Public Swimming

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Swimming is a fun, relaxing and affordable activity that you can enjoy on your own, with a friend or with the whole family. All pools offer recreational swimming and select pools offer drop-in Waterfit opportunities.

Please note that White Oaks Pool will be closed for renovations starting June 2, with an anticipated reopening in October 2014. Please visit the White Oaks Pool page for details and use the links provided for more information about programs and recreational swimming offered at other locations.

Recreational swim schedule

To view the recreational swim schedule, please click the image on the right of this page. Schedules may change due to program requirements or maintenance needs. Please check schedules carefully as end dates vary. For the most up-to-date recreational swimming information, please call the respective facility.

Special Events

All summer long we'll help the Lifesaving Society promote drowning prevention through themed games and activities. Join us at the outdoor pools for Water Smart Wednesdays on the following dates: July 30 and August 13.

The Town of Oakville also hosts special themed leisure swims at the outdoor pools on Foolish Fridays: July 25, August 8 and 22.

The 44th Annual Novice Swim Meet will be held at the end of August. Participants must be pre-registered in the Novice Swim program (ages 5-14) to participate in the meet, but all are welcome to come and cheer them on!

The Town of Oakville is pleased to partner with Tim Hortons to offer free swimming at select times during the summer holidays. All public swims are subject to admission rules and capacity restrictions. Please visit the Tim Horton's Free Swims page for dates, locations and times.

Recreational swim admission fees

Price changes effective September 1, 2013. All prices include applicable taxes.

  • Single admission – $4
  • Seniors single admission (65+) – $3.15
  • Group (max. five people) – $12
  • Children under 2 years of age – No charge

Swim/skate pass

Each admission fee entitles you to one recreational swim.

  • General 10-visit pass – $36.27
  • Seniors (65+) 10-visit pass – $28.93
  • Adult three-month swim/skate pass – $80
  • Seniors (65+) three-month swim/skate pass – $64.41
  • Family* three-month swim/skate pass – $145
  • Adult yearly swim/skate pass – $240
  • Seniors (65+) yearly swim/skate pass – $193.23
  • Family* yearly swim/skate pass – $430

A fee of $11.30 is applied to passes purchased by non-residents (except 10-visit passes). Prices include HST and are subject to change.

*A family with one or two adult guardians over the age of 18 and their dependents, 18 years of age or under, or full-time students under the age of 25 qualifies for a family pass. Multiple families cannot be combined on any pass purchase.

Recreational swim types

  • Combo – All ages. Leisure swim with at least one lane reserved for lengths.
  • Family Fun – All ages. Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult, 18 years or older. The "under seven years" rules also apply for the family swim.
  • Healing Waters – This non-instructional time is for those who require space and time in the water to work through prescribed exercises. Bring a personal therapist (both therapist and client required to pay admission) or work independently. A qualified lifeguard is on duty and specialty equipment is available for your use.
  • Leisure – All ages. Diving boards are open. Pool toys and floatation aids allowed in shallow end, except during peak periods.
  • Lengths – All ages. Pool divided into slow, medium and fast lanes. Diving boards are closed.
  • Rubber Duckie – For parents and preschoolers. Rubber ducks are available for your added fun.
  • Senior Combo – A quiet leisure swim for seniors 65+ with at least one lane open.
  • Swim Your Way – A family fun swim for families with children or youth with a special need.
  • Water Jogging – All ages. A non-instructional fitness opportunity in deep end of pool. Must be able to swim 25 metres.
  • Water Walking – All ages. A non-instructional fitness opportunity in the shallow end of pool.

Healthy swim etiquette

To reduce the risk of spreading germs and to keep our pools clean, please remember the following tips when enjoying our facilities:

  • Shower before you swim – Please shower with soap and warm water before entering or re-entering the pool deck. It's clean, it's green, it's the law!
  • Wear appropriate footwear – Bring clean flip flops or sandals to wear on the pool deck. No street shoes please.
  • Don't use the pool if you feel sick – Not feeling well? Swimmers should refrain from using the pool when ill, or if they have experienced diarrhea in the past week.
  • Prevent pool fouling – Please refrain from feeding children or eating large meals before swimming. All swimmers are encouraged to visit the washroom before entering the pool. Children that are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers made for swimming pool use. These are available for purchase in the pool office.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – Patrons on the pool deck must be dressed in suitable bathing attire and pay the posted admission fee.
  • Don't bring food onto the pool deck – Only water is permitted on the pool deck. Don't forget to bring your reusable drinking containers.
  • Don't bring strollers onto the pool deck – Strollers are not permitted on our sanitized decks. Parents and guardians are reminded that children should never be left unattended.

Recreational swim admission standards

Patrons under the age of seven years must stay in the shallow end and be accompanied by a parent, guardian or designate who is at least 16 years of age and is responsible for their direct supervision within arm’s reach. There is a maximum of two children for each parent, guardian or designate. Patrons who pass the facility swim test may swim in the deep end.

Patrons between the ages of seven and 10 years who cannot pass the facility swim test must remain in the shallow end and be accompanied by a parent, guardian or designate who is at least 16 years of age and is responsible for their direct supervision within arm’s reach. There is a maximum of two children for each parent, guardian or designate.

Patrons between the ages of seven and 10 years who pass the facility swim test and meet the height requirements posted at the facility may be admitted without caregiver supervision.

Patrons 10 years of age or older may enter the pool without caregiver supervision. Patrons who can pass the facility swim test may swim in the deep end. Patrons who cannot pass the facility swim test must remain in the shallow end.

To successfully pass the facility swim test individuals must:

  • Demonstrate comfort in water.
  • Swim a minimum of two widths continuously in shallow water.

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