Junior Swimming

The Kettles is excited to offer a modified Junior program for this summer.  We have been working diligently with the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit, the Lifesaving Society, Sail Canada and the Ontario Sailing Association to develop a program that meets all the current safety guidelines and restrictions in place due to COVID-19. 

Registration information can be found below:

If you have any questions about our programs or COVID- 19 guidelines please email questions to Riley Comish at kettlesjuniorclub@gmail.com.

Lifesaving Society Swimming Programs

The Kettles Swimming Program is pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society Swimming Programs. Our comprehensive program consists of Parent & Tot, Preschool, Swimmer (levels 1-6), Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger and Star), Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross swimming levels. It is strongly recommended that students enroll for the full summer session for the Bronze programs.

Parent and Tot (ages up to 3)

Spend quality time with your child while you both have fun and learn and socialize. Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.

Preschool (ages 3-5)

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep.  In our basic aquatic progressions, we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

Swimmer (ages 6 to 12)

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics.  We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Water Smart® education in all levels.

Swimmer 1 – These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. 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.

Swimmer 2 – These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. 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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swim Patrol (Rookie, Ranger, and Star for ages 9-12)

The Swim Patrol program provides enriched training for kids who are ready to go beyond learn-to-swim. The content is challenging, and the levels demand good physical conditioning for timed swims and a variety of lifesaving skills. The Swim Patrol consists of three levels:

Rookie Patrol – The Rookie Patrol features timed 100 m swims, 350 m workouts and swims with clothes. This award takes a work hard & play hard approach that develops swimming strength and efficiency, with emphasis on personal responsibility for Water Smart® behaviour.

Ranger Patrol – The Ranger Patrol award is challenging but achievable with effort. Skill drills enhance capability in the water and include a non-contact rescue.

Star Patrol – The Star Patrol award demands good physical conditioning for timed swims and workouts; this award also demands lifesaving judgment for whistle signals, and airway and bleeding first aid priorities. This award is excellent preparation for the Bronze Star award.

The Bronze Awards (Star, Medallion, and Cross for ages 12-15)

Bronze Star – Develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skill and personal fitness. Candidates refine their stroke mechanics, acquire self-rescue skills, and apply fitness principles in training workouts. Bronze Star is excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion and provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport. Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended.)

Bronze Medallion – Challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water. Bronze Medallion is a prerequisite for assistant lifeguard training in Bronze Cross. Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).

Bronze Cross – Begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs. Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Lifesaving Society Emergency or Standard First Aid certification


All swimming instructors are qualified in the Lifesaving Society’s Swim Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. All of the instructors and assistant instructors took Lifesaving Society swim levels at the Kettles which allows them to be able to return to our programs and bring in new ideas to make the program better.

Head InstructorElla Comish
InstructorAddi Sloan
Assistant InstructorSammy Thomson
VolunteerJaycee Comish
Program CoordinatorTroy Comish