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Swim Camp

Quality swimming lessons and an exceptional sports camp in the same week

Locations


BARRHAVEN: Berrigan Elementary School: 199 Berrigan Drive, Nepean, On K2J 5C6

KANATA: Earl of March Secondary School: 4 The Parkway, Kanata, On K2K 2B6

Ages

Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 years.

5 and 6 year olds DO NOT ATTEND OUR AFTERNOON SWIMS. They will instead visit local splash pads or remain at the school for afternoon activities including arts and crafts, movies, sports and cooperative games.

Dates and Rates

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Description

This camp is offered only as a two-week session because of the number of hours required for swimming lessons.

Swim Camp is the perfect solution for busy parents. No need to drive your kids to swim lessons outside of your regular work day. Lessons will be provided during camp hours by experienced, qualified City of Ottawa swim instructors.

The Red Cross Swim at Camp program is a participation-based swimming and water safety training program designed specifically for day camps. This program features flexible programming options and can be enjoyed by all swimmers regardless of their swimming skills and water safety knowledge. The program is split into three levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Worksheets are provided below.

Campers will be placed in appropriate swim levels based on the swim assessment completed on the first day. Just as with the City of Ottawa swim program, participants will receive a progress report at the end of each two-week session.

Kanata campers will walk to Beaverbrook Pool each morning for their lesson and then back to camp for the rest of the morning.

Barrhaven campers will be transported by school bus to the Walter Baker Pool each morning for their lesson and then back to camp for the rest of the morning.

Campers will have a 45-minute swimming lesson each morning for two weeks. When they are not at their swim lessons, "swim campers" will participate in our Multi-Sport Camp in the morning and additional free swims each afternoon.

Appropriate Swim Level

Our swim program is run in conjunction with the City of Ottawa and we rely on the expertise of their lifeguards to assess the appropriate levels of all campers.

Campers will be placed in swim groups of 8 (as follows) based on the swim level provided by parents on their registration form. However, the lifeguards reserve the right to move a swimmer to a different level based on their assessment over the first 3 days of lessons. Parents will receive written notice of their child's swim level on Thursday of the first week.

09:40am - 10:10am (Beginner - working on Red Cross Swim Levels 1, 2, or 3) *

10:10am - 10:55am (Intermediate - working on Red Cross Swim Levels 4, 5, 6, or 7) *

10:55am - 11:40am (Advanced - working on Red Cross Swim Levels 8, 9, or 10) *

* Small group sizes allow the instructor (and an assistant) to work very closely with all campers at different levels.

Red Cross - Swim at Camp

» Red Cross - Swim at Camp program. (PDF)

Preparing for camp

On the Thursday before each week of camp you'll receive an email from us reminding you that you're registered for camp for the upcoming week. At that time, we'll also remind you to download this week's "Gator Tales". Gator Tales is our weekly publication which includes: a packing list, emergency contact information, afternoon outings schedule, lunch menu, theme day schedule and more.

Sample schedule

Each day is packed with special activities and every day and every week is different to accommodate campers who are with us for several weeks throughout the summer.

7:30 to 8:30am Pre-Camp DROP OFF (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)
8:30 to 8:45 am

Large Group Game: this helps the kids warm up before we take attendance.

8:45 to 9:00 am Attendance
9:00 am sharp Campers going off-site depart by school bus (eg. swim camp, horseback camp). On-site camps remain at the school.
9:00 to 9:40 am ROTATION 1:
Scatter: kids are divided into their specialty camps and start programming with their counselors.
9:40 to 10:20am ROTATION 2:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
10:20 to 10:50 am Snack Break (please send drinks/snacks with campers)
10:50 to 11:30 am ROTATION 3:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
11:30 to 12:00 PM Daily Optional Time: campers participate in gym activities of their choice to play with counselors.
12:00 to 12:30pm

 
Lunch (lunch plan available for a fee)
Buses return from off-site camp locations
12:30 to 1:30pm

 
Flagpole (camp dance, singsong, jokes) and prepare for afternoon activities.
 
1:30 to 4:00pm

 
Whole-camp activities: see schedule below (typically public swims, no lessons provided)
4:00 to 4:30pm

 
Snack (free Gatorade available, cash snack bar available)
4:30 to 5:30pm

 
Post-Camp - PICK UP (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)

Weekly themes

For a more detailed look at our weekly themes, emergency phone numbers, etc. please check out our Gator Tales.

Afternoon schedule by camp location

5 and 6 year olds DO NOT ATTEND OUR AFTERNOON SWIMS. They will instead visit local splash pads or remain at the school for afternoon activities including arts and crafts, movies, sports and cooperative games.

7 to 12 year olds will travel by school bus to some local-area swimming pools.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Longfields-Davidson Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp)
Earl of March SS Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp)
St Peter Catholic HS Bearbrook Pool Swim Francois Dupuis Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp) Bearbrook Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp)

* field trips subject to change based on availability and the size of each group.

Swim safety

Safety is our number one concern.
We understand your concern for the safety of young swimmers. Please be sure to read our complete "swim safety rules and policies."

Quest for the Gator Cup

One of the traditions we are most proud of is our weekly "Quest for the Gator Cup". Since 1996, this fierce, but friendly, competition has pit our Safari friends (Iguanas, Parrots, Treefrogs, Cheetahs, Elephants, and Gators) against one another in a week-long competition that we call the "Quest for the Gator Cup". Each team consists of campers of all ages and from all Specialty Camps and their counselors. At the end of each week, every camper receives a commemorative ribbon celebrating their participation in this one-of-a-kind event.

The Gator Cup is sure to be the highlight of every camper's week and something they will remember for years to come.


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