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Making a Splash at Holland Bloorview

New! Learn - To - Swim Program 

Swim school

MAKING A SPLASH at Holland Bloorview

The Canadian Red Cross announced in early 2022, after more than 75 years of swimming lessons, that it is ending its water safety program in Canada.

As a result, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital has designed our own Learn-to-Swim program that will be introduced in January 2023. Welcome to Making a Splash at Holland Bloorview!!!

We are excited to continue to offer a program for all ages – Infants, Preschool, School-Aged, Teens and Adults. And of course you can expect the same level of quality swimming lessons based on robust instructor training and experience, small class sizes, individualized lesson planning and priority registration for children with a disability and their siblings.

Whether you are new to swim lessons or were registered in the old program, we have developed a conversion chart for each section of the new program. 

For those of you in our Fall session, you will see a recommended level in our new program when you receive your child’s report card at the end of the term.

View the chart below to see how your Red Cross level will convert to our new Making a Splash levels.

Former Red Cross LevelNew Holland Bloorview Swim Program Age Requirement
Parent and TotInfant 
StarfishTadpole4-12 months
DuckFroglet12-24 months
Sea TurtleFrog24-36 months
Sea OtterSeal3-5 years
SalamanderSea Lion3-5 years
SunfishWalrus3-5 years
Swim Kids School-Age 
Swim Kids 1Splash 16-14 years
Swim Kids 2Splash 26-14 years
Swim Kids 3Splash 36-14 years
Swim Kids 4Splash 46-14 years
Swim Kids 5Splash 56-14 years
Swim Kids 6Splash 66-14 years
Swim Kids 7Splash 76-14 years
Swim Kids 8Splash 86-14years
Swim Kids 9Splash 96-14 years
Teen BasicTeen Shallow or Teen Deep15-21 years
AdultsAdult 1 or Adult 2 or Adult 321 years +


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