Public Swimming

Select pools are opening for recreational swims, private lessons and Aquatic Leadership programs

The following pools will be open for recreational swims on July 13, 2020:

  • Lions Outdoor Pool
  • Wedgewood Outdoor Pool
  • Falgarwood Outdoor Pool
  • Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre’s (QEPCCC) indoor pool

Private swimming lessons will be offered at Falgarwood outdoor pool.

Aquatic Leadership programs will be offered at Lions outdoor pool and QEPCCC indoor pool.

Capacity at the pools will be reduced to help ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained in compliance with Halton Public Health Regulations, Lifesaving Society’s guidelines, and provincial guidelines.

Recreation swims

Residents must pre-book their swim blocks online in advance at active.oakville.ca. To ensure capacity restrictions are met, drop-ins are not allowed.

Online bookings for all swims start July 6.

Reduced-capacity length and leisure swims will be offered in shortened times to maximize access.

Capacity at Town of Oakville outdoor/indoor pools will be reduced to help ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained in compliance with Halton Public Health Regulations, Lifesaving Society’s guidelines, and provincial guidelines.

Regular swim admission policies will apply. In addition:

  • Customers will be asked a verbal health questionnaire before entering the pool.
  • Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter.
  • In compliance with guidelines for opening aquatic facilities in this phase, change rooms and access to change areas will not be available.
  • Swimmers must arrive already wearing their bathing attire and leave without changing at the facility (bring an extra towel for the walk or drive home).
  • Swimmers are encouraged to shower at home in advance and showers will be accessible prior to entering the pool only.
  • Washrooms will remain open.
  • Equipment will not be available for use with the exception of lifejackets which will be disinfected between users.
  • All swimmers will be asked to leave the facilities after their swimming time to allow for a thorough cleaning between swim times.
  • Physical distancing is still required. Individuals must maintain a distance of at least two metres apart while queuing to enter the pool, on the pool deck, and in the water; however, this does not apply to people who are living together in the same household.

Admissions

In-person bookings are not allowed so that we can manage capacity restrictions.

Admission is $4 for seniors and youth, $5 for adults.

Payment must be made online prior to your scheduled swim. Cash will not be accepted on site. If you require support with alternate payment options, please call 905-815-2000.

Rain days are non-refundable as our outdoor pools remain open. Refunds will issued, however, if an outdoor pool closes due to a thunderstorm.

Please note: Activity passes and fitness memberships will not be accepted in July or August. Memberships have been cancelled or extended until full operations can safely resume. Complimentary passes, Valentine’s Day tickets (although their expiry date has been extended), etc. will also not be accepted at this time.

Recreation swim schedules

Please note: These schedules are in effect from July 13 to September 6. Outdoor pools close at dusk and during thunderstorms.

All outdoor pools are open August 3. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC) is closed August 3.

Schedules are subject to change.

Falgarwood

Leisure

Daily:

  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • 6-7:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday and Sunday:

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lengths

Daily:

  • 1-1:45 p.m.
  • 5-5:45 p.m.

Also on Saturday and Sunday:

  • 10-10:45 a.m.

Lions

Leisure

Daily:

  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.

Lengths

Daily:

  • Noon-12:45 p.m.
  • 7-7:45 p.m.

QEPCCC

Leisure

Monday to Friday

  • 2:30-4 p.m.
  • 6:30 -8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 1:30-3 p.m.

Lengths

Monday to Friday:

  • 4:30-5:15 p.m.
  • 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • 12:30 -1:15 p.m.

Wedgewood

Leisure

Daily:

  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • 3-4:30 p.m.
  • 5-6:30 p.m.

Lengths

Daily:

  • Noon-12:45 p.m.
  • 7-7:45 p.m.

All public swims are subject to admission rules and capacity restrictions.

Please note: Private lessons are NOT allowed during recreational swim times. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Our Swim Admission Policy Standards

Swimmers must meet the requirements of the following admission standards to be granted entrance into any pool.

Stop! Ages 0-6

  • Children age 6 and under may not enter the swimming pool unless they are accompanied by a guardian 14 years of age or older.
  • The guardian is responsible for their direct supervision and must be in the water and able to assist immediately.
  • Two children per guardian (ages 14+) or up to four children per guardian if all children wear life-jackets.

Caution. Ages 7-9

  • Children age 7 to 9 who are non-swimmers must be accompanied by a guardian 14 years of age or older.
  • The guardian is responsible for their direct supervision and must be in the water and able to assist immediately.
  • Two children (non-swimmers) per guardian (ages 14+) or up to four children (non-swimmers) per guardian if all children wear life-jackets.

Children age 7 to 9 who can successfully pass the facility swim test may enter the pool unsupervised. Swimming with a buddy is strongly recommended.

OK! Ages 10+

Children age 10 years or older may enter the pool area unsupervised. Swimming with a buddy is strongly recommended.

Swim testing

To successfully pass the Facility Swim Test, individuals must demonstrate comfort in the water and be able to swim on their front for a minimum of two widths of the pool continuously in shallow water.


Pool admittance policy

  • Any parents/guardians on the pool deck as spectators pay the regular admission fee due to lifeguard ratio requirements, whether they swim or not.
  • Parents/guardians in the pool gallery as spectators are not part of swim ratio and do not have to pay.

Water slide admittance policy

  • Riders at Iroquois Ridge Pool must be a minimum height of 107 cm (also recommended that riders can swim the width of the pool).
  • Riders at Glen Abbey Pool must be a minimum height of 107 cm and able to pass the Facility Swim Test.

Medical conditions

Individuals with seizure disorders or other serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible who can provide immediate assistance if needed.

Children that pass the Facility Swim Test can swim on their own.


Healthy swim etiquette

To ensure our facilities are kept clean and operate efficiently, all participants are required to:

  • Take a complete and cleansing shower (while clothed in the swim attire that will be worn inside the pool area).
  • Wear appropriate swimming attire or clothing that is different from the clothing worn to the facility.
    • Clothing should be light weight fabric and free from rips/tears, rivets, dangling strings, denim and zippers.
    • Bottoms must cover the buttocks area and must not be see-through.
    • Bring clean flip flops or sandals to wear on the pool deck. Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • 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.
  • Ensure children who are not toilet trained wear swim diapers made for swimming. These are available for purchase at the customer service desk.
  • Dress in suitable bathing or clean outdoor attire and pay the posted admission fee before entering the pool deck area.
  • Bring your reusable drinking containers! Only water in plastic bottles are permitted on the pool deck.
  • Ensure children are never left unattended.

Please note also:

  • Strollers are not permitted on our sanitized decks, except for the Outdoor Pool decks.
  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be allowed into the facility and consumption of these substances is not permitted on the pool deck or in the facility.

The Recreation and Culture department strives to make our programs and services accessible and inclusive to all members of our community including those with intellectual or physical disabilities; attention and behaviour difficulties; vision and hearing impairments; learning disabilities; allergies and medical conditions.

For more information, visit our Inclusion and Support Services page.

Admission for support persons

Persons requiring that a support person accompanies them in order to participate in Recreation and Culture drop-in programs can apply for an Express Pass. Express Passes are provided at no-charge, provide free entry for the support person and streamlines the program check-in experience.

For more information, please speak to a Customer Service Representative at your local recreation and culture facility.

Medical conditions

Individuals with seizure disorders or other serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible who can provide immediate assistance if needed.

Please note: 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.

Visit the Aquatics page for more information.

Book and pay for your recreational swims online!

Book your recreational swim online using Active Oakville. Drop-ins are not allowed at this time and payment must be made at time of booking.