Aquatics Programs

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

The town is currently in the Red-Control level in response to rising COVID-19 cases.

Town of Oakville recreation facilities remain open with new health and safety measures.

The Town of Oakville continues its commitment to health and safety with altered programs and services, and is in regular contact with public health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With Premier Ford’s announcement on Friday, November 13, we have moved into the Red-Control level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.

The following are in effect at all town-operated recreation facilities:

  • Access to recreation facilities is limited to 90 minutes.
  • Team sport programming such as hockey has been suspended.
  • Drop-in programs for non-team sports such as badminton and pickleball continue with limited capacities.
  • Spectators are not permitted.

Not all facilities or amenities are available at this time. If you don’t see your favourite program now, check back regularly. Activities are being added as safety measures can be put in place. Visit our Programs FAQs page for more information.

Winter programs

Winter programs will be available to browse at Programs Oakville starting Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Our new web application offers a more convenient and user-friendly program search tool for registered weekly programs and workshops.

Registration will begin on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 a.m. for residents.

An active Senior Services membership is not required to register for 50+ programs at this time. Participants must only be 50 years of age or older.

Pre-registration is also required to participate in our drop-in programs. Check availability and book your drop-ins using Active Oakville. If you can't find your favourite program, check back regularly. More activities are being added as safety measures can be put in place.

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

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.