COVID-19 Updates: Visit our COVID-19 webpage for full details and up-to-date information.


Aquatics

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The Town of Aurora will be implementing new procedures in order to provide safe aquatic programs to the community.

Pools are available at the following locations:

  • Aurora Family Leisure Complex (A.F.L.C.)
  • Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex (S.A.R.C.)

Thanks for supporting the Town’s Aquatic programs. Let’s work together to keep our community safe.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Instructions - How to register for Recreation & Aquatics Programs

Instructions - How to register for Drop-In Activities

If you require assistance, please email our Customer Service staff

Swim Participants Should Expect the Following

1. Lane Swims and Leisure Swims are 60-minutes. Aquafit is 45-minutes.

2. All Lane, Leisure Swim and Aquafit participants will reserve a spot through the Town’s program registration. Register online at e-PLAY

  • Participants are required to set-up a Family Account in advance, and will be required to reserve and pay for the spot online.
  • Each family member attending Leisure Swims must register individually to secure a spot.
  • Participants are allowed to cancel their reserved spot, and request a refund until two hours before the program. No refunds will be provided for late requests or “No Shows”. Please submit all refund requests via email to our Customer Service staff
  • Learn how to register and about our cancellation policy on our e-PLAY webpage.

3. Pool capacities have been reduced to allow the participants to safely maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.

4. Upon registration, swim participants will be asked to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment screening. Upon arrival at the facility, a designated Facility Greeter will check-in participants and confirm the COVID-19 self-assessment screening has not changed since registration. If a participant answered "yes" to one of the COVID-19 screening questions, then they will not be permitted to enter into the facility and participate in the program.

5. Participants are asked to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program to check-in. Participants are asked to abide by the following directional flow:

  • A.F.L.C. Pool users: Enter through the main entrance.
  • S.A.R.C. Pool users: Enter through the main entrance. 

6. Locker rental and Pool memberships will not be reinstated at this time.

7. Only essential pool equipment will be made available to participants.

  • Participants will not be allowed to access pool equipment on their own in an effort to reduce the risk of contamination.

  • Town staff will assist with providing essential pool equipment to participants.
  • Once the program ends, participants are required to put used pool equipment into a bin for cleaning purposes.

8. The Town will be cleaning and disinfecting the change rooms, showers and washrooms more frequently as per Regional Health requirements.

9. For swim lessons, Aquatic Instructors will do their best to maintain physical distancing through:

  • Instructors will maintain a 2m distance from participants at all times. Instructors may be on the pool deck or in the water while providing instruction.

  • Not using physical manipulation to teach swim skills.
  • As per the Instructions from the Regional Medical Health Officer, Aquatic Instructors are considered “active” when teaching swimming lessons, and are permitted to remove their Face Masks on deck. Aquatic Instructors will not be wearing Face Masks while participating in the water as it is a safety concern.

Here's What You Can Do to Help

1. Participants are required to adhere to all Town policies and procedures as it relates to COVID-19.

  • Remember the rules in place to promote safe programs to all participants.

2. As per recommendations from York Region, participants are required to wear masks or face coverings inside enclosed public spaces, which includes Community Centres.

  • Participants are asked to remove their masks or face coverings only when they are ready to enter the pool, and to put it back on once they get out of the water.
  • The following are exempted from wearing masks or face coverings:
    • People who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons.
    • Children under the age of five.
    • Those who require accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

3. Participants are encouraged to change into their bathing attire at home prior to arriving into the facility.

4. Participants are encouraged to wear goggles while swimming.

5. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment where possible. Any shared pool equipment from the Town will be cleaned and disinfected between uses.

Temporarily on Pause

At this time, both the A.F.L.C. Spa and the S.A.R.C. Therapy Pool are unavailable until further notice.


Lane Swim, Leisure Swim and Aquafit

The Town of Aurora is pleased to offer Lane Swim, Leisure Swim and Aquafit swim times. Please see list of dates/times. Swim schedule is subject to change.

Need assistance or more information? We are here to help!

  • If you have any questions regarding the A.F.L.C. pool, please email Gregory Peri
  • If you have any questions regarding the S.A.R.C. pool, please email Terri Edwards
  • If you have any questions regarding Aquafitness, please email Diana Dawson-Young

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

How to Register

Please see swim schedule for dates and times. Pre-registration is required. Swim schedule is subject to change.

