Altered pool space to facilitate physical distancing
  • Face shields for our Aquatic Educators and all our team members
  • Lessons plans adapted to reduce the requirements for physical contact.
  • Online registration and contactless payment.

If you would like to read the entire protocol, it is available on our website here.

At KidsCanSwim, we understand these are exceptional times. While we do not provide refunds, should any member of your family be diagnosed with COVID-19 we will credit your account with 2 weeks’ worth of missed lessons upon the provision of a medical note. This credit is valid for 90 days.

Unfortunately, we cannot hold your swim time for the duration of your quarantine. However, we will make every effort to find a swim time that works for you and your family upon your return.

On March 16th, 2020 we closed our swimming pool as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this unexpected closure, and to be fair to our KCS families, we had provided them with extended makeup tokens for their unused swimming lessons in the last two weeks of March. Given that we are now reopening with reduced programming, we want to go the extra mile to ensure that your kids can get back in the water as quickly as possible. As such, we have amended our regular makeup policy as follows:

  • Your makeup tokens (valued at $25.00 + HST per token) can be converted into a private lesson at a rate of two tokens to one private lesson (valued at $55.00 +HST). Please note that these Make Up private lessons can only be booked on our Makeup Swim days. In order to offer flexible time during these Make Up Swim days, we will be providing 48 Makeup Swim spaces every week on alternating Wednesdays (July 8th onwards) and Fridays (July 17th onwards) from 8am to 4pm. Please log in to the customer portal to book your makeup!

OR

  • Your makeup tokens will be held until we resume our regular group lessons. Once we resume our group lessons, your make up tokens will be valid for 6 months and can be used for lessons even if you are not a monthly active swimmer with KidsCanSwim.

The safety and health of our guests, parents, and employees is our number 1 priority. We are constantly working with public health authorities and government officials to ensure we are opening our pool in a safe manner. This means complying with and exceeding all regulations and recommendations made by the Government of Ontario.

While we currently must maintain physical distancing, we are also eager to return to “normal” lessons and hope to do so once our Aquatic Educators can come in physical contact with our swimmers.

Given the reduced teaching spaces and social distancing requirements, we are unable to offer a sibling discount. However, we would encourage multi-child families to look at our semi-private lesson option!

All team members must wear face shields when in the KidsCanSwim centre (both in-water and in the facility). This includes, but is not limited to, Aquatic Educators, Front Desk Coordinators, and On-Deck Supervisors.

General

It’s as simple as completing one of our registration forms! Once completed one of our team members will be in touch with you directly to complete the registration process.

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing the form please call us at (613) 714-5892  or send us an email at [email protected]

Our curriculum is focused on the achievement of 3 core skills and 3 survival skills at each level. Unlike traditional term-based lessons where each week focuses on a specific skill and missing a week can impact your child’s likelihood of success, each of our skills is re-enforced and taught at every lesson your child attends.

This allows kids to progress at their own pace and focus on the skills that they struggle with while not feeling left out if they progress at a slower pace than those around them. It’s also why we offer swimming lessons 12 months of the year, 7 days a week with no terms. It’s the fastest and most effective way for your child to learn a life skill and progress.

Included in your monthly fee is one 25-minute lesson every week of the month.

Our BabiesCanSwim program is designed for babies from 3 months old to 3 years old and for their parents. A parent or guardian must be in the water with their babies at all times. Progression in this program is based on age as babies’ capabilities change so quickly.

Our KidsCanSwim program is designed for kids starting at 3 years of age and is an independent program meaning parents are not in the water with their kids. Progression in this program is based on skills achievement rather than age and allows kids to progress at their own pace.

Kids lessons from K1 to K4 take place in our smaller 0.8m deep pool with occasional activities in our 1.2m deep pool. From levels K5 to K12 kids will have their entire lesson in our larger 1.2m pool.

For more information on our curriculum or facilities please check our “Why We’re Different” pages starting with our Purpose-Built Facilities.

Each KidsCanSwim level is comprised of 3 core skills and 3 survival skills. During the first week of each month we run our assessment week where all our kids get assessed for their progress against our skills.

Assessments are done by our senior teachers who have passed an Assessor Course. Parents receive feedback on their kids’ progression both in person from our Assessors and via the online portal.

Private swimming lessons cost $220.00 (+HST) per month ($55 + HST per lesson).

