Swimming & Aquatics

The Aquatic Centre is open!  Enhanced safety and cleaning protocols including reduced maximum capacities and buffers between swim periods in alignment with new policies and procedures are in place.

Swim sessions will follow a similar registration process to the gym and recreation programs. All swim sessions such as lap lanes, leisure swim, family, and all welcome swims will be registered, and patrons may register up to one week in advance online, in person, or by phone. If you qualify for a special rate, you’ll need to call reception to book your session. Registration is now open!


Kids Swim Lessons

Lessons for the littlest start at just 4 months of age! The first three levels of the Red Cross Swim Preschool program are for children under the age of 3 years old with their parents/caregivers; ages 3-6 years can join small class sized lessons with an instructor where toddlers master skills before moving through the 5 additional levels.  When kids are 6 years old, they can progress through the 10 level Red Cross Swim Kids program.

COVID-19 pandemic update: Group swim lessons will resume in January 2021 and will be limited to Red Cross levels 4 and up as well as pre-school levels assisted by caregivers; these levels allow for safe physical distancing during normal activities. The key developmental levels of Salamander through to Level 3 will be on hold until distancing measures no longer pose a health threat. Private and semi-private swim lessons are still to be determined.  All lessons subject to change based on pandemic statistics and provincial orders.  Beginning in April, all levels of swimming lessons will be offered.

Spring Swim Lessons – Registration is open!

Unsure which level your child should be in?  Please see the Red Cross Swim levels below.

Red Cross Swim Levels

Daily Water Fitness Classes

Daily classes are 45 minutes in length and the instructors will vary.  Shallow water Aqua-fit classes are designed for those people who may not necessarily be swimmers but are looking to use water as resistance to improve muscle tone, strength and mobility.  If you prefer to participate in this shallow water class as a deep water participant it’s not a problem, just book your spot accordingly.  Capacity is 12 participants in the shallow end with 6 more in the deep end during the day; evening class limited to 8 shallow end participants.

Buoyancy belts are provided by the complex for participants in our Deep-fit classes, where physical strength and cardiovascular fitness can be increased while joint stress is greatly reduced.  These classes are conducted in the deep end with a capacity of 10 participants.


Water Fitness Programs

Specialized water fitness programs, such as Aqua Yoga, develop core stability and strength in a water setting.  Designated instructors will lead you through a variety of exercises over a specified number of weeks to help you develop good posture, good habits and proper movement within the water environment.  These classes are limited in space so register early to reserve your spot.

Public Swimming

All swimming sessions are now pre-registered, up to 1 week in advance.  Registration opens for the following week each Wednesday morning at 10am. Scroll to top, click the Register  button and search by pool use: lap, leisure, family, all welcome. Narrow your search by selecting a day of the week, or sort results by first meeting date. Online swim bookings are for individuals paying a drop-in rate; if you qualify for a special rate, call to book your visit.

Once your session is booked, arrive swim ready (suit on under clothes) and limit the number of personal items brought to the facility. Enter the pool area from lobby view doors, check in with staff & remove shoes. Store personal items on deck as lockers will be extremely limited. A cleansing shower is mandatory prior to swimming. At the end of your swim, use changerooms briefly and exit through hallway to reception & front entrance.

Lap Lane: double-wide lanes are available, up to 4 persons in each, swimming in a large circle (stay to the right).  Time limit is 1 hour including hot tub visit or relaxing in the leisure pool.  Express lanes are 45 minutes.

Leisure Swim: small pools relaxation or play, no access to main pool unless lane users are finished or un-booked.  Capacity and time limit will vary depending on other activities occurring at the same time.

Family Swim: limited to 6 full families (2 adults & up to 4 dependents). Lap lane by request, if space permits. Time limit is 90 minutes

All Welcome Swim: limited to 36 individuals. No lanes available. Time limit is 90 minutes.

Aqua Fit: day time classes are limited to 12 shallow end registrants. An additional 6 registrants may book space in the deep end. Session includes a 45 minute class and 15 minutes of leisure swim.

Hot tub is limited to 7 individuals at one time with a max stay of 10 minutes and is open to all users with a swim booking.

Aquatic Public Swimming Registered Drop in Schedule (March 1 – 21)

Aquatic Public Swimming Registered Drop in Schedule – Spring Break (March 22 – April 4)

Aquatic Public Swimming Registered Drop in Schedule – (April 6 – June 27)



Aquatic Leadership & First Aid Training

Learn lifesaving skills that will last a lifetime through the Bronze Medal Program.  Whether for personal interest or to become a lifeguard, the Bronze Medal awards provide important water safety messages and develop proficiency in lifesaving, resuscitation and water rescue.  Thinking about working in aquatics?  All the courses you need to become a certified National Lifeguard and Red Cross swimming instructor are offered here seasonally, as advertised.

Covid-19 pandemic update: the lifesaving society is redesigning the bronze medal program for 2021 so stay tuned for new opportunities coming next year.  Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor training is anticipated to resume in the Spring.

For more information on swimming or aquatics programs, please contact:
Tami Wood
Aquatic Program Supervisor
Tel: 604-485-8908
Email: twood@powellriver.ca