Swimming Lessons

Swimming programs are offered in July and August by the Township of Russell.

  • Regular programs
  • Semi-private lessons
  • Private lessons
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross

The Swimming Lessons Schedule can be found in the Summer Program Guide, Registration webpage.

What swimming lessons should my kid take?

This conversion chart will help you determine how many swimming lessons you require according to the Lifesaving Society Program.

Swimming Lesson Registration

  • Register in person
  • June 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m. – Town Hall, 717 Notre Dame. Embrun.

Register Online

  • Register online using our booking system. Online registrations are open from May 2 to June 3.
  • Register by phone
  • Registrations are only possible by calling the pool directly beginning June 27.

Barracudas Swim Team

Barracuda Swim Team is a fun and exciting competitive swimming team. It aims to improve swimmers’ sportsmanship. They will increase their endurance, strength and swimming ability. Swimmers will be able to enjoy friendly competition and camaraderie at swim meets.

What’s my Child’s Barracuda level?


Headstart is our team for beginners in swimming. This is a great opportunity for children who love to swim to meet up and learn about swimming. Join the swim team to teach your little fish the basics of each stroke.

  • Freestyle
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly

Relay swimming is also an option for Headstart swimmers. They can learn more about relays and increase their endurance. Swim meets are offered throughout the summer that allow swimmers to race in a friendly, fun environment.

Is my swimmer ready for Headstart?

The average age of a person is 8 years old. A Red Cross Swimmer 3 and Lifesaving Swimmer 2 are highly recommended. Headstarts should love water and be able swim safely.

  • You can relax by putting your face in the water.
  • Jump into deep water unassisted;
  • You can glide forward and back and still float.
  • Swim 15m unassisted in the pool

What’s Junior?

Junior is our middle-level swimming team. This level of swim team practice focuses on endurance, stroke development and proper racing techniques to start-finish. Swimmers will improve their ability to perform all four strokes. Our swimmers love relay races. They offer great opportunities for team building and friendly competition. Junior swimmers are welcome to participate in swim meets throughout the summer.

Is my swimmer available to join the Junior Swim Team?

  • Age range: 9-12 years. Swimmers should be able practice comfortably and can challenge themselves.
  • You can learn basic freestyle and backstroke. An advantage would be to have some knowledge of breaststroke.
  • Do a standing or kneeling diving
  • Swim at least 8-12 laps per minute (200-300m).

What’s Senior?

Senior is our most experienced level. Senior swimmers work hard to improve their skills in all four races: starts, turns and finishes. This team focuses on improving swimmers’ endurance and overall fitness. The summer will see swimmers able to work with coaches to establish their goals.

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Is my swimmer available to join the Senior Swim Team?

  • This team averages between 12-15 years. All swimmers are welcome to join this team.
  • Do a standing five-foot dive or a racing dive.
  • You can also swim backstroke, freestyle, or breaststroke. A good asset is knowledge of butterflies.
  • Swimming for 45 minutes is possible with just one set of breaks.

Getting There

From Jordco Pools to Russell Centennial Pool

Driving Directions from Russell Centennial Pool to Greely Indoor Swimming Pool: Head southwest on Castor St/County Rd 3 toward Warner St. Turn right onto Concession St/County Rd 3 (signs for Ottawa). Turn left onto Craig St/County Rd 3. Continue onto Victoria St/Ottawa Regional Rd 6. Turn right onto Bank St/Ottawa Regional Rd 31 (signs for Ottawa). Turn left. Destination will be on the right

From Russell Centennial Pool to Greely Indoor Swimming Pool

Head to the next Ottawa Ont Public Swimming Pool: Greely Indoor Swimming Pool