Swimming - Programs


Swim Lessons, Swim Programs & Advanced Courses below.  

Spring 2023 Community Guide PDF version of the newsletter click here. 

Summer 2023 Community Guide. For the PDF version click here.  


Summer Registration begins: 

Thursday, April 20 | Residents 
Thursday, April 27 | Non-Residents 


Town of Hanover Assumption of Risk

Hanover, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health, continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

Users of Hanover’s parks, recreation and culture facilities such as the P & H Centre are reminded that when you attend these facilities as a participant, spectator or patron you assume risk when in our facility. An inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. 

By visiting any publicly accessible facility such as the P & H Centre you voluntarily assume all risks including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease, including COVID-19. 

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  • Chagerooms are open. You will be able to change and shower before and after your swim. You are encouraged to minimuze your time in the changeroom by arriving no more than 15 minutes before your swim and change quickly after. The door to the pool deck willl remain locked until the start of the programs. 
  • Lockers are available. 
  • Check in for your program with the customer service staff or aquatic staff on deck when customer service is closed.
  • Patrons are to remove shoes/boots before coming onto the deck and leave them outside the changerooms or place them in a bag and carry them out on deck.
  • Patrons must shower prior to entering the pool.  
  • No food on deck. Only water is permitted in a plastic reusable container.
  • No photos/videos are permitted on the deck or from the viewing area.

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269 7th Avenue Hanover, ON N4N 2H5

If a class was filled when you are registering, you can be placed on a waitlist for the class. If a spot becomes available you will be contacted by phone or email to register. 

Class Transfers
You can switch classes prior to lesson #2, if there is space available.


Summer Registration begins: 

Thursday, April 20 | Residents 
Thursday, April 27 | Non-Residents 


Program Description 
4 - 12 months.
With a caregiver, the child will explore the water through buoyancy, movement skills, introduction to PFD's and entries. Learn how to help your child play in the water with comfort and confidence. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $75.10
12 - 24 months.
With a caregiver, the child will perform assisted front and back floats, learn how to travel at the surface by kicking, and introduction to entries with a PFD. This level teaches children to get their face wet and blow bubbles. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $75.10
2 - 3 years.
With a caregiver the child will have fun jumping into the water with assistance. They learn to hold their breath and open their eyes under water. Kicking on front and back provide the building blocks for orientation and stroke development. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child. $75.10
3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m assisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child fir the first 4 lessons.  $82.00
3 - 5 Years.
Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m unassisted.   $82.00
3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers jump into chest-deep water and get in and get out wearing a PFD. They submerge and exhale under water. They glide on front and back 3m and with a buoyant aid will flutter kick on back 5m. Fitness swim 2-4m unassisted.  $82.00
3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers try both a jump and a side roll into deep water while wearing a PFD. They recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They work on kicking and gliding through the water on front and back unassisted. Fitness swim 5-7m unassisted.  $82.00
3 - 5 years. 
Preschoolers learn independent jumps into deep water and exit. They open their eyes under water and recover objects from chest-deep water. Front crawl is introduced at this level and for 2-3m unassisted. Fitness swim is 7-9m unassisted.  $82.00
 - 5 years. 
Preschoolers build on deep water skills by demonstrating a forward roll entry with a PFD. They develop endurance by holding their breath under water for up to 10 sec. Interval training and whip kick is introduced at this level. Fitness swim 10-12m.  $82.00
6 - 8 years. 
This is an introductory class for children aged 6 to 8 with little or no experience in the water. Participants will learn head and face submersion, front/back and side swim (assisted). The swim instructor works to ensure that the participants become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a basic foundation of water skills.  $82.00
6+ years.
Beginners become comfortable jumping into water with and without a personal flotation device. They open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They work on floats, glides and kicking on front and back.  $82.00
6+ years.
Advanced beginners jump into deeper water, and become comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a personal flotation device. Swimmers support themselves at the surface without an aid, recover an object in chest-deep water. Fitness swim is 10-15m.  $82.00
6+ years.
Swimmers develop front and back crawl strokes, and explore whip kick in a vertical position. Swimmers tread water for up to 30 sec and learn to transition from front to back flutter kick. Fitness swim is 20-25m.  $82.00
6+ years.
Swimmers work towards stride dives and standing dives into deep water. They improve the front crawl, back crawl and whip kick. Swimmers are introduced to a 3m underwater swim. Fitness swim is 50m. $82.00
6+ years. 
Junior swimmers shallow dive into deep water and perform in-water back somersaults. They achieve the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard: roll into deep water, tread 1 min and swim 50m. Swimmers continue to develop front and back crawl while breaststroke skills are introduced. Fitness swim is 100m. $82.00
6+ years.
Intermediate swimmers increase efficiency in front crawl, back crawl, and work to develop breaststroke skills. They are introduced to stride entries, scissor kick and vertical dolphin kick. They also develop strength and power by performing front and back crawl sprints. Fitness swim is 150m. $82.00
6+ years.
Intermediate swimmers master dolphin kick, diving off of blocks and eggbeater. They are introduced to sculling and continue to maximize efficiency in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 300m. $84.25
8+ years.
Swimmers rise to the challenge of advanced aquatic skills including head and foot first surface dives and a 25m obstacle swim. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding. They swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 350m. $84.25
8+ years.
Swimmers continue stroke development with 75m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke. Lifesaving skills include a rescue with a buoyant aid and a timed object support. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Fitness swim is 500m. $84.25
8+ years.
Advanced Swimmers develop each stroke over 100m. They also learn lifesaving skills such as entries with aids, and removals of unconscious victims. First aid focuses on treatment of victims with bone and joint injuries, and respiratory emergencies. Swimming drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation. Fitness swim is 600m. $84.25
Adult/Senior Lessons 
18+ years. 
Now is a great time to learn how to swim for fun, fitness and to build on your strokes. This program offers swimming skills/water safety instruction for adults and seniors. Lessons will be designed to meet the needs of the individuals. $92.66


