Aquatics

Find schedules, fees and admission rules for public swims and pool activities.

Check our cancellations page to make sure your pool is operating as usual.

COVID-19 policies and procedures

What to expect at our pools:

  • Anyone entering the facility will be screened prior to being admitted
  • Masks are required in all areas except the pool itself.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled program. Proceed directly to the pool deck following directions from staff and posted signage.
  • Swimmers and spectators are reminded to keep 2 metres away from others at all times including in changerooms and on deck.
  • Changerooms, showers and lockers will be available for use during swim times. Please follow physical distancing requirements in these areas.
  • If the parent/caregiver is not required to participate, they are to view from the designated viewing area and will be required to wear a face covering or mask
  • Please limit the number of people attending with swimmers.
  • Please leave at the conclusion of your program through the designated exit points

For more information, please email us at aquatics@london.ca

Modifications to Swim Lessons

The City of London is offering learn to swim lessons. These have been modified to follow guidelines and health precautions as set out by the Province of Ontario and the Middlesex-London Health Unit, including physical distancing and group size restrictions.

Modifications include:

  • All lessons will be taught at a distance by qualified instructors to allow participants and staff to maintain a physical distance from others.
  • Participants in Preschool 1 to Swimmer 3 will be required to have a parent or caregiver (13 years and older) in the water with them for physical contact and safety purposes.
  • Please limit the number of people that accompany swimmers to one.  Designated viewing space is limited and those who choose to view a lesson must maintain a physical distance from others and wear a mask.
  • Equipment will be used and will be sanitized after use.
  • Swimmers must register in advance for their lessons online or by phone by calling 519-661-5575.
Modifications to Recreational Swimming

Modifications for Recreational Swimming include:

  • Pre-registration is not required however there will be limits on the number of swimmers.  Space is on a first come, first served basis.
  • All recreational swims will be 90 minutes long.
  • Pool capacities will be reduced to permit physical distancing.
  • Slides and climbing walls will not be open. The diving boards at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre will be open.

*Regular admission fees and supervision policy apply.

Modifications to Lane Swimming

Modifications for Lane Swimming include:

  • Registration is required.
  • Registration will open one week prior to the date of the swim.
  • Spaces are first come, first served.
  • All lane swims will be 60 minutes long.
  • To permit physical distancing, one swimmer per 25 metre lane and two swimmers per 50 metre lane.  Members of the same household may share a lane (maximum of 2 swimmers).
  • Swimmers must register in advance for their swim time online or by phone at 519-661-5575. Payment will be taken at the pool.

*Regular admission fees and supervision policy apply.

Modifications for Aquafit Classes

Modifications for Aquafit Classes include:

  • All swimmers wishing to participate must register.
  • Registration will open one week prior to class.
  • Spaces are first come, first served.
  • Equipment is permitted and will be sanitized after each use.
  • Participants must register in advance for their class onlineor by phone at 519-661-5575. Payment will be taken at the pool.

 

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Swim programs

Lane swimming

Register for lane swim opportunities in both short course, which is 25 metres in length, and long course, which is 50 metres in length. 

Aquafit

Register for an aquafit class that suits your schedule.  All classes are 45 minutes in length. We offer shallow water classes where participants can stand on the bottom of the pool or deep classes where we provide flotation belts.  

Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Parent and tot swimming

Register for this recreational swim time for infants, toddlers and preschoolers aged 5 years and younger along with their parent or caregiver.

Women Only swimming

Register for this recreational swim time for women aged 13 years and older in a private environment with female staff. 


 Swim lessons and leadership

Becoming a Lifeguard

City of London aquatic staff must be fully qualified instructors and lifeguards. Register for any of these programs by visiting Play You or calling 519-661-5575.

1. Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid with CPR B

Get started on the path to become a lifeguard!

  • Teaches an understanding of the 4 components of water rescue education: judgement, knowledge, skill, and fitness.
  • Rescuers learn tows and carries as well as defence methods and releases in order to stay safe in challenging higher risk rescue situations.
  • Includes Emergency First Aid (EFA) and CPR B certification. (WSIB approved and valid for 2 years from certification date.)
  • Recognized as the waterfront supervisory certification for Ontario's Recreational Camp Regulation 568 and is among the first steps toward an exciting and rewarding job as a lifeguard!

Prerequisite: 13 years of age or Bronze Star

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.

2. Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid with CPR C

Learn more advanced life saving and supervision skills.

  • Designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities.
  • Prerequisite for all advanced training programs including the National Lifeguard (NL) and Swim Instructor certifications.
  • Standard First Aid (SFA) and CPR C certification included. (WSIB approved and valid for 2 years from the certification date.)
  • Bronze Cross is recognized as an assistant lifeguard certification in Ontario's Public Swimming Pool Regulation 565 and is an important step toward an exciting and rewarding job as a lifeguard!

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid certifications

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.

3. Assistant Instructor (AI)

Start learning how to teach others to swim.

  • Prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes through classroom learning and in-water practice.
  • Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions.
  • The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized, and are aimed to expose candidates to the aquatic environment.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, candidates are required to complete 10 to 12 hours of volunteer teaching experience prior to the start of their Swim and Lifesaving Instructor (SI/LSI) program.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross and 14 years of age by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.

4. National Lifeguard (NL)

Canada's only nationally recognized lifeguard certification.

  • The only certificate recognized in Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.
  • National Lifeguard training develops a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgement, and a mature and responsible attitude toward the lifeguard's role.
  • Emphasizes prevention and effective rescue response in emergencies including first aid treatment.
  • Candidates develop teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
  • Fitness requirements include a timed object recovery, 50 metres spring, 50 metres rescue drill, and 400 metre endurance challenge.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Standard First Aid with CPR C and age 15 by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.

5. Swim and Lifesaving Instructor

Learn to teach swimming lessons, first aid, and leadership.

  • Includes two courses: Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor (SI) and Lifesaving Instructor (LSI). While these are offered as a combination, they may be taken separately in extenuating circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
  • Swim Instructor (SI) prepares candidates to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills in the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program. Candidates acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.,
  • Lifesaving Instructor (LSI) prepares candidates to plan, teach, and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills and resuscitation techniques in a majority of the Lifesaving Society's leadership and first aid programs. Successful candidates receive two certification cards, the Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid instructor.

Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor and age 15 by end of course.

This program is 2nd Chance Eligible.

2nd Chance Program

We want you to succeed.

Aquatic leadership courses include evaluated items. If you're unsuccessful, you can take a course designated as "2nd Chance Eligible" again at an 80% discount.

In order to qualify for the 2nd Chance Program, you must have taken your original course with us and have received a recommendation from the course examiner to re-take the course.

Registrations using the 2nd Chance Program must be completed in person or by calling 519-661-5575.  It is not possible to receive this discount through online registration.

Swim Lessons

We are pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program as our learn to swim program at our facilities.

Parent and Tot: 3-level program for children 4 months to 3 years of age.

Through structured in-water interaction between parent and child, we stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. We provide Lifesaving Society Water Smart® tips on keeping your child safe in any aquatic setting. Certified instructors provide guidance and answers to your questions.

Because activities and progressions are based on child development, you register in the level appropriate for your child’s age: 4 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months or 2 to 3 years.

Preschool: 5-level program for children 3 to 5 years of age

Give your child a head start on learning to swim. The Lifesaving Society Preschool Program develops an appreciation and healthy respect for the water before these kids get in too deep. In our basic aquatic progressions, we work to ensure 3 to 5-year olds become comfortable in the water and have fun acquiring and developing a foundation of water skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Preschool levels.

Swimmer: 9-level program for children 5 years of age and older

The Lifesaving Society’s 6-level Swimmer program makes sure your children learn how to swim before they get in too deep. Swimmer progressions accommodate children 5 years and older including absolute beginners as well as swimmers who want to build on the basics. We stress lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. We incorporate Lifesaving Society Water Smart® education in all Swimmer levels.

 

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Pools and spray pads

Indoor pools
Canada Games Aquatic Centre

1045 Wonderland Road North

519-661-4455

This facility includes a 50-metre, 8-lane pool and 1 to 10 metre diving boards. It also includes an elevator, a change table with a lift, an electric pool lift, stair entry and universal change rooms. Program offerings include recreational swims, lane swims and aquafit classes, swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs.

South London Community Pool

585 Bradley Avenue

519-661-0920

This facility includes a whale-shaped pool, a smaller guppy pool, a water slide and a climbing wall. It also includes a change table with a lift, ramp entry in the large pool, stair entry in the small pool and a universal change room. Program offerings include recreational swims, lane swims, Women Only swimming and aquafit classes, swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs.

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre

This facility is currently closed and is being used as one of London’s COVID-19 Assessment Centres. 

656 Elizabeth Street

519-661-2525

This facility includes a 25-metre, 6-lane pool and a climbing wall. It also includes a change table with a lift, an electric pool lift, stair entry and a universal change room. Program offerings include recreational swims, lane swims and aquafit classes, swim lessons and aquatic leadership programs.

 

Outdoor pools
Byron Pool

1330 Brock Lane

519-661-4405

Byron Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with a diving board and climbing wall. The facility is accessible by beach entry or water wheelchair entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Gibbons Pool

2B Grosvenor Street

519-661-4407

Gibbons Pool is a heated, 25-metre lap pool with a diving boards and diving wells. The large pool is accessible by ramp entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Glen Cairn Pool

370 Chippendale Crescent

519-661-4420

Glen Cairn Pool is a leisure swim pool. The facility is accessible by ramp entry or water wheelchair entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Northeast Pool

1050 Victoria Avenue

519-661-4409

Northeast Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with a diving diving board and wading pool. The facility is accessible by ramp entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Northridge Pool

15 McLean Drive

519-661-4412

Northridge Pool is a leisure swim pool with a diving well and wading pool.

