Swim for Life

Starting January 2023, the City of Delta will begin using the Lifesaving Society's new Swim for Life swimming lesson continuum, replacing the Canadian Red Cross swimming continuum.

The new program will provide lessons for people of all ages and abilities, including:

  • Parent & Tot
  • Preschool
  • School Aged
  • Teen
  • Adult
  • Adapted

Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross for 76 Years of promoting swimming and water safety!

Please see the program descriptions and relevant conversion charts below: 

Parent & Tot

Swim for Life Parent & Tot structures in-water interaction between parent/caregiver and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. 

Recommended Age: 4 months - 3 years


Swim for Life Preschool ensures children become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills.

Recommended Age: 3-5 years


The Swimmer program uses in-water practice for swimmers of any ability to develop swimming strokes and skills.

After completing the Swimmer program, next steps include:

  • Junior Lifeguard Club
  • Bronze Star/Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross

Recommended Age: 6-12 years old

Adult & Teen

In addition to swimming programs geared towards youth, the Lifesaving Society also has programs aimed at adults. Swimming programs include Adult Swimmer and Fitness Swimmer.

Lifesaving and Leadership Programs are also perfect for adults! 

Adult & Teen Swimming

The Adult and Teen Swimmer Programs are for beginners or swimmers who want to improve their skills. Within the Adult and Teen Swimmer curriculum, participants set their own goals to develop water confidence and recognizable strokes.

Fitness Swimmer

The Fitness Swimmer Program is for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water. Some of the skills covered include use of pace clocks; stretches; workout design; and distance swimming. Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach to improve physical fitness based on accepted training principles and practices.

Lifesaving Programs

Swimmers who have completed Swim Kids 8 or above move into the Lifesaving Program. Higher levels of the Lifesaving Program are also great for adults. As long as you're a strong swimmer it's never too late to work towards becoming a lifeguard!

Bronze Medal Awards

  • Bronze Star (12+ years)
  • Bronze Medallion (13+ years or completed Bronze Star)
  • Bronze Cross (Completed Bronze Medallion)

Aside from entering the Lifesaving Program, swimmers may also be interested in joining our Junior Lifeguard Club where they can continually improve their swimming and lifesaving skills and participate in Lifesaving Sport.