Browse our recreation and culture programs online. Program capacity is limited to meet all required COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit the Recreation and Culture Programs FAQs page for more information.
The Town of Oakville offers lessons according to the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program.
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.
Please note: Your original award card must be shown to the examiner to participate in the re-certification test.
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).
The following courses are offered to help participants develop their leadership skills but are not prerequisites.
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.
Only those pre-registered in a program will be allowed into our facilities. Patrons must also be able to confidently pass our COVID-19 screening questionnaire. To save time, you can complete this online form in advance and bring your confirmation email or PDF with you to the facility. If you are sick or have travelled in the past 14 days, please stay at home.
Residents can pre-book recreational swimming spots using Active Oakville. Swims for the following week are posted Mondays at 9 a.m.
Outdoor pools close during thunderstorms and refunds will be issued as applicable. Rain days are non-refundable as our outdoor pools remain open.
Please visit our Pools page for locations and details.
Yes. Swimmers must continue to take general precautions, including physical distancing of at least 2 metres/6 feet, especially in communal areas such as washrooms.
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 is largely transmitted through respiratory droplets that can spread up to six feet but does not spread through water in recreational water facilities.
The town ensures proper operation of water filtration and disinfection systems that should remove or inactivate the COVID-19 virus.
Cleaning and disinfection of the pool area, as well as washrooms, will be done after every swim.
Participants and parent/guardian must wear a mask at all times unless in the swimming pool. Instructors will be wearing face shields when in the water and masks while on deck.
Please come dressed to swim as change rooms will be available after swims only.
If possible, participants are encouraged to take a shower prior to visiting the pool to avoid having to rinse off prior to entering the pool. Some pools have on-deck showers but not all. Showers will not be made available at the end of the swim.
There are fewer resting areas (chairs and lawn chairs) and pool/swimmer capacity is based on 2-metre distancing requirements.
Staff will follow all revised CPR and First Aid treatment processes, as amended by the Lifesaving Society in our safety guidelines. On-deck First Aid treatment stations will be established for outdoor pools.
Express Pass holders do not need to register the support worker attending with them as their contact details will be taken when they arrive at the pool.
Washrooms are open. Please come dressed and ready to swim.
Patrons will still be expected to come to the pool showered, changed and ready to swim. Change rooms will be available after swims only.
Lifejackets will be available and will be disinfected after every use but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Equipment for lessons, Leadership and Waterfit classes will be available.
Swimmers must bring their own equipment such as goggles and towels.
Only essential equipment will be provided to patrons and all shared equipment will be disinfected between uses. Slides and diving boards will not be available.
For length swims, five (5) swimmers per double lane will be allowed.
For leisure swims, each pool will have their own capacities depending on configuration. Physical distancing is required.
Yes, but please let the lifeguard know upon entering the pool and we will do our best to accommodate requests.
The pools offering length swims will be divided into double lanes. Each double lane will have a maximum of five(5) people per lane.
No. Lanes will not be put out for leisure swims.