BabySwim, ToddlerSwim & KinderSwim Classes

Class Description
Locations
Class Schedule and Fees
How to Register
What to Bring & Other Information
Notice to Visiting Guests ... photography .... videography
Parking & Entrance to Change rooms


Class Description: BabySwim (45-50 minutes)
This one-of-a-kind swim class for parents and infants (5-17 months) is a great combination of fitness, fun and swimming for everyone in warm water. Each class includes two components:

Aquafit Workout

• parents enjoy an aquafit workout while children sit alongside in flotation boats, allowing them to kick their legs, splash their hands and remain in contact with parents at all times
• all class equipment provided, including baby-boats and aquafit belts
• mom and dad can participate in the Aquafit Workout portion of class, providing there are enough belts

Objectives of BabySwim
Each parent and child will:
• learn about water safety - how to hold baby safely in water (assisted back float); getting ears, face, head wet; ingestion of water; safely submerging baby under water
• enjoy various water activities - puppets, bubbles, sprinkle buckets, ball blaster, splash pads
• learn various activity-based songs which have proven to increase cognitive development in younger years
• learn swim skills such as the back float, ear dipping, flutter kicking, and progressive stages for submersion in water
• develop their confidence in water (please note that some children may take a few classes to acclimatize to their new environment - larger pool setting/group (compared to bath time in tub)
• enjoy social interaction with parents - spending parent/baby time together, interacting with other moms/dads

Please note that both parents may participate in the first twenty minutes of each class; and one parent may participate in the second half of the class (parent/tot swim portion). Also note that photographs and videography can be taken before and after each class.

Class Description: ToddlerSwim (45-50 minutes)
After completing our BabySwim program, toddlers (18 months - 4 years) will further develop basic swimming skills and enjoy some familiar, and new songs/activities.
Please note that our BabySwim program is not a pre-requisite to participate in the ToddlerSwim program.

Objectives of ToddlerSwim
Each child (and parent) will:

• learn about water safety - walking on the deck (no running), staying within arms-reach at all times (on deck and in water), submersion in water
• enjoy various water activities - puppets, bubbles, sprinkle buckets, ball blaster, small/large splash pads, water shooters, nets/fish, pool noodles
• learn swim skills such as the back float, ear-dipping, flutterkicking with boards and pool noodles, and blowing bubbles
• learn progessive stages for submersion in water, including front glide, humpty dumpty and torpedo-time
• learn how to climb out of pool independently, and learn progessive stages on how to jump into the pool
• learn primary colours, counting to ten, and develop vocabulary with a variety of songs/words presented to them
• learn how to share toys, and put away their own toy for each activity

Please note that one parent may participate in the class with each child (parents may alternate weekly). Also note that photographs and videography can be taken before and after each class.

Children who have successfully completed all ten elements of this program will receive a Certificate of Achievement and can move on to the KinderSwim program.

Class Description: KinderSwim (45-50 minutes)
After completing our TodderSwim program, your child (3 - 5 years) will further develop ten essential swimming skills.
Please note that our TodderSwim program is a pre-requisite to participate in the KinderSwim program, and all swimmers require their own pair of swim goggles for this class.

Objectives of KinderSwim
Each child will:

increase their proficiency in the following swim skills:
flutter kicking with boards
arm pulling
blowing bubbles (face in water, underwater)
retrieving objects from pool floor
back float/Starfish (progression to back swim)
front swim (introduction to front crawl)
jumping into pool, exiting pool
introduction to treading water

The focus on this program will be on further development of swim skills, however children and parents will continue to enjoy some activity-based songs and toys (e.g. bubbles, ball blaster, Big Blue, water basketball)

Please note that one parent may participate in the class with each child (parents may alternate weekly). Also note that photographs and videography can be taken before and after each class.

Swimsuit Required
All children must wear a cloth diaper swimsuit - regular diaper is not worn underneath.
Bummies and Gaby brands, Little Swimmers (disposable) are not permitted (due to previous "accidents" in the pool).
For every class, your child's suit must fit tightly around upper thighs and waist (to prevent leakage).
Please note - if an "accident" occurs in pool, it must be closed down for 24-72 hours (resulting in lost revenue to all companies which rent the pool).

H2O-FIT recommends the Kushies brand because we have found these suits to be the best fit for all babies.

Be sure to purchase the Kushies Diaper Swimsuit, and NOT the Kushies Diaper Wrap (the packaging on these products looks very similar but they are two different products).

