27 November - 22 December
Instead of offering a two-week intensive swim lesson set during the busy holiday season/school break this year, we will be squeezing in a December set instead! This was going to be a twice-a-week intensive set, but feedback from families is that December is already looking overwhelming, so this will be a once-a-week short set instead.
Lessons will be offered at the hotel pool at Canada's Best Value Inn, Fernie (near Bridge Bistro) is similar to the size of a backyard pool, approximately 8m x 4m (3.5-5.5 feet deep) and heated up to around 32 degrees Celsius (for reference that is 1 degree below the Leisure Pool/4 degrees above the Main Pool at Fernie Aquatic Center). It is mostly private, though occasionally hotel guests may use the pool or hot tub too. There are deck chairs for viewing, two change rooms with showers, and parking right outside the door. Parents (and siblings) can use the hot tub during lesson time too, or for a warm up after lessons. It is suitable for preschool-age swimmers (any ability), beginner or beginner/intermediate school-age swimmers, or more flexible for swimmers with disabilities or those who require a more sensory friendly space, and *NEW* beginner adult swimmers this set too.
Lessons take a child led approach, working at each swimmers' own pace, using a variety of equipment, games and activities to build comfort, confidence and competence in the water. Lessons are fun, calm, encouraging, and swimmers progress on to new skills as soon as they are ready, starting with survival skills first and foremost.
Private one-on-one lessons (by request only) - only for swimmers with disabilities at this time. All abilities are welcome and can be tailored to suit each swimmers' needs and learning preferences.
Semi-Private one-on-two lessons (our standard) - for 2 swimmers of similar age and ability. Experience has shown that most swimmers enjoy having a peer to learn with, and pairing with a close match in ability can really help drive progress and build confidence. A lot of time and consideration is taken when selecting a good match for your swimmer.
Family Lessons one-on-two - for 2 siblings/cousins aged 1-4 years with a parent/guardian in the water. The benefit of this option is that you can have both your kids in the water at the same time, rather than needing 2 adults (one per swimmer) for our Toddler classes, or trying to book back-to-back Toddler classes for your 1-3 year old and a semi-private for your 3-4 year old. Additionally, since you will be in the water providing alternating support for your swimmers, I will also be taking the time to teach YOU how to teach your kids in the water. Please note: If your 3-4 year old swimmer is much more advanced than your 1-2 year old, we would recommend booking them separately.
Adult Beginner Lessons will be one-on-one or one-on-two, depending on their ability and needs, and will be tailored to their learning style and individual goals.
There is a non-refundable registration fee ($20 first child, $15 second child, $10 third child), which is put towards the immense time it takes for this solo human to plan and complete registration, plan lessons and lesson sets, secure seasonal pool spaces, daily set up/set down, professional development training, business development, sick days, administration, bookkeeping, website development plus insurance and expenses on top.
Hotel pool usage fees are paid in advance along with registration, at $5 per swimmer, per lesson for privates/semi-privates/family lessons/adult lessons ($20 for the set). No additional fees for guardians/adults.
Private one-on-one lessons (3 years +) are only available by request, such as for swimmers with diverse learning needs, high risk behaviors, or disabilities. The cost is $54 per lesson (x 4 lessons = $216) plus 5% tax, pool usage fees ($20) and relevant registration fee.
Semi-Private one-on-two lessons (3 years+) include 2 swimmers of similar age and ability (either book with a sibling/friend, or request a match). The cost is $32 per swimmer, per lesson (x 4 lessons = $128) plus 5% tax, pool usage fees ($20) and relevant registration fee.
Family one-on-two lessons (1-4 years) include 2 beginner siblings/cousins and 1 guardian. The cost is $32 per swimmer, per lesson (x 4 lessons = $128) plus 5% tax, pool usage fees ($20) and relevant registration fee.
Adult Beginner lessons same as private or semi-private rates above.
Funding Options. If your swimmer has funding for homeschooling physical education, e-Streams, SelfDesign, disability funding (such as BC Autism funding) or similar, please let me know and we can arrange direct invoicing and billing (paid upfront for new swimmers if you're able, then refunded upon approval/receipt). Please allow an additional $20 for invoicing time if possible. If your family is struggling to make ends meet at this time (like mine is), please see our Upcoming Lessons page for information about kids' sports grants that you can apply for. We hope to offer more subsidized options in the near future.
How to Pre-Register
Pre-registration will open at 8pm on Thursday 2 November (closing at 10am the following morning), when two links will appear in the green box at the top of this web page - one for private/semi-private/family lessons, and one for adult lessons. This will take you to a Google form to fill out, which takes 2-4 minutes to complete (and will likely book out within 10 minutes or less). Please see Terms and Conditions before pre-registering.
After you complete your pre-registration form, your details will be added into my tetris-game-of-color-coded-excel-spreadsheets to prioritize swimmers, match swimmers, and place in their availability (back-to-back siblings if possible). By Tuesday you will receive an email either offering you a lesson time, or letting you know you missed out this set.
If you are offered a lesson time, you will receive a link to our Jackrabbit Swim booking site, where you can complete your family registration (or log back in), enroll into your lesson time, complete waivers/policies and send e-transfer payment. This must be completed within 24 hours to secure your lesson booking - NO EXCEPTIONS this time please.
Prioritized Swimmers will receive a 24-hour boost to your submission time. This includes swimmers who are neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD, trauma and more), have sensory processing challenges, other disabilities or medical challenges (diagnosed or awaiting assessment). This applies if it affects their ability to participate in other swim options available in our community, and/or they do not have their support needs accommodated there.
Why Pre-registration? The reason for pre-registration is that it allows for siblings to be placed back-to-back, allows single swimmers to be matched with another swimmer of similar age and ability, with the same availability, and allows prioritized swimmers (who often have no other accessible options) to have a chance to participate too. There is huge benefit from having a good match, as it often results in a more fun experience, encourages swimmers to challenge themselves more, creates faster progress, and helps to build confidence too. The final reason is that some families have very limited availability, or are travelling from the South Country, so I try my best to accommodate those who would normally miss out on swim lessons for this reason.
Who can participate? Swimmers 3 years+ can participate in private or semi-private lessons, preferably who are confident enough to leave the clutches of their parent/guardian already, though parents/guardians can stick around if need be. Swimmers who are too often left without suitable options to meet their needs are especially welcome to join, including neurodivergent swimmers, swimmers with disabilities or delays (diagnosed or awaiting assessment), high risk swimmers, Indigenous swimmers, and 2SLGBTQIA+ swimmers. For example, studies show that Autistic children are up to 160 times more likely to drown than their neurotypical peers, so it is important that we as a community support those who are most vulnerable and in need of swim lessons right away.
Looking for a Match? You can sign up 2 swimmers together (siblings, friends, cousins) of similar age and ability, or you can sign up as a single and be matched with another single. If you are asking family or friends to find a match for your swimmers, please keep in mind that anything more than a 2 year age gap will usually result in a different ability.
Any questions? After checking this page for your answers first, please email any questions to Sarah at