Swimming and splashing

Swimming Pool Admittance Policy

  1. Youth must be a minimum of 10 years of age before they may enter the pool without the direct supervision of a responsible person 12 years of age or older. This person may not supervise more than two swimmers at any given time. The swimmer must remain in arm’s reach of their supervisor at all times. At the discretion of the pool supervisor, participants who are seven to nine years of age may participate in a swim test to determine whether they may swim unaccompanied in the water (swim test criteria: front swim 6 metres, tread water 20 seconds, front swim 12 metres, tread water 20 seconds, front swim 6 metres). Parent/guardian must be present for the swim test. Successful swim test participants may swim unaccompanied in the water provided that a responsible person 12 years of age or older remains in the pool area (pool deck or viewing area) for the duration of their swim.
  2. Children wearing personal floatation devices (water wings, lifejackets, etc) must have adult supervision at all times.
  3. Children using the teaching pool must be accompanied by an adult during public swims.
  4. The City of Guelph is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Children between seven and nine years require a:

  • Blue Wristband: to enter the pool area
  • Orange Wristband: if they do not pass the swim test, or choose not to attempt it. These participants must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the water.
  • Green Wristband: If they successfully pass the swim test and are able to swim unaccompanied. These participants require a responsible guardian to remain in the pool area.

Slide Policy

  • Children 4’6” and over may go on our slide.
  • Children 3’6” to 4’6” must pass our slide swim test (15 metre continuous swim).
  • Children under 10 years of age who have completed the slide test, but have not successfully completed our admittance swim test must be supervised by their caregiver while in line and immediately after completing the slide.”

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