Frequently Asked Questions
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If you have a question for us that you do not see here, please feel free to give us a call at 780.960.5080 or email us!
Your child will need to be 10 years of age to swim without a guardian.
If your child is under 10, they will need to have a guardian 14 years of age or older to supervise them. If they are 7 years or under, the parent/guardian has to be in the water with them, no further than arm’s reach away.
Children 6 and under need to have a parent or guardian (14+) in the pool with them, no further than arm’s reach away. Children 8-9 years of age need a parent or guardian 14+ actively supervising them at all times.
No, you can park it in the hallway at the stroller parking section or in the dry seating area and proceed to the change room with your infant.
Yes, if you have purchased a wristband and the pool is not closed for other lessons.
No, we do not keep any records of the Swim @ School program. You could contact the school or come in and have your child assessed by one of our lifeguards during public swim to find out what level they would need to register in.
Yes! Our new skate sharpening kiosk, Parkland Skate Services is open and you can check out their hours of operation here.
Yes, we have two auxiliary cords available at the Customer Experience Representatives desk.
They are on timers on the wall and on the pillars in the arena viewing area. You can just turn them on and they will turn off automatically.
Yes. Please ask us at the front desk for all of your arena or soccer needs and we can help you!
If there are no bookings and no ice maintenance is scheduled, you can purchase a wristband and ask our front desk staff to confirm that it is okay to use.
No, you must take off your skates when not on the back arena floor or ice.
Yes, we can help you with that!
Only staff members have access to the first aid room, so you can contact a staff member to help.
Yes, as long as they are being supervised and have a wristband.
Yes, they are allowed on the track. Please make sure the wheels are clean and dry. Please park strollers outside of the field entrances, not on the fields.
Yes. The fee for a member is $13.00 and for a non-member $17.00. This fee does not give you access to the facility before or after your class.
Please ask a Wellness Rep (located in the Fitness Centre) for help with moving equipment.
We only accept posters for non-profit programs and events that happen in the Tri-Municipal Region.
Check out our Volunteer section.
Sure! We can keep it for you behind the front desk.
Unfortunately we can only use our paging system for emergencies.
Yes, you can leave your wristband on (we will exchange for appropriate colour if necessary) or we will accept (receipt) proof of payment.
Leisure Pool Closure FAQs
We are pleased to announce that Leisure Pool will be open on Monday, January 2.
The hoarding will remain in place for approximately 4 - 6 weeks. Concrete cure time and re-tiling of sections of the deck require that space remain covered.
Registration for programs from January to June 2023 for WELLNESS and CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS is now open.
Registration for Winter SWIM LESSONS (January to March 2023) is now open.
It is vital you ensure your account is set up correctly with all participants if you would like to use online registration – we can help you with this at our front desk or via email.
Swim Lesson Transition
The TLC will roll out these changes in the Winter 2023 session. Information regarding the transition can be found on the TLC’s website (trileisure.com/programs/swimming/new-swim-lesson-transition/), and more information will be included in the 2023 Winter/Spring Program Guide.
In January 2022, the Canadian Red Cross announced its decision to wind down its involvement in all swimming and lifeguarding programs to direct more attention to surging humanitarian demands in other areas – such as disaster and pandemic response, opioid harm reduction and caregiving for seniors.
Specifically, all swimming and lifeguard training currently offered through the Canadian Red Cross will be transitioned to the Lifesaving Society of Canada by the end of 2022.
• Names of levels: Red Cross Swim Kids vs. Lifesaving Swimmer
• Number of levels
• Swimmer levels 4-6 will be 45 mins.
• There will be some differences between the Red Cross program’s performance criteria and the Swim for Life program’s “must sees” for skills, strokes, and safety items.
The Lifesaving Swim for Life program has been delivering nationally recognized swim and lifesaving programs in Canada for more than 100 years. The TLC has always been dedicated to maintaining ongoing training and mentorship to our swim instructors to ensure we provide a consistently high quality of swimming programs. We will continue to do this in 2023 with the introduction of an enhanced Lifesaving Swim for Life program, which we believe will provide a similarly high quality Swim Lesson experience as was previously taught with Red Cross Learn to Swim.
