Take a lap in the pool above.

Swimming is as much a remarkable full-body workout as it is an essential skill. Whatever your skill level, you can benefit from the passion and dedication of our swim coaches, whether you need beginner lessons or an intensive program to prepare for your next (or first!) triathlon. All this and more are offered to you in our perfect penthouse pool - the coolest swim in downtown Toronto.

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What you need to know

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Swimming is considered a great workout because, in order to complete the workout, you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Swimming:

  • Keeps your heart rate up, while taking the impact stress off your body
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight, heart, and lungs
  • Tones muscles and builds strength
  • Provides a full body workout
  • Improves coordination, balance, and posture
  • Improves flexibility
  • Provides low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
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If you're just beginning, strive to swim at least 20 minutes at a time. If you need to take breaks at each end of the pool, factor that into your swim time and plan to be in the pool for 30 minutes so you can actively swim for 20! As your fitness improves, you'll be able to swim longer.

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Like any other cardiovascular exercise, it is necessary for you to swim consistently to achieve the maximum results. We suggest you try to swim 3 to 5 times per week for 20 minutes or more per session.

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To include freestyle swimming as one of your regular cardiovascular activities, you need to have a strong swimming technique. A few things you need to keep in mind are:

  • Use a neutral head position
  • Do not lift your head to breathe
  • Swim on your sides
  • Breathe out in the water
  • Use a high elbow position
  • Do not overreach with your recovering arm
  • Use a two-beat kick for long-distance swimming
  • Do not push water forward
line-graph Results

How quickly you'll notice results from swimming depends on a number of factors, including how long and how far you're swimming, how many times a week you're getting into the pool, and how well you're eating. Typically, you'll begin to see your results within 4 - 6 weeks of consistent swimming.

Meet our Aquatics Team

Our Aquatics team is comprised of experienced and fully certified instructors, each with their own specialized skills. They will teach you the basics, prepare you for your upcoming triathlon, and everything in between.


Aquatics Coordinator & Swim Coach


Personal Trainer & Triathlon Coach


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