Swimming

In Step 3 of the Reopening Ontario plan, indoor facilities are slowly re-opening.

Outdoor facilities are open with restrictions according to provincial regulations. Spaces such as fields, diamonds, and cricket pitches are bookable and must be in compliance with all COVID-19 protocols.


On this page

  1. Swimplex
  2. COVID-19 safety procedures
  3. Moses Springer schedule
  4. Holiday swims
  5. Fees and swimming safety

Swimplex

The Swimplex is shutdown until October 4, 2021 to refurbish hydraulics, mechanical work on the moveable floor, and as part of the WMRC expansion project, the three aquatic change rooms are being renovated.

The building will open as Waterloo Region Public Health guidelines permit.

Swimming lessons are offered at Moses Springer Community Pool. Visit our activeWaterloo site for lesson information.

COVID-19 safety procedures

Completing City of Waterloo’s Online COVID-19 Heath Screening Form

In order to participate in a City rec program all participants must:

  1. Complete the City of Waterloo’s Online COVID-19 Health Screening Form prior to entering the facility on the same day as the activity takes place.
  2. The health screening form must be completed each and every time a participant and/or a family member enters the facility.
  3. Participants must successfully pass the screening in order to be permitted entry into the facility.
  4. You do not need to bring a printed copy of your results. Facility Ambassadors will check your form details at the assigned entrances.    
  5. For those participants who do not have access to an electronic device, a staff member will assist in the completion of the online health form upon arrival at the facility.

Complete Screening Form

Book your Moses Springer visit

Before you visit 

Do not come to a facility for a swim if you:

  1. Have a fever, new cough, shortness of breath or a combination of muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat or runny nose.
  2. Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
  3. Have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.

To all others, please wash your hands or use sanitizer before and after every visit, and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.

Visiting Moses Springer

Per the Region of Waterloo's Face Covering Bylaw, masks must be worn when entering the building. Masks may be removed to participate in your swim. Children under the age of five and those unable to wear a mask are exempt.

  1. Programs have a maximum capacity based on physical distancing requirements. Registration is encouraged as walk-in space is limited. Register at waterloo.ca/activewaterloo
    Note: unaccompanied drop-in customers 11-15 years old will need to be pre-registered by a parent/guardian on Active Waterloo to consent to the terms and conditions of the program.

  2. Come with your bathing suit on as no indoor showers and no change facilities are available at this time.
  3. Arrive at the front doors labelled "Swim Entrance" 15 minutes before your scheduled start time so staff can check your COVID screening form, approve and sanitize your equipment and assign wristbands as needed. Wear your mask and stay physically distant as you wait in line. 

  4. Entrance to the facility will begin 5 minutes before the start of the program. Participants will shower on the pool deck and proceed to their designated program area.

  5. It is highly recommended that swim participants bring a large gym bag in which all belongings can be left on the pool deck during the program.
  6. Washroom facilities are available off the pool deck beside the lifeguard office. This area will be limited to one customer at a time.

  7. Participants will have 5 minutes at the end of the program to leave the pool deck. Exit the pool deck at the far side gate near the waterslide area. Before you leave the deck make sure that your face is dried off and your mask is placed back on.

  8. Once you leave the pool deck, you will not be permitted back.

  9. There will be no equipment or seating available for use. Swimmers may bring their own portable chairs and equipment for the program. You will be assigned a physical circle to keep your chair and personal belongings in. Equipment should be kept with you at all times, in your circle and not be shared with people not part of your household.

  10. Please note the directional signage on the pool area and other areas you may be in.

  11. Reminder to please review our swim admission standards.

  12. No refunds will be given once the program has started. Account credits will be provided should the program be cancelled in advance due to unforeseen circumstances.

  13. There is no spectating at Moses Springer.

Moses Springer Schedule - July 2 to August 1 schedule

Public swims (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.

Monday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. (cancelled July 12)
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. 
Tuesday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. (cancelled July 14)
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Thursday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Friday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. (cancelled July 16)
Saturday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m. (cancelled July 24, 31)
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Sunday
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Lane swims (ages 16 and up)
Monday
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
  • 7:00 to 7:45 a.m.
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8:15 to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8:15 to 9:00 p.m. (cancelled July 8)
Friday
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8:15 to 9:00 p.m. (cancelled July 9)
Saturday
  • 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday
  • 12:20 to 1:00 p.m.
Waterfit (ages 16 and up)

Shallow water is about four feet deep. Choose the option that best suits your fitness level.

Monday
  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. D
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
  • 8:10 to 8:55 p.m. D
Tuesday
  • 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. D
  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. SH
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
Wednesday
  • 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. D
  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. D
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
  • 8:10 to 8:55 p.m. D
Thursday
  • 7:15 to 8:00 a.m. D
  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. SH
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
Friday
  • 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. D
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
  • 8:10 to 8:55 p.m. D
Saturday
  • 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. D
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D
Sunday
  • 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. SH
  • 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. D (cancelled July 23, August 1)
Code Description
D Deep water (with water belts)
SH  Shallow water
Kidsplash
All children must be accompanied in the water by someone 18 years or older (no more than two children/adult). Kidsplash is held near the shallow area at the stairs.
Saturday
  • 9:05 to 9:50 a.m.
Sunday
  •  11:10 to 11:55 a.m.

Holiday swims

To celebrate Canada Day, on July 1 Moses Springer will be open for public swims:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Pre-register in ActiveWaterloo.

Fees and swimming safety

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.

All prices below include HST.

 Age category

1 Visit

10 visits

25 visits

50 visits

Moses Season Pass

Child & youth (2 to 17)

$4.70

$42.30

$98.75

$188

$94.71

Adult (18 to 54)

$6.30

$56.70

$132.25

$252

$94.71

Older adults (55+)

$4.70

$42.30

$98.75

$188

$94.71

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

$14.20

$127.80

$298.25

$211.26

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 scheduled 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

Lockers are currently unavailable.