Swimming

Schedules, fees and admission rules for drop-in swims and pool activities. Find lessons on our program look-up page. Check our cancellations page before you visit to make sure the pool is operating as usual.

Rec Complex schedule

The 'swimplex' at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex has an eight-lane pool with a separate swirlpool and water play area for kids. It also has a waterslide, springboards and a diving tower. There are male, female and alternate-needs change rooms.

Easter holiday closures

  • Friday April 19 - pool closed
  • Saturday April 20 - pool open noon, regular schedule from noon - 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday April 21 - pool closes at 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday April 22 - regular schedule

March 23 to June 28

Parent and tot (six months to three years, with adult)

All children must be accompanied in the water by someone 18 years or older (no more than one child/adult). Structured program led by a swim instructor. Participants can stay for up to 10 minutes at the end of the program to use the swirlpool.

Tuesday
  • 7 to 7:30 p.m. 
Wednesday
  • 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Thursday
  • 6 to 6:30 p.m. 
Friday
  • 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.

Sunday

  • 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Kidsplash (six and under, with adult)

All children must be accompanied in the water by someone 18 years or older (no more than two children/adult). Kidsplash is held in the tot pool and swirlpool.

Monday
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 to 1:55 p.m.
Wednesday
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • 7:05 to 8 p.m.
Thursday
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (swirlpool only from April 25 - June 13)
  • 1 to 1:55 p.m.
Friday
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday
  • 1:05 to 1:55 p.m.
  • 6:05 to 6:55 p.m.

Sunday

  • 8 to 8:50 a.m.
  • 5:35 to 6:20 p.m.

Public (all ages)

Children under 18 must swim with adults (18+). Child to caregiver ratio for 7 to 17 years is three children to one adult, and two children to one adult for children six and under. Diving boards and waterslides available unless otherwise noted. You must be 4'6"/138 cm to use the waterslide.

Monday
  • 1 to 3 p.m. (diving boards and slide not available)
Wednesday
  • 1 to 3 p.m. (diving boards and slide not available)
Friday
  • 1 to 3 p.m. (one metre diving only, slide not available)
  • 7:05 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday
  • 2:05 to 4 p.m.
  • 7:05 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday

  • 10:35 to 11:55 a.m. (family swim)
  • 2:05 to 4 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. (family swim; three metre diving board after 6:45 p.m., children must be accompanied by adult)

Senior swim (55+)

Senior swim is for 55+. Deep end lengths, swirlpool, shallow waterfit and one metre diving boards available.

Tuesday
  • 2 to 3 p.m. (one metre diving board only, slide not available)
Thursday 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. (one metre diving board only, slide not available)

Swirlpool (16+)

Swirlpool users must be over the age of 16 or accompanied by an adult (two children per adult). During lane swims the swirl pool is open for adults only.

Monday

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 8:30 to 10 p.m. (starting May 6)

Tuesday

  • 7 to 9:10 a.m.

  • 9:50 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 9:15 to 10:30 p.m.

Wednesday

  • 7 to 9:10 a.m.

  • 9:50 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 8:45 to 10 p.m.

Thursday

  • 7 to 9:10 a.m.

  • 9:50 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 8:30 to 10 p.m. 

Friday

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

  • 1:05 to 1:55 p.m.

  • 6:05 to 6:55 p.m.

Sunday

  • 7:30 to 8:50 a.m.

  • 8:45 to 9:45 p.m.

Waterfit (16+)

For waterfit classes with equipment noted below, using the devices is mandatory. Shallow water is about four feet deep. Choose the option that best suits your fitness level. 

 Day of the week

Morning classes

Afternoon classes
Monday
  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. DE
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9 to 9:45 p.m. SHI
  • 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. D
  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. SH
  • 11:10 to noon BC
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m. SH
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. GJ
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. D
  • 7:15 to 8 p.m. D
  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. RF
  • 9 to 9:45 p.m. SHE (starts May 6)
Tuesday
  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. D
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. SH
  • 9:10 to 9:50 a.m. GJ
  • 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. T
  • 10 to 10:45 a.m. L
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. WW
  • 11:05 to 11:50 a.m. D
  • 2 to 2:45 p.m. SHE
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. GJ
  • 7:05 to 7:45 p.m. Z
  • 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. D
  • 8:45 to 9:30 p.m. RF
 
Wednesday
  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. D
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9:05 to 9:50 a.m. D (6ft deep)
  • 9:10 to 9:50 a.m. GJE
  • 10 to 10:45 a.m. SH
  • 10:15 to 11 a.m. DE
  • 11:05 to 11:50 a.m. RF
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m. SHI
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. GJ
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. D
  • 8:15 to 9 p.m. GJ
  • 9 to 9:45 p.m. T
 
Thursday
  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. D
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. SH
  • 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. GJ
  • 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. BC
  • 10 to 10:45 a.m. L (no class from April 25 to June 13)
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. WW (no class from April 25 to June 13)
  • 11:05 to 11:50 a.m. D 
  • 2 to 2:45 p.m. SH
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. GJE
  • 7:05 to 7:45 p.m. KB
  • 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. D
 
