11/22/2013 03:21 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Vancouver Parents Alert: Tips for Enrolling in those Prized Swimming Lessons

hillcrest swimming Photo: courtesy of Hillcrest Community Centre

We've all been there. Sitting in front of the computer screen, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike the hour. It's like the wild, wild west...only the quickest draws will survive. Who knew that registering for poxy swimming lessons could be so effing stressful?

In my neck of the woods, the lessons at Hillcrest Community Centre fill up ridiculously fast. I get it. The facilities at Hillcrest are amazing. When I go there I actually feel like I'm at a posh club, albeit without the snobs and high price tag. Nevertheless, because of its popularity, getting your kid into swimming lessons at our local pool is not an easy task. Knowing the dilemma parents face, the City of Vancouver has come up with some tips for registering for swimming lessons... Mark your calendars, people. Online registration begins November 26th at 9 a.m..

Check out the Improved Website

Based on your feedback, we've improved our online registration process. Visit our new swim lesson registration page in advance of registration to familiarize yourself with the new layout.

Have Your Login Name & Password Ready

Make sure to log in to your customer account before the registration day. If you've forgotten your password, you can reset it and create a new one. Questions? Phone 3-1-1.

Pick your Classes Ahead of Time

Select your classes before the registration day. It's best to have some back-ups just in case your preferred class is full.

Follow @ParkBoard on Twitter

@ParkBoard will be posting live updates prior to and during the registration period, sharing registration tips, updates on system status, and solutions if any issues come up. Tweet us with questions or comments and join the conversation using #HillcrestReg.


You've got questions and we've got answers. Phone 3-1-1 for assistance with website or registration queries. We'd also like to hear your feedback, so please give us a call and tell us about your registration experience.

Happy registering!