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Most Convenient Swimming Lesson & Lifeguarding Provider!

Red Cross Swimming Lessons – Mobile Lifeguarding – Mermaid & Pirate Birthday Parties + Much More!

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Registration is ongoing and booking can be done online.

Summer 2019 Registration
is open – book today!

What better time than summer to enroll your child in swimming lessons or bronze award courses?  

Register today for lessons at one of our five location options!  We can come to you or you can come to us.

Send us a message if you have any questions about registration.


Why Swimming Lessons are Important

Being able to swim is a very important skill to have for numerous reasons. Not only is it an activity that is both fun and enjoyable, but it is also imperative for water safety. As mentioned in a previous post, drowning is one of the most common causes of accidental...

Helping Your Reluctant Swimmer at Home

Do you have a reluctant swimmer?  Does your child not love being in the water and requires a large amount of persuasion to go swimming?  Introducing your children to water at a young age is an excellent way to ensure that they are water safe. Sadly, drowning is one of...

3 Reasons to Hire a Lifeguard for Your Backyard Pool Party

With the weather warming up and summer right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about your upcoming pool parties. If you have a backyard pool you are sure to have at least one pool party this summer. But have you thought of hiring a lifeguard for your pool...

Mermaid Birthday Parties at Nepean Indoor

Is your child’s birthday coming up? Are you trying to think of something fun, exciting and original to do for their birthday? Well, look no further, because Hippo in the Bathtub has the perfect service for you – Mermaid Hippo Parties! Mermaid Hippo Parties are a great...

What to Know About Red Cross Preschool Swimming Lessons

The Red Cross divides their swimming lessons into three categories; Red Cross Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids, and Red Cross Adult.  In this post, we will be focusing on the Red Cross Preschool swimming levels:  Starfish, Duck, Sea Turtle, Sea Otter, Salamander,...

What to Expect at Your First Lesson: Nepean Indoor

Here at Hippo in the Bathtub's Nepean Indoor facility, we are unique not only in how we teach our lessons but also in where we teach. For this reason, your first day at Nepean Indoor may be a little different than what you have experienced with swim lessons offered...

Try Before You Buy a Mermaid Tail

Almost every little girl dreams of being mermaid at some point in their lives. Being able to swim through the ocean (or pool) with a mermaid fin and tail seems like a dream. However, today it is very easy to purchase a mermaid tail that your child can wear to swim in...

Private vs. Group Lessons

Trying to decide between signing your child up for private swimming lessons or registering them for group swimming classes with the City of Ottawa?  Below are some items to consider before making this decision! Teaching a child one-on-one versus in a group setting has...

Swimming Lessons in Your Condo Pool

Do you live in a condo or apartment building that has a pool? Do you enjoy the convenience of not having to leave your building to attend an activity? Do you enjoy personalized instruction for either you or your children? If you answered yes to all of these questions...

Why Choose the Red Cross Swim Program?

Hippo in the Bathtub originally followed the Lifesaving Society's "Swim to Life" swim program when we first started offering backyard swimming lessons in Ottawa.  We choose this program since the City of Ottawa pools were currently using the program at their pools. ...

Hippo in the Bathtub Inc. is a small private company striving to provide the Ottawa community with the best swim instruction possible! Since 2011, Hippo in the Bathtub has helped thousands of students all over Ottawa become better swimmers. Our focus is to promote water safety by providing our clients with quality swim instruction at their convenience. More About Us


Phone: 613-695-6011
Email: info@hippointhebathtub.ca