Swim Programs & Lessons
Adapted Leisure Swim
Enjoy a leisure swim in a relaxed, warm, and accessible pool environment, established for persons experiencing disabilities, their families and supports. The program takes place at the Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre and the Northwest Leisure Centre. Life jackets are available at the centres in all sizes.
The Sandra Schmirler Leisure Centre is home to a roof tracking system and powered lift in the accessible/family change room, and a lift system in the pool area for easier transferring of individuals to and from the pool. The North West Leisure Centre is home to a zero-depth entry pool with a ramp and wheelchair that can be wheeled directly into the pool. There is one multi-use family change room. City of Regina lifeguards will be on-site to supervise the program but are not able to transfer, lift, or reposition individuals. We kindly ask that individuals requiring one-on-one support/assistance please bring an attendant/support person.
To register for a swim time please visit Regina Recreation Online or contact the City of Regina Playline at 306-777-7529 (PLAY).
Adapted Swim Lessons
This 1-on-1 adapted swim lesson is designed for those that experience disability. Instructors will work with participants to support them in meeting their needs and goals. City staff will be on-site to facilitate the program but are not able to transfer, lift, or re-position individuals. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-777-7044 or 306-510-2025.
Adapted Group Swim Lessons
This adapted swim lesson is designed for those that experience disability(s), but enjoy being in a group setting. Instructors will work with participants to support them in meeting their needs and goals. City of Regina staff will be on site to facilitate the program, but are not able to transfer, lift, or re position individuals and we recommend a parent or guardian be in the water for support. For more information please email email@example.com or call 306-777-7044 or 306-510-2025.
All Bodies Swim
All Bodies Swim is a drop-in leisure swim for people who are transgender, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming and their allies. This pilot program is part of the City of Regina’s efforts to start implementing 2SLGBTQIAP+ programming as we acknowledge that swim times are not always safe spaces for members of this community. Location and time details are not published for the safety of the participants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for event specifics and more information. Regular drop-in rates, and Affordable Access rates apply.
Adapted Art Exploration (Age 14+)
Adapted Art Exploration is an introductory registered art program that is designed to meet the diverse needs of persons who experience disability(s). This program will help to promote fine motor, cognitive, and social skills in a creative atmosphere that provides hands-on opportunities to explore the visual arts. This class will explore the work of various artists and styles throughout history, encouraging everyone in the program to discover new mediums, textures, and skills in creating their own unique pieces of artwork. For more information about this program or how to register please email email@example.com or call 306-510-2025.
Short Breaks is an intergenerational, afternoon program aimed to facilitate community building among adults experiencing an intellectual disability.
This one-of-a-kind collaborative initiative is striving to respond to the needs of individuals and their families to provide a short break option throughout the week. Short Breaks is designed to be social, with an educational, recreational and creative focus. The program is a partnership between Creative Options Regina, Hopes Home, Inclusion Regina, The City of Regina, coupled with financial support from Sask Lotteries. For more information regarding the registration process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kathy Cockburn at email@example.com.
Inclusive Dance Classes
Everyone should have the opportunity to let loose and dance in whatever way the music moves them, regardless of musical taste, dance style or ability. The City of Regina is pleased to offer the following inclusive dance classes in partnership with Listen to Dis’ and Astonished!
Inclusive Dance Class (ages 5 to 12)
Join this class for smiles, fun, and something new! This free class is inclusive in nature, and open to all abilities. This program is adapted to meet the diverse needs of children and youth experiencing disabilities. Instruction is based on a variety of dance culture and movement skills, emphasizing enthusiasm, fun and friendship through the arts with an instructor from Listen to Dis’! For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-510-2025.
What’s Your Style Dance Nights (ages 17 and up)
Join us for great music and dance in a friendly environment. This inclusive dance class runs quarterly and is in partnership with Astonished! This class is open to everyone but adapted to meet the needs of individuals experiencing disability. Instruction is based on a variety of dance culture, which emphasizes enthusiasm, camaraderie and smiles! Registration is done through Astonished! or drop by to join in.
Adapted Sport & Fitness Try It Days (aged 18+)
This once-a-month program is a free program for adults experiencing disability(s) to enjoy a variety of adapted sports & fitness sessions. Led by an instructor who will create a safe and comfortable environment to facilitate participation in introductory-level sessions focused on leisure education and fun for all!
