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Two kids under water at the Ottawa swimming camp.

Camp Hours: 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Free childcare services hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Lunch and morning snack are included

Take to the pool with our enthusiastic and certified swimming instructors. Swimming camps all include sessions from the Lifesaving Society’s “Swim for Life Program”. These daily one-hour sessions include entries and exits, surface support, underwater skills, survival skills, movement skills and Water Smarts® education. These essential skills will teach swimmers how to stay safe in and around water. The camp also includes many exciting activities including arts and crafts, games, a Water Fest and free swims. Participants of this camp will learn essential swimming skills while having fun and making friends.

Upon registration, please indicate the last level your child took in swimming lessons. Aquatic staff will use the indicated level as a tool to select the appropriate group for each child to learn in a safe environment. As groups will change based on the number of swimmers and their abilities, please note that the selected level is not a guarantee of a specific swimming group. Aquatic instructors are trained to assess the swimming abilities of the participants in their group and challenge each individual appropriately.

Report cards that highlight areas of a swimmer’s strength, and areas for improvement, are provided at the end of the week. It is important to note that children do not pass or fail a swimming level. Rather, when they complete the necessary skills to move on to a more challenging group, an instructor will indicate that they are ready to move forward. Given the organization of swimming groups, this could mean that the swimmer will be working on more challenging skills, while still in a similar group.

The following conversion chart helps compare the Swim for Life program to the Red Cross Swim Kids program.

Equivalence Chart

Swimmers Red-Cross Swim Kids
Swimmer 1 Red-Cross Swim Kids 1 (IC) or (C)
Red-Cross Swim Kids 2 (IC)
Swimmer 2 Red-Cross Swim Kids 2 (C)
Red-Cross Swim Kids 3 (IC)
Swimmer 3 Red-Cross Swim Kids 3 (C)
Red-Cross Swim Kids 4 (IC)
Swimmer 4 Red-Cross Swim Kids 4 (C)
Red-Cross Swim Kids 5 (IC) or (C)
Swimmer 5 Red-Cross Swim Kids 6 (C)
Red-Cross Swim Kids 7 (IC) or (C)
Swimmer 6 Red-Cross Swim Kids 7 (C)


6 to 14 years old


Date Cost
June 26 to June 30, 2017* $250
July 4 to July 7, 2017** $200
July 10 to July 14, 2017 $250
July 17 to July 21, 2017 $250
July 24 to July 28, 2017 $250
July 31 to August 4, 2017 $250
August 8 to August 11, 2017*** $200
August 14 to August 18, 2017 $250
August 21 to August 25, 2017 $250

*Daily registrations are accepted for this week of camp. For more information, please contact the Gee-Gees Camps administration.
** Closed on Canada Day – Monday July 3rd, 2017.
*** Closed on Ontario Civic Holiday – Monday August 7th, 2017.