How to Register:

  • Go to e-PLAY and click on Register Online.
  • Type Lane Swim, Leisure Swim or Aquafit into the Search field.
  • Register for date/time of your choosing.
Lane Swim & Leisure Swim Expectations

Lane Swim Expectations

  • During lane swim, there will be a maximum of 4 swimmers per double lane.
  • When participating in swim activities, participants are expected to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres in the pool where possible. When passing another swimmer, they are asked to do so in a quick and brief manner where close contact is minimized.
  • Participants must swim in a large circle, where they will be swimming on top of the black line.
  • Participants will enter the pool in the shallow end and follow appropriate lane speed signs based on their swim ability.
  • Lifeguards reserve the right to ask swimmers to move to a more appropriate lane based on speed to maximize physical distancing among swimmers.
  • When passing another swimmer at the wall, participants are encouraged to avoid face-to-face proximity.
    • For example: When resting at the wall by the end of the pool, participants may choose to either rest on the pool deck away from others, or participants may choose to turn their faces away from the pool and other swimmers.
  • At the A.F.L.C. there can be no more than 2 swimmers in the deep well at any given time.
  • At the S.A.R.C. there will not be a designated space (i.e. Aquafit lane) for those not swimming continuously during lane swim times. All users are expected to swim in a circle.

Leisure Swim Expectations

  • When participating in swim activities, participants are expected to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres in the pool where possible.
  • Lifeguards are not responsible for enforcing physical distancing during leisure swims.
A.F.L.C. & S.A.R.C. Pools - Thanksgiving Day Weekend: October 9 to 11
Please visit our Holiday Schedules webpage for available programs and activities.
A.F.L.C. Pool - Fall 2021: September 7 to December 17
A.F.L.C. Pool - Fall 2021: September 7 to December 17, 2021
DayLane SwimLeisure Swim

Mon & Wed

6:00am - 7:00am
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 9:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
8:45pm - 9:45pm

9:30am - 10:30am*
*Wed (only)

Tue & Thu

6:00am - 7:00am
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 9:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
8:45pm - 9:45pm

 

Fri

6:00am - 7:00am
7:00am - 8:00am
8:00am - 9:00am
11:00am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm

 

Sat

8:15am - 9:15am

 

Sun

8:00am - 9:00am

 
S.A.RC. Pool - Fall 2021: September 20 to December 17
S.A.R.C. Pool - Fall 2021: September 20 to December 17, 2021
DayLane SwimLeisure Swim

Mon & Wed

7:45am - 8:45am

11:15am - 12:15pm

12:15pm - 1:15pm

9:15pm - 10:15pm

 

Tue & Thu

7:45am - 8:45am

11:15am - 12:15pm

12:15pm - 1:15pm

9:15pm - 10:15pm

 

Fri

7:45am - 8:45am

11:15am - 12:15pm

12:15pm - 1:15pm

9:15pm - 10:15pm

 

Sat

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm*

*Sept 25 to Oct 3

3:00p.m. - 4:30pm^

^Oct 9 to Dec 12 

Sun

1:00pm - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm*

*Sept 25 to Oct 3

3:00p.m. - 4:30pm^

^Oct 9 to Dec 12

Aquafit Classes
Aquafitness classes will resume at the A.F.L.C. and S.A.R.C. as of July 26, 2021. Please visit the Club Aurora webpage at Aquafitness classes for further information.

Return to Swim - Aquatic Leadership Programs

The Town of Aurora will be providing Aquatic Leadership courses in a blended-learning format. Participants will be able to gain lifesaving knowledge and participate in discussions in a virtual setting with an Instructor, and will participate during the in-person session to gain technical skills and to complete their summative evaluation. If you have any questions about the following processes or courses, please email Terri Edwards at the S.A.R.C.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Aquatic Leadership Programs - Fall 2021

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY

Program Processes
As we reopen community centres during COVID-19, the following processes are in place:
  • COVID-19 participant screening and Facility entry
  • COVID-19 safe practices
  • Training modifications 
In order to obtain the certification at the end of the course, participants must meet all evaluation standards during the in-person session. If you have any questions, please email Terri Edwards at the S.A.R.C.
Participants & Screening
  • Participants complete a COVID-19 screening during online registration.
  • When a participant arrives at the facility, a Facility Greeter will take attendance for contact tracing purposes, and will confirm with them on every visit whether their conditions changed since registration.
  • If a participant is feeling unwell, then they are asked to not attend the Leadership course and notify the Instructor or Town staff.
  • If a participant is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, then they will be asked to leave the building and get tested for COVID-19, and cannot return back into the Leadership course until they have confirmed a negative COVID-19 test result from the testing centre, or have completed a 14-day quarantine due to COVID-19.
    • If they do not have means of transportation, then they will be placed in an isolation area within the building, until they can be picked up.
  • Participants who miss classes due to COVID-19 are asked to email Terri Edwards at the S.A.R.C.
COVID-19 Safe Practices

The Town is following the Region’s direction and guidelines on safe practices, which include:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Promote washing hands frequently before entering the pool and after leaving the pool.
  • Promote traffic flow by designated facility entries and exits.
  • Limit participant capacity in Leadership courses to allow for physical distancing.
  • Clean high touch surfaces frequently as per Public Health recommendations.
  • Communicate COVID-19 expectation through facility signage in prominent areas throughout the building, and information on the Town’s webpage.
  • Encourage participants to practice good hygiene (for example: cough in elbow).
  • Ensure hand sanitizers are available throughout the facility.

