Swimming Policies & Usage Guidelines

Some Rules Have Changed! Here’s what you should know before arriving at the pool

  • If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 you require an appointment to get tested. Do not go to the pool. Book an appointment through:
    • Your doctor
    • Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-974-9848, press 2
  • Pool capacities are reduced to facilitate physical distancing.
  • All bathers will be permitted to swim for the time period admitted for. The pool and change rooms will be evacuated at regular intervals to allow for disinfecting.
  • All participants will be required to answer screening questions before being admitted into the swim
  • Patrons are encouraged to come already changed and to shower at home
  • Goggles are encouraged
  • Permitted equipment: only PFD, puddle jumpers, goggles, small personal toys, water wings, snorkels, pool noodles
  • Not permitted: balls, large floats, water guns/super soakers
  • There will be limited space for personal belongings and lockers/baskets may not be available. Please only bring items with you that you need for the swim. The City of Hamilton is not responsible for lost or stolen items
  • Spectators/non bathers are not permitted on the pool deck. Limited alternative viewing areas may be available at some locations.
  • All patrons will be required to maintain physical distance at all times with other patrons who are outside of their social circle.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in all common areas including pool decks, changerooms and hallways and during fitness/training and group classes.
  • Limited amenities and lifejackets are available; slides, diving boards, spas, and warm pools are not available.
  • Lost and found will be disposed of regularly
  • No re-entry will be permitted per swim

All participants are required to answer screening questions before being admitted into the pool 


Change rooms

Children 7 years of age or older are required to use the changeroom of their identified gender or a universal changeroom, if available. If this is not suitable or a universal changeroom is not available, please speak to the facility staff.

Universal change rooms are for all patrons. Patron’s using the universal change room must use privacy cubicles and not the common area. Bathing attire must be worn in the universal shower area unless a privacy cubicle exists.

Swimming lessons

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 is not required to pay an entrance fee.

What to wear in the pool/bathing attire

When using City of Hamilton pools, all swimmers must wear bathing apparel that is clean and used specifically for the purpose of bathing. Apparel worn in the pool must permit individuals to participate safely in programs. All apparel/swim attire must be appropriate for a general audience.

Recommendations for safe swimming attire:

  • Clothing should be a lightweight fabric (denim, including cut-offs, are not recommended).
  • Form fitted clothes are preferred

All participants not toilet trained must wear an article of clothing that will keep fecal matter contained in the event of a fouling.  Options available:

  • Plastic pants with tight legs, Little Swimmers, Pool Pant Diapers, Gabby’s, Adult swim diapers
  • Standard diapers are not allowed, due to excessive absorption materials that will go into the pool.

Swim admission criteria

All non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end.

  • Children 0 to 5 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must be within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age who cannot pass the Facility Swim Test, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must be within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Children 6 to 9 who can pass the Facility Swim Test may be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Supervision requirements

Age of child Ratio without Lifejackets Ratio with Lifejackets
0 to 5 years 1:2
6 to 9 years 1:4 1:8

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.

Indoor Pools