When are the lessons?
Swimming seasons vary by region and pool availability. Please visit your local SWAM site for more information.
At the beginning of each season, we partner children up with an instructor according to their particular needs. The instructor assesses the swimming level of the child at the first lesson and identifies skills they will work towards during the season. Each child works with their own, private instructor for the entirety of the season.
Varies by region and pool availability.
Varies by region and individual pool. Each weekly lesson normally lasts 30 minutes.
This depends on location, but on average lessons cost $20.00 per session.
This is not a problem! We accept children regardless of their swimming skill level.
Our mission is to provide accessible and affordable water safety education to children with special needs. In order to make water safety instruction more financially accessible, we set our registration fees low enough that cost should not represent a significant barrier to entry. We are able to charge fees this low because our organization is completely volunteer-run and coordinated. We lower our costs by using innovative techniques to de-localize administrative tasks, avoiding the need for dedicated offices, staff or communications equipment. In addition to minimizing operating expenses, we also actively fundraise around campus and solicit donations from the public and private sectors.
Registration fees must be submitted on our Parent Orientation Day.
What is Parent Orientation and Registration Day?
Parent Orientation and Registration day is mandatory and occurs the week before the first lesson. Following successful registration an email will be sent out confirming your child’s lesson time, as well as details regarding parent orientation day.
Who are the instructors?
Instructors are all volunteer University students who have been put through a three-step screening and training process. Please note that SWAM volunteers are not certified swim instructors.
A fully qualified, paid lifeguard, employed directly from the pool is always on duty during lessons.
Yes! It is very important that parents alert their local chapter executives in a timely manner if their child is not coming to lessons or if their child will be arriving late. This allows them to give due notification to their instructor, preventing the instructor from arriving to the pool without a child to teach. We need the collaboration of all parents involved to help us retain all of our wonderful volunteers.
At this time, we are unable to offer lessons during the summer (unless stated otherwise by regional SWAM chapters). Because all of our instructors are University students, most are away or unavailable during the summer months.
Your child should arrive with their bathing suit and a towel, nothing else is necessary. Optional items include a bathing cap, nose plug and goggles.
No, each child is paired up with an instructor, so there is no need for the parents to enter the water. There is, however, an observation area located close to the poolside where parents can sit and watch lessons.
This varies by region and pool availability.
Our clientele includes children with Down's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder, Blind/Low-Vision, Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, as well as many other conditions. No official diagnosis is required.
Yes! Please make donations payable to SWAM Canada and we will issue a non-tax deductible receipt. At the moment we are only able to accept donations in person, although we are hard at work to implement an online donation system.
Unfortunately this is unavailable at this time.