Programs Session 1 
Tues & Thurs 
July 4 - 27 
Code Session 2 
Tues & Thurs
Aug 1- 24
Code  Wednesdays 
July 5 - August 23
Parent & Tot 1
4-12 months 
9:30 - 10:00am 8469  9:00 - 9:30am  8470 4:00 - 4:30pm 8471
Parent & Tot 2
12-24 months 
9:00 - 9:30am
9:30 - 10:00am 
9:00 - 9:30am 
9:30 - 10:00am
4:00 - 4:30pm 
5:00 - 5:30pm 
Parent & Tot 3 
2-3 years 
9:00 - 9:30am  8478 9:30 - 10:00am  8479 5:00 - 5:30pm  8480
Preschool A1 
3-5 years 
10:00 - 10:30am 
11:00- 11:30am 
10:00 - 10:30am  8483 4:30 - 5:00pm 
5:30 - 6:00pm 
Preschool A2
3-5 years 
9:00 - 9:30am 
10:30 - 11:00am 
9:30 - 10:00am 8488 5:00 - 5:30pm  8489
Preschool B
3-5 years 
9:30 - 10:00am 8490 9:00 - 9:30am 8491 4:00 - 4:30pm 8492
Preschool C
3-5 years 
9:30 - 10:00am  8493 10:30 - 11:00am  8494 4:30 - 5:00pm  8495
Preschool D
3-5 years 
9:30 - 10:00am  8496 10:00 - 10:30am 8497 4:00 - 4:30pm  8498
Preschool E 
3-5 years 
    10:00 - 10:30am  8499 4:00 - 4:30am  8500
Beginner 1 
6+ years 
11:00 - 11:30am  8501 9:00 - 9:30am 8502 6:00 - 6:30pm  8503
Swimmer 1 
6+ years 
9:00 - 9:30am 
10:00 - 10:30am
9:30 - 10:00am 8506 4:00 - 4:30pm 
5:30 - 6:00pm 
Swimmer 2 
6+ years
10:30 - 11:00am  8509 11:00 - 11:30am 8510 6:00 - 6:30pm  8511
Swimmer 3 
6+ years 
9:30 - 10:00am  8512 9:30 - 10:00am 8513 5:00 - 5:30pm 8514
Swimmer 4 
6+ years 
9:00 - 9:30am 8515 10:00 - 10:30am  8516 4:30 - 5:00pm  8517
Swimmer 5 
6+ years 
10:00 - 10:30am 8518 9:00 - 9:30am 8519 5:30 - 6:00pm  8520
Swimmer 6 
6+ years
10:00 - 10:30am 8521 9:00 - 9:30am  8522 5:30 - 6:00pm  8523
Swimmer 7 
6+ years 
10:30 - 11:15am  8524 10:00 - 10:45am  8525 6:00 - 6:45pm  8526
Swimmer 8
8+ years 
10:30 - 11:15am  8527 10:00 - 10:45am  8528 6:00 - 6:45pm  8529
Swimmer 9 
8+ years 
10:00 - 10:45am  8530 10:30 - 11:15am  8531    
Swimmer 10 
8+ years 
10:00 - 10:45am  8532 10:30 - 11:15am  8533    
18+ years
 Class full? Join a waitlist.
If you are trying to register for a class and see that it is currently full, please join the waitlist for the level closest to the day and time you prefer.
Waitlists are addressed one to two weeks prior to the start of the session and monitored during the first week for last minute cancellations.
Staff will contact waitlisted participants if a spot becomes available, or if it is possible, to create an additional class. 


