AquaSquirts is a unique, play-based water orientation program to develop swimming skills through themed lessons on basic water skills, awareness, and comfort in the water. This program is for both boys and girls as the lessons are created to promote aquatic literacy, more specifically skills like breath control, propulsion, and coordination.

While AquaSquirts is a fun introduction to synchro-related skills, it is not a swimming lesson and does not teach swimming strokes. Participants should take opportunities to improve their swimming skills up to Swim Level 3 or higher so that after a year or so in AquaSquirts, they can avoid repetition and progress to the Aurora Synchro's Wildrose FUNdamentals or Wildrose programs.

Typically AquaSquirts are six to eight years old. Swimmers should be comfortable in chest deep water, be able to float, and have completed Red Cross level 2 or Crocodile (or an equivalent). The first lesson will determine if this is the right program for your child.

Limit of six swimmers in each group. If the limit is reached, we engage additional coaches, so don't worry that you won't get into an Aurora AquaSquirts class.

  • Wednesdays at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

Due to a shutdown of Terwillegar pool and a delay in reopening the pool, Aurora AquaSquirts will not run in the fall.

Winter: AquaSquirts Too -- January to March (10 lessons for $75)
January 8 to March 12, 2014

Spring: AquaSquirts Too -- April to June (10 lessons for $75)
Dates to be confirmed, plus water show at Kinsmen Sports Centre (date of water show to be confirmed)

Fee: $75 for 10 weeks
There is no registration fee for AquaSquirts.


Register online

A. Register before AquaSquirts starts

To register, find the AquaSquirts session you want under the Events tab. Click the Register Online button.

B. Register after AquaSquirts starts

If the AquaSquirts session has already started, click the Start Registration link at the top left:

  1. Submit the registration form.
  2. Pay the course fee.
  3. We'll approve it, sign you up for the AquaSquirts program, and send you log-in information.
    So you know, some web pages are hidden to the public, visible only when a member signs in.

Programs and fees are subject to change.

Programs are dependent on coach availability and registrations.


Why participate in the AquaSquirts Program?

1. Learn fundamental movement skills and fundamental sports skills = physical literacy
2. Physical literacy refers to competency in movement and sports skills
3. A program for boys and girls
4. AquaSquirts meets the aquatic literacy requirement of the Canadian Sport for life training model (Long-Term Athlete Development)
5. To have fun learning to move in the water in a play-based water-orientation program

Skills learned in themed lessons
Let’s Float
Let’s Go Under Water
Let’s Go Upside down
Let’s move in the Water
Let’s Go to the Regatta
Let’s Visit the Sea Creatures
Let’s have Fun with Patterns
Let’s Go Team
Let’s Give a Show

General skills that will be learned
Breath holding
Core stability

Travelling skills that will be learned

Balance movements that will be learned
Body rolling

Web page updated September 17, 2013