Swimming Lessons


It’s time for swimming lessons to start again!

Zatzman Sportsplex

If you are having difficulty finding the registration form, please try using a computer instead of your phone.

All participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

I will be doing registration on a first paid, first served basis. I do my best to keep family members in similar time slots, but if you have a few children, you may be spread out a little bit more.  Please don’t ask for your children to all be in the same time slot, as that is my default goal, but simply not always possible.  
Time preferences are challenging to accommodate.  If you cannot make the times assigned work for your family, please let me know BEFORE week 1 and I will refund your money.  There will be no refunds after week 2.  In the case of an illness or injury, before week 3, you are eligible for a credit for the subsequent term.
Please note that you must complete both the registration form (one per swimmer) and the payment (for the whole family at once) in order to be considered registered.  The registration form does not always show up on phones, so if you don’t see it, please try again on your computer.
To guarantee your spot, ALL registrations must be accompanied by an etransfer or Paypal to   stephanie@hems-ns.ca. Etransfer is the preference so that we avoid Paypal fees.  Cash, of course, is also acceptable.  You will not be considered registered without payment.
Private lessons will only be scheduled for special circumstances and must be approved by me. We are limiting these as they will limit the number of other swimmers able to participate.
  • Lessons will be scheduled between 9:00am – 1:00pm on Fridays.
  • Some leadership classes and, if necessary, Swimmer levels, could begin as early as 8 am.
  • Open swim will run throughout lessons.

Please complete the following registration

along with your payment. 

The shopping cart is below the registration box (way down at the bottom of the page). 

Please complete one registration for each swimmer.

Our open swim is FREE, and available to the immediate family of registered swimmers. 


2022-2023 Dates:

September 23 – December 2 (missing November 11 for Remembrance Day)

January 6 – March 10

April 14 – June 23 (missing one of the June Fridays for the conference TBD)

If we are interrupted by Covid, we will continue classes as soon as the facility is reopened.

Christmas  POOL PARTY 

(minimum 25 families required)

To be determined based on Covid protocols at the time.

December 16th, 2022

10:30 – 11:30 in the pool with the slides, rope, rock walls & splash pad (includes both shallow and deep water)

11:30 – 12:30 for the potluck (there is a fridge in the room, if needed)

Cost: $15/family – please register at stephanie at hems-ns.ca

All payments for the pool party must be etransfer or cash and are due by November 25th.  

Please note that the shopping cart is at the bottom of the page.

Levels available:

Parent & Tot 1-3: ages 3 months – walking  / 30 minute classes

Parent participation required.

Join one of our experienced instructors as they teach you to interact safely with your little one in the water.  This class is always a time of fun and discovery.

Parent & Tot 1

Parent & Tot 2

Parent & Tot 3

Preschool 1-5: ages 3-6 / 30 minute classes

Preschool 1 (3-5)

Preschool 2 (3-5)

Preschool 3 (3-5)

Preschool 4 (3-5)

Preschool 5 (3-5)


Lifesaving Society Swim for Life: ages 5+ / 30 minute classes

Swimmer 1

Swimmer 2

Swimmer 3

Swim Kids 4

Swimmer 5

Swimmer 6

Stroke Improvement Program:

Appropriate for any child who is struggling with stroke technique or endurance.  Please indicate the stroke of concern in your registration.

Swim Sport:

Experience the best of the variety of aquatic sports including boating, surfing, synchronized swimming, competitive swimming and diving.  Ability to swim 50 meters required for this program.

Junior Lifeguard Club:

All caught up with lessons but not yet 16?  Join the HEMS en guarde Junior Lifeguard Club.  Hone your lifesaving skills while learning some of the basic lifeguarding skills as well.  First aid, fitness and fun!  There will be opportunities to compete against other clubs throughout the year.

Adult Learn to Swim:

Have you always wanted to learn how to swim but never had the time?  Now is your chance.  HEMS & Sportsplex are pleased to offer learn to swim classes for adults.  These classes are tailor made to help you overcome your fear of the water and develop the basic skills necessary to make the most of our City of Lakes.

Adult 1

Adult 2

Adult 3

Adult Masters Swimming

You know how to swim and you’d like to get/stay fit?  This may be just the thing.  Join one of our experienced instructors/coaches for guided strength/endurance and technique training.   Everyone is able to work at their own pace, gradually increasing their skill and performance.

Lifesaving Society Swim Patrol: ability to swim (recommended for after Swimmer 6 or older beginners) / 30-45 minute classes depending on scheduling

Rookie Patrol 

Ranger Patrol 

Star Patrol  

Lifesaving Society Bronze Program:

Bronze Star – minimum 12 years old  


Bronze Medallion – minimum 12 years old or Bronze Star / 20 hours (2/week)

Price includes one pocket mask (yours to keep at the end of the term)


Bronze Cross – minimum 13 years old and Bronze Cross / 20 hours (2/week)

If you did not purchase a pocket mask in Bronze Medallion, please select this button.

NOTE: the programs listed below are not currently available during Friday morning lessons

Distinction – prerequisite Bronze Cross / 20 hours (2/week)


Distinction – extra endurance & practice sessions

Lifesaving Society Leadership:  minimum of six registrations required to run class

National Lifeguard Service (NLS) – 16 years old, Bronze Cross (need not be current), and current Standard First Aid Certification OR another NLS option (need not be current) / 40hours (4/week)


Swim For Life Instructor – 15 years old, Bronze Cross or Nationals (need not be current)  24 hours


Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) – 16 years old, Bronze Cross or NLS (need not be current) /20 hours (2/week)


***Bronze Star through Lifesaving Instructor will be offered only as there is sufficient registration. That means, if you want in, you HAVE to let me know. Waiting until the last minute to see if the program is going to run will probably result in me not being able to retain the necessary instructors. These higher levels require specialized instructors so I need time to get them on board.

For more information on the leadership programs, please visit:

Lifesaving Swimming Programs

If you are interested in the leadership programs, it may be helpful to include a second choice in your registration. That may open the opportunity to run a program this term and your first choice next term.

Classes will be assigned after the last day of registration and the complete schedule will be posted on our website. In order to protect your children’s identities, we will post last initials and not whole last names.

If you have any special requests, they must be included in your registration.  I will do my best to accommodate everyone, but with over 100 children and three hours, this is not always possible.  There will be no changes made after the schedule is published.

Times: will be allocated as I receive registration and emailed to participating families

Costs per Level:
Parent & Tot – Swimmer 6 $75
Stroke Improvement $75
Adult Learn to Swim $75
Rookie, Ranger & Star  Patrol


Bronze Star




Swim Sport & Junior Lifeguard Club & Adult Masters $95
Bronze Medallion $145
Bronze Cross $125
Distinction $150
Semi-private lesson (only with approval)  $140
Private lesson (only with approval) $160
Swim For Life Instructor $200
Lifesaving Instructor $160
National Lifeguard $180


Please remember that I do my best to accommodate schedules and reduce wait times.  However, there are a lot of swimmers in our program and it is not always possible to meet everyone’s requests.  If our schedule does not work for you, we will cheerfully refund your money before day one of the program.

I know that was a lot of information, thanks for slogging through it all. I look forward to seeing you in the upcoming term.