The Township of Edwardsburgh Cardinal offers summer camp programming for children, and swimming lessons and aquatics programs for residents of all ages.

Please review and follow all COVID-19 health and safety regulations and service changes before taking part in your chosen program(s). We are committed to ensuring as safe an experience as possible for all of our staff and participants.

Swimming lessons

In the Summer of 2022, both Johnstown and Cardinal community pools will offer swimming lessons by the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life and Lifesaving Instructional program. Lessons will stress in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills, as well as Water Smart education which will last a lifetime.

Swim for Life program

The following Swim for Life programs will be offered at the Cardinal and Johnstown pools, subject to registration numbers and Covid-19 restrictions. Registration for the 2022 season is not yet available.

  • Parent and Tot (3 levels)
  • Preschool (5 levels)
  • Swimmer (6 levels)
  • New Adult Lessons (3 Levels)

Lifesaving Instructional program

The following Lifesaving Instructional programs will be offered at the Cardinal and Johnstown pools, subject to registration numbers and Covid-19 restrictions. Registration for the Swim Patrol and Bronze courses are not yet available.

  • Canadian Swim Patrol (3 Levels) Rookie Patrol, Ranger Patrol and Star Patrol
  • Bronze Star
    • Prerequisite: None (Swim Patrol experience recommended).
  • Bronze Medallion
    • Prerequisite: Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification (need not be current).
  • Bronze Cross
    • Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Lifesaving Society Emergency or Standard First Aid certifications (need not be current) or EFA or SFA from an approved agency.

National Lifesaving Certification (NLS)

The NLS course will be offered at the end of August, pending registration numbers. Students must be at least 15 years of age and have obtained their Bronze Cross and Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid (need not be current) or Standard First Aid from one of the Lifesaving Society's approved agencies.

Cost: $212.00 (includes a $165.00 course fee and $47.00 for materials).
Date: End of August, TBD

Register for the NLS Course

National Lifesaving Recertification (NLS)

A recertification course for NLS will also be offered this Summer.

Cost: $40.00
Date: Friday, August 26th, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Register for the NLS Recertification Course

Lifesaving Instructor course

New to Edwardsburgh Cardinal this summer, the Lifesaving Instructor course prepares instructors to teach the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Medallion Awards, and Emergency First Aid Lifesaving Fitness Awards. This course is progressively evaluated, so 100% attendance is required. Students must be at least 15 years of age and have their Bronze Cross or NLS.

The Lifesaving Instructor Pack includes the Bronze Medal Award Guide, First Aid Award Guide, Canadian Swim Patrol Award Guide and Instructor notes.

Cost: $168 (includes a $100.00 course fee and $68.00 Life Saving Instructor Pack)
Date: June 20th to June 26th (times are TBD)

Register for the Instructor Course

Swim Instructor

Candidates will learn to teach and evaluate basic swim strokes and related skills and acquires proven teaching methods and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Swim Instructors are certified to teach and evaluate all levels of lifesaving swim program: Parent & Tot, Preschool, Swimmer, and Adult Swimmer.


Perquisites: 15 years of age & Bronze Cross
Cost: $100.00 Plus Materials: Swim Instructor Pack Cost 68.00
Date: June 27th to July 1st
Time: TBD 

Register for the Swim Instructor Course

Swim team

Joining a swim team is a fun and rewarding way to strengthen swimming skills and endurance, while having fun with your teammates. Participating in swim clubs can assist with building confidence and enriching your social experiences. You will learn proper stroke techniques, flip turns and dive entries. On weekends, swimmers can have the opportunity to compete against other swimmers in their age and gender categories at local pools. Must have completed swimmer 3 to participate.

Cardinal: Monday to Friday, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Johnstown: Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Aquatic Fitness

A FUN way to exercise with friends and socialize! All Aquafit classes are taught by our energetic instructors so that everyone can experience the benefits of water-based aerobic fitness

Swimming lesson protocols

You must submit a screening form before joining us for swimming lessons.

Additional swimming lesson protocols

The following swimming lesson protocols will be in place this summer at both Cardinal and Johnstown Outdoor Pools. All other regular COVID-19 protocols will continue to be in effect.

