Swimming Lessons, Clubs & Pools in Kelowna

Learn to Swim in Kelowna

Sign-Up for Youth & Adult Beach Water Polo Swimming Lessons - July & August 2021

Learn the game of water polo on the lake this summer and join the swim team with our Youth Water Polo Swim Lessons during July & August 2021.


Our summer water polo beach sessions run during July & August. We are excited for you to be a part of our team. Water polo games are fast, action-packed and a lot of fun!

Kelowna Water Polo a community club promoting the sport of water polo in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Vernon and the Okanagan.

The club provides the opportunity for youth & adults to learn to swim & play water polo on both a recreational and competitive basis.


We have some limited spots avaialbe for kids to come and try out water polo swimming lessons on Sundays or Thursdays during May & June. This is a great opportunity to give this fantastic sport a try! You can find some more informaiton here >>

Below are a list of swimming lessons, swim clubs and aquatic teams in Kelowna and the surrounding area. There are also some great events & lessons out on the Okanagan’s beautiful lakes during the summer months too.

The 2021 spring programme guides for the City of Kelowna, YMCA and H2O are now online featuring their swimming lesson program for spring 2021 which includes Red Cross lifesaving classes.

If you would like information about our programs at Kelowna Water Polo Club you can find them here. If you want some information about why to choose water polo then check out the “Why Water Polo?” page on our site.

Swimming Lessons in Kelowna

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Kelowna itself has 3 main pools. Photographed above is the YMCA of the Okanagan in Rutland. In addition the Parkinson Recreation Centre & H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre provide a great range of facilities for the city.

City of Kelowna – Register here for upcoming Swim lessons run by the City of Kelowna from the spring 2021. These are run at the Parkinson Recreation Centre follow the Red Cross swim lessons pathway which can be used if as a pre-requisite for lifesaving and lifeguarding courses.

H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre – At the H2O the YMCA Learn to Swim Star Program is taught. These foundational skills run from Star 1 to Star 7 in its swimming lessons.

Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre – At the 25m pool in West Kelowna you will find Red Cross Parent & Tot Swim lessons, Red Cross Swim Kids lessons for older kids as well as Adult Swim Lessons. Keep an eye out for the spring 2021 registrations which will normally commence in the first week or two of March. In 2020 the Red Cross Swim Lessons registration began on March 11 with different sessions starting throughout the Spring and early Summer. If you have completed all the Red Cross classes then the Junior Lifeguard Club or Water Polo are a great way to stay active in the water.

Lake Country Learn To Swim – learn to swim in the lake during the summer at Pebble Beach in beautiful lake country! Keep an eye out for these popular lessons when they start registration from March or April 2021.

Peachland – Swim Bay/Swimming Lessons – Learn to swim in the lake, how cool is that. The Red Cross swimming lessons run in The District of Peachland are a great way to build foundational swimming skills. The 2021 lessons are now online and registration begins on Thursday May 6th. Water Polo has been added to the program for these popular summer swim lessons. Also, the beach at Peachland boast a diving board, lifeguarded beach in the summer and is definitely worth checking out.

Summerland - the Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre runs the Red Cross Swim program throughout the year.

S.W.A.M. Okanagan – a not-for-profit student initiative with the mission of providing affordable and accessible one-on-one swimming instruction to children with special needs. SWAMclasses are held on Saturdays at Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna.

WETS – We Teach Swimming – We Teach Swimming is a private swim school offering learn to swim programs based on the Red Cross Swim Levels for both pre-school and school age children. It is the perfect way to build water safety and core skills to develop a swimmers endurance and strong strokes before beginning to play water polo or joining another aquatic discipline. Get your kids on their waitlist for Spring & Summer classes early… they fill up quickly and the swimming lessons for Spring Break 2021 are already full.

YMCA of the Okanagan – At the Kelowna Family Y the YMCA Learn to Swim Star Program is taught. These foundational skills run from Star 1 to Star 7

Clubs in the Okanagan

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Water Polo, Artistic Swimming, Open Water & Speed Swimming are all popular aquatic sports in the Okanagan. Other disciplines such as triathlon incorporate swimming into their competitions.

Once swimmers have some of those fundamental skills under their belt and are interested in building more strength in the water and even perhaps competing, then joining a club for Artistic Swimming, Water Polo or Speed Swimming are great options to explore.

Kelowna AquaJets Swim Club – this is Kelowna’s winter speed swimming club and is a great way of building foundational skills & speed in swimming in the Junior Jets or for taking things to the next level with the Competitive program. Some of the best water polo players are also excellent speed swimmers. Canadian Olympic Bronze medalist Brent Hayden comments “Learning how to swim faster freestyle is definitely a useful skill for all water polo players. I got most of my goals because I got all the breakaways.”, definitely true!

Kelowna Dolphins Artistic Swimming Club – formerly know as synchronised swimming, artistic swimming is an a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics that requires incredible strength and dexterity in the water to perform a synchronised routine. During their 2020-2021 season from September to April the club has taken part in virtual competitions which has been adapted for this year to include a Combo Routine.