Friday
  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. RF
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. SHI
  • 9:10 to 9:55 a.m. D
  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. SHE
  • 10:30 to 11 a.m. WW
  • 11:10 to noon T
  • 12:15 to 1 p.m. SH
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. GJ
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. D
 
Saturday
  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. SH
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. D
  •  12:15 to 1 p.m. T
Sunday
  • 8 to 8:45 a.m. D
 
  • 6 to 6:45 p.m. D
  • 8:15 to 9 p.m. Z
Code Description Code Description
BC Boot camp (advanced, water belt) RF

Run fit (water belt used)

D

Deep water (water belts used)

SH

Shallow water

DE

Deep water with equipment (water belts and equipment used)

SHE

Shallow water with equipment (intermediate, equipment used)

GJ

Gentle joints (held in the swirlpool)

SHI

Shallow high intensity (advanced, held in shallow water)

GJE

Gentle joints equipment (held in the swirlpool, equipment used)

T

Tethered (advanced, water belts, bungee cord)

KB

Kickboxing (shallow water)

WW Water walking (shallow water)
L

Low impact (shallow water, ideal for seniors)

Z

Zumba (shallow water) (shallow waterfit if specialty instructor not available)

Lane swims (ages 16 and up)

Monday
  • 5:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (deep end)
  • 5:45 to 8 a.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 11:15 a.m. to noon (shallow shared space)
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 8:45 to 10 p.m. (deep end and swirlpool) (starting May 6)
Tuesday
  • 5:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (deep end)
  • 5:45 to 8 a.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 11:15 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. (shallow and deep end)
Wednesday
  • 5:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (deep end)
  • 5:45 to 8 a.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 11:15 a.m. to noon (shallow shared space)
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 9 to 10 p.m. (1/2 deep & shallow space)
Thursday
  • 5:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (deep end)
  • 5:45 to 8 a.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 11:15 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 8:45 to 10 p.m. (shallow floor space and swirlpool)
Friday
  • 5:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (deep end)
  • 5:45 to 8 a.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m. (shallow shared space)
  • 7:05 to 8:30 p.m. (two lanes open in deep end)
Saturday

7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (shallow and 1/2 deep end width ways)

1:10 to 1:55 p.m. (deep end)

6:05 to 6:55 p.m. (1/2 shallow and 1/3 deep end)

Sunday

6:30 to 8:50 a.m.

8:45 to 9:45 p.m. (1/2 shallow at 9 p.m. and 1/2 deep end)

 

 

Moses Springer schedule (closed for season)

Moses Springer Community Centre has an eight-lane outdoor pool with two waterslides. There are male, female and alternate-needs change rooms. The pool operates from June until September.

Fees and safety guidelines

Fees

This chart outlines single admission costs and multiple visit costs using our FitPass. FitPasses can be purchased at either pool facility, or online using ActiveWaterloo.

 Age category

1 Visit

10 visits

25 visits

50 visits

Child & youth (2 to 17)

$4.70

$42.30

$98.75

$188

Adult (18 to 54)

$6.30

$56.70

$132.25

$252

Older adults (55+)

$4.70

$42.30

$98.75

$188

Family pass (up to four people, $2.40/person for more)

$14.20

$127.80

$298.25

 

Kidsplash (one parent and one child six years and under)

$6.30

     

Parent and tot (six months to three years)

$6.30

     

Swim test requirements and direct supervision

Our ‘swim test' requires a child to swim on their front across the shallow end of the pool (22 metres) without touching the bottom, with the ability to put their face in the water and keep their feet at the surface. A recognizable and consistent front crawl or breaststroke must be used. Children may attempt the swim test once during a schedule swim time.

Children six years and under must be accompanied in the water by a caregiver who is 14 years of age or older and responsible for direct supervision. The swim test is an option for this age group. If the child completes the swim test they can go in the deep end and down the slide, but will be asked to stay with their caregiver at all times while in the pool.

Children seven to 10 years old must report to the lifeguard on the deck to pass the swim test. If the child passes they may swim unaccompanied while caregivers remain in the facility. If the child doesn't pass, the caregiver must return to provide direct supervision.

All other children or non-swimmers who have not passed the swim test must be accompanied in the water by a caregiver who is 14 years of age of older and is responsible for their direct supervision.

Direct supervision is defined as being within arm's reach in the water and able to render immediate assistance at all times. A caregiver may provide direct supervision up to a maximum of two children.

These requirements are in response to recommendations from the Chief Coroner of Ontario.

Pool fouling and closures

A pool fouling forces us to close the pool for up to 24 hours. Some tips to help keep our clean pool:

  • wash thoroughly with soap and water in our showers before entering the pool
  • make sure your child goes to the bathroom right before entering the pool
  • take your child on frequent bathroom breaks
  • check your child's swim diaper often
  • do not go swimming if you have been sick in the past 48 hours
  • use swim diapers - these are mandatory for children who are not fully toilet trained. We recommend Little Swimmers diapers for children three and younger
  • refrain from feeding your child within one hour of swimming

Lockers

If you plan to use change room lockers at one of our pools, please use a lock to secure your belongings.