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Fee Programs

The following programs are available for an extra cost. Please see below for schedules and prices.

Aquatic Programs

The Lifesaving Society Program: Red Cross Preschool

Each level is built around an aquatic animal mascot which makes learning engaging and fun.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Starfish
(Parent & Tot 1) 4-12 months

  • Orientation to water for babies and their parent/caregiver.
  • To enter this level, babies must be able to hold their head up.
  • The goals are to help babies experience buoyancy and movement through songs and play in the water and to teach the parent/caregiver age-specific water safety.
  • This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Duck
(Parent & Tot 2) 12-24 months

  • Orientation to water for toddlers and their parent/caregiver.
  • Age is the only condition for entering this level.
  • Swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs and active water play. The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety.
  • This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Sea Turtle
24-36 months (With Parent)
3-5 years (Without Parent)

  • Orientation to water for toddlers 24-36 months and their parent/caregiver OR introduction to swimming for preschoolers 3-5 years without parent/caregiver.
  • This level is designed to assist with the transfer of care of the child to the instructor.
  • Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides and kicks.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Sea Otter
3-5 years

  • Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills.
  • Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Salamander
3-5 years

  • Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 2 metres, further develop basic floats and increase their distance on front and back glide.
  • Front swim and roll-over glide are also included, and swimmers learn appropriate water safety skills such as how to jump into chest-deep water and how to use a lifejacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  • Safety skills development includes water orientation, safe entries and exits and only swimming when an adult is present.
  • Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Sunfish
3-5 years

  • Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres, increase their distance using buoyant objects, increase their front and back glide with kick, and develop their roll-over glide, side glide and front swim. Safety skills include deep-water skills and use of a lifejacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD).
  • Safety skills development such as water orientation, safe entries and exits and always asking for permission before going near the water.
  • Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Crocodile
3-5 years

  • Through games and other fun activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres on their front and back, perform a dolphin kick and begin using rhythmic breathing. They also progress with kicking drills and increase their swimming distance to 10 metres.
  • Safety skills include jumping into deep water and performing surface support for ten seconds, recognizing when a swimmer needs help and using a lifejacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in deep water.
  • Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria.

Red Cross Swim Preschool Whale
3-5 years

  • Through fun activities, swimmers perform a front and back swim for 10 metres. Swimmers work on developing their flutter kick and perform a distance swim of 15 metres.
  • Safety skills include identifying safe swimming areas, jumping into deep water, swimming five metres, surface support for 20 seconds, a return to safety, throwing assists and sitting dives.
  • Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria and complete the program once all criteria have been achieved.

Children 6 years or older are ready for the appropriate level of Red Cross Swim Kids.

Red Cross Preschool to Red Cross Swim Kids Transfer Scale for Students 6+

  • Completed/Incomplete Salamander, Sunfish levels — register in Swim Kids 1.
  • Completed/Incomplete Crocodile/Whale — register in Swim Kids 2.
  • Completed Whale — register in Swim Kids 3.

The Lifesaving Society Program: Red Cross Programs for Swim Kids

This 10-level program for kids ages 6+ will teach and develop their swimming strokes, while focusing on making safe decisions in and around the pool. They will also increase their fitness and endurance through fun activities, while being challenged to achieve personal bests in distance and time.

Red Cross Swim Kids 1

Swimmers receive an orientation to water and the pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5m front swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 2

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at the surface. Swimmers work on the front swim (5m) and learn about deep-water activities and proper use of a lifejacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m utter kick and a 10m distance swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 3

This level provides an introduction to diving, and teaches swimmers how to make wise choices about where and when to swim. Endurance is achieved by building strength in the flutter kick and a 15m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 4

This level introduces the front crawl (10m) and back swim with shoulder roll (15m). Swimmers work on kneeling dives, surface support (45 seconds, deep water) and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 5

This level introduces the back crawl (15m), sculling skills, whip kick on the back, stride dives, and treading water. Front crawl increases to 15m. An introduction to safe boating skills is also included. Endurance is developed through a 50m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 6

This level refines front crawl with a focus on hand entry and breathing (25m), back crawl with a focus on arm positions and body roll (25m), and introduces elementary back stroke (15m), safety on ice, and rescue of others with throwing assists. Swimmers demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread water in deep water for 1 1⁄2 minutes. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 75m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 7

This level builds skills and endurance for the front crawl (50m), back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m) and introduces whip kick on the front. Swimmers learn about airway and breathing obstructions, reach assists, and stride entry. Swimming endurance is increased to a 150m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 8

This level is an introduction to breast stroke (15m) and feet-first surface dives. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults, and standing shallow dives. Swimmers participate in timed treading water activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface in the event of an unexpected fall into water. Endurance is built on a 300m swim. Front crawl and back crawl distances are increased to 75m each.

Red Cross Swim Kids 9

This level refines the front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m), and breast stroke (25m), and encourages swimmers to combine different kicks for fitness (3 mins). They also work on head-first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400m swim.

Red Cross Swim Kids 10

This level is a final assessment of the strokes for technique and distance (front crawl 100m, back crawl 100m, elementary back stroke 50m, breast stroke 50m and sidestroke 25m). Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick (vertical) and a 500m swim.

