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Swim Safe Saskatchewan is Dedicated to Teaching Water Safety and Skill Development to Swimmers around Saskatchewan

Swim Safe Saskatchewan is Dedicated to Teaching Water Safety and Skill Development to Swimmers around Saskatchewan

Lifesaving Society Lessons

At Swim Safe 306, we offer Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program. 

Lake Lessons: All lessons will be offered in the lake, at the public beach within the listed location.

The Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate valuable Water Smart® education that will last a lifetime.


Preschool for children 3-5 years

Swimmer for children 6 years and older

The content of each level is organized like this:

  • Entries and exits

  • Surface support

  • Underwater skills

  • Swim to Survive® skills

  • Movement / Swimming skills

  • Fitness

  • Water Smart® education

As an integral part of the Swim for Life® program, Water Smart education provides information and experiences that helps participants make smart decisions when in, on and around water and ice.

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Lifesaving Society Swim for Life


The Preschool Program is designed for children aged 3 – 5 years old. This program is instructor-led (un-parented).

Participants will become comfortable in the water, developing a healthy appreciate and respect for the water.

Learning includes a progression through basic skills such as putting face in water, submerging whole body, front and back floats, glides, and kicks. By Preschool 5, participants are learning basic front and back crawl.

Targeted Water Smart® drowning prevention messages are also delivered through water activities in all Preschool levels.

Preschool 1

We encourage the parent to participate until their child lets them know they can do it themselves. These preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water safely. They'll learn to move safely in shallow water and use a lifejacket to be comfortable with their floats and glides. We'll help them jump into chest deep water and work with them to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2

These preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They’ll explore the water learning to submerge and exhale underwater. Buoyant aids (PFDs) are used to help them discover rollovers, glides and flutter kicks.

Preschool 3

These youngsters will master their floats, glides and short swims on their front and back (3 m). They'll be able to pick up objects from the waist deep water and use their lifejackets to jump and roll into the deep end.

Preschool 4

Advanced preschoolers will start to learn how to support themselves in deep water and solo jumps and side rolls into deep water. These capable preschoolers will strengthen their flutter kicks and try swimming front crawl. Their lifejacket will support them while they learn to tread water and swim to safety (7 m) in the deep end.

Preschool 5

These skilled and independent youngsters will master short swims doing front crawl and back crawl (5 m). They are ready to take on a forward roll into deep water with their lifejacket on and to tread water without the extra support. Here they will get their first chance to try whip kick and fitness training.

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Lifesaving Society Swim for Life


The Lifesaving Society Swimmer program ensures children know how to swim and develops solid swimming strokes and skills. Targeted Water Smart® drowning prevention messaging develop lifelong attitudes.

Swimmer is a 6-level, success-oriented learn to swim program for children approximately 6 – 12 years old. There is a prominent focus on in-water swimming practice as swimmers learn fundamental strokes and skills, mastering them as they progress through the program. Swimmers also learn how to be safe in, on, and around the water through Water Smart education incorporated into every level.

Swimmer 1

develop foundational swimming skills and gain confidence in the water. Skills include breath control, submersion, front and back floats, glides, and opening eyes underwater. Treading water is learnt in a lifejacket to learn the basic movements first. They also will learn flutter kick with a kickboard and add that flutter kick to a basic front crawl while wearing a lifejacket.

Swimmer 2

Swimmers will gain comfort in deeper water (over swimmers head) and learn treading water without a lifejacket. Swimmers will be challenged by the introduction of various skills including, flutter kick on their front, back, and side, vertical whip kick with an aid, and swimming front crawl and back crawl for 10 m. Swimmers will get to work on their Swim to Survive skills and be introduced to interval training.

Swimmer 3

Swimmers will make a splash with their kneeling dives and forward roll entries. Swimmers will be challenged with the introduction to more difficult (but fun) skills such as handstands in shallow water and in front somersaults (in water). Increased time and distance components are incorporated for skills learned such as flutter kick on front and back, whip kick on back, front and back crawl, and interval training.

Swimmer 4

Swimmers will move from a beginner to intermediate swimming level. Swimmers will complete standing dives, tread water for 1 minute, and work towards being able to swim underwater for 5 m. Swimmers will achieve the Swim to Survive standard by being able to roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute, and swim 50m. In addition to improving their front crawl, back crawl, and whip kick, swimmers will be introduced to breaststroke.

Swimmer 5

Swimmers will be challenged with a whole new set of skills; shallow dives, tuck jumps (cannonball entries), eggbeater kick, and backward somersaults (in water). Technique and endurance will also receive greater focus as swimmers will need to complete longer distance swims and interval training sessions for all their strokes.

Swimmer 6

As the final level in the Swimmer program, swimmers will build up their advanced skill set. Swimmers will work towards mastering stride entries, compact jumps, and lifesaving kicks. They will also refine their strokes to increase their swimming strength, power, and endurance - critical for success in the 300 m workout required to complete the level.

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Lifesaving Society Swim for Life
Adult Swimmer


Whether you're just starting out or just want help with your strokes, our Adult program is for the young at heart - no matter what your age. Set your own goals. Work with certified instructors to learn to swim, or improve your current swimming ability and water fitness. You won't be going to the Olympics, but you'll develop water confidence and smooth recognizable strokes good enough for lane swimming and fit enough for the beach. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Adult levels.

Adult 1

You'll work towards a 10-15 m swim on your front and back. You'll do jump entries from the side and recover an object from the bottom in chest-deep water. Improve your fitness and your flutter kick with 4 x 9-12 m interval training.

Adult 2

Kick it up a notch working on two interval training workouts of 4 x 25 m kicking and front or back crawl. You'll be able to perform dive entries and demonstrate breaststroke arms and breathing over 10-15 m. You'll be supporting yourself at the surface for 1-2 minutes, and showing off your handstands in shallow water.

Adult 3

No sweat (or at least none anyone can see). You'll learn eggbeater, stride entries and compact jumps. You'll be doing a 300 m workout and sprinting 25-50 m. You'll master your front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Whew!

Swim Patrol

Lifesaving Society
Swim Patrol

The Lifesaving Society’s three-level Swim Patrol program further builds on participants’ swimming strokes and introduces the rescue of others in skills such as talk, throw and reach rescues, calling 911 and victim removals. Skill drills enhance capability in the water, good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment. Content is organized into modules – Water Proficiency, First Aid, Recognition and Rescue.

Ability is the only prerequisite - these advanced swimmers must have passed Swimmer 6 to enter the Swim Patrol program (or have the equivalent swimming ability).

Rookie Patrol

Swimmers will enhance their capability in the water, including stride entry, underwater forward and backward somersaults, lifesaving eggbeater kick and increased fitness levels to meet a 200 m timed swim. Rescue skills involve an increased skill level in ABC first aid basics, victim recognition and non-contact rescues.

Ranger Patrol

Swimmers will further develop their front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 75m each, a 100m Lifesaving medley and timed 200m swims. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures.

Star Patrol

An excellent preparation for the Bronze Star award, Star Patrol demands good physical conditioning and lifesaving judgment.  Participants develop lifesaving and first aid skills; further refine front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke over 100m each; and complete 600 m workouts and a 300 m timed swim. Lifesaving skills include defence methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

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