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Here you will find options for general programming and public facilities, such as swimming lessons and information on inclusive playgrounds in our community.

Repsol Sport Centre: Swim Abilities

This program is currently closed and will return in Winter 2022. Check the Repsol Sport Centre website for the most up to date information.

Ages 3-17 years.

Designed to support swimmers with special needs in achieving their beginner swimmer goals and to increase their safety, independence, and enjoyment in and around the water.  Progressions accommodate swimmers with no previous swimming experience to those building to supported swims of up to 25m.  Swimmers are provided with one-on-one support from parents, caregivers or aides who participate in the program with them.

Swim Abilities 1 – geared towards beginning swimming experience.

Swim Abilities 2 – geared towards individuals already comfortable in the water.

Sport Calgary

Please visit Sport Calgary for a comprehensive list of sport organization and activities available in Calgary.

City of Calgary programs

Please check the City of Calgary website for the most up to date information on program registration and restrictions. 

Golf: Check back in the Spring for children and youth introductory golf lessons and summer daycamps. Calgary Recreation wants to welcome participants of all abilities. Call 311 to find out how we work together to make adaptations in the program. More details at calgary.ca/liveandplay.

Sailing: Visit calgary.ca/liveandplay for details on spring youth sailing and summer children and youth sailing programs at Glenmore Sailing Club,  8601 24 St SW. Calgary Recreation wants to welcome participants of all abilities. Call 311 to find out how we work together to make adaptations in the program.

Learn to Skate: Low ratio spring and summer skating lessons available. Hockey helmets and skates are required.  Calgary Recreation wants to welcome participants of all abilities. Call 311 to find out how we work together to make adaptations in the program.

Swim: Visit calgary.ca/liveand play for up to date information on swimming lessons at City pools. Calgary Recreation wants to welcome participants of all abilities. Call 311 to find out how we work together to make adaptations in the program.

City of Calgary Shouldice Park: Jumpstart Inclusive Playground

Location: 4900 Monserrat Dr. N.W.

In July 2018, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities donated a universally accessible playground and installed it in Shouldice Park as part of its Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Project initiative. At 15,000 square feet, the accessible playground is one of several built across Canada with the help of Jumpstart funding.​ This playground sets a new standard for inclusive play through its imaginative and accessible spaces where children of all abilities can enjoy sport and play together.

Vivo: Swimming Lessons

Vivo swim lessons are available in a group lesson, semi-private and private. All lessons provide personalized instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Improve confidence, swimming skills and technique in the water. Participants work through the Red Cross Swim curriculum at their own pace focusing on skills and strokes that suit their individual needs. Swimmers finish swimming lessons feeling confident and comfortable with all of the skills – leading to a lifelong love of activity!

University of Calgary: Private Swimming Lessons – Child Adapted

Fall 2021 registration is open!

Working with a certified water safety instructor, children with a variety of needs will work on items from the Red Cross Adapted Swim programs. Instructors will work one-on-one with children and their families to provide a fun and safe learning environment.

Mount Royal University: H2Able  Private Swimming Lessons

Registration for Fall 2021 NOW OPEN!

 H2Able is a one-on-one adapted swimming lesson program that provides critical life skills for those with disabilities in aquatic emergency situations. The goal of the program is to gain confidence and comfort in the aquatic environment and to learn aquatic survival skills while having fun. This program follows the Red Cross Adapted program and is taught by certified Water Safety Instructors.

Get One-on-One Support

Not sure which program suits you? We’re here to help. Book a free consultation with an experienced member of our team to discuss your interests and abilities. Together, we’ll explore all options in the city to find the sport or activity that suits you!

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