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Wading Pools

Junior Park Mentorship Program

Are you between the ages of 10 and 15? Get involved with your neighbourhood wading pool this summer!

The City of Ottawa is looking for youths to assist staff at wading pools citywide. The Junior Park Mentorship Program (JPMP) offers exciting opportunities for youth to develop leadership abilities and gain hands-on experience that can help gain future employment.

Participants in the program will be awarded a certificate of participation pending satisfactory participation at the end of the summer as well as a t-shirt for all of their efforts.

The Junior Park Mentorship Program is offered at most City of Ottawa Wading Pools. Please consult wading pools listing to identify the closest to you.

List of tasks required to obtain a junior park programmer certificate:
  • Opening or Closing Procedures: Include assisting with raking the sand, setting up and taking down guarding stations, bringing out programming equipment, garbage pickup and sweeping the deck.
  • Special Event Help: Help prepare for the special event day and assist on the day of the event with activities such as programming, encouraging participation and cleaning.
  • Follow Park Rules: Abide by park rules and help others learn by example.
  • Chlorine Test: Assist staff in performing bi-hourly chlorine and pH tests.
  • Programming: Assist in leading, preparing or planning park activities.
  • In-Service, Guard Comp and First Aid: Assist by participating as a victim at guard comp and in-services and skill of the week. Learn basic first aid skills.
  • Water Play: Assist City staff in planning, promoting, and implementing this introductory water safety activity.
  • Tasks assigned by park staff: Assist with other tasks assigned by the Park Supervisor.

Please note junior park programmers may not:

  • SUPERVISE any patron or area of the pool alone or with City staff
  • Handle chlorine or any other chemicals
  • Wear City of Ottawa staff uniform (hat, t-shirt, or whistle)
  • Respond to public inquiries or enforce City of Ottawa policies and/or procedures
  • Perform duties that put them or anyone else in danger including park emergencies or first aid duties

To become a Junior Park Programmer please complete an application form by visiting your neighborhood wading pool, or e-mail or call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.

Seasonal Recreation Programs
Park and Wading Pool Program
100 Constellation Cr.
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 6J8
Mail code: 26-52
Telephone: 613-580-2590
Fax: 613-580-2591

Special Events

Join us for summer fun at one of our 54 wading pools across the City!

All special events feature arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool!


 

Wading pools

Junior park mentorship program

Are you between the ages of 10 and 15? Get involved with your neighbourhood wading pool this summer!

The City of Ottawa is looking for youths to assist staff at wading pools citywide. The Junior Park Mentorship Program (JPMP) offers exciting opportunities for youth to develop leadership abilities and gain hands-on experience that can help gain future employment.

Participants in the program will be awarded a certificate of participation pending satisfactory participation at the end of the summer as well as a t-shirt for all of their efforts.

The Junior Park Mentorship Program is offered at most City of Ottawa Wading Pools. Please consult wading pools listing to identify the closest to you.

List of tasks required to obtain a junior park programmer certificate:

  • Opening or closing procedures: Include assisting with raking the sand, setting up and taking down guarding stations, bringing out programming equipment, garbage pickup and sweeping the deck.
  • Special event help: Help prepare for the special event day and assist on the day of the event with activities such as programming, encouraging participation and cleaning.
  • Follow park rules: Abide by park rules and help others learn by example.
  • Chlorine test: Assist staff in performing bi-hourly chlorine and pH tests.
  • Programming: Assist in leading, preparing or planning park activities.
  • In-Service, Guard Comp and First Aid: Assist by participating as a victim at guard comp and in-services and skill of the week. Learn basic first aid skills.
  • Water play: Assist City staff in planning, promoting, and implementing this introductory water safety activity.
  • Tasks assigned by park staff: Assist with other tasks assigned by the Park Supervisor.

Please note junior park programmers may not:

  • SUPERVISE any patron or area of the pool alone or with City staff
  • Handle chlorine or any other chemicals
  • Wear City of Ottawa staff uniform (hat, t-shirt, or whistle)
  • Respond to public inquiries or enforce City of Ottawa policies and/or procedures
  • Perform duties that put them or anyone else in danger including park emergencies or first aid duties

To become a Junior Park Programmer please complete an application form by visiting your neighborhood wading pool, or e-mail or call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.

Seasonal Recreation Programs Park and Wading Pool Program
100 Constellation Cr.
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 6J8
  • Mail code: 26-52
  • Telephone: 613-580-2590
  • Fax: 613-580-2591

Special events

Join us for summer fun at one of our 54 wading pools across the City!

All special events feature arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool!

Wading pool locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa wading pool locations. The number of wading pools listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a wading pool will display more information about that location.

Wading pool information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Safety and admission requirements

Height requirement

Child must be taller than 45 inches (115cm)  

Swim test

Child must recover from front & back float independently and cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted

Please note

  • All Children 5 years of age and under, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised (within arm’s reach) by a responsible person 16 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age who do not meet the height requirement or who cannot pass the site swim test must be directly supervised (close proximity and able to render assistance) by a responsible person 16 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Each ratio indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person would be able to supervise.

For example:

Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 16 years of age and older. The person responsible in the

water must be within arm’s reach. This person may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least 6 years of age and are able to pass the site swim test or meet the height requirement.

