Swimming and splashing

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Recreational swimming is an excellent way to have fun and socialize while improving your fitness. Taking swimming lessons is a great opportunity to increase endurance, and practice water safety skills. We also offer lots of outdoor swimming and splashing fun during the summer. Learn more about our community splash pads.

Recreation and fitness swim schedules

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Swim admissions can be purchased on a per visit or monthly basis. Check out our recreation and fitness passes page for more information.

We also offer the Lyon Leisure Pool Summer Swim Pass, which is valid for public, fitness and leisure swims at Lyon Leisure Pool. 2020 Summer passes can be purchased at recreation facilities and ServiceGuelph for $35.70 plus HST. Please note Aquafit swims are not included in the Lyon Leisure Pool Summer Swim Pass.

Program descriptions

Aquafit  (Fitness)

Use the resistance of the water to stretch, firm, strengthen your muscles, and improve your cardiovascular endurance.

Aquafit–HIIT (Fitness)

A high-intensity interval training class focusing on building cardiovascular strength and endurance through challenging routines of intervals and higher intensity options. You will keep your heart rate and pace up throughout the class and learn to train in both aerobic and anaerobic zones.

Aquatic Rehabilitation (Fitness)

This instructed program can assist with faster recovery, through a combination of exercises in warmer water increasing flexibility, strength and range of motion. Exercises are less stressful on the body with specific focus on hips, knees, back, shoulders and stroke recovery.

Fitness Swim (Recreation)

The pool is divided into lanes for participants to swim, water walk or water jog the length of the pool.

Family Friendly Warm Waters (Recreation)

Enjoy a warmer water swim or relax alongside the calming jets.

Leisure Swim (Recreation)

A great way for all ages to spend time together in our shallow water pools, the lap pool is not available at this time.

Movement Enhancement (Fitness)

This instructed program will help you maintain your mobility through a variety of stretches that will increase your range of motion, improve
your balance and develop muscle tone.

Public Swim (Recreation)

Everyone is welcome to enjoy all pool features.

Single Lane Swim (Recreation)

One lane will be available for you to swim lengths alongside other programs scheduled at the same time.

Soothing Waters Swim (Recreation)

This non-instructional opportunity is for those who require space and time in warmer water to work through stretches or exercises. You may
bring a personal therapist or work independently in the water.

Women’s Only Swim (Recreation)

Women, girls and children under six (6), can feel comfortable and enjoy this dedicated swim. All female staff is provided during this swim.

Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR)

We offer a subsidy program to help adults and seniors on a limited income stay active with the Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) program. The program helps subsidize the cost for recreation programs, swim passes, or other memberships. People who qualify can receive a discount on registration fees.

Learn to Swim programs

The City of Guelph welcomes you to our Learn to Swim programs. All of our pools offer the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program, with a focus on skill development and safety in and around the water. Our group lessons follow the supervision ratios outlined by the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.

The City of Guelph is committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to play, learn, and socialize. We offer adapted aquatics programs for all age groups. Learn more about our Programs for Individuals with Disabilities.

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What level is most suitable?

Participating in the proper swimming lesson level is imperative to your child’s success. Please have your child assessed to determine level. Swim assessments are available at West End Community Centre and Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Please refer to the Learn to Swim chart or contact your facility to set up a swim assessment.

What makes our staff qualified?

Our instructors are certified through the Lifesaving Society and have completed more than 200 hours participating in leadership development and assisting in swimming lessons. Assistant instructors and volunteers and assigned to swimming lessons based on swimmer needs at the discretion of the aquatic team.

Did you miss a lesson?

Swimming lessons may be cancelled to to unforeseen circumstances. Makeup lessons will not be available due to participant absence.

Private and H2O lessons

The City of Guelph welcomes you to our Learn to Swim programs. All of our pools offer the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program, with a focus on skill development and safety in and around the water. Private lessons allow swimmers to receive one to one instruction. H2O lessons have a smaller class ratio of 2:1 which allows your swimmer to receive more one to one attention from the instructor.

The City of Guelph is committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to play, learn, and socialize. We offer adapted aquatics programs for all age groups. Learn more about our Programs for Individuals with Disabilities.

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What level is most suitable?

Participating in the proper swimming lesson level is imperative to your child’s success. Please ahve your child assessed to determine level. Swim assessments are available at West End Community Centre and Victoria Road Recreation Centre. Please refer to the Learn to Swim chart or contact your facility to set up a swim assessment.

What makes our staff qualified?

Our instructors are certified through the Lifesaving Society and have completed more than 200 hours participating in leadership development and assisting in swimming lessons. Assistant instructors and volunteers and assigned to swimming lessons based on swimmer needs at the discretion of the aquatic team.

Did you miss a lesson?

Swimming lessons may be cancelled to to unforeseen circumstances. Makeup lessons will not be available due to participant absence.

Aquatic leadership programs

Qualified aquatic personnel, especially lifeguards and swimming instructors, are frequently in high demand. Aquatic Leadership programs teach you teamwork, leadership, self-confidence, interpersonal and problem solving skills that will apply in all facets of your life. Guelph has a number of opportunities to take part in lifesaving and leadership programs.
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Aquatic sports and fitness programs

Swimming pools aren’t just for laps; we offer many aquatic sport and fitness activities for you to enjoy. These activities will help you strengthen muscles, improve your flexibility and reduce impact on your joints.
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Pool admission standards and guidelines

  • Children six (6) years of age or younger, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian at least fourteen (14) years of age, who is wearing swimming attire, within arm’s reach, and able to render immediate assistance.
  • There are a maximum of two (2) children per parent/guardian.
  • A facility swim test may be attempted to use the slide and participate in deep end activities.
  • Children ages seven to nine (7–9) who DO NOT pass the facility swim test are required to wear an orange wristband, and must be directly supervised by a parent or guardian at least fourteen (14) years of age, who is wearing swimming attire, within arm’s reach, and able to render immediate assistance.
  • There are a maximum of two (2) children per parent/guardian.
  • Children ages seven to nine (7–9) who DO pass the facility swim test are required to wear a green wristband and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least fourteen (14) years of age who maintains visual contact and remains in the pool viewing area at all times. Participants with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by individuals knowledgeable of their condition, and have the ability to render immediate assistance.
  • Children ten (10) years of age or older do not require supervision by a parent/guardian.

Facility swim test

  • Pool admission standards and guidelines apply to all recreational swims.
  • Aquatic staff may ask any participant for a demonstration of swimming ability if they feel there is a question of personal safety.
  • To successfully pass the facility swim test individuals must swim forward roll into the water, swim two continuous widths on their front and tread water for 30 seconds.

Swimming attire

All patrons must wear appropriate swimming attire suitable for a public family environment. Swimming attire is defined as clothing that is clean and used specifically for the purpose of swimming.

Flume Slide Policy (West End Community Centre only)

  • Participants 4 feet 6 inches tall and over may go on our slide.
  • Participants 3 feet 6 inches to 4 feet 6 inches 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.