Please Note:  As the City works to slow the spread of COVID-19, there may be restrictions on our aquatics programming and facilities. Visit our COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

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.

2021 frequently asked questions

Why isn’t the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre open?

We look forward to welcoming you back on Friday, July 16, 2021.

What are the capacity levels of the pools?

Capacity levels will be reduced to ensure safe physical distancing. Capacity is dependent upon the type of program being offered, size / depth of pool, deck area and 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 lengths swim is 60 minutes. Leisure swims vary from 45 minutes to two hours.   

What type of programs are being scheduled?

Lengths swimming, leisure swimming, water walking, soak and stretch, lessons and leadership classes. We will make further accommodations in the fall including the return of our fitness classes.  Programming may be changed for the transition to each new session to create efficiencies in programming.  Modified swimming lessons will resume starting August 1, 2021. Registration takes place on Tuesday July 20, 2021.

We have a waiting list for each swim. 

We would like to welcome people from the waiting list to the swim. If you need to cancel, the more notice you provide the better, but please do so a minimum of four hours in advance. Your access to the facility will be put on hold for three days if you do not cancel within four hours of your swim time.

Resident First Swimming for All Reservations

To provide an opportunity for residents of St. Catharines, reservations for lengths will occur in advance before the reservation for guests who reside in other areas of the Niagara Region. Reservation for St. Catharines residents will occur at 9 a.m. two days prior to the selected lengths swim. Reservation for everyone else will occur at 9 a.m. one day prior to the selected swim. Guests may be asked for proof of residency.

Do you need to make a reservation to go swimming?

Yes. Reservations are required for all swims.  Please refer to the Residents First Section to determine when you can make your reservation. You will require an ActiveSTC account

Guests can call 905.688.5601 or email for assistance, or for any questions about how to register.

To accommodate as many community members as possible we are offering four lengths swims per week per person for lane swimming. Reservations are limited to one swim per day for lengths swimming. Those booking more than one lengths swim per day or exceeding the permitted swims per week will be removed from all swims after the first time slot per day or after their second swim of the week. For information purposes the week runs Monday to Sunday.

Lengths Swims

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, lane swims will meet provincial health guidelines. This program is open to those who can swim 50 metres continuously. Regular swim admission and supervision standards apply. Single swimmer per lane. Swimmers are to swim on the black line. Proof of residency may be requested.

Entry fee is charged per individual swimmer. 

Leisure Swims

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, leisure swims will meet provincial health guidelines. Pools will be divided into shallow, middle and deep areas. New protocols and reduced maximum capacity will be in place.

Will there be lessons and leadership courses?
We look forward to offering lessons beginning August 1, 2021. Registration opens July 20. Leadership programs, in a modified format, will continue. Visit the swimming lessons page for more details.

I want to bring my infant swimming; do we all need to reserve and pay?
Yes, please reserve for everyone who plans to swim that day. 

I am accompanying an individual with a disability; do we all need to register and pay?
If you are accompanying as a support person for an individual with a disability, please reserve a spot for the individual with the disability and yourself.   

I lost my personal item at the pool. Can I get it back?
The City is not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. To protect the health and safety of all, lost and found items such as towels, bathing suits, goggles will not be kept. Please keep valuables and personal belongings at home.

My swim was cancelled or interrupted – will I get my money back?
If a swim is cancelled or interrupted due to weather, mechanical or other issues, those registered will be issued a free pass.

Guests with Membership Passes
Guests who are membership pass holders may choose to use passes as payment toward the Lane and Leisure Swims. Current membership pass holders can:

  1. Keep their membership on hold until further notice – no action required
  2. Request to reactivate their membership pass to use. Email (please allow two business days for processing).
  3. Request a prorated refund for membership by emailing (Specify if you wish for a credit to be placed on account or refund issued by cheque. Include your full mailing address).

 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.

Aquatics Safety - Winter 2021 

While we try to stay active outdoors this winter, either with your household family or partner, this checklist can help prevent potential accidents related to ice and the cold winter water. 

Stay safe this icy winter with the aquatics winter safety checklist below:

Winter Safety Checklist

Remember that drowning doesn’t just happen in the summer and that you can only survive a few minutes in cold water!


 Stay Ice Smart: Ice Safety Videos

How thick should ice be before you go out on it? What should you do if you fall through the ice? Check out our aquatic team's videos below for answers to these questions and more on ice safety.

Stay Ice Smart: Ice Thickness

In this video St. Catharines aquatics team member Susanne will walk you through just how thick ice needs to be in order to support various activities and weights. Remember its best to just stay off the ice, even if ice seems thick enough repeated freeze-thaw cycles can impact its strength, creating safety risks.

Stay Ice Smart: Escaping Cold Water

In this video St. Catharines aquatics team member Julie walks you through just what to do if you do fall through ice.

Stay Ice Smart: H.E.L.P.

The answer is the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) to prevent heat loss as you wait for help if you fall into cold water and are unable to get out.

 Winter Weather

The STC aquatics team has a few tips on how to stay warm and safe before heading out into the cold, and what to do if hypothermia strikes.

Winter Weather: Dressing for Warmth 

Everyone loves to get out and enjoy the snow, but remember going outside in the cold can cause hypothermia if you aren't prepared. Join Julie from the STC aquatics team as she walks you through some tips for staying warm while enjoying the great, frosty, outdoors.

Winter Weather: Hypothermia

It's always great to get out and enjoy the outdoors, even if the weather is on the cold side. There are risks however, notably hypothermia if your body's core temperature drops. Join Julie from the STC aquatics team as she walks you through the signs and symptoms, and what to do if you encounter someone with hypothermia.



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