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Drop-in activities

COVID-19 safety measures at City facilities

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following safety measures are in place at City facilities:

  • Physical distancing of 2 metres is required at all times all users not living in the same household or in their social circle.
  • Plexiglass shields installed at customer service desks to protect workers and users
  • Directional signage to manage traffic flow
  • Room capacities have been reduced to accommodate social distancing requirements
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are available and frequent handwashing is encouraged
  • Upon arrival both staff and users are required to complete a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms before being authorized access to the site
  • Clients will need to conduct a health screening and assumption of risk upon arrival at the facility
  • Entry to the building is denied to anyone who presents as a risk based on the self-assessment questionnaire
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented
  • Additional COVID-19 specific training has been provided for all staff
  • Air dryer use, including personal dryers, are not permitted at indoor facilities and changerooms to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask in City facilities

Masks are required when entering the facility, in common areas, lobbies, washrooms, changerooms and hallways as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-Law.

We require that all clients wear masks while participating in our programs. Only the following programs, activities and individuals are exempt from the mask requirement:

  • Swimming: masks may be removed when entering the water but are required in other areas of the building.
  • Exercising: when actively engaged in athletic or physical activity.
  • Lifeguarding: when on deck and actively monitoring the pool.
  • Sporting associations renting out City facilities: while actively engaged in high-intensity sports training and maintaining the 2-metre distancing requirement.
  • Children under the age of 5 years chronologically or developmentally, who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • Individuals with medical conditions or disabilities rendering them unable to safely wear a mask.
  • Individuals who are unable to put on or remove their mask without assistance.

Those who are exempt need to advise staff at the entrance during the screening process and let us know how they meet one of the exceptions listed above. They may be asked to use a face shield if their circumstance allows.

All other City of Ottawa programs not listed above, require clients to wear masks throughout participation with the goal of preventing transmission and reduce the number of COVID-19 cases.

Additional safety measures at City pools

When you come to an aquatic facility, you’re going to notice several changes we have made to ensure we live up to our commitment to keep everyone safe, including:

  • Saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, diving boards, rope swings, and water slides will be closed
  • We encourage swimmers to use goggles, snorkels will not be allowed
  • Swimmers are encouraged to bring their own equipment for their use only, only life jackets and PFD’s will be available for loaning at the facility
  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum
  • Swimmers may keep their cloth face masks on until they enter the pool
  • Traffic measures will be implemented around the pools and entry and exit will be staggered so crowding doesn’t occur
  • Swimmers at outdoor pools will enter and exit through a gate and not through the facility
  • Viewing areas will be either closed or their capacity reduced, to allow for proper physical distancing
  • Parents or guardians who are not accompanying their child in the pool for swimming lessons are encouraged to wait outside the facility
  • Swimmers of the same household may swim together in one lane during lane swim, if available at the pool.
  • Only essential equipment will be provided for use on deck, and equipment will be disinfected between users (i.e. lifejackets)
  • Equipment that is not regularly in contact with chlorinated water will be disinfected every 4 hours at minimum

Do your part to slow the spread by:

  • Showering at home before going to the pool.
  • Wearing your bathing suit to the pool.
  • Practice personal COVID-19 hygiene – washing or sanitizing your hands, staying home if you are ill.

Additional safety measures at fitness centres

  • Physical distancing of 3 metres is required at all times
  • Some workout stations or cardio equipment will be closed to ensure physical distancing
  • Clients will receive an individual bottle of sanitizer to wipe down equipment after each use
  • Clients must arrive in their workout attire as change rooms are closed at some locations
  • Showers will also remain closed at this time
  • Clients are asked to keep their personal items to a minimum
  • Clients are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle
  • High touch-point equipment will not be available for use:
    • Foam rollers
    • Bands
    • Medicine balls
    • Stability balls
    • BOSU
    • Skipping ropes
    • Yoga mats/blocks/straps/tune-up balls
    • Fans (except for venting out)
    • Rowing machines
    • Aerodyne bikes

Additional safety measures at City arenas

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following safety measures have been implemented at City operated arenas:

  • Participant access to the arena is granted 20 minutes prior to the booking start time
  • Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or in the stands. A ratio of 1:1 participant to parent or guardian will be permitted in the arena for the supervision of children under the age of 18-year-old, to a maximum of 25 parents or guardians.
  • No spectators are permitted except for a parent or guardian.
  • Limited capacity in change rooms
  • Designated skate tying areas outside dressing rooms
  • Showers are off limits at this time
  • Water fountains should be limited to bottle filling only
  • Players are encouraged to arrive dressed in as much equipment as possible

Ottawa Public Health states that the risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases progressively with age, particularly beyond 50 to 60 years. In addition to increasing age, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (cardiovascular, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung, chronic liver, cancer, immunocompromise) or severe obesity are at higher risk for severe illness. Every individual needs to take into account their personal risk factors when making decisions about going out.

