The City of Hamilton is proud to offer a diverse selection of recreational programs at our facilities.
For your safety, we encourage you to consult a qualified health care professional before participating in any recreational activity.
Children 7 years of age or older are required to use the change room of their own gender. If this is not suitable, please see facility staff so that appropriate accommodation can be arranged. Universal change rooms are for parents or guardians with children of opposite gender under the age of 7 years. Note: Not all facilities have universal change rooms.
Only lessons operated by the City of Hamilton are permitted.
Serious medical conditions
Those with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible for their direct supervision. The patron accompanying the individual with the special needs is not required to pay an entrance fee.
What to wear
When using City of Hamilton pools, all swimmers must change from street clothes to a swim suit and/or clean clothing used for swimming only. Clothing worn in the pool must be free from rips/tears and permit individuals to participate safely in programs. Denim (including cut-offs) are not permitted. All swim attire must be appropriate for a general audience.
Recommendations for safe swimming attire:
Clothing should be a light weight fabric
Form fitted clothes are preferred
All children not toilet trained must wear an article of clothing that will keep fecal matter contained in the event of a fouling. We suggest you use:
Little Swimmers pool pant diapers
Standard diapers are not allowed
A pool fouling will cause a closure of our pools anywhere up to 24 hours. The Ministry of Health enforces this regulation. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.
Showering before you enter the pool will keep it clean for your swimming experience. We also ask that shoes not be worn in the shower area as Health Regulations require the shower area to be kept clean and disinfected.
The City's Recreation Division is committed to the safety of Hamilton children.
All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end.
Children ages 0 to 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and remain within arm;s reach of guardian at all times.
Children ages 6 to 9 who do not pass the facility swim test must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and remain with arm’s reach of guardian at all times.
Facility Swim Test
To successfully pass the facility swim test individuals must:
Demonstrate comfort in the water
Swim a minimum of 2 widths continuously in shallow water
Lifeguards may, at any time, ask for a demonstration of swimming ability regardless of age or if they feel there is a question of the participant's safety.
Facility Swim Test for children 9 years of age or younger:
Those who can not pass the Facility Swim Test, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must be within arms reach at all times.
Those who can pass the Facility Swim Test may be admitted without a parent or guardian into the pool
A guardian is defined as an individual at least 12 years of age or older who is responsible for the direct supervision of children within their care.
Children ages 0 to 5 - Two children to one guardian (2:1)
Children ages 6 to 9 who are non-swimmers - Four children to one guardian (4:1) or Eight children with lifejackets to one guardian (8:1)
Lifejackets are based on a first come, first served basis. Limited supply available. We recommend that participants provide their own lifejackets to ensure availability and proper fit.