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Lessons and Leadership Courses

A woman swims with two kids

The City of Waterloo runs popular lessons for swimmers of all ages and abilities, from introductory classes up to lifeguard and instructor training. 

Lessons run at our two pools: year-round at the Swimplex at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and in the summer months at the outdoor pool at the Moses Springer Community Centre.

We also offer a number of aquatic leadership courses throughout the year. The course times vary depending on the season. We offer nine-week courses as well as crash courses over two to three weekends.

  • AED
  • Bronze cross
  • Bronze medallion
  • CPR
  • First aid
  • Lifeguarding - National Lifeguard Service
  • Recertification - CPR, first aid, instructors and lifeguards
  • Swim instruction - assistant and instructor certification

Registration info

Flip through the current Program & Activities Guide for full lesson and course descriptions, dates, times and costs. Then visit ActiveWaterloo to register online.

Register online

Fee assistance

Fee assistance may be available for those who cannot afford regular program costs.