What to know before you reserve

You can reserve your spot online by visiting the facility webpage and browsing the schedules.

Important information to note

  • The schedules listed in the charts on the facility pages are a general overview of each facility’s schedules.
  • When you click to reserve your space, the only schedules that will display are for activities that have spaces available for reservation.
  • You can now reserve your space as of 6 pm for up to two days in advance.
  • You are able to reserve your space up until 30 minutes before the start of the session.
  • You are allowed to reserve a maximum of:
    • 6 spaces at a time for public swims.
    • 2 spaces at a time for cardio and weight sessions, lane swims, older adult activities and sports drop-ins.
  • A mask must be worn in the facility, except when engaged in athletic or physical activity. This includes participation in weight and cardio sessions, fitness or exercise sessions and drop-in sports.
  • Clients who are unable to reserve a spot online are able to make a walk-in reservation on the day of, if there are available spaces remaining. In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to reserve your space online.
  • Payment can be made on-site - payment using debit or credit is preferred, but cash will also be accepted. 
  • Given that there are a limited number of spots available, clients can only reserve one session per day.
  • New! You can now cancel your reservation online. We ask that you please fill out this form to cancel your reservation if you are unable to attend.

Public skating drop in activites

  • Public skating: a leisure skating session for people of all ages. All children 10 years of age and under must have a parent/guardian with them for the duration of the skate. Children 10 years and under are required to wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. We recommend that all skaters (especially new skaters) wear a CSA-certified hockey helmet. Bicycle, ski and snowsport helmets are not permitted.

Please note:

  • Payment for public skating is accepted in exact change only.
  • Skate sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • One spectator is permitted per skater.
  • Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or as a spectator.
  • A mask is required at all times except while on the ice surface.
  • Access to the arena will be provided 15 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Use of the player benches are restricted to the skaters only.
  • Changerooms will be open but skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed to skate.

Browse safety measures at City facilities.

Browse skating fees.

Schedules and links to reserve your spot.

Swimming and aquafitness activities

Swimming programs

  • Lane swim: Continuous lane swim workout. Children age eight to 10 must pass the facility's swim test. Only essential equipment will be provided for use on deck, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Maximum of 2 people per reservation.
  • Public swim: An unstructured swim time open to all ages. Non-swimmers aged 10 and under, and all children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 14 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arms reach at all times. Children aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25 metres uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied. Only essential equipment will be provided for use on deck. You are welcome to bring your own equipment. Maximum of 6 people per reservation.
  • Preschool swim: An unstructured swim time with limited pool space allowing for playtime for preschool-aged children and their parents, ages 5 and under. Children 5 years of age and under: minimum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older.
  • 50+ swim: Lap swimming for adults aged 50 plus.
  • Women’s only swim: Open to all women and girls, 14 years of age and older.
  • Women’s only – Family swim: An unstructured swim designed for females-only and their children, boys over the age of 6 are not permitted. Adult females do not have to bring a child to these swims. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older.
  • Wave swim: A swim with the waves activated at a wave pool open to all ages. Non-swimmers aged 10 and under, and all children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 14 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arms reach at all times. Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. Children aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25M uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied.

Inclusive recreation swim programs

  • Swim for persons with a disability: Designated swim for youth and adult participants with a long-term disability. Swim is free of charge for qualifying participants upon completion of a participant information form. If assistance is required in the change room, participants must bring an attendant.
  • Wellness – Aqua therapy: A wellness program ideal for individuals living with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and individuals recovering from injury or surgery.
  • Wellness – Chronic pain: A wellness program ideal for individuals living with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, osteoporosis and individuals recovering from injury or surgery.

Aquafitness programs

Aquafitness will resume on Monday, November 23.