Yes! The recommended age ranges are the same for both. Swimmers must be the minimum age as of the first class of their lesson or course. The TLC ages for each level are as follows:
- Parent & Tot 1 (previously Starfish): 4-12 months
- Parent & Tot 2 (previously Duck): 12-24 months
- Parent & Tot 3 (previously Sea Turtle): 24-36 months
- Preschool 1 (previously Sea Otter): 3-4 years
- Preschool 2-5 (previously Salamander – Whale): 4-5 years.
- Swimmer 1-6 (previously Swim Kids 1-7): 6-12 years
- Teen/Tween Swimmer (3 levels): ages 11-17
- Rookie, Ranger, Star Patrol (previously Swim Kids 8-10): 10-14 years
- Standard First Aid, Bronze Medallion: 13 years
- Adult Swimmer (previously Adult Swim Basics & Strokes): 16+ years
- Swim Abilities: 4+ years
- Private lessons: 6+ years
We require registrants in our Swimmer levels to be a minimum of 6 years old for a couple of reasons:
1. Maturity – 6-year-olds are of independent school age, which means they are beginning to think differently, take instruction well, and retain information more easily.
2. They are also at a stage in their physical development that enhances their skill acquisition—they are physically ready to learn to swim. This is a big help to both instructors and swimmers when moving to the bigger pool and/or deeper pool spaces and into bigger class sizes.
The TLC will have detailed information on our website (Trileisure.com) with transition charts, and program class descriptions. You can always contact us at 780-960-5080.
Your instructor is trained to ensure that everyone gets the instruction they need. Occasionally, your instructor may ask for your help to build strategies that work for your swimmer or recommend moving your swimmer to a different level if they feel your swimmer would benefit from that.
Our certified instructors use a variety of tools and strategies to accommodate the skill and age ranges that may happen in any level. Utilizing teaching progressions, buoyant aids, and lesson planning all play a part in providing a quality lesson while staying flexible enough to help each swimmer feel successful. With the ranges in distances and times for the skills it is easy to challenge swimmers to go longer or farther while also giving the option to stop at the minimum distance/time without feeling singled out.
Congratulations! With a completed Swim Kids 10 certificate, your swimmer can begin their training to become a Lifeguard and/or Swim Instructor.
• Rookie, Ranger & Star Patrol are the best next step for swimmers who have completed all their Red Cross Swim levels or the Bronze Star level in the new Swim for Life Program. We recommend Bronze Star (offered in the summer) candidates between 11-12 years old.
• We recommend all leadership candidates start by taking Standard First Aid at the age of 12 years.
• Once your swimmer is 13 years of age, they can register in our Bronze Medallion courses. They must also have completed a Standard First Aid certification course before registering.
They are not going back a level. They are moving to a different program, into a class that best suits their skill level.
• Registration in Swim for Life is based on age, ability, skill, and knowledge. Because no two swim programs are alike, they introduce different skills at different levels. This means that while many programs use a number system for their levels, the numbers and required skills do not line up exactly.
• The Swim for Life program uses researched progressions of skill development. The Tri Leisure Centre has added levels to the program to further enhance the progressions and help develop efficient strokes and strong skills. Thus, there is a “Beginner” level and an “Advanced” level for Swimmer 1 – 4. To see how the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program relates to Red Cross Swim Kids, check out our Red Cross to Swim for Life Transition Chart.
Yes –The TLC will offer Swimmer Levels 1, 2, and 3 as 30-minute classes and Swimmer Levels 4-6 as 45-minute classes. The Rookie, Ranger, and Star Patrol programs will be 60 minutes.
Preschool, Swimmer 1, 2, & 3, as well as Parent & Tot classes, are still 30 minutes of instruction.
The swimmer-to-instructor ratios for each level will be as follows, effective January 1, 2023 (these are subject to change as we determine what works for our pool space and instructors):
- Parent & Tot 1, 2, & 3: 10 participants
- Preschool 1 to 5: 6 participants
- Swimmer 1-3: 6 participants
- Swimmer 4 – 6: 8 participants
2023 lesson prices will be adjusted to align with program material costs and the duration of each class.
