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Recreation and fitness swim schedule

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Swim lessons

Instruction to help you develop your skills at your own pace with the assistance of our highly trained instructors. Suitable for all ages. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children registered in preschool to swimmer 3 levels must be accompanied by an adult in the water. Swim instructors will be teaching from the pool deck and will not be entering the water during swimming lessons.

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Registration and payment

  • Drop-in swim registration opens up 72 hours in advance (e.g. if registering for a Thursday 8 a.m. swim, need to register and pay on Monday at 8 a.m.)
  • Customers must register and pay in advance for all drop-in recreation and fitness swims using Rec Enroll. See the schedules for pricing.
  • Customers with a 10 or 20 visit Recreation or Fitness memberships or 3-month or 12-month recreation or fitness memberships can use their pass online to pay.
  • Customers can purchase a City Card from one of our recreation centres, allowing them to pay online
  • Walk-in registration and payment is discouraged unless customers need to pay with cash

How to register for a course online at recenroll.ca

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.
  • We will not be doing facility swim tests this year. Children under the age of 10 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 artm’s length 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.

Swimming attire

Swimming attire is defined as clothing that is clean and used specifically for the purpose of swimming.

Healthy swimming etiquette

So everyone can enjoy our aquatic facilities, please practice healthy swimming etiquette.

Shower before you swim

Shower with soap and warm water before entering or re-entering the pool deck. It’s clean, it’s green, and it helps promote water quality.

Wear appropriate footwear

Bring clean flip flops or sandals to wear on the pool deck. No street shoes allowed.

Not feeling well?

Please don’t use the pool if you are ill or have experienced diarrhea in the past week.

Food-free zone

No food on the pool deck. Water in a plastic container is okay.

Strollers

No strollers on the pool deck and never leave children unattended.

Photography/videography

We don’t allow you to take photos/videos using a personal device (e.g. cell phone, tablet, digital/video camera, etc.) in the showers, change rooms, washrooms, pool deck, and surrounding pool areas.

Prevent pool contamination

Before you come swimming, don’t feed children or eat large meals. We encourage you to visit the washroom before entering the pool area. People without bowel control must wear a swim diaper.

Access to Victoria Road Recreation Centre and pool deck for drop-in swims

  • Access to the pool is through the main entrance on the first floor at Victoria Road Recreation Centre. These doors will be used to enter and exit the building
  • Access to the facility is allowed 10 minutes before the start of the swim time
  • Check in at front desk by saying “I’m [insert name] here for the Public Swim”
  • Lockers are not available for use so bring small bag of belongings
  • Showers are permitted for pool entrance only
  • Swimmers will be entering pool deck through the family change room
  • Swimmers will be exiting and getting changed out of bathing suits in women’s or men’s change room
  • No food or drink permitted on the pool deck (non-breakable containers with water only are permitted)
  • Viewing gallery is closed to the public

Access to West End Community Centre and pool deck for drop-in swims

  • Access to the pool is through the main entrance on the first floor at West End Community Centre. These doors will be used to enter and exit the building
  • Access to the facility is allowed 10 minutes before the start of the swim time
  • Check in at front desk by saying “I’m [insert name] here for the Public Swim”
  • Lockers are not available for use so bring small bag of belongings
  • Showers are permitted for pool entrance only
  • Swimmers will be entering pool deck through the family change room
  • Swimmers will be exiting and getting changed out of bathing suits in women’s or men’s change room
  • No food or drink permitted on the pool deck (non-breakable containers with water only are permitted)
  • Viewing gallery is closed to the public

Swimming lesson information

  • One parent per child in the facility
  • Viewing gallery will be closed and spectating will not be allowed on the deck
  • Please come dressed to swim and bring all belongings onto the deck
  • Lockers will not be available
  • Time-limited change room access will be available after lessons
  • Instructors will be teaching from the pool deck
  • For those swimmers in Parent and Tot, Preschool and Swimmer 1, 2, 3 levels must have one parent/guardian accompany the child into the water to assist with lessons
  • If there is not a parent/guardian assisting in the water, the child will not be able to participate in the class
  • If you or your child(ren) are sick, please do not come to your lessons

Drop-in swim program descriptions and guidelines

Lane Swim

The pool is divided into lanes for participants to swim, water walk or water jog the length of the pool. Permitted equipment for lane swims includes hand paddles, pull buoy, flutter board, flippers, goggles, swim caps. Snorkels are not permitted.

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Lap Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Lap Pool

Leisure Swim

A great way for all ages to spend time together in our shallow pools. The lap pool is not available at this time. Permitted equipment includes goggles. No other equipment is permitted during this swim. Participants may use lifejackets provided by the City of Guelph if needed.

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Leisure Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Leisure Pool

Public Swim

Everyone is welcome to enjoy all pool features. Slides are not available at this time. Permitted equipment includes goggles. No other equipment is permitted during this swim. Participants may use lifejackets provided by the City of Guelph if needed.

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: All Pools
  • Location at West End Community Centre: All Pools

Family Friendly Warm Waters Swim

Enjoy a warmer water swim or relax alongside the calming jets. Permitted equipment includes goggles. No other equipment is permitted during this swim. Participants may use lifejackets provided by the City of Guelph if needed.

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: N/A
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Therapy Pool

Soothing Waters Swim

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. Permitted equipment includes goggles. No other equipment is permitted during this swim. Participants may use lifejackets provided by the City of Guelph if needed.

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Leisure Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Therapy Pool

Aquafit

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

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Lap Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Lap Pool

Aquafit—HIIT

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 aerobic and anaerobic zones

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Lap Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: n/a

Aqua Rehab

This instructed program can assist with faster recovery, through a combination of exercises in 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

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Leisure Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Therapy Pool

Movement Enhancement

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

  • Location at Victoria Road Recreation Centre: Leisure Pool
  • Location at West End Community Centre: Therapy Pool

Splash pads and wading pools

There are lots of splash pads and wading pools located throughout the City. Use the link below to learn about operating times, pool rules and to find one located near you.

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