City of Calgary begins registration for April swim and skate lessons

The City of Calgary is pleased to announce that registration is beginning today for April swimming and skating lessons at City-operated facilities.

These new lessons are being offered in alignment with the Province’s “Path Forward,” and will look a little different from usual: there is a maximum number of 10 participants in each class including the instructor, and all participants will maintain a minimum 3-metre distance between each other. For beginner swimmers (Swimmer 2 and below), parents are required to accompany their child in the pool. There will also be fewer classes in the pool at once to maintain appropriate physical distancing, and additional time between classes to allow for safe exit and entrance from the pool. We continue cleaning and disinfecting high touch areas like doors, counters, and railings

Swimming certification classes like Bronze Cross are included in the April programming, as well as Junior Lifesaving Club.

Swim lessons join a growing number of programs offered by The City aligned with Provincial restrictions, including Learn to Skate and outdoor programs. Be sure to check frequently for new programs and appointment-based activities as they are posted.

Recreation has opened five aquatic facilities and ten ice sheets to date, where swim and skate programs will be offered (programming may vary at each facility):

  • Aquatic & Fitness Centres:
    • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 4812 14 Ave. S.E.
    • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 89 Canova Rd. S.W.
    • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1919 29 St. S.W.
    • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1520 Northmount Dr. N. W.
    • Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 6715 Centre St. N.W.
  • Arenas:
    • Optimist & George Blundun arenas (two ice sheets) - 5020 26 Avenue S.W.
    • Stew Hendry & Henry Viney arenas (two ice sheets) - 814 13 Avenue N.E.
    • Max Bell Centre (Ken Bracko and Arena #2) - 1001 Barlow Trail S.E.
    • Father David Bauer and Norma Bush arenas - 2424 University Drive N.W.
    • Southland Leisure Centre (Ed Whalen and Joe Kryzcka arenas) - 2000 Southland Drive S.W.

 “We know how important physical activity is for individual well-being, and how learning to swim in particular is a critical life skill,” says Jarret Hoebers, Regional Manager with Calgary Recreation. “We’re happy to be able to offer these popular and essential lessons while following the guidance of the provincial reopening plan.”

To register for classes or for more information on what’s available, visit