Atlantis Programs has been working with kids from blowing bubbles to perfecting the butterfly stroke and whip kick since 1986. We teach children how to safely swim in small, fun, and dynamic classes under the Red Cross swimming program curriculum.
At Atlantis, our exceptional instructors, warm water pools and small class sizes make our swim classes engaging, and help build your child’s confidence in the water.
Please visit our Levels section to best determine your child’s level before registering. If your child is switching from another program that uses the Red Cross criteria, register using the same recommended level. For more help on transferring from another program, give us a call at 604-874-6464.
If your child is currently swimming, and you are unsure if they will pass into the next level, we offer split classes which make registering a bit easier. For example, if your child is currently at Swim Kids 2 and you are unsure if they will complete the skills, you can register them as Swim Kids 2 Advanced. This means the class is open to registration for Swim Kids 2 & Swim Kids 3, and the child will be a good fit for this class whether or not they complete the Swim Kids 2 criteria.
We run our programs with split classes, so we are often able to accommodate one level changes. To ensure the best experience for all children, we will not over book classes. That being said, we will do our best to switch your child accordingly, or if that is not possible, will challenge them within the group you have registered them for.
Every child is unique! While some children are happy to jump right in, others may take a little longer to warm up to idea of swimming. Most are able to move through the levels at a consistent rate, although there are exceptions, and many need more time to practice and increase their endurance. For example, we know that Swim Kids 4 and Swim Kids 7 are particularly tough levels to pass. These levels require kids to perfect the front crawl and breast stroke, respectively.
To help the kids get the most out of their lessons! Here at Atlantis Programs, we’ve found that in comparison to 30 min classes offered at other pools, children have time to settle down and focus on the instructional information. By sticking with the one hour lesson, we’ve found class time is used more efficiently and there is more time for feedback, giving your child the best opportunity for improvement and success.
We recommend that your child attend all classes as we do not offer credits or refund for missed lessons. Should you have to miss a class, you may schedule up to one make up lessons. Due to the busy nature of our pool, make-up classes are not guaranteed, and are based on availability. Please note, the make-up class must be completed within the session as they do not transfer to new sessions. Private students who would like to make up a missed class will do so in regular group classes.
To try to book a make-up class, please give our office a call at 604-874-6464 (toll: 1-888-886-6464) during the week you are interested in. We schedule make up classes on a weekly basis to ensure all families have a fair chance of completing the make-up class.
Pedalheads endeavors to include everyone in our programs. Our classes have small ratios of students to instructors and we offer private lessons for those who want one-on-one attention. However, while our instructors are well trained in skill development, safety, class management, and overall program delivery, they are not specifically trained to handle children with special needs.
To ensure the best Pedalheads experience, some children require extra assistance to participate. If this sounds like your child, you will need to send an aide or other trained adult to accompany them at camp. We respect your ability to assess your child’s requirements and ask that you give us as much information as possible at the time of registration to better help us help your child learn and thrive.
We put together some questions to guide you in determining whether your child requires an aide at camp. If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, your child likely needs additional assistance.
Does your child require an aide or special assistance at school?
Does your child require assistance using the bathroom?
Is your child triggered by boisterous activity or large groups?
Does your child need assistance to calm themselves if they are stressed or upset?
Does your child tend to run away or isolate themselves if they are stressed or upset?
If your child attends camp without an aide, and our site team determines that your child requires special attention, we will request that a parent or caregiver participate in class with them to ensure a safe and positive experience for all children.
Please do not hesitate to contact us so that together we can decide the best solution for you and your child. We completely understand that behavioural and developmental growth is dynamic and evolving with every child, and we would love to be active participants in your child’s learning.
Congratulations to your child for completing the Red Cross Swim Kids program! Depending on what your child in interested in pursuing, there are bunch of different options. Feel free to explore the various opportunities below:
Look into our Swim Club option at our Vancouver St. Georges location