Where to Purchase a Diaper Swimsuit
100 Mile Child (Danforth/Chester) - available year round
Once Upon A Child (Bayview/Laird) - available year round
Toys R Us - available seasonally
H2O-FIT also sells Kushies suits for same retail price as in stores ($15.00 including HST)

Lycra Sunsuit
A lycra sunsuit is highly recommended to help keep your baby warm in the class (worn over diaper swimsuit).
Please note that some children wear a lycra suit (long-sleeved) + a neoprene vest over this suit.
A variety of brand names are available:
No Zone
Sunseals
Tagu Gagu
January Baby - great suit, available year-round at Silly Goose (Danforth/Broadview)

Neoprene Suit or Vest

A neoprene suit or vest is also highly recommended to help keep your baby warm in the class (worn over diaper swimsuit). Please note that some children wear a lycra suit (long-sleeved) + a neoprene vest over this suit.
A variety of brand names are available:
Baby Warma
Warm Belly
Splash About - great suit with long sleeves/legs and fleece inner lining!

Where to Purchase Lycra and Neoprene Suits
Available Year Round
100 Mile Child
MEC
Snug
Silly Goose
(or goggle brand name and order online)


Available Seasonally
Once Upon A Child
Toys R Us

Old Navy
Costco
Canadian Tire


Pool Locations

Westin Harbour Castle
One Harbour Square
(Yonge & Queen's Quay)

Edward Village North York
185 Yorkland Boulevard
(404 & Sheppard)
George S. Henry Academy
200 Graydon Hall Drive
(Don Mills/York Mills)
Monarch Park Collegiate
1 Hanson Street
(Danforth & Coxwell)
Kensington Community School
401 College Street
(College & Bathurst)
Deer Park Junior and Senior School
23 Ferndale Avenue
(St.Clair & Yonge)

Nov/Dec 2018 Session
Westin Harbour Castle: Tuesday October 30 - December 18 (8 weeks), $199.00
Westin Harbour Castle: Thursday November 1 - December 20 (8 weeks), $199.00
Westin Harbour Castle: Sunday November 4 - December 16 (7 weeks), $174.13
(fees include HST, two hotel towels per visit)

Edward Village North York:
Wednesday October 31 - December 19 (8 weeks), $179.00
Edward Village North York: Saturday November 3 - December 15 (7 weeks), $156.62

(fees include HST)

Monarch Park Collegiate: Saturday November 3 - December 15 (7 weeks), $156.62
(fee includes HST)


Deer Park School:
Saturday November 3 - December 15 (7 weeks), $156.62
(fee includes HST)


Kensington School: Sunday November 4 - December 16 (7 weeks), $156.62

(fee includes HST)

Jan/Feb. 2019 Session
Fees include H.S.T. (and towels at The Westin and Edward Village)

Westin Harbour Castle
: Tuesday January 8 - February 26 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Thursday January 10 - February 28 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Sunday January 13 - March 3 (7 weeks), $174
(excluding Sunday February 3)

Edward Village North York: Wednesday January 9 - February 27 (7 weeks), $166
(excluding Wednesday February 6)
Edward Village North York: Saturday January 12 - March 2 (7 weeks), $166

(excluding Saturday February 2)

Monarch Park Collegiate: Saturday January 12 - March 2 (8 weeks), $189

Deer Park School:
Saturday January 12 - March 2 (8 weeks), $189

Kensington School: Sunday January 13 - March 3 (8 weeks), $189

March/April 2019 Session
Fees include H.S.T. (and towels at The Westin and Edward Village)

Westin Harbour Castle
: Tuesday March 5 - April 23 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Thursday March 7- April 25 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Sunday March 10 - April 28 (7 weeks), $174
excluding April 21)

Edward Village North York: Wednesday March 6 - April 24 (8 weeks), $189
Edward Village North York: Saturday March 9 - April 27 (7 weeks), $166

(excluding April 20)

Monarch Park Collegiate: Saturday March 9 - April 27 (7 weeks), $166
(excluding April 20)


Deer Park School:
Saturday March 9 - April 27 (7 weeks), $166
(excluding April 20)


Kensington School: Sunday March 10 - April 28 (7 weeks), $166
(excluding April 21)

May/June 2019 Session
Fees include H.S.T. (and towels at The Westin and Edward Village)

Westin Harbour Castle
: Tuesday April 30 - June 25 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Thursday May 2 - June 27 (8 weeks), $199
Westin Harbour Castle: Sunday May 5 - June 23 (8 weeks), $199

Edward Village North York: Wednesday May 1 - June 26 (8 weeks), $189
Edward Village North York: Saturday May 4 - June 22 (8 weeks), $189


