Hippo In The Bathtub – Indoor Pool Facilities

Our custom indoor pool facilities have been carefully designed to perfectly match Hippo in the Bathtub’s reputation of providing top-quality services at our client’s convenience.  Our 40 foot salt water pools are kept at a warm temperature of 87-90F (30-32C).  There are never more than two lessons being taught in the pool simultaneously which makes our pools the perfect place for learning.  Each facility has comfortable seating areas for parents, free WiFi, snack canteen, play areas, and private changerooms.

Our focused pool environment is a perfect place for children to learn to be stronger and safer swimmers.  If you have a child who could benefit from one-on-one instruction, this is the pool for them!  We also offer swimming lesson for adults.

Many of our staff area have experience teaching children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other types of special needs.  Check out our Facebook page to see what past & current clients love about our services!

Nepean Indoor Facility

41 Grenfell Crescent – Unit 2A
Ottawa, ON K2G 0G3
(off of Slack Rd. near Merivale Rd.)

Fall Hours:
Tuesdays – Thursdays:  3:30 – 8:00 pm
Saturdays:  8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sundays:  10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Trainyards Indoor Facility

770 Industrial Road – Unit 10
Ottawa, ON K1G 4H3
(near intersection of Industrial & Russell Rd.)

Fall Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays:  3:30 – 8:00 pm
Saturdays:  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sundays:  10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Swimming Lessons

for ages 4 months – adult

Private Swimming Lessons

Private lessons allow our instructors to customize their teaching style to perfectly match the student and ensure they are actively learning the entire lesson.  We guarantee that there will be a noticeable difference after each private lesson.

30 minute private swimming lesson:  $44.50 + HST 

45 minute private swimming lesson:  $66.50 + HST

Semi-Private Swimming Lessons

If you have two swimmers who are very close in age and are at the same swimming ability, then a semi-private lesson may be the way to go for lessons.  Our instructors are excellent at designing lesson plans that will benefit both swimmers during semi-private lessons and will do their best to keep both swimmers progressing.

30 minute semi-private swimming lesson:  $33.50 + HST (per swimmer)

45 minute semi-private swimming lesson:  $49.50 + HST (per swimmer)

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?
You have up to 4 hours prior to your lesson to cancel the service through your Acuity account.  If at least 4 hours notice is given, you will be allowed to reschedule the service at no cost.

After the 4 hour cut-off time, please call our office to cancel the service if needed (as Acuity will no longer let you change that service). The service can not be rescheduled.

How does my child receive a Red Cross report card?
Hippo in the Bathtub is a training partner with the Red Cross which enables us to provide our swimmers with a Red Cross swim report card.  Swimmers will also receive a level sticker or badge if they successfully complete all the requirements for their swim level.

Report cards are given every 6 lessons.

How do the Red Cross swim levels work?
Preschool swim levels are for children ages 4 months – 5 years old.  There are eight Preschool levels and children will progress through these levels based on their age and swimming ability.

