Drop-In Fun Swim

Fun swim is available at scheduled times below for all ages.  Dive, play, use inner-tubes and simply enjoy the pool at your leisure. Children are only permitted in the pool and pool area with a parent or guardian during time scheduled as Fun Swims. 

A parent or guardian who is able to swim must accompany children to the pool and be within the pool area for the purposes of supervision. Parents/guardians are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility and must supervise the children at all times.

Please review the supervision requirements carefully to understand the adult to child ratios required to participate.  Ratios are based on swimming ability and age.

In order to swim independently in the water, a child must complete a deep end swim test. This test consists of a jump entry with submersion, followed by a 25 metre front swim and one minute of surface support. Children who are unable to complete this test must be accompanied by the parent or guardian into the water and must remain within arm’s reach, in shallow or deep water.  A maximum of two children who have not completed the swim assessment are permitted per adult in shallow water, one child per adult in deep water.

Children under six years of age must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian, regardless of their swimming ability. A maximum of two children under six are permitted per adult.

Children who complete the swim test are permitted to swim on their own under parent or guardian supervision. Lifejackets are available. Ask the lifeguard. Please note that use of lifejackets does not change the supervision requirements.


Have not completed the swim assessment

Have completed the swim assessment

Children under the

age of 6

Teach pool: Maximum 2 children per adult; adult must remain within arms’ reach

Deep water: Maximum 1 child per adult; adult must remain within arms’ reach

Teach pool or deep water: Maximum 2 children per adult.

Children over the

age of 6

Teach pool: Maximum 2 children per adult; adult must remain within arms’ reach

Deep water: Maximum 1 child per adult; adult must remain within arms’ reach

Teach pool or deep water: Maximum 3 children per adult

Clean swimming attire and towel. Swim caps and goggles can also be worn if preferred.

Children who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper to prevent any solid matter from entering the pool.

Kickboards, noodles, lifejackets and pull bouys are available. Toys are available for use in the Teach pool only.

Water wings are not recommended as they are not a dependable floatation device. 

Ontario Health Regulations and Pool Rules

  • Please shower with soap and warm water before swimming.
  • There is no food other than water permitted on deck.
  • Outdoor shoes are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • Please do not spit in the pools. Water and spit fountains are available on both pool decks.
  • Diving is not permitted in the North end of the 50m pool or the shallow end of the Benson pool.
  • The use of starting blocks is not permitted during recreational swim.
  • Please do not chew gum in the pool or the pool area.
  • Listen to the lifeguards at all times.

If you have a medical condition, notify the lifeguard or swim with someone who is knowledgeable about your condition. Swimming when ill with diarrhea can contaminate the pool water. Those who have experienced diarrhea should not swim until symptoms have cleared.

During Fun Swims children may swim in the laps area only to swim loops in the appropriate lanes. They cannot be disruptive.

Pool Emergencies: When you hear one long whistle blast please exit the pool immediately at the closest side. One long whistle blast is a signal for a pool clear which is used at the end of swims and also in emergencies and therefore it is extremely important that patrons exit as quickly as possible.

No glass is permitted on the pool deck, in change rooms or in the pool gallery.

Use of Equipment: If you are using equipment (boards, paddles, fins) please be cautious. The lifeguards may ask you to remove your equipment if the swim is too crowded or you are swimming in an unsafe manner.

Children five and under may use either change room (men's or women's) under adult supervision. Children six and over must use gender specific change rooms or privacy change rooms. All children under 12 must be supervised by adults in change rooms. The family change room is located across from the 50m Varsity Pool lifeguard office. We also have a gender-neutral privacy change stall located outside the main entrance to the 25 yard pool.

50 metre Pool: The Olympic-sized (50 metre) Varsity pool has eight lanes with a moveable bulkhead and is between 2.3 metres and 4.2 metres deep. The pool has one- and three-metre springboards, three- and five-metre platforms. The water temperature is 80-81°F. It is used for swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and Varsity events.

Teach Pool: The teach pool adjacent to the Varsity Pool is 0.8-0.9 metres deep and kept at 84°F. It is generally available for children’s swim classes, non-swimmers and those doing injury rehabilitation during most recreational swimming times.

A pool lift providing access in all pools is also available.

Known cancellations: Fun Swim is not scheduled on holiday weekends, during special events and during university exam periods.

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Schedule of all Recreational Swims