Chena Swim Club Lessons

Chena Skills is our pre-competitive lessons program for swimmers in Grade 1 through Grade 5. Our program focuses on swimming basics and fundamentals as they pertain to competitive swim racing. Our goal is to build rock solid foundations that provide a platform for which swimmers can excel in their long term development as atheletes. Chena Skills offers three programs, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each class will have their own Coach for the entire session. See our Skills Instructors Page for the bio's of all our Skills Coaches. For more details about our programs, view the descriptions further along on this page or view our full Chena Skills Program PDF. For details about next steps after Skills with the Chena Junior Program view the Chena Junior Program PDF.


  • Past Email Newsletter: You can see all of our past email newsletters online here. Our most recent newsletter was 2022 August 8th. Click here to join our Chena Skills Mailing List. Through the newsletter we share important information about Assessment Days, Class Schedules, and Registration Periods.
  • 2022 August 22: Fall Class Reccomendations: Our Class Invitation List has now been updated to show our class registration reccomendations for this fall. See what class you should register your child in by finding them in the list. 
  • 2022 August 23: Fall Assessment Days on September 6th, 8th and 12th. If you are a new swimmer looking to join us this fall, please register for an assessment. Sign-up your child in one of the time slots we have available. Your child must be assessed or reccomended for a class before we will accept your registration from this page. 
  • 2022 September 4: Fall Schedules are now Available. Classes start October 4th. See the most up to date Schedule online in real time here.

Swimmers must be comfortable in the water without parental supervision before entry into our program. Loosely for Bronze, this means a swimmer should be able to complete 25m of swimming or kicking with a board and be comfortable in the deep end of the pool. For Silver, a swimmer should be able to comfortably kick 50m of flutter kick, and have a strong understanding of Freestyle. To enter Gold, a swimmer should be able to correctly perform the motions of Breaststroke Kick and complete 25m of Freestyle easily.


If you have a child who is joining Chena Skills for the first time there are four steps to registering and securing a spot for your child. Start with Step 1 and join the mailing list. Through the email list we provide updates on registration opening times or program scheduling and other Chena Skills News. After you have joined the mailing list, please find a assessment time slot that is available and sign-up your child to be assessed. 

After your child has been assessed, you may recieve an assessment card that reccomends a level. During  assessments, please know that this reccomendation is preliminary and may be subject to change particularly if we are assessing a large number of children. In this case, it may take us a few days to add your child's class invitation to our Class Invitation List. All the invitations will be posted prior to registration opening.

Once you have a class invitation, you can proceed to step 4 and register for your class. Once you have submited your registration you can pay your fees via eTransfer (see fee section below for more details). Once your fees are paid you are fully registered!

"Help! The class I am invited to register for is full!"

If you are invited to a class but that class is full, it is okay to register down a level. For example, if you are invited to Gold, but Gold is full you can register for a Silver Level 2 class. If you want to register up a level, for example Silver 1 to Silver 2, we might be able to accomodate you but please contact Coach George first for permission. 



Step 1: Join the Mailing List & Read Past Newsletters

Step 2: Get Assessed at the Pool

Step 3: View your Class Invitation

Step 4: Register for a Class (On this webpage! Scroll down)

Step 5: Pay your Fees


Note: When registering the system only allows the "Pay by Check" option to show. Payment must be by E-Transfer to [email protected] with the password "chenaskills". Full e-transfer instructions will be provided after pay by check has been selected.


Chena Skills runs four sessions per year.

  • Fall: Septmber-December, 8-weeks, 1-2x per week
  • Winter: January-March, 8-weeks, 1-2x per week
  • Spring: April-June, 8-weeks, 1-2x per week
  • Summer: August, 3-weeks, 3x per week

During the last week of each session, we offer an optional mini-meet where your swimmer can try competing in a familiar, supportive and fun setting. On the last lesson of the session your coach will have a progress report card for each swimmer that will include their reccomendation for which program to register in for their next session. 

Schedule: Fall 2022

See the most up to date Schedule online in real time here.


For both Bronze and Silver, there is only one fee per session. A Swim BC fee of $10 is also required with each session for registration and insurance purposes. The current fees for the Chena Skills programs not including the swim BC fee are:

  • 8-class session + 1 Mini Meet: Bronze: $250 per swimmer
  • 16-class session + 1 Mini Meet: Silver/Gold: $450 per swimmer

Sometime where pool time is available, we may offer more classes than the minimum we list above. The class fee may be reduced if we can't provide at least 8 or 16 classes. Fees for each class can be viewed on the online schedule (link above). Payment for Chena Skills is by e-transfer only and is due immediately following registration. E-transfers can be sent to [email protected]. Please use the password "chenaskills" without quotation marks and include the swimmer's name and lesson day in the note field. If you have any more questions about registration or fees, please email the Skills Registrar ([email protected]) or the Lead Junior Coach George Hill ([email protected]).

