• Do you have a list of instructors looking for employment as babysitters/private instructors over the summer?
    • Yes! Please send us an e-mail with a description of what you are looking for along with the subject line “Summer List”.

  • Is parking available at the pool?
    • Yes, there is public parking available in front of the three pools, as well as on adjacent streets.

  • Can I pay online?
    • Unfortunately not at this time.

  • Do you accept VISA, Interac?
    • Because of the high processing fees associated with other payment methods, we are only able to accept payment by cash or cheque at this time.

  • Can I register in person?
    • Not at this time.

  • How do I register?
  • Can I make a donation?
    • Yes! Please make donations payable to SwimAbility 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 on an online donation system.

  • How many children are in the pool at once?
    • Depending on enrollment there may be up to 35 children in the pool, each with their own instructor.

  • I cannot afford to pay the $20 registration fee all at once, can my child still participate?
    • Please contact us and we can work out a flexible payment plan.

  • Who is eligible? Does my child require a diagnosis to participate in SwimAbility lessons?
    • Our clientele includes children with Down 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.

  • Do you offer other times?
    • At this time our lessons in the City of Winnipeg only run on Saturdays. One of the ways in which we are able to reduce our costs is by running many private lessons simultaneously.

  • When are lessons held?
    • Lessons are held every weekend during our scheduled sessions on Saturdays. Specific time blocks are dependent on the pool your child will be attending. This information will be disseminated following your acceptance into the program.

  • Do parents get in the water with the children?
    • 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.

  • What should my child bring with them to lessons?
    • 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.

  • Do you offer lessons during the summer?
    • At this time we do not offer summer lessons, but we do have a Summer Camp!

  • My child is feeling sick and cannot come to lessons, should I let you know?
    • Yes! It is very important that parents alert us in a timely manner if their child is not coming to lessons or if their child will be arriving late. This allows us 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. Parents, you will be given the contact information of your pool supervisors on the first day of lessons so you can let them know your child will be unable to attend.

  • Is there a lifeguard on duty?
    • A fully qualified, paid lifeguard, employed directly from the pool is always on duty during lessons.

  • Who are the instructors?
    • Instructors are all volunteers (mostly students) who have been put through a three-step screening and training process.

  • Where/when do I pay registration fees?
    • Registration fees are payable at the pool on the first day of lessons.

  • Why are SwimAbility private lessons this cheap?
    • 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 delocalize 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.

  • My child is afraid of the water/has never done swimming lessons before, is this a problem?
    • This is not a problem! We accept children regardless of their swimming skill.

  • How much does it cost?
    • We charge a fee of $20 per session, this works out to $2 per lesson.

  • How long are the lessons?
    • Each weekly lesson lasts 30 minutes.

  • How many lessons are offered each session?
    • 10 lessons per session.

  • How are lessons structured?
    • 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 during 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. If you have specific goals that you would like your child to work on, please communicate them to your child’s instructor – we are more than happy to collaborate with parents to create targeted lesson plans.

  • When are the lessons?
    • Lessons take place every Saturday evening at one of our three Winnipeg locations; Elmwood Kildonan Pool, Margaret Grant Pool, and St. James Civic Centre Pool. Lessons are organized into ten-week sessions in each of the Fall and Winter terms. For information on Dauphin, Carman, and Brandon lessons, please contact the director of that specific program.