Semi-private lessons cost $300.00 (+HST) per month for both kids ($37.50 +HST per child per lesson). Both children must be from the same household and we can accommodate either 2 babies or 2 kids but cannot mix babies and kids.

All our lessons are available on a monthly subscription basis.

We do not offer free trials for our private lesson programming. On your first lesson, our on-deck supervisor will be able to quickly asses your child so that our Aquatic Educators may teach the appropriate level to your swimmer.

Registration

Send us an email! We’d be more than happy to walk you through the steps.

We teach parent-child courses for babies from 3 months old to 3 years old as well as kids from 3 to 13 years old.

At KidsCanSwim we don’t believe in locking you into contracts. Our lessons are paid for on a monthly basis.

If you would like to cancel your lessons, you simply need to cancel your enrollment before the 25th of the preceding month. You can cancel your lessons before the 25th by accessing your Customer Account and completing the following steps:

  • Log in to our Customer Portal, click the Enrollments tab, view the enrollment you would like to cancel, submit a DROP request, and select the date of your last lesson with us.
  • ALSO click on the “Manage Payment Options” tab and DELETE your payment information. If you have multiple enrollments and only want to cancel one, please complete only STEP 1 above.

You are solely responsible for properly cancelling your enrollment. An email or phone request to cancel your account is not considered cancellation.

There will not be any refunds for any unused lesson(s).

KidsCanSwim does not offer refunds/credits or makeup tokens for these lessons.

Unlike traditional swimming lessons, there are no sessions at KCS. Our swimming lessons work on a monthly subscription model and you can sign up in the middle of the month!

When you sign up mid-month, you will pay a pro-rated fee based on the number of lessons left in the month. Billing for the following month is on the first of every month (eg. June tuition is taken on  June 1st) unless it falls on a weekend or public holiday, in which case it is the following business day.

Facilities, Programming and Safety

All of our swim teachers have both a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certification or equivalent and a National Lifeguard certification.

In addition to these base qualifications, all our teachers have received an additional 40 hours of KidsCanSwim training in aquatic education and working with kids.

Our aim is to make your child safe and independent in the water. We only use float aids for specific activities when teaching technique. In the event that a child falls into the water without any floatation aids we want them to be prepared and equipped with skills to make decisions to save themselves.

Our pools are purpose-built for young swimmers. The shallow pool is 0.8m deep and the larger pool is 1.2m deep. Kids lessons from K1 to K4 take place in our smaller 0.8m deep pool with occasional activities in our 1.2m deep pool. From levels K5 to K12 kids will have their entire lesson in our larger 1.2m pool.

Parent Portal

On our parent portal, under the menu item “Classes,” you can search for all available classes based on your child’s level, a preferred instructor, and your day preference.

Once you find a class that suits you, please click “Submit Request” and leave us a comment with the day you would like this request to take effect. You can submit the request by adding it to the cart, proceeding to the checkout, and completing the transaction.

No transfer requests will be processed for same day transfers (eg. Requesting to change to Saturday, January 25 on Saturday, January 25.)

A staff member will review your request and will contact you if we are unable to fulfill your transfer request.

On March 16th, 2020, we closed our swimming pool as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this unexpected closure and to be fair to our KCS families, we had provided them with extended makeup tokens for their unused swimming lessons in the last two weeks of March. Given that we are now reopening with reduced programming, we want to go the extra mile to ensure that your kids can get back in the water as quickly as possible. As such, we have amended our regular makeup policy as follows:

  • Your makeup tokens (valued at $25.00 + HST per token) can be converted into a private lesson at a rate of two tokens to one private lesson (valued at $55.00 +HST). Please note that these Make Up private lessons can only be booked on our Makeup Swim days. In order to offer flexible time during these Make Up Swim days, we will be providing 48 Makeup Swim spaces every week on alternating Wednesdays (July 8th onwards) and Fridays (July 17th onwards) from 8am to 4pm. Please log in to the customer portal to book your makeup!

OR

  • Your makeup tokens will be held until we resume our regular group lessons. Once we resume our group lessons, your makeup tokens will be valid for 6 months and can be used for lessons even if you are not a monthly active swimmer with KidsCanSwim.

Log in to our parent portal, find a Makeup Swim Time that works for you, and book your makeup class!

If your child is a level K6+ and would like to convert their makeup tokens into a private lesson, we will have dedicated Makeup Swim day timeslots used for our older kids. This will allow us to have the proper pool configuration for those levels.

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