This facility is currently closed.

Oakridge Pool

825 Valetta Street

519-661-4424

Oakridge Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with a small slide and diving well.

This facility is currently closed.

Southcrest Pool

15 Hazelwood Ave

519-661-4415 Southcrest Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with a beach area and spray features. This facility is accessible by beach entry, stair entry and water wheelchair entry. Change rooms include a changing table. This facility is currently closed.

Silverwood Pool

36 Sycamore Street

519-661-4413

Silverwood Pool is a leisure swim pool with a wading pool.

This facility is currently closed.

Stronach Pool

1221 Sandford Street

519-661-4416

Stronach Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with a water slide and a beach area with spray features. The facility is accessible by beach or water wheelchair entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Thames Pool

15 Ridout Street

519-661-4417

Thames Pool is a heated, 50-metre leisure swim pool with a water slide, diving boards, universal change rooms and a beach area with spray features. The facility is accessible by beach, stair or water wheelchair entry.

This facility is currently closed.

Westminster Pool

650 Osgoode Drive

519-661-4418

Westminster Pool is a heated leisure swim pool with an accessible beach area featuring spray features. There is also a diving board in the deep area. 

This facility is currently closed.

 

Spray pads

All spray pads are closed until next spring.

Spray pads are interactive play areas that have sensors users push to activate water features.  These amenities use potable water. Spray pads are unsupervised and have no standing water.

Spray pad locations can be found on this map.

Spray pads Activation button

Gibbons Park

Fire hydrant
Rowntree Park Post
Lambeth (Centennial Park) Bulldog
Forks of the Thames Individual features
Kiwanis Park Fire hydrant
West Lions Park Fire hydrant
Bonaventure Meadows Crossing gate
Jesse Davidson Park Baseball bat
South London Community Centre Benches
Southeast Optimist Park Fire hydrant
Oakridge Optimist Park Bollard
Ed Blake Park Crossing gate
Meadowgate Park Green post
Medway Park Fishing pole and fish
Constitution Park Various
Queens Park Buttons on ground
Riverbend Park Post

 

Wading pools

Splash into summer at our wading pools! These amenities are free for use and have a lifeguard on site at all times. Wading pools have a maximum depth of 0.6 metres.

Cloth and disposable diapers are not permitted. We recommend swim diapers.

Wading pool locations can be found on this map.

Wading Pools

Hours of Operation

McMahen 640 Adelaide Street North

 Closed

Meredith 450 Nelson Street

Closed

Murray 75 Cliftonvale Avenue

Closed

Northeast Pool

1050 Victoria Drive

Closed

Northridge Pool 15 McLean Drive

Closed

Silverwood 36 Sycamore Street

Closed

Smith 194 Brampton Road

Closed

Springbank Springbank Park

Closed

University Heights 290 Trott Drive

Closed

 

 Fees and supervision policy

Fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs.

 

Pay per visit

10 visit pass

3 month pass

Full summer pass

Child (17 and under)

$4.25

$28.53

$105.00

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Adult (18 to 54)

$6.00

$51.98

$186.00

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Senior (55 and older)

$5.00

$43.22

$132.00

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All rates include applicable taxes and are valid for all recreation swims, lane swims and aquafit classes.  We accept cash, debit or credit card for payment.

Supervision policy 

The following policies are in effect at all City-owned indoor and outdoor pools.

12 and under

All children 12 and under will receive an orange wristband upon entry and must be directly supervised in the water at all times by a responsible person 13 years of age or older. These individuals are required to stay in the designated shallow area.

Supervision Ratio1:2 (without lifejackets) or 1:4 (with lifejackets)

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aquatics admission policy for children 12 and under

Successful Swim Test

Children may take a swim test consisting of a 20 metre swim (or the width of the pool if further) without touching the bottom. If successful, swimmers will receive a green wristband and must be supervised in the facility.

Supervision Ratio: 1:4 (without lifejackets) or 1:8 (with lifejackets)

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Admission policy for responsible persons

13 to 17

Must identify themselves as a "swimmer" or "non swimmer" upon entry. Swimmers will be given a green wristband permitting full access to the pool.

Wading pool admission policy 

The following policies are in effect at all City-owned wading pools.

12 and under

All children 12 and under must be directly supervised or supervised at all times by a responsible person 13 years of age or older.

Direct supervision:  Patrons who are non-swimmers or are unable to safely recover from an in-water fall, and require direct supervision at the discretion of the lifeguard, are to be supervised at all times within arm’s reach by someone who is 13 years of age or older

Supervision:  Patrons must be supervised by someone who is within in the immediate area of the wading pool and who is 13 years of age or older.

Supervision ratio: 1:2 (without lifejackets) or 1:4 (with lifejackets)

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aquatics admission policy for children 12 and under

13 to 17

Must identify themselves as a "swimmer" or "non swimmer" upon entry.

 

Last modified:Wednesday, October 14, 2020