Promote the wearing of Face Masks and/or Face coverings in indoor enclosed areas as per the Region’s Medical Health Officer’s instructions:

  • Instructors will make every reasonable best efforts to wear Face Masks on the pool deck; however the Instructors are considered “active” when teaching Leadership courses in the pool area, and are permitted to remove their Face Masks on the pool deck.
  • Participants and Instructors will not be wearing Face Masks while participating in the water as it is a safety concern.
  • For in-water rescues, participants are encouraged to avoid face-to-face proximity during rescue activities.
Training Modifications
  • Where possible, Instructors will minimize the interaction between participants in the course by organizing participants into fixed training groups throughout the course.
  • The Town recognizes that due to the nature of Aquatic Leadership courses, there are certain evaluation items where maintaining physical distancing and the fixed training group model is not feasible.

Aquatics Learn To Swim Programs

  • Private classes are being offered at the A.F.L.C and S.A.R.C. To convert to a semi-private class, please contact Gregory Peri at the A.F.L.C. or Terri Edwards at the S.A.R.C.
  • For private swim classes, a parent/guardian is required to actively participate in the class if the participant is in Parent & Tot, Preschool or Swimmer 1-3.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at e-PLAY


Aurora Lifesaving Club

Lifesaving Sport is an emerging aquatic sport that focuses on developing swimming skills through lifesaving activities.

What is Lifesaving Sport?

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Lifesaving Sport is an emerging aquatic sport that focuses on developing swimming skills through lifesaving activities. Participants will not only learn how to swim with lifesaving equipment, throw coiled ropes and swim under obstacles; but they will also have an opportunity to attend regional competitions. The perfect youth training program for future lifeguards.

Lifesaving Sport - More Information

Contact
Shelley Makepeace
Deck Supervisor
Email Shelley Makepeace 


YRDSB & Town of Aurora Aquatic Leadership Program

Note: Due to COVID-19, the York Region District School Board’s Continuing Education Services is not offering Part 1 and Part 2 in the 2021-2022 school year. 

YRDSB/TOA Aquatic Leadership Program

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Earn high school credits with YRDSB’s Aquatic Leadership Program and the Town of Aurora.

The two-part program is conducted in a blended learning format, which includes pool instruction, in-class instruction and online learning. Upon completion, successful students may earn certifications to be used to work as a lifeguard or a swim instructor.

Reasons to take the YRDSB/TOA Aquatic Leadership Program
Reasons to take the Aquatic Leadership Program:
  1. Get the training and experience needed to become a certified lifeguard or swim instructor in Ontario at significantly reduced costs.

  2. This course counts as a credit towards graduating high school. Learn real-life skills while advancing towards graduation.

  3. Build your leadership skills and become job ready with in-demand lifeguard certifications.

Course Information
Aquatics Leadership Program Courses
Course Name Credit Value Pre-requisite Certifications
Healthy Living and Aquatic Activities (PAQ2O1) 1.0
  • 13 years of age or older
  • Able to swim 400 metres continuously
  • Eligible to earn high school credits
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Medallion
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross
  • Lifesaving Society's Standard First Aid with CPR-C
Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (PLF4M) 1.0
  • Must be 16 years of age by the last day of the course
  • Lifesaving Society's Bronze Cross
  • Standard First Aid with CPR-C
  • Lifesaving Society's National Lifeguard Pool
  • Lifesaving Society's Lifesaving Instructor
  • Red Cross' Water Safety Instructor

Aquatics Contact Information

Information regarding Aquatics programs, please contact:

A.F.L.C. Pool
Gregory Peri, Aquatics Coordinator
905-727-3123 Ext. 3515
Email Gregory Peri

S.A.R.C. Pool
Terri Edwards, Aquatics Coordinator
905-727-3123 Ext. 3126
Email Terri Edwards

Information regarding Aquafit classes, please contact:

A.F.L.C. & S.A.R.C. Pools
Diana Dawson-Young, Fitness Coordinator
905-727-3123 Ext. 3116
Email Diana Dawson-Young

Prices

Admission Fees
$3.65 per person, per Lane Swim/Leisure Swim
$5.00 per Adult, per Aquafit
Note: Prices effective January 1, 2021.
Learn about multi-ticket discount pricing and ticket refunds.

Desjardins Days
Free Leisure Swim activities one day per month! See website for details.
Visit our Desjardins Days webpage for more information.

Register Online

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