The Lifesaving Society Program: Red Cross Program for Adults and Teens

This program is designed to give adults/adolescents the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in swimming and water safety in a safe and enjoyable environment. The programs are customized to your individual goals and rate of progress.

Red Cross Swim Basics 1

For those starting to swim, we help increase your comfort level and confidence in the water and build skills for swimming. An introduction to swimming with a focus on front swim.

Red Cross Swim Basics 2

This course focuses on developing the front and back crawl, establishing comfort in deep water, and increasing the swimming distance.

Red Cross Swim Basics 3

Set your own goals and priorities with the instructor and develop one or more swimming strokes. You will work to improve endurance and increase your swimming distance and speed.

The Lifesaving Society Program: Bronze Courses

Bronze Star
Prerequisite Age 12+

  • Preparation for success in Bronze Medallion.
  • Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners.
  • Candidates learn CPR & first aid and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard.
  • Includes a timed 400m swim.

This class will coincide with Junior Swim Club.

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
Prerequisite Age 13 or Bronze Star

  • Teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education – judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness.
  • Rescuers learn tows and carries, defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types.
  • Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a 500m timed swim.

Bronze Cross and Emergency First Aid
Prerequisite Bronze Medallion

  • Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.
  • Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.
  • Includes a timed 600m swim.


This program is geared to youths 10–15 years of age who wish to continue working on their swimming or life-saving skills. Motivated by a qualified instructor the participant will improve their stroke mechanics, strength and endurance, and life-saving techniques in a rigorous one-hour workout.

Note: The JSC is designed to fill the gap between Red Cross Swim Kids 10 and Bronze Medallion/Cross.

Prerequisite: Participants are expected to have completed Level 10 or have equivalent swimming ability.

Personal Training in the Water

Come and train in the water in a safe and effective way to maximize your best performance while getting a total body workout.

You can take advantage of the qualities of water regardless of your swimming abilities. Workouts are geared to your specific individual goals ie. to a sport, to focus on a body part in post rehabilitation recovery or just to maintain general well-being. With the added protection of the water and a highly qualified instructor you will quickly begin to feel the benefits.


Single Session: $70.00
3 Hour Package: $195.00
5 Hour Package: $300.00
10 Hour Package: $550.00

A session must be used at least once every 1 & 1/2 weeks.

Please note that there is a 24-hour cancellation policy in effect for all personal training sessions. If any session is cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice to the club the client will be charged for the session.

For further information, phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 215

Private Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons for both adults and children are available. Dates and times can be arranged by completing a Private Lesson Request form from the Membership or Pool Office. We do not guarantee the arrangement due to limited availability of instructors. All classes are 30 minutes only.


Private Lesson Fees

Members: $215.00/person for a set of 5 lessons
Non-Members: $235.00/person for a set of 5 lessons

Semi-Private Fees

Members: $270.00 for a set of 5 lessons (2 participants)
Non-Members: $295.00 for a set of 5 lessons (2 participants)

All private and semi-private swimming lessons must be completed within six months of purchase. There will not be any credits or refunds after that period.


A great total body workout for all ages and for all fitness levels in the pool. You have a choice of exercising in the deep end or shallow end with music. Classes focus on cardio, strengthening, flexibility and increasing endurance with minimal or zero impact on the joints in a safe, effective and enjoyable environment.

Please note: General Aquafit Classes are included with your Athletic Membership. Specialty Aquafit classes are available with an additional fee.

Aquafit Specialty Classes

The benefits of deep water training are similar to land-based exercises if the intensity is the same. It provides combined muscular and cardiovascular conditioning along with increased range of motion with no impact. Participants must be comfortable in deep water with a belt or a noodle. This is an excellent cross-training class because there is no centre of gravity in deep water and the body’s stabilizer muscles become more intensely involved. Aquafit Specialty Classes include: Deep End Only – High Energy, Gentle Aquafit and Arthritic Aquafitness

Arthritic Aquafitness

Suffering from Arthritis Pain?

Columbus Centre’s arthritis aquafitness program is fun, safe, easy to follow, and easy on the body, especially on the joints. Suitable for all ages, this therapeutic program takes place in Columbus Centre’s 84°f pool and is beneficial for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis conditions.

For more information please contact the Aquatics Department: 416-789-7011 ext. 215.

Columbus Centre offers Pool rentals for birthday parties, social functions and other organized events. For more information on bookings and prices, please contact the office at 416-789-7011 Ext. 231 or 213 or Aquatics at Ext. 215.
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 9:00pm

Every fitness staff member in the athletics centre is certified in C.P.R, First Aid and A.E.D.


Sessions Number of Classes Dates
Session 1 10 Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 20
Session 2 10 Monday, July 23 – Friday, August 3
Session 3 9 Tuesday, August 7 – Friday, August 17
Session 4 10 Monday, August 20 – Friday, August 31

Red Cross Aquatics Course Spring Schedule, Click to enlarge and download.

Red Cross Aquatics Course Summer Schedule, Click to enlarge and download.

Aquafit Specialty Course Schedule, Click to Enlarge and Download