The Swim for Life program recognizes and celebrates each child’s successes. When a child finishes a Beginner level an accomplishment record (report card) will be given and if they complete all the skills, they will also receive a completion ribbon. When a child finishes an Advanced level an accomplishment record will be given and if they complete all the skills, they will also receive a badge. Your child will receive these recognition items from their instructor at the end of each session. The accomplishment record will also let you know which level to register in next.
These will help to guide you in figuring out which level your swimmer should be registered in next.
Many families choose to hang onto these as keepsakes, as each badge obtained represents the determination and hard work of each swimmer! Plus, with the Red Cross Swim era ending, these will be extra special when your swimmer is older!
Focus continues to be on swimmers’ needs, water safety education & drowning prevention
The Swim for Life program has focused on simplified “Must Sees”, whereas the Red Cross Swim program focused on “Performance Criteria”. So, while the skills are much the same, this program’s “Must Sees” are less focused on perfecting swim strokes and techniques and more on drowning prevention and water-safe thinking.
Here at the TLC, we believe it is important to develop efficient strokes, as the more efficiently you can swim the more easily you will be able to reach safety if an incident leaves you in the water unintentionally. Also, an efficient stroke is a lifelong skill that one can use for enjoyment and improving fitness levels, and you need to pursue further certifications for lifeguarding and instructing. Which is another reason why we have added levels into the Swimmer program so we can help you develop these efficient strokes.
The TLC offers adapted swimming lessons under the Lifesaving Society’s Swim Abilities program.
We acknowledge that we are struggling to meet the demand for swimming lessons. This is due to several factors:
- Post-Pandemic backlog. The reality is, during the pandemic, nobody was able to take swimming lessons. This has created a backlog that will likely take us the better part of 2 years to work through.
- We are not alone in this predicament. Other facilities across the province and country are selling out of their swimming lessons as quickly as we are.
- Demand shifts. Prior to the pandemic, most of the demand for lessons was in the preschool levels, which we have the space to accommodate. Since swimming lessons were not available during the pandemic, our swimmers grew up a little and need higher levels that are harder for us to accommodate based on our pool space.
- Pool space. While we have plenty of Leisure Pool space for preschool levels, the highest demand levels are Swim Kids 1-3 (Swimmer 1-4). Given the height of most of those participants, there are select places in our facility where we can safely and comfortably offer those levels. So even if we run them every moment of our lesson times, we just can’t compete with the backlog of participants requiring those levels.
Swimming lessons are progressive – it is imperative for swimmer safety and success that swimmers master the skills in each level before moving onto the next. There are instances where swimmers grasp the early concepts quickly and can move on, however this is not usually the case.
• Your WSI certification can be transitioned simply by taking an online Swim Instructor transition module before December 31, 2022. This can be found here: https://courses.lifesaving.org/
• See the current TLC Program Guide for more information on the transition specific to leadership courses.
No. The Water Safety Transition does not affect First Aid certifications.
triACTIVE Rewards Program
All patrons of the TLC are eligible to participate in our loyalty points program called triACTIVE Rewards!
Enrolment in the program is not automatic, patrons must request enrollment in person at the Customer Experience Desk.
Each member of a family may sign up individually.
- TLC Admission Passes (10 visit, 1 & 3 month)
- TLC Memberships (pre authorized and annual)
- TLC Registered Programs (value of $20 and over)
- TLC Professional Services
All purchases of the above programs and services by an individual who has opted to join the loyalty points program will automatically accumulate triACTIVE Rewards points.
We will occasionaly offer Special Promotions and unique Offers.
Points will be awarded on a per person basis but points may be transferred from one individual to another at any time.
Customers wishing to redeem their accumulated points for rewards must do so in person at the front desk.
Currently, points can be redeemed for TLC Water Bottles, TLC T-Shirts, and TLC Gift Cards of various values. In the future we may offer direct discounts on the purchase of future programs and services with the redemption of points (similar to using Airmiles to partially pay for a purchase).
Yes, a TriACTIVE Rewards participant can transfer their existing points to another participant of the program. This request must be made at the front desk.