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At The Aqua Life, we are committed to providing the highest quality swim instruction in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. We believe that every child has the potential to become a strong and confident swimmer, and we are dedicated to helping them reach their full potential in the water. That's why we offer a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels. Click below to find your level before registering for classes.

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Low Ratio

Our low ratio swim lessons with no more than 3 to 4 students per instructor, allows for a more personalized and individualized approach to teaching, as the instructor is able to give each student more attention and focus on their specific needs and abilities.

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Semi-private

Semi-private swim lessons (2 to 1 ratio) are a great option for those who want more personalized instruction and can be a good option for families or friends who want to learn together. These types of lessons also provide a supportive and social learning environment, as students can motivate and encourage each other during their lesson.

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Private

Private swim lessons are delivered in a one-on-one setting. These lessons are tailored specifically to the needs and goals of each individual student, and allow for a more personalized and focused learning experience. Private swim lessons can be a great option for people who are new to swimming, or who want to improve their technique and stroke efficiency.

The Aqua Life team of swim instructors shares a passion for teaching and a love of the water. Our goal is to provide high-quality swim lessons to people of all ages and abilities, and our team is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all of our students.

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Duration

4-30 minute classes per month, including 2 minutes dedicated for feedback

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Absences & Make-ups

Automatically manage your absences and makeups through our system

From beginner swimmers to those looking to improve their stroke technique, we have a program for everyone.

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Class Fees

Perpetual enrolment, with automatic monthly payments

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Advance Notice

To withdraw from classes, we require a 30 day notice the month prior

  • Aqua Babies

    (1 - 3 years)

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    Parent & Tot

    Introduce your little one to the water in a safe and enjoyable way! Our classes are specifically designed for young children under the age of 3, and are a great way to introduce young swimmers to submerging, breath control, kicking on both the front and back, and underwater swimming.

    We recommend starting your little one as early as four months old to build confidence in and around the water.

    Once they reach the age of three, they can graduate into our Swim 101 program.

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  • Beginners

    (3 - 7 years)

    Swim 101

    Our Swim 101 classes provide the foundation for your child to become a confident and independent swimmer. These lessons are designed for students who are new to swimming, or who have limited experience in the water. They may also be suitable for children who have a fear of the water, or who have not had the opportunity to learn how to swim before. Important skills they will learn include self-submersion, breath control, front and back kicks, modified treading water, and freestyle swimming with their face in the water.

    For our more anxious students, we use the Power Swimr to help build their confidence in the water. This tool is designed to adapt to your child’s skill level by removing foam layers to give them the perfect amount of support they need to take the plunge.

    Once students can swim 15m with breath control, and without a floatation device, they will be ready to move on to Swim Strokes 201.

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  • Intermediate

    (6 -8 years)

    Swim Strokes 201

    Swim Strokes 201 takes your child from a novice paddler to a proficient swimmer. This program is designed for swimmers who have already mastered the basics of swimming and are looking to improve their skills and techniques. These lessons typically focus on refining strokes, increasing endurance, and introducing more advanced techniques such as flip turns while also teaching your child the basics of the flutter kick, backstroke, and freestyle (front crawl) with side breathing.

    Once they have mastered these fundamentals, children can progress to Advanced Swim Strokes 301, which requires them to be able to swim 20 meters of freestyle with side breathing and 20 meters of backstroke.

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  • Advanced

    (7+ years)

    Advanced Swim Strokes 301

    Advanced Swim Strokes 301 provides your child with the opportunity to take their abilities to the next level and also learn the proper techniques for breaststroke and butterfly. Through precise instruction and specialized drills, students develop the muscle memory necessary to master these advanced strokes. Additionally, these lessons focus on refining and perfecting stroke technique, building endurance, and introducing more challenging strokes and skills while helping your child to gain the confidence and strength needed for competitive swimming or lifeguard training.

    Upon completion of this program, your child will be able to swim an 80m individual medley, consisting of 20m of each stroke: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

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  • Pre-competitive

    (7+ years)

    Power Swim I

    Our Power Swim I focuses on the technique for front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke arms with flutter kick, and dolphin kick with proper breathing. In each session, students will swim approximately 800 to 1000 meters. During the initial classes, the majority of drills will be geared towards improving swimmers’ stroke technique; endurance training will be gradually incorporated into each class while adhering to the progression principle. Upon successful completion of this level, students will be able to progress to Power Swim II.

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  • Pre-competitive

    (9+ years)

    Power Swim II

    Power Swim II continues to improve swimmers’ technical skills, focusing on complex strokes such as butterfly. Endurance training is the primary focus at this level, while we add an element of speed swimming for an extra challenge. Diving from a diving board is another skill we work on during Power Swim II, and for those who love back crawl, we also teach backstroke starts. We provide detailed breakdowns of breaststroke and butterfly to help swimmers become more efficient in the water and prepare them for competitive teams.

