Aquatics Facility

  • 6-lane, 25m pool
  • Diving board
  • Swing rope
  • Tot slide
  • Hot tub
  • Dry sauna
  • Men & Women’s change room
  • PAL accessibility lift

Types of Swims

Lane Swim: the pool is setup for lap swimming – a variety of equipment is available for use

Public Swim: the pool is divided by a buoy line (shallow/deep) and all amenities are open for use

The pool is not open to the public during private rentals (swim team practice, water polo, birthday parties, school groups, etc.)

Please also bring lock with you as we do not have token/coin operated lockers in our change rooms.

Our Staff

Raelene Petek, Aquatics Supervisor
(403) 603-3555

Megan Short, Aquatic Coordinator – Programs
(403) 603-3506

Kira Maslak, Customer Service & Bookings Administrator (for pool or spray park bookings)
(403) 603-3554

Contact Parks and Recreation

228 12 Avenue S.E.High River, AlbertaT1V 1E7
Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex403-652-4042


Swimming Lessons

The Town of High River offers Aquatics Programs in reflection of the facility space and qualified instructors that are available.

With the high demand in our programs there is a possibility that if we do not meet our minimum number of registrants, the program will be cancelled. Participants whose program was canceled will receive a full refund, and depending on availability could transfer to another program.

Please know that we will do our best to run all programs. If you are not sure not sure what level to register your child in there are brief descriptions of all the Swim Lesson programs for children from 6 months to 15 years below. In the description you will find what your child will be learning in that program.

If you have any questions our staff can help you register in the right level, or we can set you up with a complimentary swim assessment. Our assessments are a 5-10 minute evaluation in the water with the child looking to be registered. The Instructor will check the swimmers skills and give you clear feedback on where to register your child.

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Starfish/Duck – (6months – 3 years) – Parented

Orientation to water, for babies & toddlers. The babies must be able to hold their head up. The goal is to teach the parent/caregiver the age specific water safety and techniques, while the child experiences buoyancy and movement through song and play in the water.
Requirement – 6 month old to age 3.

Sea Turtle – (3 – 6 years) – Parental assistance Optional

A transitional level for pre-schoolers. Children with parented or no previous lesson experience. The child will work on developing basic swimming skills, glides, floating and building awareness of water safety.
Requirement – 3 years old.

Sea Otter – (3 – 6 years) – Un-parented

Pre-schoolers actively learn new swimming skills using games and activities. Learning how to open their eyes underwater, assisted floats and glides and jumping into chest deep water.
Requirement – Completed Sea Turtle or 3 years old.

Salamander – (3 – 6 years)

Swimmers learn to float on front and back un-assisted. Increase their distance on front & back glides, swim 2m on their own. Swimmers continue to learn water safety skills along with how to use a PFD.
Requirement – Completed Sea Otter.

Sunfish – (3 – 6 years)

Swimmers start developing on their developing on their deep water skills after mastering their independent skills in Salamander. Swimmers will learn to swim 5m, increase their front and back glides with kick and develop their rollover glides. Side glides and front swim are more specific while safety skills continue
Requirement – Completed Salamander.

Crocodile – (3 – 6 years)

Endurance is built through increasing distance swim for front and back swims. Swimmers learn to swim 5 m on their front and back and begin using rhythmic breathing. They swimmers learn about dolphin kick and also progress with kicking drills to increase their distance swim to 10m.
Requirements – Completed Sunfish.

Whale – (3 – 6 years)

Swimmers will learn to swim independently and participate in team games. They will perform front and back swims for 10 meters while developing their flutter kick and increase their distance swim to 15m.
Requirements – Completed Crocodile.

Swim Kids 1 – (Minimum 6 years old)

This is an entry level that provides an orientation to the water and the pool area, introducing floats and glides with kicks. Children build their endurance by working on the 5m front swim.
Requirements – 6 years old.

Swim Kids 2 – (Minimum 6 years old)

Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water on their front and back. Introduction to deep water activities, and use of proper floatation devices (PFD). Fitness activities include the 10m flutter kick and a 10m distance swim.
Requirements – Swim Kids 1 or Complete Sunfish.

