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Swimming

Swimming Schedules

Check out the swim schedules.

Choose how you want to submerge yourself in the City’s pools

  • Lane swim: Continuous lane swim workout. Children age eight to 10 must pass the facility's swim test. There may be opportunities for lane swims during family and public swims.
  • Family swim: An unstructured swim time open to children and youth when accompanied by an adult who participates in the water. Adults do not have to bring a child to these swims. Check with your aquatic facility for lane swimming opportunities during family swims.
  • 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 25M uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied. During public swims at wave pools, the waves will be turned off. Check with your aquatic facility for lane swimming opportunities during public swims.
  • 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 aged 8, 9 and 10 must be tested to demonstrate their ability to swim 25M uninterrupted in order to be permitted to swim unaccompanied. Available at the Kanata Leisure Centre, Ray Friel Recreation Complex and Splash Wave Pool. 
  • Teen swim: Unstructure swim for teens age 13 to 19.
  • Women-only swim: Unstructured swim for women and girls 14 years and older.
  • Women-only family swim: Unstructured swim for women and their children. Women do not have to bring children to participate. Boys over the age of six are not permitted.
  • Swim for persons with disabilities: Free swim available at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Participants must complete a participant information form. If you need assistance in the change room, you must bring an attendant who will be admitted for free.
  • Pre-school swim: Unstructured pool playtime for parents and their pre-schoolers in limited pool space.
  • 50+ Vitality: A 30-minute class of light exercise followed by a public swim for people 50 years and older. Available at the Canterbury Recreation Complex, Lowertown Pool and St. Laurent Complex.
  • 50+ swim: Lap swimming for adults 50 years and older.

Public swimming

The City has many places for you and your family to enjoy the water. Each location offers a broad range of fun and athletic programs.

  • 20 indoor pools, nine outdoor pools and three wave pools 
  • 56 wading pools and 127 splash pads
  • Four beaches 

Browse and sign up for lessons or programs in our Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 Recreation eGuides:

You can also join a drop-in swim session at a City pool near you.

Pool locations

East Ottawa: Indoor pools

East Ottawa: Outdoor pools (summer only)

South Ottawa: Indoor pools

West Ottawa: Indoor pools

West Ottawa: Outdoor pools (summer only)

Central Ottawa: Indoor pools

Wave pools

Splash pads (summer only)

Young or old, splash pads are a great way to cool off in the summer.

Splash pads will be operational until September 14, 2018, depending on the weather. Splash pads are operational between 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

The opening of the following splash pads will be delayed due to mechanical issues:

  • Centrepointe (114 Centrepointe Dr)
  • Fawn Meadow (165 Meandering Brook Dr)
  • Guinness Park (665 Kilbirnie Drive, Nepean)
  • Half Moon Bay (3525 Cambrian Road)
  • Cardinal Creek (1825 Trim Road)

Children are to be supervised at all times while using splash pad.

This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa’s splash pads. Splash pads marked in light blue are accessible.

Wading pools (summer only)

Bring the kids to a neighbourhood wading pool to cool off and play. This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa's wading pools, along with their dates and hours of operation.

Agincourt wading pool will be closed July 20-23 due to a broken watermain. 

 

Safety and supervisory standards in City pools and beaches

There are safety standards so that everyone can enjoy the City’s swimming pools. If you are unsure of how these requirements apply to you, please contact the pool before your visit.

  • To ensure adequate supervision and to identify people at greater risk, all swimmers need to wear a City-issued coloured wristband to get in the pool.
  • Non-swimmers and those who cannot pass the facility's swim test must remain in shallow water.
  • Each ratio below indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person 14 years or older can supervise. The parent or guardian must be in proper bathing attire, in the water, actively participating and within arm’s reach at all times.