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Testimonials

Christine Kelly
Christine Kelly

July 06, 2022

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My children are just finishing their first intensive week with Aqua Life Swim Academy. I can’t say enough good things about this program. The learning and improvement they have both had (ages 4 and 6) is incredible. These lesson are so worth it. Amazing!

Lisa Le Nguyen
Lisa Le Nguyen

April 01, 2021

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If you\'re thinking of taking swimming lessons in Ottawa, Aqua Life Swim Academy is an absolute no brainer. Corina, the owner, goes above and beyond to deliver the best possible customer service. She makes sure that all her customers have the most positive experience with her and her staff. I had André as my instructor and he was also incredibly kind and patient. I can\'t recommend Aqua Life enough, definitely 5 stars.

Craig Dunbar
Craig Dunbar

September 18, 2020

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My 4 year old daughter has been having a blast while learning with the great instructors at The Aqua Life. The low student: teacher ratio really helps her focus and get the most out of her lesson times, and she is making constant improvements. Their instructor scheduling also helps with her development, as the same instructors work with the same students continuously, barring vacation or illness of course. That consistency helps build her confidence in her instructor and herself. I find it very helpful to me as a parent that there is time set aside each class to discuss successes and growth opportunities, which help me to work with her when we\'re swimming together. It\'s also great to see the safety measures that the company and its hotel partners are taking right now to ensure everyone\'s safety. Kids need to get out of the house and exercise, and a pool with safety precautions in place is one of the best places they can go I definitely recommend The Aqua Life to anyone who wants to learn or develop their swimming abilities at any level.

Natasha Villeneuve
Natasha Villeneuve

December 20, 2019

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Aqualife is fantastic! I love that the lessons are held in hotel pools which are much more private than community pools. Vanessa is an incredible instructor. So dedicated, clear, patient and encouraging. I definitely rate them 5 stars!

Julia Slanina
Julia Slanina

December 19, 2019

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We recently joined Aqua Life and have been blown away with the care and attention instruction staff has provided for our 4 year old hesitant swimmer. After only a few weeks, our son loves to swim, feels confident with water in his eyes and is eager for his weekly sessions. I don\'t know why we didn\'t join sooner! Thank you, Aqua Life! :)

Leanne Vo-Forman
Leanne Vo-Forman

December 18, 2019

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Our son loves going to his lessons with Mackenzie. She is an amazing teacher.

Frances Osborne
Frances Osborne

December 18, 2019

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We have had a great experience with The Aqua Life! Our 5 year old improves her skills every week. I love that we get feedback from the instructor after each lesson. Our daughter looks forward to swimming every single week!

Leanne Chevrier
Leanne Chevrier

December 18, 2019

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Aqua life and the instructors have taught my son to swim. We have been so happy with the instruction and encouragement they have provided to my son! Initially my son was afraid to go under the water and was unable to swim without a floating device. He is now able to swim, front crawl, back crawl and swim underwater. We have loved both Mackenzie and Luca (Instructors).

Adeena Wisenthal
Adeena Wisenthal

December 18, 2019

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I have been taking swimming lessons at Aqua Life for the past 4 years. I started as an adult non-swimmer terrified of the water and now I can swim and thoroughly love the water. I have had numerous teachers over the years - each offering their talents, skills, and unique teaching style while always working within the principles set out by Aqua Life. My current teacher, Vanessa, is fun to work with. She is patient, kind, and has great attention to detail. She is helping me perfect my strokes and improve my cardio through endurance drills. I have come a long way thanks to Aqua Life and look forward to continued progress!

Victoria Zablocki Little
Victoria Zablocki Little

December 18, 2019

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Great individual attention and small class size! Our son thrived this Fall with his weekly lesson! We are so happy!

Julie Ouellette
Julie Ouellette

December 01, 2018

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Our kids improved so much faster than with other swim lessons! 5 stars or more for sure!

Naomi Legault
Naomi Legault

November 22, 2018

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I give them a 5/5!!! Check out my blog post about our experience. https://naomibianca613.com/2018/08/31/the-aqualife-academy-at-brookstreet-hotel/

Leah Mulligan
Leah Mulligan

August 09, 2018

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We have loved our week long intensive Swim 101 class with Erin & Samantha. My son is in the water right now having a great time. The small class size is amazing for my son; and he warmed up to the instructors better than I could have imagined. He has so much more confidence in the water just after 4 classes.

Rae-Anne St Pierre
Rae-Anne St Pierre

August 02, 2018

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My 5 year old and 2 year old just completed their first intensive week of lessons. My daughter had an amazing time and saw a huge improvement in not only her swimming skills but her confidence as well. The day after her first lesson the first words out of her mouth when she woke up were “i have swimming lessons today”. My son had never taken swimming lessons before and was previously nervous of getting in the water. Joanie, our instructor, was amazing. She was able to get him into the water with no issues and he had a huge smile as he practiced his kicking. We had a wonderful experience and will be returning! Thanks Joanie and Stephanie!

Sheila McCormick
Sheila McCormick

July 30, 2018

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We loved our swimming lessons! My daughter had a wonderful instructor and I loved how she was able to be the only student. Great experience!