DISCLAIMER: Chena Skills programs may potentially be affected by Provincial Health Orders and changing public health situations.

Missed Classes

It is expected that swimmers will participate in all classes in a session. In case of extraordinary circumstances such as surgeries, unexpected injuries, emergency travel, or some other unexpected event we may be able to offer your child to swim with one of the other classes. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We recieve many requests for make-up classes and unfortunately, out of respect for the other families participating in this program, we are not able to fufil every request for a make-up class. If you are in a difficult situation and reuire help do not hesitate to email us and ask us for consideration. 

  • Chena Kickboard (REQUIRED): All Chena Skills swimmers must use a Chena Kickboard. Every swimmers first kickboard is free of charge and will be provided at the first class. If you lose your kickboard the replacement cost is $15 for skills swimmers (a 50% discount!). Please let us know if you need a new kickboard before you pay your class fees.
  • Goggles (REQUIRED): Goggles are required for our swim program.
  • Swimsuits: We recommend swimmers wear tight fitting swimsuits as they are warmer and easier to learn to swim in.
  • Wetsuits: While wetsuits in some instances can provide warmth, they can limit mobility and can actually make you colder in the water while being a barrier to learning. We generally do not recommend wetsuits.
  • Shirts/Rashguards: We generally do not recommend shirts or rashguards
    as they hold more water against the skin while a swimmer is out of the water, thus taking out
    more heat away as the body attempts to evaporate the water. In our experience, swimmers are warmer without shirts or rashguards.
  • Flippers (REQUIRED): Short flippers are required. We recommend Speedo Switchblade Fins or an equivalent short blade fin. Please do not buy long blade fins as they encourage poor kicking technique.
  • Team Aquatics Supplies Discount: After you register with Chena you will get access to the Chena Team Aquatics Supplies Discount Card. You can find the discount card under the Handbook tab on our website after you sign-in. When buying fins or goggles the store normally has much more in stock if you simply visit them in person. Buying online may mean weeks of delivery time and you may not get your equipment until mid-way through the season.
Report Cards

Did you miss getting your report card at the end of your last class? You can now see and print your report card online by doing a search in our online report card database here. Use the drop down boxes to find your swimmers name. Once you find your swimmers name you will be able to view all of their past report cards saved in our database (back to Winter 2022!)

Chena Skills BRONZE

Bronze introduces each of the four fundamental kicks to swimmers; freestyle kick, breaststroke kick, backstroke kick, and dolphin kick. It focuses on swimming basics in a fun and joyful learning environment. Bronze is aimed at swimmers aged 5-8 who are comfortable in the water without assistance or parent supervision. The NVRC equivalent for this program is between 2A and 2B.

» Find joy in swimming
» Be kind and respectful to everyone
» Swim 1 length completely without stopping
» Become familiar with different kicks
» Learn to enter the water headfirst
» Learn to sink, do a streamline and somersault

The Classes listed below may have different schedules. Please view the Online Schedule for the most up to date schedule for each class including pools, dates, times and any exceptions.

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Chena Skills SILVER

Silver builds upon Bronze through the reinforcement and continued improvement of swimming basics such as kicking and streamline while in a more social group setting. Silver introduces the four swimming strokes, kicking fast and mini-fun competitions. Silver is aimed at swimmers aged 6-9 who have some basic swimming proficiency and are developing kicking techniques.

» Come to the pool excited to swim
» Make new friendships and connections
» Practice kindness and respect
» Swim 2 lengths without stopping
» Develop breaststroke & dolphin kicks
» Learn basic freestyle and backstroke movements
» Become comfortable on your back
» Learn new kicking drills
» Experiment with kicking fast

The Classes listed below may have different schedules. Please view the Online Schedule for the most up to date schedule for each class including pools, dates, times and any exceptions.

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Chena Skills GOLD

The Gold group aims to progress the swimmer’s kicking and full stroke swimming skills from an introductory knowledge to a basic proficiency and competency. This means that swimmers will get their first introduction to butterfly, IM and full stroke breaststroke in Gold. Junior White and Skills Gold are equivalent levels.

Grade 2 to 5. (Ages 7-10 years old)
» Has a basic proficiency in all four kicks and a basic understanding of freestyle
» Able to complete 50m off flutter kick without stopping in 2:00 or less.
Grade 6. (Ages 11-12 years old)
» Must have proficiency in all four kicks, including dolphin and breaststroke kicks.
» Must have an elementary understanding of all four full strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
» Must be able to swim 100 IM in 3:00 or less.

» Come to the pool excited to learn
» Be a positive role model for behaviour
» Swim 75m without stopping
» Become proficient at breaststroke & dolphin kicks
» Start to implement swim stroke movements
» Begin to learn Fly, Breaststroke, and IM
» Have fun swimming fast and competing with fast flutter kick
» Get your first ever Best Time!

The Classes listed below may have different schedules. Please view the Online Schedule for the most up to date schedule for each class including pools, dates, times and any exceptions.

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