Building Hours - Labour Day to May 26, 2017
Mon.- Fri.  5:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday  6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday  9:00 am - 10:30 pm

* Patrons must be exited from Athletic facilities; locker rooms and building, 30 min. after closing.

Closed for Renovations end of May'17 to Fall 2018

Swimming & Aquatic Programs


The Dartmouth Sportsplex strives to provide the public and members with a wide variety of recreational opportunities and services. We are also continuously improving to fit the needs of our ever growing family focused environment.

We have got it!

  • Open swim, member swim and family swim times
  • Highest quality swimming lessons for infants & toddlers, school-aged children, teens and adults
  • Affiliated youth swim team and masters’ swim team
  • Aquatic Fitness classes
  • Leadership courses such as Bronze Medals and Water Rescue for First Responders
  • Vocational training in aquatic professions such as life guarding and swim instructing
  • A great facility including an 8 lane 25 meter swimming pool; warmer training pool with gradual water depth up to 1 meter; a spa area including a hot tub, dry sauna and steam room; 4 water slides

The Dartmouth Sportsplex offers a variety of swimming programs for all skills & age groups. Our Infant & Pre-School program has been with us since we opened the building; October 1982, and even though it has gone through minor changes & updates, the focus has remained the same: fun and safe water activities and games for parents & children. Child Minding is also available at certain times if you need to coordinate one child in lessons and another in child care.  

There are no refunds for memberships or programs offered at the Dartmouth Sportsplex, unless the program is canceled by us. In the event of a medical issue, with a Doctor’s note, participants can arrange for a credit towards the following session. There are no make-up classes for any program unless you are in a Private Lesson. It is to be arranged with the Private Lesson instructor, if a mutual day and time cannot be agreed upon a credit will be issued to your Sportsplex online account.

A Parent's Guide for Placing New Swimmers


To start swimming lessons, it depends on their age first, then ability.

With a variety of levels to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to learn where to place your child. They could begin with:

  • Bibs & Bubbles (parents participate in water)
  • AquaTot A (parents participate in water)
  • AquaTot B1, B2 or B3
  • I Can Do It Myself 1 or 2
  • or even at the Swim For Life levels

Most ages listed are a guideline only, and are the average age of participating children within each level.

Bibs & Bubbles

3 months - Walking
Parent Participation
RATIO 1:10, 30 min. class
No badge – Certificate

AquaTot A 1,2,& 3

Walking - 3 years
Parent Participation
RATIO 1:10 30 min. class
3 levels are taught together

AQUATOT B1, B2, & B3

Ages 3 - 5 1/2 years
NO Parent Participation
Skills are the same as ATA, but without parent involvement, encouraging skill development & independence

AquaTot B1

3 - 5 years | Ratio 1:5, 30 min.
Orange Turtle
Beginners who cannot get face wet, dunk under, blow bubbles

AquaTot B3

4 - 5 1/2 years | Ratio 1:5, 30 min
Red Turtle Badge
Can do front & back floats & glides; can jump in unassisted

AquaTot B2

3 - 5 years | Ratio 1:5, 30 min
Blue Turtle badge
Can get face wet, blow bubbles, submerge under water

I Can Do It Myself 1 & 2

4 – 5 1/2 years | Ratio 1:5, 30 min.
MUST be referred to program from B3 or Instructor
Level 1 – can swim 3 meters unassisted on front & back; can perform basic skills – floats, glides, jumps – unassisted in Main pool
Level 2 – can swim 10 meters unassisted in Main Pool; can swim 3-5 meters of ‘Big Arms’ (front crawl); can jump off starting block unassisted

Canadian Red Cross – Swim Kids and the NEW Lifesaving Society Ages 5+ - Swimmer 1 to 6 and Canadian Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger and Star)

Red Cross Swim Program

Swim Kids 1 (goes into Swimmer 1)
30 min class
5 yrs old
Beginner level, cannot swim

Swim Kids 2 (goes into Swimmer 2)
30 min class
Can swim 5 meters independently; OR completed. B3

Swim Kids 3 (goes into Swimmer 3)
Ratio 1:6
30 min class
6 years, completed ICDIM 2; DEEP water class

Swim Kids 4 (goes into Swimmer 4)
30 min class
ages 7-9; can do 5 meters front crawl, 5 meters on back, comfy in deep water

Swim Kids 5 (goes into Swimmer 5)
45 min. ages 7-
9; can do 25 meters swim (any stroke); 15 meters
front crawl; 10 meters back crawl.

Swim Kids 6 (goes into Swimmer 6)
45 min., ages 7 - 9
can swim 50 meters continuous, 25 meters front crawl, 15 meters back crawl, diving, tread water 1 min

Swim Kids 7 (goes into Rookie)
45 min.; ages 7- 10;
can do 25 meters front & back crawl & elementary. back; 75 meters endurance.

Swim Kids 8 (goes into Ranger)
45 min; ages 8- 10;
can swim 6 laps; 50 meters front & back crawl; whip kick

Swim Kids 9 (goes into Ranger)
45 min, ages 8-11
can swim 10 laps; 75 meters front & back
crawl; 25 meters breast/elementary. back

Swim Kids 10 (goes into Star)
45 min. ages 8- 11 years;
can swim 16 laps; 100 meters front/back crawl; 5 meters breast/ elementary. back.

 Lifesaving Society of Canada Swim Program, New program we are offering.

Swimmer 1:

These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a life jacket. They'll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They'll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back. 

RATIO 1:6, 30 min class.


Swimmer 2: 

These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a life jacket. They'll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 m on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 m).

RATIO 1:6, 30 min class


Swimmer 3: 

These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They'll work on 15 m of front crawl, back crawl and 10 m of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 m.

RATIO 1:6, 30 min class


Swimmer 4: 

These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 m underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They'll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 m and 4 x 25 m front or back crawl interval training.

RATIO 1:6' 30 min class


Swimmer 5: 

These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They'll refine their front and back crawl over 50 m swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 m. Then they'll pick up the pace in 25 m sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 m front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 m breaststroke.

RATIO 1:8; 45 min class


Swimmer 6: 

These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor kick. They'll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 m. They'll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they'll complain about the 300 m workout.

RATIO 1:8, 45 min class


Rookie Patrol:

Swimmers continue stroke development with 50 m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Lifesaving Sport skills include a 25 m obstacle swim and 15 m object carry. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding.  Fitness improves in 350 m workouts and 100 m timed swims.

RATIO 1:8, 45 min class


Ranger Patrol:

Swimmers develop better strokes over 75 m swims of each stroke. They tackle Lifesaving Sport skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Skill drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation.

RATIO 1:8, 45 min class


Star Patrol:

Swimmers are challenged with 600 m workouts, 300 m timed swims and a 25 m object carry. Strokes are refined over 100 m swims. First aid focuses on treatment of bone or joint injuries and respiratory emergencies including asthma and allergic reactions. Lifesaving skills include defense methods, victim removals and rolling over and supporting a victim face up in shallow water.

RATIO 1:8, 45 min class



Badge issued upon completion of each level.

We recommend you register at least 1 week before the program start date to ensure there is space available in the program. Classes have a limited number and are canceled up to a week ahead of the start date.

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If you have any questions about any Aquatic Program, please contact the Aquatic Department at 902-464-2600 ext. 319