Aquatics Programs

Our Aquatics programs adhere to the highest standards of safety, supervision and quality programming.
All programs are HIGH FIVE® certified.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Oakville is gradually reopening facilities and introducing modified programs.

Not all facilities or amenities are available at this time. When permitted and safe to do so, additional indoor recreation activities will resume once all restrictions can be met. Visit our Programs FAQs page for more information.

Fall programs

The Town of Oakville’s new state-of-the-art Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre (OTCC), located on the former site of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, will open its doors on September 19, 2020 for pre-booked fitness activities and facility tours. OTCC will also offer 8-week programs* for the fall.

Our other community centres and Sixteen Mile Sports Centre reopened on Tuesday, September 8 for pre-booked single visit activities. Some of the offerings include:

Check availability and book your visit using Active Oakville.

Monthly memberships are now available for purchase. Call 905-815-2000 for details.

Registration for fall programs

*We are offering shortened 9-week fall sessions of some of our programs, scheduled to start after Thanksgiving.

The town has introduced Programs Oakville, a new web application that offers a more convenient and user-friendly program search tool for registration.

Registration for residents will open at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

An active Senior Services membership is not required to register for September and October programs.

The Town of Oakville offers lessons according to the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.

Age guidelines

Children must be the age required for the level they are taking by the program start date.

Children who are 5 years-old do not need to complete all preschool levels before moving to the Swimmer programs.

Children who have completed the Preschool E and who are 5 years-old should enrol in Swim for Life Level 2.

Open the Aquatic Leadership Ladder (PDF) overview of the training required to become an instructor or lifeguard.

Re-certification courses include Bronze Cross Challenge Exam (ages 13+), Standard First Aid and CPR C/AED Re-certification (ages 14+), and NLS Re-certification (ages 16+).

Please note: Your original award card must be shown to the examiner to participate in the re-certification test.

Challenge Exams

The Bronze Medallion Challenge Exam (ages 13+) is for Bronze Medallion candidates who need to re-certify their award, or for swimmers who are looking to challenge the exam as a self-presented candidate. Re-certification candidates must bring their original certification card; challenge candidates must bring proof of course prerequisites: Bronze Star award or proof of age (candidate must be 13 years or older on exam date).

The Bronze Cross Challenge Exam is for Bronze Cross candidates who need to re-certify their award, or for swimmers who are looking to challenge the exam as a self-presented candidate. Re-certification candidates must bring their original certification card; challenge candidates must bring proof of course prerequisites: Bronze Medallion award and Emergency First Aid with CPR (Level B).

Aquatics Leadership Development courses

The following courses are offered to help participants develop their leadership skills but are not prerequisites.

Do you want to complete your volunteer hours in a pool environment? Then Pool Pals is the training you need! Due to the specialized nature of this setting, this training must be completed prior to volunteering at any Town of Oakville pool. Topics covered include techniques to help in a class setting and child development. Must be 13 years old and hold Bronze Medallion.

Lifesaving Fitness (ages 13-16) focuses on speed, endurance, and flexibility as you work towards achieving bronze, silver, and gold awards in a variety of skill items. Includes 25-metre sprints, 200-metre timed swims, tows, and treading water with a 10-lb. brick.

Pre Bronze Skill Session (ages 13+) is for swimmers who are looking for extra practice on their water skills. Focuses on timed swims, lifesaving kicks, rescue techniques, and spinal rollovers. Candidates work in pairs and on their own. Prerequisite: Bronze Star.

If you have completed Bronze Cross and are waiting to take your National Lifeguard Service (NLS) certification, Pre N.L.S. (ages 14+) will reinforce the water rescue skills learned in Bronze Cross and introduce new skills that will be part of the NLS program. You'll work in pairs and on your own. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross.

Pre-book and pay for your single-visit activities online.

Drop-ins are not allowed at this time and payment must be made at time of booking. Check out our Programs FAQs for more information.

Please check your confirmation details carefully, including the location you have selected.

Monthly fitness and general activity memberships are now available for purchase.

Book your workout, recreational swim and more online using Active Oakville now.