Kelowna Ogopogo Swim Club – this summer swim club is affiliated with the BCSSA and its main season is from May to August where swimmers trains 5 times per-week. As well as training at the Parkinson Recreation Centre and H2O Aquatic Centre you may see the Ogopogo club swimming loops at Gyro Beach Park. If you are interested in signing up for the 2021 summer swimming lessons with Ogopogo Summer Swim Club from May to August then the registration will open on April 24th 2021.

Kelowna Springboard Diving Club

Kelowna Triathlon Club – if you love to cycle and run on top of a good swim then triathlon could be for you. The swimming lessons for triathlon take place at the H2O aquatic centre and then out on the lake in the summer for training and competitions.

Kelowna Water Polo Club – our club! Obviously we would love you to play water polo but there is a sport or aquatic sport that is right for everyone. We encourage our athletes to try out different sports when they get the chance so they can choose the right sport for them. We train from September to June at the swimming pools in Kelowna and then on Okanagan lake during the warm July & August summer months.

KISU Swim Club – for swimmers of all ages in Penticton, British Columbia KISU has a spot for you. From those new to speed swimming and all the way through to a Masters swim program there is a spot for everyone looking to improve their stroke.

Lumby Lightning Swim Club – a summer swim club that trains at the outdoor pool in Lumby at 1811 Glencaird St. from mid-May to mid-August. Summer swimming is a great way to complement any winter sport (like water polo) and to compete in swim meets around the Okanagan.

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The Merritt Otters U14 water polo team playing Abbotsford in July 2017. Merritt Herald

Merritt Otters Swim Club – a competitive summer swim club located in the heart of the Nicola Valley. This community speed swimming team has also fielded water polo teams in provincial competitions taking place at the Canada Games Pool in Kamloops.

Okanagan Masters Swim Club

Penticton Pikes Summer Swim Club – BC Summer Swim club with about 90 swimmers. The club trains at the Penticton Community Centre, a 25m, 10 lane indoor facility. Our competitive season is May 1st through mid-August.

Lifesaving & Lifeguarding

H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre – improve your water safety with a Bronze Medallion lifesaving course or sign up for the nationally recognised National Lifesaving Society certification as a pool lifeguard. The new courses for spring 2021 currently have spots available and you can find them listed here – Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross courses at H2O.

YMCA of the Okanagan

City of Kelowna – check out the Aquatics and First Aid courses on offer at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Why Swimming Is Important

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The infographic below is commonly used to highlight the foundational skills that athletes of any age need to participate in a sport. As you can see swim lessons & learning to swim are an important step in progressing to play or compete in many other sports.

Swimming Pools

There are a number of awesome pools offering swim lessons in Kelowna and the surrounding area. Check them out or just head down for a lap swim.

Kelowna – H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre – 8 lane 50m pool that is normally split into two 25m pools.

Kelowna – Parkinson Recreation Centre – 6 lane 25m pool.

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The Water Polo Swim Club Training at the Family YMCA in Rutland during 2020

Kelowna – Family YMCA in Rutland – 8 lane 25m pool and 10m x 18m deep tank with 4 lanes.

Penticton Community Centre – 10-lane 25m lap pool, leisure pool with lazy river and spray features, waterslide, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. It also has many accessible features.

Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Centre - Features include 25m, 6 lane pool featuring large inflatable pool toys, jetted whirlpool hot tub & sauna.

West Kelowna – Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre

Outdoor Swimming & Water Polo in the Okanagan

Improve your stroke in the summer months by jumping into one of the many warm lakes in and around Kelowna.

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The popular Gyro Loop at Boyce-Gyro Beach in Kelowna.

Gyro Swim Loop – many swim clubs and triathletes take advantage of the the warm lake temperatures and long days in the summer months to swim the 800m loop at Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. The loop is marked out with 11 Buoys 50m apart. Kelowna Water Polo Club members have also been known to play pick-up water polo here during the summer. If you are a keen open water swimmer you might also like to check out the Manteo Mile but be sure to make sure you are visible when swimming in the open lake.

Peachland – Swim Bay the only lifeguard protected beach in the Okanagan Valley, from May long weekend to Labour Day. Featuring a wharf with diving board, zip line & rope swing, concession stand, picnic tables, washrooms and change rooms.

Events & Activities

Across the Lake Swim – this annual swim across Okanagan Lake is not only an awesome event but it also helps raise money to fund the YMCA Okanagan Swims program with a goal of donating $40,000 to increate the number of children that are send for a free swim lesson.

Drop-in Water Polo on the Lake – this non-club activity takes place during the summer when the lake has warmed up, normally on Wednesday evenings. Check out the YMCA Water Polo group on Facebook during the summer. These games are not refereed but often a lot of fun!

Sailing, Surfing and Kitesurfing on Okanagan Lake

If you are looking for other lake activities then check out Antlers Beach on a very strong south wind and you may see some surfers in the water. Also, COSAThe Kelowna Paddle Centre and other organisations offer some great activities such as sailing lessons, outrigger paddling and much more.

A club missing from the list?

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Water Polo cover Photo by Moetaz Attalla CC BY 2.0