  • For effective reduction of risk of transmission of disease, instructors need to maintain physical distancing (two meters) from swimmers and parents/caregivers.
  • For all levels in Royal Life Saving Society Preschool A-E, and Royal Life Saving Society Swimmer 1 and 2, physical distancing and safety can be maintained for participants by:
    • Conducting classes as parented classes (with a competent swimmer from the same household) to reduce the risk of disease transmission through physical distancing, as the parent/caregiver is now accountable to ensure that the child is safe in the water and contact with the instructor is minimized.
    • Swimmers and parents/caregivers should maintain physical distancing (two meters) from other swimmers and parents/caregivers in the class.
  • Water Safety Instructors will deliver lessons from the pool deck with a buoyant aid at hand or in the water maintaining a two-meter distance. When demonstrations are required, instructors will remove the swimmers and parent/caregivers from the pool and have them either sit or stand on the pool edge, while the instructor provides the in-water demonstration.
  • Class sizes are reduced and will range from 3 to 10 participants depending on the programming space. When reducing the class size, the swimmer and parent/caregiver are a team. For example, if registering 3 swimmers in the class, this number will include the parent/caregiver, meaning 6 people in the class.
  • The number of participants in the pool at one time will coincide with the gathering restrictions as per the Health Unit guidelines.
  • This configuration would allow for three classes of Royal Life Saving to go on at one time. One class with four children and parent/caregiver participants in the shallow end, and one classes of Royal Life Swimmer 3 or 4 (four participants, without parent/caregiver) conducted in the Middle of the pool and lastly a Royal Life Swimmer 5 and above to be conducted in the deep end. The instructor could be located on the deck or in the water. This will maintain physical distance for all swimmers and the instructor.
  • Spectators will be asked to drop off their child at the gate to a designated meeting spot where they will meet their instructor.
  • Spectators are asked to sit in the benches maintaining 2 meters from all other spectators (that are outside their household).
  • Limited equipment will be available for swimming lessons. One piece of equipment per household will be issued at the start of class. Once the class is over the equipment will be disinfected before being assigned to a new swimmer.
  • Parent/caregivers will be screened in their swimming ability and comfort levels in the water.
  • Lesson start and end times will be staggered to limit the number of participants in the change rooms.
  • A 15-minute buffer between time will be scheduled to ensure time for proper disinfection of high touch points.
  • Swimmers are asked to come prepared for their lessons in their bathing suits, as the changerooms will only be available after their session when exiting the pool.

Aquatic program protocols

You must submit a screening form before joining us for any aquatic program.

 Please be advised of the following pool rules.
  • Only 25 people are allowed to use the pool at any one time.  
  • Parents are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • Swimmers and spectators must maintain a 2 metre distance from others in the changeroom, pool deck, pool and on the benches.
  • Spectators on the benches are required to wear a face mask and social distance. 
  • All visitors must wear a mask on the pool deck and benches and in the changerooms.  Please make sure you bring a plastic to ensure your mask is secure while in the water. 
  • Please wait for staff direction before entering the changerooms or pool deck.
  • Lifejackets and pool noodles are available from pool staff. These will be cleaned between each use.
  • Users of the pool should not spit, cough, urinate or blow their nose in the pool water. Use your elbow to cough or sneeze. 
  • Avoid sharing water bottles, goggles, and towels with anyone other than family members. 
  • Pool facilities are set up for one-way traffic, with an entrance at the pool gate and exit through the changerooms. Please come prepared to enter the water as changerooms will not be available until after you are finished swimming. Please refrain from socializing with others while exiting and entering the pool area or while on pool deck to maintain the flow of traffic and ensure every one's safety.   
  • Spectators are not permitted to enter the facility at anytime unless directed by the pool staff. 
  • If you begin to feel unwell, please remove yourself from the pool, alert staff, and put a mask on immediately.  

Summer camps

2021 Summer camp sessions have now ended. Details for 2022 will be posted here once they are available.

We run three two-week sessions of summer camp every year at the South Edwardsburgh Community Centre and the Johnstown Pool. Our camps are offered to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Summer camp registrations include one session of swimming lessons for your child.

Register for the Swim Instructor