Residents are urged to become informed on the transition to the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life® program and winter program registration dates. Get a head start on planning for winter recreation programs!

Transition to the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life® program:

Starting this winter, TOA will offer swim lessons through the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life® learn-to-swim program. Swim for Life® is a complete learn-to-swim program offering courses for Parent & Tot through to Leadership.

TOA is asking parents interested in registering a child for swimming lessons to visit the swimming page on the Town of Ajax website and review the Swim for Life® program transition chart. The chart will help determine which level your child should be registered in. Program transition charts can also be picked up at any community recreation centre listed below.

Resident-first registration:

Registration dates will be staggered to allow Ajax residents to register for programs before non-residents.

Ajax resident-only online and walk-in registrations start at 8 a.m. on:

  • Tuesday, November 22 – Aquatics (Swimming Lessons)
  • Thursday, November 24 – Activities

General online and walk-in registrations (non-resident and ongoing Ajax resident) start at 8 a.m. on:

  • Tuesday, November 29 – Aquatics (Swimming Lessons)
  • Thursday, December 1 – Activities


“We are excited to bring the Swim for Life® program to the community and are committed to working with our residents to ensure a smooth transition. The Lifesaving Society has served the lifeguard community for many years and is passionate about reducing drowning and aquatic-related injuries while also developing solid swimming strokes and skills. Having our swimming lessons program under the same Lifesaving Society umbrella as our lifesaving and lifeguard training will be an asset to the community in terms of training future lifeguards and instructors.” - Erin Horlock, Acting Aquatics Supervisor, Town of Ajax

“Resident-first registration is a step forward in making recreation programs more accessible to Ajax residents. With the continued population increase in Durham Region, we’ve heard feedback about the need for resident-first registration. While the change does not guarantee program availability, it’s something we’re excited to share with the community.” - Chris Vida, Director of Recreation, Culture & Community Development, Town of Ajax

Quick Facts

  • The change to the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life® program comes following the decision by the Canadian Red Cross to discontinue its swim program to focus on humanitarian efforts.
  • The Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program has been endorsed by the Canadian Red Cross as well as by the International Life Saving Federation and the Commonwealth Royal Life Saving Society.
  • Resident-first registration does not guarantee program availability. Program availability may change at any time.
  • Winter programs begin in early January 2023.
  • Questions? Email, call 905-619-2529, ext. 7506 or call one of our community recreation centres:
    • Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.) 905-427-8811
    • McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.) 905-428-7711
    • Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) 905-427-2468

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