Women-Only Programs

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Learn more about Women-Only Hours and Programming

  • Please note: all drop-in schedules are subject to change. Check the program registration page via links below for the most up to date schedule and available time slots

The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education strives to create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all students and members in all our facilities. Women-only hours reflect the mission of the Faculty and its commitment to education, research, leadership, and the provision of opportunity. Women-only hours are one of several strategies implemented by the Faculty to optimize participation, reduce barriers to being active, and foster inclusivity across culture, religion and ability level. 

In the Strength & Conditioning Centre, the space is open only to women, including staff. The doors are closed during the women-only designated times.

In the pool, the space is open only to women, including staff. The doors are closed and blinds are drawn.

In the gyms and arena and dome, the activities are open only to women participants and are staffed, where possible, by women. These spaces are shared, multi-use facilities so men may be in the area.

Women-only hours is a targeted needs-based program designed to ensure equitable participation in physical activity. Established by the Faculty’s Council of Athletics and Recreation, the program is aligned with University policies, guidelines and statements on equity, diversity and excellence.

While women currently constitute over half of U of T’s student body, they continue to be under-represented in most forms of physical activity. Our usage statistics show that while female participation in particular facility spaces is low during regular hours, it increases notably during times schedule for women only. Women-only hours are therefore one of several strategies implemented by the Faculty to optimize participation, reduce barriers to being active, and foster inclusivity across culture, religion and ability level. 

The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education strives to create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all students and members in all our facilities. Women-only hours reflect the mission of the Faculty and its commitment to education, research, leadership, and the provision of opportunity.

Questions? Contact Beth Ali, Executive Director, Co-Curricular Athletics and Physical Activity Programs.

 

open gym

Women-Only session at the Athletic Centre SCC.

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Woman swimming

  • Women-Only Open Gym is available during specified times at the Athletic Centre (55 Harbord St., Toronto)  Strength & Conditioning Centre (SCC).
  • Women-Only Open Gym offers the chance for women to work out safely and comfortably.
  • Only female staff will be in attendance.

Women-Only Lane Swimming is available during specified times in the Athletic Centre, Benson (25yd) Pool for those who identify as a woman. 

During Women-Only swimming hours:

  • Windows and doors are completely covered.
  • Only female staff members are on deck.
  • An enclosed shower space is available immediately outside the pool.
  • Women can change into bathing attire in accessible, private washrooms adjacent to the pool deck so that they do not need to go through public spaces in bathing attire.

Women-Only Open Gym Schedule @ Athletic Centre:

Sun, Mon & Wed: 12–1 p.m.
Tues & Thurs: 5–6 p.m.
Fri: 1–2 p.m. 
Sat: 9-10 a.m.

Women-Only Lane Swimming Schedule @ Athletic Centre

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday: 10:40-11:55 a.m.

Tuesday: 6:10 - 7:25 p.m.

Thursday & Saturday: N/A

Stay tuned for women-only boxing classes!

Other programming includes: 

Drop-in Basketball Women-only

This program is open to female students and members to shoot hoops and learn new skills. Friendly staff is on-site to answer questions and provide instruction. Women-only times are indicated on the schedule below.

Drop-In Stick & Puck

Beginners can practice using a hockey stick and puck on the ice. Sticks and helmets are not provided. Women Only times are specified in schedule below.

Limited skate rentals are available. Skate sharpening is also available. Please note registration is required to manage capacity limits. 

Drop-in Volleyball Women-only

Drop in and spike one over the net - bring friends and start a game. Open to players of all levels to play in a non-competitive and friendly environment.

Women-only volleyball times are available at the Goldring Centre and indicated on the schedule below.

Women-only Swim Instruction

Women-only classes are offered for those who prefer or require privacy in the Absolute Beginner through Stroke mechanics levels.  Offerings may vary by term.

Also offered for

Swimming & Water Sports