Outdoor Pools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor pools will open with a new schedule and cleaning protocols in place as of July 18 2020. Please read FAQs below.

Port Dalhousie Pools

FAQs for outdoor pools during COVID-19 2020

Which City outdoor pools are opening and when? 

  • Port Dalhousie Pool (large and small pools), 205 Main Street (Open effective Saturday, July 18, 2020)
  • Lincoln Park Pool (small pool only), 63 Chetwood Avenue (Open effective Saturday, July 25, 2020)

What are the hours of operation?

All pools will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. These hours may be extended during an extreme heat alert.

What are the capacity levels of the pools?

Capacity levels at all pools will be reduced to ensure safe social distancing. The capacity level of each individual pool will vary and is dependent upon the size/depth of pool, deck area and the availability of lifeguards.

Is there a maximum swim time per visit?

Yes. To ensure equitable access to as many swimmers as possible the maximum length of each leisure swim session will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. Older adult and length swim sessions, in addition to leisure swim sessions at the Lincoln Park Small Pool, will be limited to 45 minutes.

Is there an admission fee to go swimming?

No, there is no admission fee in 2020.

In response to COVID-19, what new rules and protocols will be in place?

Swimmers will notice several changes to typical operations at the outdoor pools this season. These are in place to increase overall public safety.

  • No dressing rooms or lockers - guests are encouraged to arrive wearing swimming attire and to change and shower at home afterwards
  • Guests are encouraged to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, as water fountains will not be available.
  • Outdoor showers will be provided
  • No pool toys (no flutter boards, pool games or pool noodles)
  • No private pool rentals
  • No swimming lessons or instructional classes
  • Guests will be asked to leave the deck after each swim session to allow for cleaning and disinfection before the next swim
  • Lifejackets (PFD’s) will be available and disinfected after each use

Do I need to wear a mask?

Whenever social distancing is not possible outdoors, a mask is recommended. A mask does not need to be worn when showering or swimming.

Are there schedules for individual pools?

Yes. Please keep reading for individual pool schedules, or download the 2020 Outdoor Pool Schedule.

Port Dalhousie Outdoor (Large) Pool Schedule:

 Leisure swims:

  • 9 a.m. to 10:45 (heat alert only)
  • 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (heat alert only)

Older adult leisure swim:

  • 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Lengths, single and bubble lanes:

  • 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (heat alert only)
  • 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (heat alert only)
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (heat alert only)

Older-adult lengths, single lane:

  • 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
 Port Dalhousie Small Pool Schedule:
 

 Leisure swims:

  • 9 a.m. to 10:45 (heat alert only)
  • 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (heat alert only)
 Lincoln Park Small Pool Schedule:

 Leisure swims:

  • 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (heat alert only)
  • 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (heat alert only)
  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Noon to 12:45 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. (heat alert only) 

 

Do you need to make a reservation to go swimming?

No reservation is required for any of the leisure swims; it is first-come first-served. 

Please note due to the high demand for lane swimming the following steps have been put into place.

1. Reservations are required for all lane swimming.  A reservation can be made by phoning 905-935-8755 between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants who are unable to reserve a time will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed participants may be called if availability opens up.

2. Participants may lane swim a maximum of 4 times per week.

3. Participants who make a reservation and are a no show, will be placed on a three day hold.

4. Participants who make a reservation and cancel 4 hours prior will be permitted to reserve a lane the next day. If reservations are cancelled two days in a row or three days in a week, participants will be put on a three-day hold.

5. Back to back time slot reservations are not permitted.

Do regular supervision and admission requirements for children still apply?

Yes. These standards can be found under the 'Admittance and Supervision Requirements for Children' section on this web page.

How long will the outdoor pools be open?

The pools will be open until Sunday, August 30, 2020. The City's outdoor pools may close up to 45 minutes early in August due to light conditions.

For sun safety tips, please refer to Niagara Region Public Health’s website at https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/sunsafety/sun-safety-tips.aspx

 

Lincoln Park Pool (open July 25 to August 30, 2020)

 

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 Pool Overview

  • Pool capacity: 128 patrons, includes pool and deck (pool capacity will be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. See FAQs above).
  • Male and female washrooms
  • Playground equipment (closed during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • On transit route

Please note: the small pool is intended for participants that are 10 years old and under. The lifeguarding staff may use their discretion to allow participants over the age of 10 into the pool. If at any time the safety or enjoyment of other guests is in question due to their actions, participants will be asked to leave of the pool immediately.

Lion Dunc Schooley Pool - Closed for the Season

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 Pool Overview

  • Large pool capacity: 165 patrons, includes pool and deck
  • Small pool capacity: 128 patrons, includes pool and deck
  • Male, female, and family change rooms
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • On transit route
  • Playground equipment
  • Tennis courts

Please note: the small pool is intended for participants that are 10 years old and under. The lifeguarding staff may use their discretion to allow participants over the age of 10 into the pool. If at any time the safety or enjoyment of other guests is in question due to their actions, participants will be asked to leave of the pool immediately.