Monarch Park Collegiate: Saturday May 4 - June 15 (7 weeks), $166

Deer Park School:
Saturday May 4 - June 15 (7 weeks), $166

Kensington School: Sunday May 5 - June 9 (6 weeks), $142


 

FALL, WINTER, SPRING SCHEDULE
Aquafit Classes
BabySwim, ToddlerSwim, KinderSwim Classes
September 4, 2018 - June 27, 2019

 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Saturday
Sunday
Westin Harbour
Castle
 

10:30 AF

11:30 BS


6:00 AF
9:30 TS
10:30 AF

11:30 BS


1:00 BS
2:00 TS

3:00 AF

George S. Henry
Academy
     

6:10 AF
Open Swim
6:00-6:10pm

   

Edward Village
North York

10:30 AF

 

10:30 AF
12:30 BS

6:00 KS

6:45 TS
Feb.13,20,27 only

 

3:00 TS

 

Monarch Park
Collegiate

 


6:10 AF
Open Swim
6:00-6:10pm

   

9:00 KS
9:50 TS

10:40 TS
11:30 AF
12:30 BS


Kensington
Community School
     

 

 

9:00 KS
9:50 TS
10:40 TS

11:30 BS

Deer Park Public School        

1:00 TS

 
AF: Aquafit classes (adults only), click on "Aquafit Classes" link for more details.
BS: BabySwim classes (5 - 17 months)
TS: ToddlerSwim classes (18 months - 4 years)
KS: KinderSwim classes (3 - 5 years)
 
 

How To Register

  • Email H2O~FIT to check class availability (all classes usually fill each session) ... h2ofit@rogers.com
  • Complete a Registration form. To view or print this form you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download a free version click here.
  • Scan/email registration form to the H2O-FIT office (contact information is on form).

What to Bring & Other Important Information

  • Parent requires swimsuit and towel; deck shoes are highly recommended
  • At The Westin (only), two towels are permitted per parent (for baby boat).
  • Child requires cloth diaper swimsuit, lycra or neoprene suit (optional for extra warmth), large towel for baby boat (placed behind back), towel for after class, small toy while sitting in baby boat (optional).
  • Please note that all children must wear a cloth diaper swim suit. (see details and photo at top of page).
  • When fitting your child with a suit, it must fit tightly around upper thighs and waist (to prevent leakage).
  • When changing child, a changing pad must be used (cloth diaper swim suit does not absorb wetness).
  • All used diapers must be taken home (please do not leave "poopy" diapers in garbage cans at pool).
  • While on deck and in the water, parents must remain within arms-reach of infant/toddler at all times.
  • To keep our pools clean, please do not apply body creams, perfumes, or hair products on the day of your class.
  • Outdoor footwear and strollers are not permitted on deck (these must be left in the change rooms).
    Exception: At The Westin and Edward Village, strollers and outdoor footwear are permitted on the pool deck.
  • Glass containers are strictly forbidden on deck and in change rooms
    This includes baby bottles, water bottles, coffee mugs, toys, etc.
    Please note that if glass is broken on deck, this poses a danger to children and adults; and the pool must be drained, cleaned, refilled, reheated (closed for 24-72 hours), affecting many permit holders.
  • For missed classes, please click on "Make-up Classes" link for information on how to book your make-up class.

Notice to Visiting Guests ... photography ... videography

  • Videography and photography permitted before and after classes.
  • Relatives and friends are welcome to take photos before or after class - please take photos of your child only.
  • We kindly ask that cell phone use (conversations) be kept to a minimum during classes.
  • Street shoes/boots are not permitted on pool deck (these must be left in change rooms).

Parking & Entrance to Pool and Change Rooms (please note: some locations have stairs)

 

The Westin - discounted valet parking for H2O-FIT clients is $10.00 per visit (names are on class list at valet kiosk).
Take north tower elevators to the fifth floor to the pool (someone will let you onto pool deck). If you come via south tower elevators, you may not be seen at this door and may have to wait a few minutes until someone lets you in.

Monarch Park - free parking in school lot, and most side streets (see map). Entrance is at doors #3, near parking lot.

Kensington - free parking on side streets, and on College until 1:00pm (see map).
Entrance to pool is through the double-doors, just west of main school doors off College Street. There is one flight of stairs to the change rooms.

Deer Park - free parking in small school lot (see map). Please note: Access to school parking lot is from Heath Street.

Edward Village North York - free parking in hotel lot (see map).

George S. Henry Academy - free parking in school lot (near entrance to pool).


 
206 Snowshoe Crescent, Markham, Ontario, L3T 4M9
Tel: 647-449-0043 Email: h2ofit@rogers.com