Mission, Vision, and Values | Aqua Life Swim Academy

Mission Vision and Values

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Our Mission

“We are dedicated to providing high-quality swim instruction to people of all ages and abilities in a safe, supportive, inclusive and welcoming environment. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn how to swim, and we are committed to helping our students develop a lifelong love of the water while focusing on building confidence and develop a lifelong love of swimming”

Our Vision

Our vision is to promote water safety and drowning prevention and be the leading swim school in our communities, providing exceptional swim instruction and creating a positive impact on the lives of our students and their families. We envision a future in which everyone has the confidence and skills to enjoy the water safely and with joy.

Core Values

  • Trust and Community

    We value being an active and positive presence in our local communities, and we aim to foster a sense of community among students, staff, and families. Our goal is to break down barriers and create a safe and inclusive space that allows staff and all members of our local community to enjoy the water.

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  • Safety

    The safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff is our top priority. We follow strict safety protocols that ensure all our classes are delivered in a safe environment.

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  • Inclusivity

    We aim to be welcoming to all students, regardless of their age, ability, or background. We offer a wide variety of classes and programs to meet the needs of our clients, and we strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment. We prioritize the respect and dignity for all participants, so everyone can enjoy the pool in a fun and worry-free atmosphere.

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  • Fun

    We aim to make learning to swim an enjoyable and rewarding experience for all our students. We incorporate fun and engaging activities into lessons, and create a positive and supportive learning environment, all while encouraging a love of swimming.

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  • Excellence

    We provide top-quality instruction in order to help our students achieve their best results. Our focus remains on maintaining high standards of instruction, and ensuring that all staff members are trained and knowledgeable about the latest best practices in aquatics.

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Our Impact

Our swim school has touched the lives of many in our community. From introducing children to a lifelong passion for swimming, to encouraging adults to stay safe and healthy in the water, our impact on our local community is real and lasting. We strive to make sure that everyone who comes through our doors leaves with a positive experience. From focused individual instruction to special events and classes tailored to different age groups, we pride ourselves on providing an environment where everyone feels welcome and can grow together. Our commitment to the members of our community goes beyond just teaching them how to swim – it’s about empowering people of all ages by showing them that they can pursue their dreams. We are proud of the impact we have had on so many in our local community!

We are proud to partner with One Tree Planted. Plant One Planted is a non-profit organization dedicated to reforestation around the world. With their help, we have been able to plant 90 trees in December! By doing this, we are helping to offset our carbon footprint and create healthier ecosystems. We know that by supporting One Tree Planted, we are making a small but meaningful contribution towards preserving our planet and its precious resources.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with One Tree Planted in the future and doing our part to tackle climate change!

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!