Private & Semi-Private Lessons 
Private and semi-private lessons are available for swimmers who need assistance mastering a particular skill or stroke. A few lessons with private instruction will leave the individual ready to continue with group lessons. All lessons are 30 minutes in length. To arrange private or semi-private lessons call the aquatic Centre at 519.364.2310. Private and semi-private participants will be required to follow the same expectations as listed above. 

  Per Lesson  4 Lessons  8 Lessons 
Private  $45.30 $135.90 $271.80
Semi Private     $37.70 $113.10 $226.20

Registration begins: 

Residents | Thursday, February 16
Non-Residents | Thursday, February 23 


Course & Description  Dates Code Cost
Bronze Star | Basic First Aid | CPR-A
Bronze Star is the pre-bronze medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants work on endurance, problem solving, decision making skills and develop water smart confidence. They learn CPR and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.
Prerequisite: Able to swim 100m, recommended 12 years of age. This award is a definite asset for those who have not reached the minimum age for Bronze Medallion. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 27 to June 12 | 4:30 - 5:45pm 
Cancelled April 10 & May 22 
 8452 $144.88 
Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B
This course develops physical fitness, decision making and judgment skills for water rescue. Emergency First Aid knowledge skills are also covered.
Prerequisite: 13 years of age (prior to exam) or Bronze Star award. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 27 to June 12 | 4:30 - 7:00pm 
Exam Wednesday, June 14 | 4:30 - 6:30pm
Cancelled April 10 & May 22  
8453  $218.18 
Bronze Cross | CPR-C | Standard First Aid
This course teaches the difference between lifesaving and assistant lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and the use of special equipment. Spinal injury management techniques, safety supervision scanning and rescue situations are also covered.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 27 to June 12 | 4:30 - 7:30pm
Exam Thursday, June 15 | 4:30 - 6:30pm
Cancelled April 10 & May 22
8454  $333.64 
Assistant Swim Instructor
Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving skills. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants including the principles of healthy child development are emphasized. Candidates must complete 18 apprenticeship hours during the course.
Prerequisite: 14 years of age, Bronze Cross.100% Attendance is mandatory.

Saturday, April 1 | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 2 | 9:00am - 4:00pm 
Saturday, May 13 | 12:00 - 4:00pm  
8455  $197.95 
Swim Instructor 
This course prepares you to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Program. Successful candidates will receive certification as a Swim for Life Instructor upon successful completion of the course. Candidates will acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, emergency response skills and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Assistant Swim Instructor & 15 years of age by the beginning of the course. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Sunday, April 30 | 9:30am - 4:30pm 
Friday, May 5 | 5:00 - 9:00pm 
Saturday, May 6 | 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Sunday, May 7 | 10:30am - 4:30pm 
8456  $251.19 
National Lifeguard Recertification 
Lifeguards are legally required to re-certify their qualifications every two years. This clinic will update lifeguards on the latest developments in training techniques and statistical research. 

Sunday, May 28 | 2:00 - 7:00pm  8458 $100.41
Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Recertification 
Recertification candidates must hold an original Lifesaving Society First Aid to be able to recertiify. 

Saturday, May 27 | 8:30am - 4:00pm  8457 $90.75