Outdoor Pools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor pools are open with a new schedule and cleaning protocols.

Port Dalhousie Pool with people swimming lengths

Hours of Operation

 Port Dalhousie Pool - closed for the season

Located at 205 Main St


Lincoln Park Pool - closed for the season

Located at 63 Chetwood Ave.


Lion Dunc Schooley Pool - closed for the season

Located at 32 Seymour Ave



Summer hours begin June 30. 

Special instructions and information

The health and safety of the City of St. Catharines residents is the utmost importance. In compliance with the guidelines for opening aquatic facilities and for the health and safety of all guests, and the province's requirements for public pools, the following play standards are in effect:

  • Completion of COVID-19 screening form required for entry
  • Pools open with reduced capacity
  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation to complete screening, hand sanitizing, check in and payment. Please bring proof of reservation and residence.
  • Masks required inside facility and changerooms. Masks not required when showering or swimming. Exemptions for those with medical conditions and children under five apply

  • Use of changerooms is limited; guests are encouraged to arrive wearing swimming attire, change quickly, and shower at home afterwards. 
  • Guests will be provided 10 minutes to use the changeroom prior to, and after, their reserved program.
  • Showers are limited to rinse off only.
  • On-deck viewing is only available during leisure swims for reserved and paid swimmers.

  • Lockers are not available. Please bring your personal belongings onto the pool deck.
  • Physical distance of 2 m (6 ft) must be maintained at all times
  • Guests are asked to leave the deck without delay after each swim
  • Lifejackets (PFDs) are available
  • Flutter boards available for length swimmers
  • Water fountains will be available; guests are encouraged to bring their own filled refillable water bottles to stay hydrated
  • Regular admission requirements and fees apply
  • Four hour cancellation notice required, violations will result in three day hold on facility access



Rates & Fees

 Leisure Swim and Activity Entry Fees*

* Please see COVID-19 FAQs at the top of this page.


2021 Fees

  Children (3-14 years)

(15-17 yrs) 

Seniors (50+) Adults (18+) Family
Outdoor Large Pool $2.65 $2.95 $3.15 $4.25 $11.05

Summer Outdoor Pool Swim Pass

Valid June 30 to September 6, 2021

$32.30 $42.10 $36.80 $55.30 $136.40
  • 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.


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*


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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