Port Dalhousie Pool (open July 18 to August 30, 2020)

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Pool Overview

  • Large pool capacity: 165 patrons, includes pool and deck (pool capacity will be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. See FAQs above).
  • Small pool capacity: 128 patrons, includes pool and deck (pool capacity will be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic. See FAQs above).
  • Diving board
  • Starting blocks
  • Male and female change rooms (closed during COVID-19 pandemic. Guests are encouraged to arrive wearing swimming attire and to change and shower at home afterwards)
  • Accessible parking spaces
  • On transit route
  • Playground equipment (closed during COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Tennis courts 

Please note: the small pool is intended for participants that are 10 years old and under. The lifeguarding staff may use their discretion to allow participants over the age of 10 into the pool. If at any time the safety or enjoyment of other guests is in question due to their actions, participants will be asked to leave of the pool immediately.

Rates & Fees

 Leisure Swim and Activity Entry Fees*

*There will be no fees for outdoor pools in 2020. Please see COVID-19 FAQs at the top of this page.

 

2019 Fees

  Children (3-14 years)

Youth
(15-17 yrs) 

Seniors (50+) Adults (18+) Family
Outdoor Large Pool $2.60 $2.90 $3.10 $4.15 $10.85
Outdoor Small Pool FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

Summer Outdoor Pool Swim Pass

Valid June 28 to September 2, 2019

$31.70 $41.30 $36.10 $54.25 $133.85
  • Clip cards and passes may be purchased at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, Lion Dunc Schooley Pool and Port Dalhousie Pool.
  • Adults may use their clip card or pass for Leisure Swims and Aquatic Activity Swims.

  • Children/Youth may use their clip card or pass for Leisure Swims and Any Age Lengths.

  • Family Pass gain families entry into Leisure Swims and Aquatic Activity Swims (adults). Family passes and Family Clip Cards may be used for your immediate family living in the same household.

  • All passes and clip cards must be submitted before entry to the pool is permitted.

  • Lost swim pass replacement fee $6.15 (available with proof of payment). Lost clip cards are not replaced.

  • Programs may end 5 minutes early to accommodate a transition to the next program.

Admission Requirements

Admittance and Supervision Requirements for Children

To assist us in ensuring your children have a safe and enjoyable swimming experience, the City of St. Catharines has implemented a wristband procedure. This system allows us to identify children at risk and ensure adequate supervision when in the pool area. All children 10 years of age and under will be given an identifying wristband by the facility staff. Any guest, regardless of age, may be required to complete the facility swim test in order to swim in the deep area of the pool. All children, 10 years of age and under, will be required to complete the facility swim test in order to swim in the deep area of the pool.

 

Age Admission Requirements Supervision Requirement Child:Caregiver Wrist Band Additional Information
6 yrs & under  Always accompanied*  2:1  Orange/Red

If a child does not pass facility swim test, a RED wristband is worn (in addition to ORANGE)

Child must remain in the shallow end of the pool.

Orange/Green

If child passes the facility swim test, a GREEN wristband is worn (in addition to ORANGE).

Child is permitted into the deep end.

7-10 yrs 

Always accompanied*

OR

4:1  Orange/Red

If child does not pass facility swim test, a RED wristband is worn (in addition to ORANGE)

Child must remain in the shallow end of the pool.

Pass Facility Swim Test Green

If child passes the facility swim test, the orange wristband is removed and replaced with a GREEN wristband.

Child may be admitted unaccompanied.

11 yrs + No supervision required    

At the lifeguard's discretion you may be asked to complete a swim test in order to swim in deep water.

 

* Always Accompanied: Must be accompanied at all times in the water and within arms reach by a parent, guardian or designate (caregiver) who is at least 14 years of age.

Admittance Requirements for Day Camps & Groups

Arrangements for your group should be made with the Recreation Coordinator at 905.688.5601 ext. 1958 in advance of your arrival. The group caregiver(s) are entirely responsible for their group while in the facility and must effectively supervise the group at all times. Admittance and Supervision Requirements must be met.

Serious Medical Conditions

Those with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible for their direct supervision. Your medical doctor should be consulted before swimming. To help ensure the maximum safety of all our patrons, we ask that those with serious medical conditions please report to the lifeguarding staff before entering the pool.

 Facility Swim Test

Large Outdoor Pool

Foot first jump into shallow water. Tread water for 1 minute and swim a recognizable front crawl for 20 metres.

Small Outdoor Pool

Front float, face submerged (five seconds) and return to standing position unassisted.

 Leisure Swimming Descriptions

Leisure Swim

Leisure swims are open to everyone, whether you are an advanced swimmer or if you're still wearing your arm floats. No pressure to perform or swim fast - everyone is welcome to drift lazily and enjoy a comfortable swim. These swims are an ideal time for people of all ages to play in an aquatic setting.

 Aquatic Activity Descriptions

Any Age Lengths

Everyone welcome, at least one lane open for lengths swimming. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, please check how pool lanes are divided and/or designated to other activities. Observe the pace of swimmers before jumping in to find the lane that best suits your pace. See a lifeguard if you require assistance.

 

 

 

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