Going to indoor swimming pools during COVID-19

Kerrisdale pool will be closed for maintenance from August 30 to September 24.
Britannia pool will be closed for maintenance from September 13 to October 11.

COVID-19 restart: indoor pools

September 13, 2021: Proof of vaccination is required to participate in some programs and events. Entry into recreation centres does not require proof of vaccination, but will be required for some programs and activities. Come prepared with your official proof of vaccination and government-issued photo ID.

Learn about venues, programs, and events that require proof of vaccination  (46 KB)


September 7, 2021: Online registration for swim sessions will not be required. Swimmers may drop in on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Advanced online registration for Aquafit sessions is highly recommended to secure a spot. A limited number of Aquafit drop-in spots will be available in person, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To accommodate essential cleaning closures, swim participants are required to exit the facility within 15 minutes of the end of the session. Pass-scan or payment is required for re-admission. Cleaning schedules vary by site and can be checked on individual facility pages. 

Find an indoor pool near you

Swimming lessons for preschoolers, children, and youths are available with limited capacities. Register for lessons.

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces for those 12 years and older, even if you are vaccinated. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the front desk.

COVID-19 safety measures

In the interests of comfort and safety, we are:

  • Scheduling a minimum of two pool and change room closures throughout the day for enhanced cleaning
  • Making masks mandatory indoors, except when participating in sports and fitness
  • Closing saunas and steam rooms

Plan your visit

What you need to know before you arrive:

  • All session times are on a drop-in basis, with the exception of Aquafit.
  • Contactless payment is preferred, but cash is accepted. 
  • For the safety of patrons and staff, there will be a minimum of two pool and change room closures throughout the day for enhanced cleaning. Closures are at the end of a swim session and require participants to exit the facility within 15 minutes of the end of the session. Pass scan or payment is required for re-admission.
  • Check individual facilities for their cleaning closure schedule. Closures vary by site. 

Visit the pool

When you arrive, here's what to expect:

  • Masks are mandatory indoors, except when participating in sports and fitness.
  • After your swim, take a rinsing shower limited to one to two minutes.
  • Follow staff directions and ask for assistance, if needed.

Patrons who don’t follow the rules and safety guidelines of the pool may be asked to leave without a refund, or prevented from registering for future sessions.

Aquafit

  • The majority of Aquafit spaces will be pre-registered with some spaces held for drop-in. To avoid disappointment we encourage participants to pre-register.
  • Aquafit registrants will be required to wear a wrist-band.

Swimming lessons

  • Swimming lessons are offered at all eight indoor pools for pre-school, children, and youth age groups.
  • Infant, toddler, and adult lessons are not available at this time.
  • There is limited capacity in the number of lessons offered and the number of students per activity.
  • If you are unsure of which level to register in, we offer swim assessments during our public swims. Connect with a lifeguard during your public swim visit to arrange a swim assessment. If your child is under 8 years, we require a parent or guardian to assist in the water during the assessment. 
  • Children registered in an inappropriate level will be moved to the proper level if space is available or refunded from the lesson. 

Learn about registration, what to expect, and new safety guidelines for swimming lessons before registering.

Refunds

If you are unable to attend a swim session for which you have registered, please cancel in advance to receive a refund. Cancellation requests should be submitted by accessing your account at vanrec.ca by 11:59pm the day before your session. Requests by phone or in-person must be done by 3pm the day before your session or by Friday 3pm for weekend sessions. Missed sessions will not be refunded. 

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Admissions

Online registration for most swim sessions are no longer required. 

Advanced online registration for Aquafit sessions will still be recommended to secure a spot. A limited number of Aquafit drop-in spots will be available in person, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration opens three days in advance, and closes 30 minutes before the session starts.

Flexipasses and 10-visit passes are accepted for online session registration. If unable to attend a session for which you have registered, you must cancel in advance by accessing your vanrec.ca account.  

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Aquafit

Leisure Access Program (LAP)

  • The 100% discount is automatically applied to City of Vancouver residents who are currently enrolled in the LAP.
  • Ensure that your account is set up correctly and that your pass is linked to your current account.
  • Email recreation@vancouver.ca if you have a problem with your account.
  • If you are currently not an LAP member or do not have a OneCard, you will need to pay the regular admission fee.
  • Bring your OneCard when you arrive at the pool.