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Calgary opens registration for April swimming and skating lessons

The City of Calgary opened registration for swimming and skating classes at city-operated facilities.

The classes will start in the first week of April after the long weekend.

People can register for classes online or over the phone from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Michelle Tait, the superintendent of operations with Calgary Recreation, they have opened swimming lessons, some certification courses, and skating lessons.

“A number of courses require parents because we have to maintain a three meters distance at all times,” she said.

The size of classes will depend on the age group and type of lesson. As per provincial rules, there is a maximum of 10 people per class, including the instructor.

Tait said swimming is a life skill, and it is an important opportunity for children to be able to learn how to swim.

“We have a Junior Lifesaving Club for older kids to learn lifeguarding skills,” she said.

“We have decided to open the registration because it is the allowable activity within the current restrictions.”

How to stay safe

Everyone has to wear a mask and have to maintain three meters distance in the facility.

Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after your classes.

Children two-years old and younger must be accompanied by their parents in the water.

“We have gaps in between the swim lessons so families can move in and out without crossing over,” said Tait.

The City of Calgary has opened five aquatic facilities:

  • Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 4812 14 Ave. S.E.
  • Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre – 89 Canova Rd. S.W.
  • Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1919 29 St. S.W.
  • Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 1520 Northmount Dr. N.W.
  • Thornhill Aquatic & Recreation Centre – 6715 Centre St. N.W.

“We feel that it is safe to open, and we will be able to offer the classes in a safe manner under the current commercial restrictions,” said Tait.