Swimming

Recreation facilities and programs are expected to gradually re-open in July. Sports leagues (CARL) are cancelled for the summer season.

Read our media release for full details on opening dates and restrictions.

Visit our COVID-19 webpage to find out how other city services have changed

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. 


On this page

  1. Swimplex schedule
  2. Moses Springer schedule
  3. Holiday swims
  4. Fees and safety guidelines

Swimplex Schedule

The swimplex is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19. A schedule will be posted once the facility is scheduled to reopen. 

Moses Springer schedule - July 1 to September 7

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

Before every visit

Do not enter this facility 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.
  4. Ensure you have read our 'public swim - pandemic health and safety guideline' section found at the top of the Moses Springer public swim schedule to ensure you and your swim guests safety.

To all others, please wash your hands or use sanitizer before and after every visit, and maintain physical distancing of 2 metres/6 feet.

To familiarize yourself with our new environment, view our map layout of the Moses Springer deck.

Public swims (all ages) 

Public swim – pandemic health and safety guidelines

  1. All programs will have a maximum capacity based on physical distancing requirements. Customers are encouraged to book their spot in advance. 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. There will be no changing or locker facilities. Be prepared to enter and exit the facility with your suit on.

  3. The admissions desk will open approximately 2 minutes before the start of the program. Upon entering, follow the arrows on the pool deck.

  4. Customers will have 5 minutes to leave the pool deck after the end of the swim, and will exit the pool deck from the far side gate (waterslides area).

  5. There will be no equipment or seating available for use. Swimmers may bring their own portable chairs and equipment (e.g. flutter board, noodle) for public swims. All seating and pool equipment must be approved by aquatic staff and cleaned prior to entering the pool area. Portable seating will need to fit in a 2 metre/6 foot circle. Equipment will need to be kept with you at all times and cannot be shared with people not in your household.

  6. Outdoor shower facilities are to be used before entering the pool. Washroom facilities will be available as needed. Washroom area will be limited to one customer at a time.

  7. Please note the directional signage on the pool area and other areas you may be in. Physical distancing requirements per the Government of Ontario’s recommendations will be enforced.

  8. Public swims – main pool area and deep end will be available for swimming. Recreational swim guidelines apply to swimming in the deep end. There will be no slide access this summer.

  9. All programs at Moses are weather-dependent. If the weather looks questionable please call ahead to be sure your program or swim is running. No refunds will be given once the swim has started. Account credits will be provided should the swim be cancelled in advance due to weather.

  10. PPE may be worn (e.g. masks). However, they can pose a safety risk if covering your mouth and nose while wet. Masks should not be worn if you plan to swim underwater.

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
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Friday
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. 
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday
  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.
  • 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Lane swims (ages 16 and up)

There are no lane swims schedule at this time. We will announce any lane swims on our Facebook, twitter or news section of our website. 

Holiday swims

Labour day swims to be posted closer to holidays.

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.

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 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.