Wading pool admittance - General public
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Adult : Child Ratio
5 and under Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 16+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement & Did not pass the swim test

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 16+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or Passes swim test

Active supervision at Park required*

(responsible 16+)
1 : 10*
10+ Height requirement & swim test is not required

No supervision is required

NA
Wading pool admittance - Camp ratios
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Staff : Child ratio
5 and under Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement, or

Did not pass the wading pool swim test

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach
1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or

Passes swim test
Always accompanied 1: 10
10+ Meets height requirement orPasses swim test Always accompanied 1 : 15

Considerations:

High risk participants must be a ratio of 1:1. High risk participants are defined as those who have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in an aquatic environment (e.g. – frequent seizures, fainting conditions, etc) and those who are unable to control behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision.

Park ratios – General public
Age (years) Admission requirements 12 year old : Child ratio Staff : Child ratio
0 to 4 Actively supervised 1 : 4 1 : 4
5 to 9 Actively supervised 1 : 10 1 : 10
10+ Camps require active supervision NA 1 : 15

Pool safety rules

For the safety of all participants, we request the following rules be observed:

  • Children under 45 inches must demonstrate swimming ability or be accompanied by a person sixteen (16) or older, who is supervising within arms reach of the child, in order to enter the pool area.
  • Leave the water immediately upon hearing a long whistle blast
  • Walk on deck area
  • Jumping or diving in the pool is not permitted
  • Patrons are responsible for all personal items
  • Persons with a communicable disease or open sores are not permitted in the wading pool
  • Pets are not allowed in the area of the wading pool and play structures
  • Plastic diaper covers must be worn over diapers in the pool to prevent fouling of the pool.
  • No glass containers, food or beverages are allowed in or around the pool.
  • Patrons using this facility do so at their own risk. Please follow directions from wading pool staff.
  • Park staff are on duty to ensure the overall safety of all patrons at the wading pool and park. Park staff are not able to provide the individual care and attention that is required for young children who need constant supervision.
  • Therefore, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, parent, guardian or babysitter while attending the park or wading pool.

Water safety tips for rivers, lakes, and dams

Summer by the water is fun but we must be aware of the dangers. Visit our Preventing Drowning Information.

Please play safe!

Safety and Admission Requirements

Safety and Supervisory Standards

Height Requirement

Child must be taller than 45 inches (115cm)  

Swim Test

Child must recover from front & back float independently

 and cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted

Please Note

  • All Children 5 years of age and under, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised (within arm’s reach) by a responsible person 16 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age who do not meet the height requirement or who cannot pass the site swim test must be directly supervised (close proximity and able to render assistance) by a responsible person 16 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Each ratio indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person would be able to supervise.

For Example:
Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 16 years of age and older. The person responsible in the water must be within arm’s reach. This person may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least 6 years of age and are able to pass the site swim test or meet the height requirement.

Wading Pool Admittance - General Public

Age (years)

Information

Admission Requirements

Adult : Child
Ratio

5 and under

Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied within arms reach
with Wristband

(parent/guardian 16+)

1 : 4

6-9

Does not meet height requirement &

Did not pass the swim test

Always accompanied within arms reach
with Wristband

(parent/guardian 16+)

1 : 4

6-9

Meets height requirement, or

Passes swim test

Active supervision at Park required*

(responsible 16+)

1 : 10*

10+

Height requirement & swim test is not required

No supervision is required

NA

Wading Pool Admittance - Camp Ratios

Age (years)

Information

Admission Requirements

Staff : Child
Ratio

5 and under

Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied
with Wristband

within arms reach

1 : 4

6-9

Does not meet height requirement

Or

Did not pass the wading pool swim test

Always accompanied
with Wristband

within arms reach

1 : 4

6-9

Meets height requirement, or

Passes swim test

Always accompanied

1 : 10

10+

Meets height requirement or
Passes swim test

Always accompanied

1 : 15

 

Considerations:

High risk participants must be a ratio of 1:1. High risk participants are defined as those who have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in an aquatic environment (e.g. – frequent seizures, fainting conditions, etc) and those who are unable to control behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision.

Park Ratios – General Public

Park Ratios - General Public

Age
(years)

Admission Requirements

12 year old : Child
Ratio

Staff : Child Ratio

0-4

Actively supervised

1 : 4

1 : 4

5-9

Actively supervised

1 : 10

1 : 10

10+

Camps require active supervision

NA

1 : 15

Pool Safety Rules

For the safety of all participants, we request the following rules be observed:

  • Children under 45 inches must demonstrate swimming ability or be accompanied by a person sixteen (16) or older, who is supervising within arms reach of the child, in order to enter the pool area.
  • Leave the water immediately upon hearing a long whistle blast
  • Walk on deck area
  • Jumping or diving in the pool is not permitted
  • Patrons are responsible for all personal items
  • Persons with a communicable disease or open sores are not permitted in the wading pool
  • Pets are not allowed in the area of the wading pool and play structures
  • Plastic diaper covers must be worn over diapers in the pool to prevent fouling of the pool.
  • No glass containers, food or beverages are allowed in or around the pool.

Patrons using this facility do so at their own risk. Please follow directions from wading pool staff.

Park staff are on duty to ensure the overall safety of all patrons at the wading pool and park. Park staff are not able to provide the individual care and attention that is required for young children who need constant supervision.

Therefore, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, parent, guardian or babysitter while attending the park or wading pool.

Water Safety Tips for Rivers, Lakes, and Dams

Summer by the water is fun but we must be aware of the dangers. Visit our Preventing Drowning Information.

Please play safe!