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Summer 2024

Outdoor swim lessons will run in July and August at Tie Lake (near Jaffray, BC) and at Lake Koocanusa (location TBD).

Pre-Registration Opening Soon!

We have extended our Summer sets to include 6 lessons/classes each this year due to popular demand. Due to the low water levels at Tie Lake and even further reduced snow pack this year, we will be offering only one set for beginner swimmers in early July there. We will also be offering two sets for intermediate and advanced swimmers at Lake Koocanusa in late July and early August, and have decided not to go ahead with late August lessons, due to the frequency of cancelled lessons as a result of thunderstorms and wildfires over the last 4 years of operating. We look forward to seeing older swimmers return to join us again, since they have been missing out lately due to the challenges of securing rental space in a larger pool than the hotel pool. We're trying our best to offer more in the Fall indoors set too and will be reaching out for support soon to make this happen.

Our operating location at Lake Koocanusa is still to be confirmed, hence the delay in opening registration. Further paperwork, endorsements and applications are now needed this year from the RDEK to operate at Waldo Cove (but not for Tie Lake - RDEK too). We are inquiring about a second great swimming location on Lake Koocanusa too. As soon as we can confirm a location, we will open up registration - likely after the Board Meeting on April 12. We apologize for the delay as we have been trying since January to get registration open early before you book your Summers up, but such is life sometimes. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

 

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Beginners at Tie Lake - Set 1

Beginner private and semi-private learn to swim lessons. 

Includes 6 x 30 minute lessons at the same time on each day of the set. Recommended for swimmers 4-7 years of any Preschool level or Swimmer 1-2 only (i.e. can swim less than 10 meters independently).

Intermediates & Advanced - Sets 2 & 3 

Intermediate and Advanced small group classes (4 swimmers each) or semi-private lessons (2 swimmers each).

Includes 6 x 45 minute classes/lessons at the same time on each day of the set. Recommended for swimmers 7-15 years of Swimmer 3+ or equivalent ability (i.e. can swim at least 10 meters independently; front crawl and back crawl). Swimmers will be grouped according to ability from intermediates to advanced, or paired with a similar ability swimmer, with the option of Junior Lifeguard Club and/or adding lifesaving skills.

​How to Pre-Register

  1. Pre-registration will open as soon as possible in April (date TBD), when two links will appear in the green box at the top of this web page - one for Beginner swimmers at Tie Lake (Set 1), and one for Intermediate/Advanced swimmers at Lake Koocanusa (Sets 2 and 3). This will take you to a Google form to fill out, which takes 2-4 minutes to complete (and will likely book out very quickly). Please see Terms and Conditions before pre-registering.

  2. 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 the end of the weekend you will receive an email either offering you a lesson time, or letting you know you missed out this set.

  3. 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 on the Parent Portal (or log back in), enroll into your lesson time, complete waivers/policies and send e-transfer payment. This must be completed within 48 hours to secure your lesson booking.

FAQ

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. 

Prioritized Swimmer? This includes swimmers who are neurodivergent (Autistic, ADHD, OCD, trauma and more), have sensory processing challenges, other disabilities or medical challenges (diagnosed or awaiting assessment) AND 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. We will also do our best to prioritize swimmers who were cancelled last Summer when all July lessons and some August lessons were cancelled due to my emergency trip back to Australia.

Funding and Cost. 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 your family is struggling to make ends meet at this time, 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 too.

Any questions? After checking this page for your answers first, please email any questions to Sarah at 

mountainkids.swimlessons@gmail.com

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