Swimming and splashing

Swimming Pool Admittance Policy

  • Children under the age of 10 will not be admitted to the swimming pool unless they are accompanied by a guardian 14 years of age or older who is responsible for their direct supervision in the water and within arm’s reach at all times
  • Maximum two children per guardian
  • Children ages seven to 10, who are swimmers, may attempt the swim test (Swim Test Criteria: two widths of the pool, stopping to tread water for 20 seconds midpoint both directions).
  •  If they pass, the guardian, who is responsible for their direct supervision, must stay within the pool area/viewing gallery at all times.
  • Participants under the age of seven who successfully complete the swim test, may swim and use all deep end amenities if accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Children wearing personal floatation devices (water wings, lifejackets, etc.) must have adult supervision at all times
  • Floatation devices are not permitted in the deep end
  • The City of Guelph is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Children between seven and nine years require a:

  • Orange wristband to enter the pool environment. These participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the water
  • Green wristband – children aged seven to 10 may choose to attempt the swim test. If they successfully pass the swim test, they are able to swim unaccompanied. These participants require a responsible guardian to remain in the pool area.

Swimming attire

The City of Guelph is pleased to provide community pools that are a family friendly environment. All patrons must wear swimming attire suitable for a public family environment.

  • Participants who do not have a bathing suit may wear clean clothes that have been brought to the pool for swimming.
  • Underwear or garments that have been cut off are not acceptable.
  • For the protection of all participants and staff, females ages four and older must wear a bathing top in City of Guelph enclosed or fenced pools.

Water quality regulations require all aquatic participants to have control of their bladder and/or bowels. Options for compliance to restrict leakage could be:

  • Reusable swim diapers
  • Disposable swim diapers
  • Plastic pants with tight fitting elastic around the legs and waist

Please note: for your convenience reusable and disposable swim diapers can be purchased at the West End Community Centre and Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Many local stores also carry these products.

Flume Slide Policy (West End only)

Participants 4’6” tall and over may go on our slide. Participants 3’6” to 4’6” tall must pass our slide swim test (15 metre continuous swim). Children less than 10 years old who have not successfully completed our admittance swim test but have successfully completed our slide swim test, must be supervised by their caregiver while in line and immediately after leaving the slide well. Participants under 3’6 may not use the flume slide due to manufacturer guidelines.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2015. Broken links or incorrect information? Let us know!