Lindsay Hamilton
Lindsay Hamilton

May 10, 2018

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The personalized touch that they offer is so special! Really helped our boy to have safe confidence when it comes to swimming! Highly recommended!!

Shelley Schroeder
Shelley Schroeder

March 06, 2018

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Michelle Karow
Michelle Karow

February 09, 2018

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My son loves taking swim lessons with Aqua Life Swim Academy. He enjoys himself and is now a confident, strong swimmer. The Aqua Life Swim Academy provides confident, patient and skilled instructors.

Mackenzie Jones
Mackenzie Jones

January 31, 2018

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The Aqua Life Swim Academy is an amazing place to work. Stephanie cares so much about her team and always prioritizes their satisfaction. Definitely a 5 star experience for team members.

Angela Elliott
Angela Elliott

August 02, 2017

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My kids have already shown progress in 3 short lessons. I\'m very happy with their experience so far and they\'re enjoying it too.

Scott Corbett
Scott Corbett

July 30, 2017

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Sam did a week of intense summer sessions with Mackenzie. She was really fantastic with him. Mackenzie is super patience and attentive. I noticed a significant improvement in Sam\'s swim technique, and he\'s super proud to be a better swimmer. We\'re really looking forward to our August sessions given great experience we had in July.

Natalie Dawn
Natalie Dawn

July 29, 2017

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In just a few months, my child has gone from being uncomfortable in the water and needing a life jacket to now working on his front crawl. I cannot say enough good things about these lessons!! And the personalized customer service really can\'t be beat.

Candace Labelle
Candace Labelle

July 28, 2017

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My daughter is not great with crowds or strangers and refused traditional classes as they were too overwhelming for her. She was able to make a connection with the 1:1 or 1:2 attention at the Best Western pool that allowed her to find her comfort zone. I have been blown away by her progress through the immersive summer lessons. She went from not even putting her face in the water to yesterday jumping 3 feet into the pool and swimming to the edge (9 lessons). I would (and have) recommend to anyone.

Shannon Whiteside
Shannon Whiteside

July 20, 2017

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I could not be happier with the progress my child has made since enrolling in lessons with Aqua Life. My 5 yr old daughter had previously failed the entry level Red Cross program 4 times - she refused to put her face in the water. Fast forward 2 months, in semi-private lessons with swim academy, and she is swimming (face in!) and jumping in the deep end on her own. She is currently registered in the summer intensive classes and her instructor Mackenzie is FABULOUS. So patient, calm and encouraging. As swimming is a life long skill, this is a fantastic investment!

Karen Frances Rintoul
Karen Frances Rintoul

April 13, 2017

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In 12 wks my daughter went from being clingy & barely putting her face in the water to now dunking, floating & swimming last night with no power swimmer!!! Aqua Life Swim Academy is the best & the instructors are awesome!!! �

Alana Fenwick
Alana Fenwick

February 13, 2017

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We started private lessons for our daughters in January after becoming frustrated with no progress in city lessons. Our daughters have gained a lot of confidence and ability since then and will be swimming like fish in the summer!

Dan Liu-Nguyen
Dan Liu-Nguyen

February 11, 2017

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Sandra Swift
Sandra Swift

February 09, 2017

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Aqua life has changed my daughter\'s out look on swimming. Sophie had taught my daughter to relax in the water. In 30 min with aqua life we accomplished more that we did all summer with the city. So worth it especially for those with anxious children.

Rebecca Visscher Lemieux
Rebecca Visscher Lemieux

February 09, 2017

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We simply love this program. My 3 year old is thriving. Excellent instructors!

Jenny Tsen
Jenny Tsen

February 03, 2017

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Stephanie and her instructors are very knowledgeable and engage her students in a such a way that gets them swimming in no time. She has a wonderful program and if you have struggled with swimming or want to improve your skills, her team will fast track you forward in a short amount of time. The private lessons are worth it!!

Valentina Mestrovic
Valentina Mestrovic

August 27, 2016

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My daughter has been part of Aqua Life Swim Academy since she was 4. She is now 11 and a very strong, confident swimmer ready for new challenges. Thank you Aqua Life for all the great swim years. You are the best!

Sally Ball
Sally Ball

August 18, 2016

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Stephanie\'s expertise and personality are a great combination for helping kids. Her precise and detailed feedback were highly beneficial. Stephanie\'s genuine interest in my children\'s development kept them engaged and they enjoyed going to her class.. I highly recommend Aqua Life Swim Academy in Orleans!

Sibylle Aalders
Sibylle Aalders

April 27, 2016

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When dealing with Stephanie, who is as passionate and caring as she is, success is guaranteed.

Hongbo Ji
Hongbo Ji

March 30, 2016

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I sent my daughter to summer camps and group lessons and she did not really learn how to swim until I found Aqua life. Private lessons made a big difference, she learned in a few weeks and fell in love with her instructor. Way to go!

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