Canada Artistic Swimming (CAS) believes every Canadian child should enjoy being in the water, whether in a pool, a lake, or one of our oceans. And teaching youngsters to LOVE the water is the goal of its AquaGO! program.
Just as children learn to read by progressing through a series of fundamental skills, AquaGO! develops ‘literacy’ in the water. It’s been specially designed for 5-9 year-olds to first feel comfortable and enjoy movement in water, and then to build the skills to take part in aquatic-based activities throughout their lives.
Try it out Canada!
AquaGO! is a nation-wide program, available at CAS clubs and licensed affiliated organizations across the country. No matter where you live, or if you happen to move from one city to another, you can find the same skills being taught at a CAS club.
Your child will find an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment at CAS clubs. It starts with having fun both outside and inside the pool. They will learn the important basic skills below that are great for recreational time in the water, but also set in place the foundation for any aquatic sport they might choose to pursue:
- Floating and breathing
Stroking and Kicking
Body positions and water awareness
Agility, balance and coordination
Strength and flexibility
AquaGO! is taught in a group lesson by CAS certified instructors, with program assistants providing additional safety, motivation, enthusiasm, and support to the participants. Children move to different stations where they learn through games, using music and equipment in a fun, active atmosphere. To keep them engaged and motivated, AquaGO! has built in awards and incentives to encourage children as they progress. They will also receive ongoing positive group and individual feedback from their instructors.
At your first AquaGO! session, you will see a busy, active pool with children learning while having fun, and becoming more comfortable in the water.
An active child is a healthy child, and AquaGO! will give your child skills for life!
Studies continue to show that Canadian children are increasingly inactive, often leading to health concerns as they get older. AquaGO! provides a positive experience in the water and builds the knowledge and confidence to be fully physically active for life.
What comes after AquaGO!
After completing the AquaGO! program, children will have the skill set to prepare them for many other activities including pursuing Artistic Swimming as a passion at both the recreational and competitive level; or finding a new direction in another sport – from water polo to rowing to triathlon. All participants learn to build physical activity into their lifestyle whatever direction they take. And all develop skills to LOVE being in the water!