Manitoba-based Swim School Goes Virtual


Looking to stay busy while at home? Looking to fill the void of after school activities?

Aqua Essence Swim Academy can help!

During the pandemic, the company took their strength in working with babies to youth, and amped up their efforts to reach people online through virtual courses. They were one of three places in Canada that piloted the online Red Cross Babysitting Course (for 11-15 year olds).  These courses are complemented with their signature At Home Babies program (4 months to 2.5 years) from families’ own tubs and their At Home Heroes (grades 2-6) program. They have been busy meeting families needs and teaching safety during these challenging times.

At Home Heroes

This course is designed as an introduction to the world of first aid/leadership and meets Phys-ed curriculum for grades 2-6. We have been teaching this course in schools for the last 4 years with incredible results and feedback. We talk about how to recognize an emergency and the steps to take when one arises bleeding. The course also teaches what kids need to know about first aid kits, poisoning, choking and more. Participants will learn in an online environment in their own homes and will get a chance to try out their leadership skills while practicing mock phone calls with a 911 operator.

Kids will feel independent, helpful, smart and powerful. They will also learn skills that give value to life-long learning and growth. They are given the chance to excel in an area outside the traditional walls of a classroom. Kids are loving these classes so much that they have asked for more!

It’s a fun way to build confidence and leadership skills in children. There is no first aid certification with this course.

The Babysitter’s Club

Virtual Red Cross Babysitting Course: This course is for participants aged 11-15. It is taught by certified  instructors using Zoom and is a great opportunity for children to sign up with their friends, cousins, and neighbours.  Aqua Essence has had participants take the course from all over Canada.

At Home Babies

At Home Aqua Babies: Aqua Essence brings their trademarked Aqua Babies program to Canadian’s own homes, tub or pool of any kind. Their specialized approach to teaching babies how to swim is focused on safety, confidence, and family connection. This is a skills-based learning program taught by expert instructors who understand how babies react to water and how they learn best. Babies from three months to three years old are welcome to participate in their home Aqua Babies. Classes will run for 20 minutes a class.