Important Change to Swimming Lessons Offered in Lachine

Last updated August 3, 2022
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Following the decision of the Red Cross to no longer offer its swimming lessons program, the borough of Lachine is continuing to offer these services through the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life program.

Starting in the fall of 2022, swimming lessons and lifesaving courses will follow the continuum of the Lifesaving Society, an organization with over 100 years of experience in the field. What this means for you:

For a person who has previously taken Red Cross swimming lessons:

Please refer to the following equivalency chart:


Lifesaving Society level

Red Cross level

Age (following)

Lifesaving Society level (following)

Red Cross level (following)

4-12 months old

Parent & Tot 1


5-12 years old

Swimmer 4

Swim Kids 4

12-24 months old

Parent & Tot 2


5-12 years old

Swimmer 5

Swim Kids 5

2-3 years old

Parent & Tot 3


5-12 years old

Swimmer 6

Swim Kids 6

3-5 years old

Preschool 1

Sea Otter

5-12 years old

Rookie Patrol

Swim Kids 7

3-5 years old

Preschool 2


8 à 12 ans

Ranger Patrol

Swim Kids 8

3-5 years old

Preschool 3


8 à 12 ans

Star Patrol

Swim Kids 9

3-5 years old

Preschool 4


8 à 12 ans

Bronze Star

Swim Kids 10

3-5 years old

Preschool 5


16 ans et +

Adult 1

Essential 1

5-12 years old

Swimmer 1

Swim Kids 1

16 ans et +

Adult 2

Essential 2

5-12 years old

Swimmer 2

Swim Kids 2

16 ans et +

Adult 3

Swimming style

5-12 years old

Swimmer 3

Swim Kids 3

For further details, refer to the equivalency chart prepared by the Lifesaving Society.

If you or your child have never taken any Red Cross swimming lessons:

For help in evaluating your child’s swimming level, send your questions to us by email.