Swim Kids 3 – (Minimum 6 years old)

This level provides an introduction to front crawl and diving. Building a foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Children will continue to work on floats and learn to change direction in the water. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and 15m swim.
Requirements – Swim kids 2 or Complete Crocodile.

Swim Kids 4 – (Minimum 6 years old)

This level further develops the front crawl (10m), and back swim with shoulder roll (15m). Swimmers wonk on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense of self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25m swim.
Requirements – Swim Kids 3 or Completed Whale.

Swim Kids 5

This level introduces back crawl (15m), sculling skills and whip kick on back. Swimmers learn stride dives, treading water and receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is built through dolphin kick and a 50m swim.
Requirements – Swim kids 4.

Swim Kids 6

Front and back crawl continue to be refined with the focus on hand entry and breathing (25m), back crawl with a focus on arm position and body roll (25m). An introduction to elementary backstroke (15m) and learning about ice safety and how to rescue others with a throwing assist. Swimmers will demonstrate the front dive and their ability to tread deep water for 1.5 minutes. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50m swim.
Requirements – Swim Kids 5.

Swim Kids 7

This level continues to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke, while fine tuning the specifics in the stroke. The swimmers are introduced to whip kick on the front and begin to learning about airway and breathing obstructions. They will participate in timed treading water for increase in endurance and a 150m swim.
Requirements – Swim Kids 6.

Swim Kids 8

This level is an introduction to breaststroke (15m), foot first surface dives and rescue entries. Swimmers learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia and performance of rescue breathing on children and adult. Swimmer participate in timed treading activities using the eggbeater skill for 3 minutes to improve their ability to remain at the surface in case of a unexpected fall into deep water. Endurance is built on a 300m distance swim and an increased distance swim for front and back crawl to 75m.
Requirements – Swim Kids 7.

Swim Kids 9

Front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m) and breaststroke (25) continue to be refined. In this level swimmers are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first surface dives and learn about wise choices, peer influence and self –rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400m swim.
Requirements – Swim Kids 8.

Swim Kids 10

This level has further refinement of strokes and a final assessment of the techniques and distance for front crawl (100m), back crawl (100m), elementary backstroke (50m), breast stroke (50m) and sidestroke (25). Swimmers learn about scissor kick as a warm-up/cool down stroke for fitness. Swimmers learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice, and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using the dolphin kick (vertical) and a 500m swim. Requirements – Swim Kids 9.

Teen Swim (11 – 16 years)

This course is meant for teens ages 11-16 who want to learn how to swim and may not have had formal instruction. In this course, swimmers work at their own pace to learn front crawl, back crawl, treading water and deep water skills in the comfort of peers. Participants should be comfortable putting their face in the water and moving around in chest-deep water. Swimmers do not need to know any formal swimming strokes to enroll.

Red Cross Basic 1 (Learn to Swim)

Adult lessons are meant to develop or increase swimmers’ comfort in the water through basic flotation, movement, and breathing skills and to foster
the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need to stay safe in, on, and around the water.

This course is an introduction to swimming with a focus on front swim, starting with the basics of breathing and floating. Participants are taught front crawl, back crawl, treading water and deep water skills, depending on participant’s abilities. Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace with instructors providing a mix of group instruction and one-on-one correction.

Open to individual’s ages 15+. Participants should be comfortable moving around in chest-deep water and swimming 10m.

Red Cross Basic 2 (Learn to Swim)

The focus of this course is on developing front and back crawl, getting comfortable in deep water, and increasing the swimming distance. Adult courses are meant to develop or increase swimmers’ comfort in the water through basic flotation, movement, and breathing skills and to foster the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes you need to stay safe in, on, and around the water.

We recommend private lessons for individuals who have special learning or physical needs. For more questions or more information, please contact the Aquatic Programmer directly at 403-603-3555.

We currently offer our Aquasize program to the public 9 times throughout the week. Pre-registration is not required. Classes are subject to cancellation without notice. Subscribe to our e-mail list to be notified of any cancellations. Please see the descriptions below for information on the types of classes we offer to determine which best suits your needs.