  • Aqua lite main pool: Offered in the main pool, the class is a low impact total body workout that offers a blend of cardio as well as muscular strength and endurance training combined with specific attention to core stabilization and relaxation techniques.
  • Aqua general shallow: Offered in the shallow end, the general aquafitness class is designed as a medium intensity total body workout, balance of cardio and muscular strength and endurance. A great introduction program offering easy choreography and options to modify the intensity.
  • Aqua lite warm pool: Offered in the warm pool, the class is a low impact total body workout that offers a blend of cardio as well as muscular strength and endurance training combined with specific attention to core stabilization and relaxation techniques.
  • Aqua general deep: Offered in the deep end, the general aquafitness class is designed as a medium intensity total body workout, balance of cardio and muscular strength and endurance. A great introduction program offering easy choreography and options to modify the intensity.

There were many considerations factored into selecting which pools to open as part of the first stage of reopening, including the site’s ability to meet community and operational needs – such as summer camp offerings and appropriate staffing levels – and the ability to operate with physical distancing guidelines in place. Some pool sites have planned construction projects underway during this first stage, and will reopen at a later date.

The COVID-19 situation remains fluid and we may need to adapt our programming or pause operations at certain sites throughout the summer and into the fall, should the nature of the pandemic shift once again.

View schedules and links to reserve your spot.

View swimming fees.

Fitness activities and weight and cardio rooms

  • Due to current regulations, clients can only make use of City sports and fitness facilities for 90 minutes at a time, and clients are therefore unable to book back-to-back sessions for these programs

Weight and cardio rooms

  • Weight and cardio rooms: Weight rooms have a mixture of free weights and weight machines. Cardio machines include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers and stationary bicycles that are programmable for an exercise routine.

Fees

Valid for a single fitness activity.

  • Seniors, students, youth: $8
  • Adults: $9.25

Browse Recreation Centres and Complexes offering drop-in activities.

Sport activities

With the announcement of new provincial restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City has announced that squash, racquetball and volleyball programs have been suspended.

Kindergym drop-ins will resume on Monday, November 16.

Maintain 2-metre physical distancing.

  • Pickleball, badminton and table tennis: The reservation links below allow you to reserve up to 2 places for singles play. Doubles play is now permitted at select locations providing all players wear masks throughout the duration of game play. Bring your own paddle. Shared courts are subject to availability. Players should not switch sides during match.
  • Open gym: See sport specific details. No gameplay, only practice based activities. Players are to remain in the same team. Ball will be sanitized regularly during play.
  • Basketball practice: The reservation links below allow you to reserve one ball and hoop (for use by members of your immediate household). No gameplay, only practice based activities. Ball will be sanitized regularly during play.
  • Soccer practice: No gameplay, only practice based activities. One net, one playing area and one ball per household cohort. Ball will be sanitized regularly during play.
  • Track walking: Maintain 2-metre physical distancing.
  • Kindergym: Play, run, climb and jump to burn some energy. Children ages 0 to 5 must be supervised by a caregiver while they have free play with a variety of sports equipment and toys in our gymnasium.

Schedules and links to reserve your spot.

Sport fees

  • Adult: $4.25
  • Senior: $4
  • Child, youth, family: $2.75

Sport multi-visit pass

  • 10-visit pass for child, students or youth: $24.80
  • 10-visit pass for adults: $38.30
  • 10-visit pass for seniors: $36

Older adult activities

Nepean Seniors Centre and Churchill Seniors Centre will reopen on Monday, November 23.

  • Learning / Lecture series: We will offer a variety of topics through presenters, online video or open discussion. Please call the centre you wish to attend for topic details.
  • Movies: Looking to enjoy the latest movies? Sign up today. Please note that our movies are subject to availability and shown in Closed Captioning (CC).
  • Walking club: Join our friendly walking group for low-impact exercise. Good for your bones, tones your bones, tones your body and improves your overall fitness. Walking may take place indoors or out.
  • Book club: Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with others - then come join our monthly club.
  • Shuffleboard: Bring a friend and get into the “shuffle!” this disc type game is lots of fun and easy to learn.
  • Billiards: Sign-up for this strategic game on our billiard-snooker table. Please bring your own cue, balls will be provided.
  • Meditation: Meditation is a simple practice available to all, which can reduce stress, increase calmness and clarity and promote happiness.
  • Craft club: Our drop-in activity provides you an opportunity to socialize while working on your own craft project. Bring your own supplies.
  • Teddy bear club: Our drop-in activity provides you an opportunity to socialize while working on your own craft project. Bring your own sewing supplies.

Schedules and links to reserve your spot.

Fees

  • Fitness drop-ins: $ 8
  • Sports drop-ins: $ 4
  • Other older adult programs: $ 2
  • Social programming: Some social programming (movie night, walking club, teddy bear club and craft club) is offered at no cost. Please contact the facility for more information.