Supervisory standards in City pools

Age Requirements Guardian:child ratio Wristband
5 years and under Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:2 Orange
6 to 7 Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times

1:4 or 1:6 if wearing life jackets

Orange
8 to 10, did not pass facility's swim test Always accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older 1:4 or 1:8 if wearing life jackets Orange
8 to 10, passed facility's swim test No guardian supervision required N/A Green

Supervisory standards in City beaches

Age Requirements Guardian:child ratio
5 years and under Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:2
6 to 7 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times

1:4 or 1:6 if wearing life jackets/PFDs

8 to 10 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older who must be actively participating and within arms reach at all times 1:4 or 1:8 if wearing life jackets/PFDs
11 to 13 years Accompanied by parent/guardian 14 years or older 1:15

High-risk people must be in a ratio of 1:1. High-risk people have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in a pool, such as frequent seizures or fainting conditions. This includes people who are unable to control their behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision. The supervisory ratios for groups of high-risk people will be determined by pool staff based on the specific needs of the people and their associated risks. We recommend you call the pool before you visit.

Swimming fees

Indoor and outdoor pool fees

Brewer Pool, Canterbury Pool, Champagne Fitness Centre, Deborah Anne Kirwan Pool, François Dupuis Recreation Centre, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Lowertown Pool, Pinecrest Recreation Centre, Plant Recreation Centre, Sawmill Creek Pool, Splash Wave Pool, St-Laurent Complex

  • Two years and under: Free
  • Three to 18 years: $2.50
  • Full-time students: $2.50
  • 19 to 64 years: $5.00
  • 65 years and older: $3.25
  • One to two adults and their children: $2.50 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more: $2.25 per person

Leisure pool fees

Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans, Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven, Nepean Sportsplex, Ray Friel Recreation Complex, Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata, Walter Baker Sports Complex

  • Two years and under: Free 
  • Three to 18 years: $3.75
  • Full-time students: $3.75
  • 19 to 64 years: $5.75
  • 65 years and older: $4.50
  • One to two adults and their children: $3.75 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more: $3.25 per person
  • Whirlpool/steam (Kanata Leisure Pool and Walter Baker Sports Centre): $4.50

Wave pool fees

Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, Ray Friel Recreation Complex, Splash Wave Pool

  • Two years and under: Free
  • Three to 18 years: $6.50 
  • Full-time students: $6.50
  • 19 to 64 years: $9.00
  • 65 years and older: $7.75
  • One to two adults and their children: $6.50 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more residents: $5.75 per person
  • Groups of 10 or more non-residents: $6.50 per person

Aquafit fees

Drop in for a general Aquafitness class.

  • Seniors, students and youth: $7.50
  • Adults: $9.00

Swimming membership

A swim membership gives you access to scheduled public swim sessions (excluding wave swims) at all City pools. A combined swim and aquafitness membership gives you access to a variety of fitness classes in different depths of water.

Membership fees include HST.

Membership fees for leisure, outdoor and standard pools

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, students, youth, children $23.00 $46.00 $84.00 $152.25
Adult $50.00 $99.75 $182.75 $331.25
One to two adults and their children $97.25 $194 $355.25 $613.00

Membership fees for the Kanata Leisure Centre, the Ray Friel Recreation Complex and the Splash Wave Pool

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, students, youth, children  $47.00  $106.25  $162.75 $267.75
Adult  $63.75  $145.75  $234.00 363.75
One to two adults and their children  $118.25  $235.50  $408.50 $746.25

Aquafitness membership fees

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, students, youth, children  $51.75  $103.00  $188.50  $342.00
Adults  $64.25  $128.25  $234.75  $426.00
One to two adults and their children $104.00 $230.50 $412.75 $766.25

Combined swim and aquafitness membership fees

Category 1 month 3 months 6 months 1 year
Seniors, students, youth, children  $57.50  $114.25  $209.50  $380.00
Adult  $71.50  $142.25  $260.75  $473.25
One to two adults and their children $110.25 $256.00 $468.00 $851.50

Safety and admission requirements for wading pools

  • Height requirement: 45 inches (115 cm)
  • Facilty's swim test: Must be able to independently recover from floating on their front and back, and be able to cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted.

Each ratio below indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person 14 years or older can supervise. They may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least six years old and able to pass the facility's swim test or meet the height requirement.

