The Town of Oakville offers pre-registered classes and drop-in programs, facility rentals and public swimming opportunities in five indoor pools year-round and five outdoor pools during the summer only. 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.
Be ready. Be prepared. Join us during select recreational swims to refresh your first aid skills with First Aid themed games and activities. No registration required, all ages welcome. Contact your local pool for more information.
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:
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 Special Needs Participation page.
To reduce the risk of spreading germs and to keep our pools clean, please remember the following tips when enjoying our facilities:
Single admission prices are effective February 1, 2015 and include applicable taxes. Each admission fee entitles you to one recreational swim:
A swim membership gives you access to all indoor and outdoor pools and arenas during recreational swim times. A fee of $11.30 (includes applicable taxes) is applied to all passes purchased by non-residents (except 10-visit passes).
HST will be added to the following prices at the time of payment, as applicable.
Visit the Fitness Centres page for information about more memberships, with options that include unlimited access to recreational swimming and Waterfit classes.
The Town of Oakville is proud to offer female-only swimming programs at White Oaks Pool. Drop in for the All Ages Combo Swim on Sundays or register now for one of the following:
Please note that spectator viewing is closed for these programs.
The Town of Oakville offers the Lifesaving Society (LSS) Swim for Life program in all of its pools. If your child has not taken lessons for more than a year or you are unsure as to which level they should be registered in, please bring your child to either a leisure or combo swim for an assessment.
Children must be the required age indicated for the level 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) for an overview of the training required to become an instructor or lifeguard. Links are provided to take you directly to the online registration system for program details.
Please note: Proof of original awards (award card) must be shown to the examiner at the time of the re-certification. Please ensure you have your cards. Failure to provide this verification will prevent testing.
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 are not prerequisites but are courses offered to help participants develop their leadership skills.
Do you want to complete your volunteer hours in a pool environment? Then Aquatics volunteer preparation – Pool Pals is the training for you. 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.
Get ready for leadership courses Lifesaving Fitness (ages 13-16)! Focus 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 have completed either Bronze Star or Bronze Medallion, or are in Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross and 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.
Aquacycle (ages 16+), formerly Hydrorider, is like a spin class in water. Participants are equipped with one of our Hydrorider Aquabikes and are lead through a class by one of our certified instructors.
Family Swim Lessons is an opportunity for the whole family to participate in lessons during the same time block. All swimmers under 5 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian who will remain as support during the program – the supporting adult does not pay the instructional fee. The lesson will be 45 minutes in length followed by a 15-minute recreational swim time for families to have fun in the water.
Water-based exercises add both support and resistance to your workout, which can help reduce pain and impact on your joints, improve flexibility and boost results. Some skill prerequisites may apply.
Adapted Aquatics/Aquadapt (ages 3+) is swimming lessons for children with disabilities. The ratio is one child to one instructor.
Women Only Swimming Lessons (ages 13+) are taught by qualified female instructors and appropriate for beginners through to more accomplished swimmers:
Dive Ontario’s Learn-to-Dive program is nationally recognized. Classes are taught by Canadian Amateur Diving Association qualified instructors. Participants (ages 5-12) must have completed Lifesaving Swimmer 4 and be deep water safe. Levels 1 through 4 are offered. New to diving? Begin with Springboard Diving – CADA Level 1.
Swim to Survive is a Lifesaving Society program that teaches participants the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. If you are a principal or teacher from either the Halton District or Halton Catholic District School Boards interested in the Swim to Survive program, please contact Jonathan Brooker at 905-815-5975.
Synchronized Swimming programs are for participants who want to learn progressive skills, figures and routines; as well as develop muscle control, self-confidence and grace. Various courses are offered for children (ages 7-13), youth (ages 13-18), and adults (ages 18+). Some prerequisites and additional costs (for select programs) apply.
The town hires various staff, such as aquatic instructors and lifeguards, for summer programs, part-time day, evening and weekend hours. Please click on a position below to view detailed job descriptions and requirements.
For more information about current opportunities, application deadlines, etc. please visit the employment page.
Aquatic Fitness Instructor (pdf)
Cashier – Aquatics (pdf)
Clerical Support – Aquatics (pdf)
Deck Supervisor (pdf)
Maintenance Labourer – Aquatics (pdf)
Master Instructor – Aquatics (pdf)
Master Instructor – Leadership (pdf)
Slide Attendant (pdf)
Specialized Instructor – Junior Aquatics (pdf)
Specialized Instructor – Private Personal Best Water Polo Synchro (pdf)
In an effort to promote our outdoor pools, we recently launched a campaign with Oakville Kids that offers a free swim for up to four people in one of our outdoor pools.
Please note: The original ad must be presented at the outdoor pool for free admission. Printed and online versions will not be accepted. One pass for up to four people.
The physical properties of water such as resistance, buoyancy and warmer temperatures create an interesting alternative to land fitness. Water exercising exerts less impact on lower joints and is suitable for swimmers and non-swimmers, men and women. Waterfit classes take participants through a warm-up, aerobic activities, muscle conditioning and a cool down, all in an aquatic environment.
The following drop-ins are offered as part of our regular recreational swimming schedules. Regular admission fees and requirements apply.
Open the Fall and Winter Public Swimming schedule (PDF).
Due to popular demand, White Oaks Pool will be adding two new Lengths swims to its weekly drop-in schedule:
Schedules are subject to change. Visit active.oakville.ca for the most up-to-date drop-in programs schedule information.
11 a.m.-noon (1 lane)
10 a.m.-noon (1 lane)
(September 29, 2017-March 9, 2018 only)
5–7 p.m. (1 lane)
9-10 a.m. (no slide)
9:30-10:30 a.m. (no slide)
11 a.m.–noon (no slide)
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (4 lanes)
9-10 p.m. (4 lanes)*
7:30-9:30 a.m. (4 lanes)*
6:30-8 a.m. (2 lanes)*
8-10 p.m. (4 lanes)
noon-1:30 p.m. (4 lanes)
1:30-2:30 p.m. (2 lanes)*
8-9:15 a.m. (4 lanes)*
*No access to Leisure Pool hydro jets.
7:15-8:15 p.m. (no slide)
7-8 p.m. (no slide)
6:30-7:30 p.m. (no slide)
10:30-11:30 a.m. (1 lane)
10 a.m.-noon (1 lane)
11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
7-8 p.m. (½ pool)
3:30-4:30 p.m. (½ pool)
12:45-2 p.m. (2 lanes)
The Town of Oakville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.