  • Starfish:  4 – 12 months (parent participation required).  Babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries and exits
  • Duck:  12 – 24 months (parent participation required).  Babies and their caregivers work on rhythmic breathing, moving forward and backward, front and back float with recovery, and shallow water entries and exits.
  • Sea Turtle:  24 – 36 months (parent participation optional).  Toddlers (and their caregivers) work on submersion, front and back floats and glides, jumping into chest-deep water with assistance, kicking on front and front swim.
  • Sea Otter:  3 – 5 yrs.  Swimmers work on front and back floats and glides, kicking on front with a buoyant object, and will be able to swim 1 metre upon completion of this level.
  • Salamander:  3 – 5 yrs.  Swimmers work on improving their front and back float and jumping into chest-deep water unassisted. Kicking is added to the front and back glide and swimmers will be able to swim 2 metres upon completion
  • Sunfish:  3 – 6 yrs.  Swimmers work on kicking and can perform glides (front and back), enter deep water safely, float in deep water, swim with a PFD, and swim 5 metres continuously.
  • Crocodile:  3 – 6 yrs.  Swimmers further develop the front and back glide with kick, front and back swim, jump into deep water, swim with a PFD in deep water, and swim 10 metres continuously.
  • Whale:  3 – 6 yrs.  Swimmers increase their distance on front and back glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive, and will be able to swim 15 metres continuously upon completion of the level.
Swim Kids swim levels are for children ages 5 – 12.  There are ten Swim Kids levels and children progress through the levels upon completion of the previous level.
  • Swim Kids 1:  Swimmers receive an orientation to water and pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 meters front swim.
  • Swim Kids 2:  Swimmers work on propulsion skills to move through the water and to remain at surface while doing front, back and side glides. Swimmers work on front swim, and learn about deep-water activities and the proper use of Personal Floating Device (PFD) Perform a 10 meters swim.
  • Swim Kids 3:  Swimmers increase their distance on front, back and Swimmers receive an orientation to water and pool area and work on floats, glides and kicking. Swimmers build their endurance by working on the 5 meters front swim. side glide with kick, increase distance on front and back swim, learn the sitting dive and will be able to swim 15 meters continuously upon completion of level.
  • Swim Kids 4:  Swimmers learns back swim and front crawl (10m), work on flutter kick on back, perform kneeling dive, introduction to sculling and can swim 25 meters continuously.
  • Swim Kids 5:  Swimmers develop front crawl (15m), learn back crawl (15m) and whip kick on back, learn stride dive and treading water, perform head-first sculling on back, and swim 50 meters continuously
  • Swim Kids 6:  Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (25m) , learn elementary back stroke and the dolphin kick. They also swim 75 meters continuously
  • Swim Kids 7:  Swimmers increase their distance on front and back crawl (50m) and elementary back stroke (25m). They learn front scull and stride entry. Perform whip kick on front and the dolphin kick. They also swim 150 meters continuously
  • Swim Kids 8:  Front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke to be refined They learn breast stroke, eggbeater/tread water, feet-first surface dive and standing shallow dive. Swim 300 meters continuously
  • Swim Kids 9:  Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. Learn side stroke kick and head-first surface dive. Swim 400 meters continuously
  • Swim Kids 10:  Further refinement of strokes. They learn side stroke, dolphin kick (vertical), and feet- and head-first surface dives with underwater swim. Swim 500 meters continuously
I am not sure what swim level my child is in......
That’s not a problem at all!  Your instructor can run a swim level assessment at your first lesson and then place your child in the appropriate level.  

We do need to know roughly what level your child is in so that they are registered for the correct lesson length (30 mins or 45 mins).  If you read the above answer about the Red Cross swim levels, you should be able to pick out roughly what level your child is in. 

How do your semi-private lessons work?
Our semi-private lessons are for two swimmers of similar swimming ability. If the swimmers are attempting a Red Cross swim level, they must be in the same level (or very similar). Unlike the City of Ottawa, we do not put together swimmers for semi-private lessons so clients are responsible for signing up two swimmers for these types of classes.

Only have one swimmer, sign up for our private lessons!

Why are your semi-private lessons capped at 2 swimmers?
Our semi-private lessons are for two swimmers of similar swimming ability.   Many clients request to have three or four children per class, but it is our company’s policy to cap classes to two swimmers.

When you combine more than two children, it becomes trickier for our instructor to tailor the lesson to the children’s strengths and weaknesses.  Children are never identical and each one has a different learning style and personality.  By capping classes at two swimmers, our instructors can help guarantee that all of our students become a stronger swimmer at the end of every session.

Mermaid Lessons
Through an assortment of drills and games your child will become a little mermaid in no time!  Our mermaid lessons are for children ages 3+. If the child is a non-swimmer, they will use a tail with no fin so that they are able to kick normally. If the child is a swimmer, our staff will help them use a mermaid tail and fin.  Mermaid fins and tails are provided by us!

30 minute private mermaid lesson:  $45 + HST 

45 minute semi-private mermaid lesson:  $85 + HST (total for 2-3 mermaids)

Birthday Parties

Mermaid Birthday Party!

$249 + HST
  • Forty-five minutes of swim time and pool games
  • Forty-five minutes of party time for cake and presents
  • Mermaid tails, fins, accessories, and decorations provided

Our Trainyards Indoor Mermaid Birthday Party can accommodate up to 8 swimmers.

Pirate Birthday Party!

$249 + HST
  • Forty-five minutes of swim time and pool games
  • Forty-five minutes of party time for cake and presents
  • Pirate pool toys, table settings, and decorations included

Our Trainyards Indoor Pirate Birthday Party can accommodate up to 8 swimmers.

Complete the below form to initiate your Birthday Party booking!

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