General supervisory standards for wading pools

Age Admission requirements Guardian:child ratio
Five years and under

Parent/guaradian 14 years or older must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height under 115 cm and cannot pass facility's swim test

Parent/guaradian 14 years or older must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Actively supervised by parent or guardian 14 years or older N/A
10 years and older No supervision, facility swim test or minimum height required N/A

Supervisory standards for camps at wading pools

Age Admission requirements Staff:child ratio
Five years and under

Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height under 115 cm and cannot pass facility's swim test

Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Child must wear a wristband

1:4
Six to nine years, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Always accompanied by staff 1:10
10 years and older, height at least 115 cm or passes facility's swim test Always accompanied by staff 1:15

Beaches

Put your toes in the sand or get involved in some water fun at one of the City’s public beaches.

Lifeguards are on duty from June 16 to August 26, 2018, every day from noon to 7 pm. 

Rent stand-up paddle boards and volleyball nets at Petrie Island, Britannia and Mooney's Bay from May 19 to September 3, 2018. Westboro Beach offers rentals from June 16 to August 26, 2018. 

  • Volleyball nets: $17 per hour, $54 per day
    • Photo ID required
  • Stand-up paddleboards: $21 per hour
    • Participants must be 18 years or older
    •  Photo ID required
  • Inquire at any beaches’ Lifeguard Office, for more information email beaches@ottawa.ca

Rent an accessible wheel chair at Britannia Beach from June 16 to August 26, 2018. Available daily between noon to 6:30 p.m.

  • Accessible wheel chair: Available to rent at no cost
    • Reservations required
  • Please provide 24 hours notice
  • To book contact 613-820-1211 or beaches@ottawa.ca (email is monitored Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm)
  • Renters are required to provide own attendant to push chair and assists with transfer in and out of chair
  • There is no lift on site

To book an event at the beach, contact Centralized Allocations:

To bring your group to swim at the beach, contact Beach Operations:

Petrie Island Beach

A wonderful sandy beach with spectacular views across the Ottawa River. Great for picnics, a stroll, a swim, a game of volleyball or to watch the boats go by.

  • May 19 to September 3, 2018: Paid parking from 7 am to 6 pm (seasonal passes available)
  • May 19 to September 3, 2018: Washrooms and rentals available
    • 10:30 – 7 pm Friday to Sunday
    • 10:30 – 9 pm Monday to Thursday
  • Picnic tables
  • Canteen
  • Lifeguards
  • Play structure

Britannia Beach

Located on the Ottawa River at Britannia Bay, the beach is great for swimming, picnics or watching the sailboats go by.

  • May 19 to September 3, 2018: Washrooms and rentals available
    • 10:30 – 7 pm Friday to Sunday
    • 10:30 – 9 pm Monday to Thursday
  • Free parking
  • Canteen
  • Outdoor showers
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ pits in the park
  • Play structures
  • Lifeguards
  • Accessible wheel chair
  • Accessible washroom

Mooney’s Bay Beach

A popular summer destination for swimmers, rowers and special events, including Dragon Boat Races and HOPE Volleyball.

  • May 19 to September 3, 2018: Paid parking between 7am and 6pm (seasonal passes available)
  • May 19 to September 3, 2018: Washrooms and rentals available
    • 10:30 am to 7 pm Friday to Sunday
    • 10:30 am to 9 pm Monday to Thursday
  • Canteen
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ pits in the park
  • Play structures
  • Lifeguards

A possible renovation or replacement of the Mooney’s Bay Park Pavilion is being planned. Learn more about how you can provide your input.

Westboro Beach

This beach is located on National Capital Commission property at Kitchisippi Lookout on the Ottawa River.

  • June 16 - August 26, 2018: Washrooms and rentals available
    • Noon-7 pm Monday to Sunday
  • Free parking
  • Canteen and patio with tables
  • Picnic tables

Water safety

Have fun at the beaches and play safe by following water safety guidelines.

For additional information please visit the City of Ottawa’s Safety and supervisory standards in City pools and beaches.

Water quality

Beach water quality is tested daily for the presence of E coli bacteria. Learn more from Ottawa Public Health.

Beach camps

Browse summer camps offered at City beaches in 2018.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick McBain (613) 580-2424 Ext. 16966 or
Jacob Fitts (613) 580-2424 Ext.41219
beaches.programming@ottawa.ca