Aquasize (Deep/Shallow Combo)

This class is for all patrons whether you prefer deep or shallow as the instructor designs a class that works for both shallow an deep participants.
Some modifications/instruction will be given depending on movements. This is an opportunity to combine the best of both worlds and a great place
to strengthen your body.

Shallow Water Workout

In this class you will experience a low impact aerobic workout. The water buoyancy supports your body weight, which reduces stress on joints and minimizes pain. This is a great class for people who prefer to keep their feet on the ground while experiencing the benefits of movement in the water.

Deep Water

Deep water workouts are a weight training style, using the lack of gravity and the resistance of the water. Participants will be shown the distinctive deep water movements that will activate your core at all times. Deep water is great for people with joint issues who want a great workout, but cannot withstand the high impact of dry land exercise.


This class is a combination of strength and cardio, either shallow or deep. You will experience a new workout each time you come and can expect a challenge.


Back by popular demand this coed class is in shallow water and anchored, no bounce, and no need to know how to swim. The focus of this class is balance, range of motion, flexibility and core. It is a great class for pre and post joint surgery as well as pre-natal. All special equipment will be provided; participants just have to wear a suitable bathing suit. *If you have any medical conditions or injuries please speak with the instructor or lifeguard prior to your class*

Bronze Star

This course is a excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard, including a timed 400m swim.
Prerequisite: 10 years old (participants may enroll more than once)

Bronze Medallion

Teaches an understanding of lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.
Pre-course Requirements: 13 years old. Note – Swimmers must be comfortable swimming 500m in 15 minutes.*

Bronze Cross

Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities.
Prerequisites – Bronze Medallion. *Note- Swimmers must be comfortable swimming 600m in 18 minutes*

National Lifeguard (NL)

NL is the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada. The primary role of the National Lifeguard is the prevention of emergency situations and the timely and effective resolution of emergencies.
Prerequisites: 16 Years old; Copy of completed Bronze Cross; Current Standard First Aid, or AEC and Level “C” CPR certificate; Proof of age: birth certificate or drivers licence. (Prerequisites must be provided to instructor prior to first class).

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

This course further develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan and teach the Red Cross Swim Program. Other topics include instructional emergency response skills and stroke development, drills and corrective strategies. Candidates apply their teaching skills and knowledge during 9-11 hours of practical teaching experience.
Prerequisites: 15 years old; Emergency First Aid or Higher; Bronze Cross.
(*Note – Certifications do not need to be current)

Lifesaving Instructor

This course allows you to be eligible to teach the Lifesaving Society’s Canadian Swim Patrol program, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross.
Prerequisites: 16 years old; Current Bronze Cross or Higher. (*Note – Teaching experience not required but an asset.)

Standard First Aid Level ‘C’ & AED

Comprehensive 16 hour course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines. Meets federal and a variety of provincial/territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR. Exceeds competitors’ standards by including injury prevention content, CPR and AED.


General Information and FAQs

• There are no classes on long weekends.
• Parents or guardians must escort their children to and from the pool or washroom during class time; an instructor may not leave the class unattended.
• Everyone entering the pool must shower, use the toilet, and blow their nose before the start of every class.
• Children must wear a bathing suit; a thermal shirt or shorts are permitted only over a proper bathing suit.
• Hair below the ears should be tied back (boys & girls).
• Goggles are permitted, but not required for children in Swim Kids levels 1-10. Goggles are not recommended for preschool-aged children as they do not become comfortable putting their face in the water.
• Participants are not allowed to chew gum during lessons.
• No outdoor shoes, stroller, food, drinks (other than water), or glass on the pool deck; participants should not eat within 90 minutes of swimming lessons. Photography is only permitted upon permission.

What should I do in case of illness or absence?
If you know your child will be absent for several lessons, please notify the instructor in advance. Participants who experience diarrhea are kindly asked to refrain from using the pool for 72 hours after their last symptom.

What does my child need to bring to lessons?
Your child should bring appropriate swimming attire for swimming distances, jumping in, and participating in some games and activities. For children with longer hair, if long enough to tie back please do so. Goggles are permitted, but not required for children in Swim Kids levels 1-10. Goggles are not recommended for preschool-aged children as they do not become comfortable putting their face in the water. Goggles can be purchased at Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex.