Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation will be closed until further notice for preventative measures.
We will provide updates on reopening and memberships as this situation evolves.
Thank you everyone and stay healthy.
Make a splash in our glass-covered pool with great views of Sulphur Mountain. Our aquatics area includes a 25-metre swimming pool, a Jacuzzi hot tub, a warm wading pool, steam rooms, and an outdoor sun deck!
Join the free public swim last Sunday of the month sponsored by the Town of Banff.
Have fun and enjoy the many health benefits of swimming!
- Check out daily calendar for life-guarded swim hours
- Join the free public swim last Sunday of the month
The free public swim day and our lifeguard program are funded by the Town of Banff.
Life-guarded Swim Hours + Rates
- Children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please check ahead for today's schedule.
Life-guarded Swim (pool use only rate available)
Monday - Friday: 4 -6 pm*
Saturday - Sunday: 1 - 8 pm
*Please see the daily calendar or call the recreation desk to confirm the day's swim schedule, as pool times are subject to change.
Non-Member Life-guarded Swim Rates :
(Available only during life-guarded swim hours, please see schedule for times):
Child/Youth (5 to 15 years): $3.50
60 years and older: $3.50
Children age 4 and under: Free
Our lifeguard program is funded by the Town of Banff.
Swim Lesson Policies
Please have children wait near the sign indicating their level prior to swim lessons. Having all the participants in one place and ready to go will help instructors start classes on time.
Please help the instructors ensure everyone’s safety by keeping your children close at hand before and after your lessons. If you wish to swim before or after your lessons, please purchase a wristband at the Recreation Desk prior to entering the pool area. If you have questions, please refer to the Program Partnership or feel free to contact us.
If you choose to purchase a wrist band to swim before or after swim lessons please remember that:
- Children 4 years of age and under must be supervised and within an arm’s reach (in water supervision)
- children 5 years of age or older who cannot pass a 25 metre swim test must be supervised and within an arm’s reach (in water supervision)
- children 5 years of age or older who can pass a 25 metre swim test may be supervised from further away than an arm’s reach (pool deck supervision)
Take the guessing out of swim lesson registration. In ten minutes an instructor can assess your child’s skill level to be sure that they are in the class that is right for them. Please call the Recreation Desk to set up this complimentary Swim Evaluation.
Red Cross Swimming Lessons
Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation offers swim lessons for all ages and abilities. When you choose Red Cross Swim Programs, you are getting a program based on research, proven excellence in teaching, age-appropriate learning through games and songs and focus on your child's safety, comfort and love of aquatic environments.
Swim Lessons Preschool: Ages 6 months to 5 yrs
Starfish: 6 - 18 months
Participant Requirements: 6 - 18 months of age, able to hold their head up, will be participating with a parent or caregiver.
Duck: 18 - 36 months
Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back floats with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.
Sea Turtle: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim.
Sea Otter: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers work on front and back floats and gliders, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 meter continuously.
Salamander: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Sea Otter skills.
Sunfish: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers work on kicking and can perform gliders (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Salamander skills.
Crocodile: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers further develop the front and back glider with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with PFD in deep water, and swim 10 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Sunfish skills.
Whale: 3 - 5 years
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Crocodile skills.
Swim Lessons Kids: 6 years to 12 years
Level 1: 6 years and older
Swimmers develop front and back float, front and back glide, flutter kick (assisted), shallow water entries and exits, and swim 5 meters.
Level 2: 6 years and older
Swimmers learn front and back glide with flutter kick, develop front swim, complete deep-water activities (assisted), and can swim 10 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 1 skills.
Level 3: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with flutter kick, perform flutter kick unassisted, wear a PFD in deep water, float in deep water, and can swim 15 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 2 skills.
Level 4: 6 years and older
Swimmers learn back swim with shoulder roll and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick unassisted, work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling, and can swim 25 metres continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 3 skills.
Level 5: 6 years and older
Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m), whip kick on back, learn to stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and can swim 50 metres continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 4 skills.
Level 6: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m), learn elementary back stroke (15m), learn dolphin kick, tread water in deep water, perform front dive, and can swim 75 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 5 skills.
Level 7: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn front scull, perform whip kick on front and dolphin kick, learn stride entry, and can swim 150 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 6 skills.
Level 8: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (75m) and elementary back stroke (25m), learn breast stroke (15m), learn eggbeater/tread water, perform feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive, and can swim 300 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 7 skills.
Level 9: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m), and breast stroke (25m), learn sidestroke kick, perform head-first surface dive, and can swim 4000 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 8 skills.
Level 10: 6 years and older
Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (100m), elementary back stroke (50m), and breast stroke (50m), learn sidestroke (25m), perform dolphin kick (vertical), learn feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim, and can swim 500 meters continuously. Registration available after completion of Level 9 skills.
Swim Lessons - Advanced Aquatics
Bronze Medallion Award teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows, carries, and defense and release methods in preparation for challenging rescues of increased risk involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim.
Prerequisites: Bronze Star or 13+ years.
Bronze Cross is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion
National Lifeguard Pool
The National Lifeguard program develops the basic lifeguarding skills, principles, and decision-making process to help lifeguards evaluate and adapt to different aquatic facilities and emergencies. The National Lifeguard program cannot prepare candidates for every situation that might occur. Employers must provide in-service training to familiarize their staff with the unique aspects of their aquatic facility. The National Lifeguard certification prepares lifeguards to fulfill this role as a professional facilitators of safe, enjoyable aquatics in a pool setting.
Prerequisites: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid, and 16+ years.
National Lifeguard Pool Recert
Certification is based on the ability to meet the purpose statements and ALL performance criteria (Must Sees). With practice and review, the National Lifeguard recertification is achievable by everyone. Candidates are encouraged to practice skills and review knowledge to prepare for the recertification course. Ongoing training and maintaining an appropriate level of fitness is important to being able to lifeguard effectively.
Prerequisite: Previous NLS Certification
Red Cross - Water Safety Instructor Recertification
This WSI re-certification course is offered to those who hold a WSI certification that is in good standing. The course is designed to ensure that quality and standards are maintained in the field. Re-certification provides the opportunity for water safety instructors (WSI) to share ideas, review skills and address areas of challenge.
Red Cross - Water Safety Instructor Transfer
The WSI transfer course provides swim instructors who were certified by another aquatic agency, with the instructional knowledge and skills specific to the Red Cross swim programs.
Swim Lessons - Adult Aquatics
Learn to Swim
Regardless of your current swimming ability, this course will provide the chance to improve your comfort, technique and fitness in the water. No previous experience is required and all ages are welcome.
Laps Skills and Drills
Swimmers learn to read, understand and create their own swim sets, learn to incorporate levels of intensity and distance and introduce swim equipment into their swim to improve technique and strength. Being able to swim front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke comfortably is recommended.
Start your day off with a splash in the pristine waters of the Sally Borden Pool. The focus is on stroke improvement, technique and increasing endurance. If you have some knowledge of all four strokes and would like to swim in a fun, social environment then the Adult Masters class if for you.