Aquatics

Please note: COVID-19 has effected our facilities and amenities. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 webpage

Pools and Splash Pads

The City's outdoor pools and the pools at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre provide citizens and visitors with the opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of healthy activities for all ages and skill levels, including recreational swimming, swimming lessons and fitness.

The City of St. Catharines also operates four splash pads, located throughout the city, which operate late May to September.

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre Reopening

The following changes will come into effect for programming beginning on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.

Reservations Per Week

During COVID-19, the City has permitted lane swimmers to make four swim reservations per person, per week.

Due to the increase in demand, a reduction to three swim reservations per person, per week will occur.

Similarly, the Therapeutic Aquafit Classes (Hip, Knee & Back, Strong & Steady, and Therapeutic Aquatics) in the leisure pool will see a reduction of three swim reservations per person, per week.

The City is encouraging people who are unable to participate in a Therapeutic class in the Leisure Pool to join a Leisure Swim.

Currently, reservations for Leisure Swims (in the Leisure Pool), Water Walking (in both pools), and Aquafit (in the lane pool) remain at one reservation per day without a weekly limit.

Resident First Swimming for Lane Swimming and Therapeutic Aquatics (Hip, Knee & Back, Strong & Steady, and Therapeutic Aquatics)

In order to provide an opportunity for residents of the City of St. Catharines, Reservation for Lane Swimming and Therapeutic Aquatics will occur in advance of the reservation for out of town guests.

Reservation for St. Catharines Residents will occur at 9 a.m. two days prior to the selected swim.

Reservation for Everyone including Out of Town Guests will occur at 9 a.m. one day prior to the selected swim.

Currently, reservations for Leisure Swims (in the Leisure Pool), Water Walking (in both pools) and Aquafit Classes (in the Lane Pool) will open for reservations a 9 a.m. two days prior to the selected swim for everyone.


After months of closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Kiwanis Aquatics Centre reopened on Monday Aug. 31, 2020 with enhanced safety and prevention measures in place.

Guests will require a reservation to access the pools for all swims. As a result of COVID-19, swim programs will have a limited number of spots.

All guests will need to arrive 20 minutes before their booked time slot to:

  • Don your masks
  • check in
  • sanitize your hands
  • COVID-19 screening
  • process payment

Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter.

Guests are encouraged to arrive in swim attire and change and shower at home afterwards.

Change rooms will be open, but capacity will be restricted and lockers will not be available.

Spectators will not be permitted on the pool deck or in the viewing area.

Everyone inside the facility will be required to wear a mask or face covering, except when swimming or showering. Children under the age of five and those who are unable to wear a mask or face covering as a result of a medical condition or disability are exempt.

No outside equipment is permitted to be brought into the facility at his time

There will be no pool toys in the leisure pool. Lifejackets (PFDs) will be available and disinfected after each use.

Flutter boards will be available for lane pool only. Diving blocks will be closed.

Floatation Belts will be available for soak and stretch and water walking.

To ensure equitable access to as many community members as possible, the maximum length of each swim session will be 50 minutes and guest are required to only book one swim per day.

As modified programming is in place there will be limited programs offered, this include Lengths Swimming, Water Walking, Women's Only,Leisure Swims and Soak and stretch.

Beginning Sept. 21, 2020, the schedule will be modified and additional programs will be added, fitness classes, swimming lessons, and some pool rentals.

Membership pass holders may choose to use their passes as payment toward the lane and leisure swims. They may choose to leave their membership on hold until further notice or request a prorated refund.

For membership questions, email aquatics@stcatharines.ca or call customer service at 905-688-5601 ext 1800.

Hours of operation may vary, visit www.stcatharines.ca/pools.  

Modified Swimming Lessons

Swim lessons can be found on ePlay - the City's online hub for recreation programming.

Through our innovative learn to swim continuum, as well as public education, the Red Cross helps Canadians develop healthy, positive attitudes and stay safe in, on and around water.

The Canadian Red Cross Learn to Swim Program offered at the City of St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre are modified so that physical distancing can be maintained.

Modified Red Cross Swim Lessons for pre-school age (Sea Otter, Salamander, Sunfish, Crocodile and Whale) and Swim Kids Levels 1 - 4. These levels require an adult be in the pool with the child.Typically this is the instructor however current protocols require swim Instructors maintain six feet physical distancing from participants except in case of an emergency.

Beginning in the Fall of 2020 a caregiver 15 years of age and over will be required to be in the water with each child at all times during the lesson. The caregiver must be comfortable in chest deep water and able to hold the participant as needed as they practice skills.

Take a virtual tour of the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre


 

 Policies & Guidelines

  • The City of St. Catharines reserves the right to cancel any swim in order to accommodate special events or course.
  • Pool Facilities may close due to maintenance, thunder, lighting or pool foulings.
  • Parents or guardians must supervise their children at all times when using the splash pads.
  • Patrons who do not have bowel control must wear plastic pants or swim diapers underneath their bathing suits. No diapers please.
  • Water wings, bubbles and floatation devices are permitted only when the child has direct adult supervision in the water.
  • Children 8 years of age and older must change in appropriate change rooms where a family change room is not available.
  • Please leave all valuables at home. The City of St. Catharines is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • Day use lockers are available at most facilities. Locks must be removed nightly. Remaining locks will be removed at the end of the day.
  • Camera cell phones and cameras are not permitted in the washroom or change rooms.
  • For the privacy of all swimmers, picture or video taking is not permitted from the viewing area. To take a picture of your own child please speak to a lifeguard.
  • No glass containers, food or beverages are allowed in the pool and splash pad areas or the area immediately surrounding the pool or splash pad.
  • Do not enter the pool or splash pad if you have an open sore or rash, or are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Dogs are NOT permitted on pool decks or splash pads.
  • Conducting Private Training, Instruction and Coaching in City Aquatic Facilities Policy - Independent instructors, trainers, or coaches are not permitted to offer private instruction in City owned aquatics facilities except where they have rented the aquatic facility for the purpose of private instruction, coaching or training in accordance with the City of St. Catharines facilities rental policy.
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