We kindly ask that individuals requiring one-on-one support/assistance please bring an attendant/support person. For more information about this program or how to register please email email@example.com or call 306-510-2025.
Adapted Walk & Roll Fitness (aged 18+)
The Adapted Walk & Roll program is a registered program for adults experiencing disability(s). The purpose of this program is to learn, maintain and improve functional skills as they relate to physical and social wellness in a relaxed community setting. The group will utilize the Sportsplex walking track and equipment while receiving educational & social support from City Staff. After each session, the group is encouraged to socialize at the café located in the facility.
We kindly ask that individuals requiring one-on-one support/assistance please bring an attendant/support person. For more information about how to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-510-2025
Warriors of the Water
Improve your swimming, leadership, teamwork, and lifeguarding/lifesaving skills. Participants will learn the basics of swimming and water safety education as well as first aid skills. Instructors will work with the participants the help them learn and grow their swimming ability with an opportunity to become fully certified as a lifeguard and swim instructor. This program is for Indigenous children and youth in partnership with Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RTSIS). Lessons provided for both Juniors (8-12 yrs) and Seniors (12+ yrs). Contact email@example.com for program details or to register call RTSIS at 306-522-7494.
Who is this service for?
Anyone who may need support and/or guidance in:
- Program selection
- Overcoming barriers to participation
- Navigating the process of accessing recreation
Anyone who may need a support staff (called Leisure Companions) within programs, for:
- Emotional and social companionship
- Cognitive and behavioural support and cueing
- Adapting program activities and equipment
What does this service include?
All services below are of no cost to the participant.
(Note: Services provided are different for everyone, and may include one, a few, or all services below)
- Leisure lifestyle consultation to determine interests, abilities, needs, & desires
- Development of an Individualized Inclusion Support Plan
- Assistance in finding suitable recreation programs
- Support in navigating the registration process, transportation, and resources
- Connect with other community organizations and services as needed
- Support by adapting program activities and/or equipment
- Support by a Leisure Companion during City-operated programs
This service does NOT include:
- Free leisure passes
- Guaranteed registration in desired programs (must consider registration dates, space availability, fees, etc.)
- Guarantee of Leisure Companion availability at the desired time of program
- Physical restraint or behavioural intervention beyond gentle redirection/cueing
- Providing and/or purchasing of personal custom devices
- Personal care or lifting/transferring of participants
How do I get involved with the Inclusion Support Service?
Step 1: Get in Touch
- Reach out to the Inclusion Support Office by calling 639-590-8895 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete a “Getting to Know You” form online, or in person at a City of Regina Major Recreation Facility
- If you have a specific program, you would like support in, we ask that you apply at least 3 weeks before the program start date. We will try our best to accommodate, but there are no guarantees that a companion will be available at the desired time.
Step 2: Meet with us
- Meet with our Inclusive Recreation Advisor to discuss your needs and interests through a Leisure Lifestyle Consultation.
- Once we receive your form, we will review it to see how we can best help you. Processing your application may take up to 2 weeks. If eligible, you will be contacted to meet with the Inclusive Recreation Advisor.
- Eligibility is based on individual needs and our ability to meet those needs. All ineligible applicants will be contacted to inform or gather more information.
Step 3: Inclusion Plan
- Together, we will create an Inclusion plan that will help you meet your needs. We’ll figure out the best programs for you, and how we can support you in them. We can connect you to other organizations and introduce you to our Leisure Companions as well.
Step 4: Leisure Time!
- You’ll participate in programs, with support as necessary. We’ll make sure that programs are suitable and enjoyable for you. We can adjust if needed and will continue to communicate with you and your supports.
The Inclusion Support Service offers Leisure Companions, who provide direct support to individuals while they engage in City of Regina recreation programs and activities.
Leisure Companions are contracted positions with casual hours (hours will be scheduled as they are needed by individuals in the community).
Interested in being a Leisure Companion? We welcome applicants with related experience and education, but we also encourage those with lived experience, and those with a passion for inclusion and accessibility, to apply.
To learn more about the Leisure Companion position or to apply email email@example.com.
Contact Inclusion Support
Inclusion Support Service Office
Core Ritchie Neighbourhood Centre
445 14th Avenue
Regina, SK S4N 6T5