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Going to swimming pools during COVID-19

COVID-19 Restart: outdoor pools

We're re-opening most outdoor pools with safety measures. Read about what we're doing to help us all stay safe while swimming.

If you're feeling sick, particularly if you're experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay home.

COVID-19 safety measures

To encourage physical distancing, we are:

  • Reducing the amount of people who can visit at one time
  • Creating timed swim sessions (45 minutes for lap swimming and 90 minutes for casual swimming)
  • Selling tickets online for swim sessions
    • Kitsilano sales start at 9:30am daily for the next day's swim sessions
    • Maple Grove, New Brighton, and Second Beach sales start at 9am daily for the next day's swim sessions
  • Setting up one-way travel around the pool deck perimeter
  • Providing a pod (a painted rectangle) for up to two people on the pool deck to rest and sunbathe (preschoolers ages 0 to 4 are exempt)
  • Clearing and cleaning the pool after every 90 minute session

Plan your visit

What you need to know before you arrive:

  • Buy your tickets online the day before. Drop-in spaces are available but limited.
  • Arrive in your clean swimwear. Change rooms are not available.
  • Leave all valuables at home. Lockers are not available.
  • Merchandise and towel rentals are not available.
  • Kickboards are not available for rental, but patrons may bring their own.
  • Snorkels are not permitted.

Pool schedules

Get schedules for:

Lap swimming

Location Swimmers per session Lanes available Swimmers per lane
Kitsilano 78 3 26
New Brighton 18 3 6
Second Beach 12 1 12

Lap swimming is not available at Maple Grove.

 

Buy tickets online

Kitsilano sales start at 9:30am daily for time slots on the following day.

Maple Grove, New Brighton, and Second Beach sales start at 9am daily for time slots on the following day.

Leisure Access Program

Leisure Access Pass holders should book using the events titled "Leisure Access Pass" using the password we emailed out. If you didn't receive the password, email vancitypools@myzone.com with the subject "LAP Password".

Buy tickets for: 

KitsilanoMaple GroveNew BrightonSecond Beach

Unable to buy online? You can drop-in if there's space

Drop-in entry is first come, first served, and available from the start of the swim session for up to 15 minutes.

Tap payments are preferred (debit and credit cards), although cash is accepted.

View pool fees

Ticket disclaimer

  1. Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable (and so cannot be re-sold), and will not be replaced if expired, destroyed, lost or stolen.
  2. The original ticket purchaser is solely responsible to ensure that this ticket is not duplicated or transferred in any way. Tickets obtained from sources other than our website may be lost, stolen, or counterfeit, and if so, are void.
  3. If, in our sole discretion, we determine that a person is re-selling any ticket(s), we reserve the right to revoke and cancel the order and the related ticket(s) and will not permit any future purchases by that person or any affiliated person. We also reserve the right, without compensation or refund of any amount paid, to revoke tickets, refuse admission, or dismiss, any person whose conduct management deems disorderly or fails to comply with policies or rules and regulations of the venue

Visit the pool

When you arrive, here's what to expect:

  • Stay 2 m apart from people who aren't in your household or social bubble.
  • Follow the signs to the new entrances. There's one for ticket holders and one for drop-ins and Leisure Access Pass holders.
  • Scan your ticket when you enter and put on the wristband provided.
  • Stay in your designated pod and follow the one-way signs when moving around the pool perimeter deck.
  • Shower on deck before entering the pool.
  • Keep 5 m apart from other people in the swimming lanes.
  • Follow the entrance and exit signs for the washrooms.
  • Exit the pool promptly at the end of your swim session. Re-entry is not permitted (except for using the washrooms at Second Beach).