COVID-19 Update: In Step 1 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, outdoor pools can reopen with capacity restrictions. Rotary Park outdoor pool will open for the summer on Saturday, June 19, for recreational fun swims, length swims, and aquafit classes. Pre-registration is required for all swims and aquafit classes. Registration will be available for Milton residents 72 hours prior to the swim or aquafit and 48 hours prior for non-residents. 

Swimming lessons are not available until indoor pools reopen in Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

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Swimming FAQs

What programs are being offered?

  • In Steps 1 and 2 of Ontario’s reopening, only outdoor pools are permitted to open
  • Rotary Park's outdoor pool will have the following programs available:
    • Shallow water aquafit
    • Length swims
    • Recreational Rotary Park swims (Note: Length swimming is not available during these swims)
  • All swims and aquafit classes have limited capacities to allow safe distancing and to follow public health guidelines
  • Swims and aquafit classes are 45 minutes long

Pre-registration is required for swims and aquafit

  • Walk-in registration is not available
  • Online registration:
    • Milton residents - opens 72 hours prior to the swim/aquafit 
    • Non-residents - opens 48 hours prior to the swim/aquafit
  • All swims and aquafit classes require online registration prior to visiting the facility
  • Online registration helps maintain participant safety through lower program capacities and reduced waiting in line at the facility
  • In order to book a swim/aquafit space, you will need to create an account in our online registration system
  • Admission to pool programs begins 10 minutes prior to the start of the program
  • Swimmers are asked to not arrive at the facility prior to this time

Limit of one swim per person per day

  • Participants are limited to booking just one swim or aquafit class per day, in order to provide aquatic recreation opportunities to more community members

Can I register using my annual pass or a 10 visit pass?

  • 10 visit Swim/Skate passes with remaining balances can be used to book swims; 10 visit Aquafit passes can be used to book aquafit classes.
  • All annual Swim/Skate passes and annual Aquafit passes purchased prior to the April 2021 closure have been cancelled and refunds issued.  
  • With only one pool available, reduced admission capacities, and a daily registration limit, we did not feel it would be appropriate to reactivate annual passes at this time. However, new annual passes may be purchased online and may be used for Rotary Pool bookings by those who choose to do so.

Closures and cancellations due to weather

  • Swims and aquafit classes at Rotary Park Outdoor Pool are subject to cancellation due to weather
  • Registrations in programs cancelled due to weather will be refunded with a credit to your registration account
  • Advance notice of cancellations will be provided via email when possible

Swimming and changeroom protocols

General guidelines

  • Shower at home prior to attending
  • Swimmers are encouraged to “come prepared” to minimize changeroom traffic
  • Wear your bathing suit to the pool under your clothing and change out of your bathing suit upon returning home
  • Changeroom capacity is limited. Those who choose to use changerooms should change and exit changeroom quickly after their program.
  • Post-swim showers are best taken at home
  • Face masks are required during entry to the facility and at all times in changerooms
  • Face masks are not required when in the pool
  • Washrooms are available if needed, but swimmers are encouraged to use washrooms at home before and after programs if possible

Entry and exit

  • Participants will enter through the gate at the far side of the building, not through the front gate nearest the splash pad
  • Admission to the facility will begin just 5 minutes prior to the start of your swim time
  • Participants arriving earlier are asked to kindly wait outside the facility and may line-up at the designated physicaly distanced spaces outside the entry gate
  • Please maintain at least 2 metres distance between yourself and those not in your party while waiting
  • Following swims/aquafit, participants will exit through the main gate nearest the splash pad

Length swims - pre-registration required

  • Each person attending must have registered for the swim prior to attending the facility
  • Each “lane” is a double wide lane (2 lanes without a lane rope separating them) and there may be up to four (4) swimmers in each double lane to ensure ample space for swimmers to maintain safe distancing during their swim
  • All swimmers will swim circuits in their double-wide lane in a counter-clockwise direction
  • Swimmers are asked to swim in the lane that best fits their swim speed (slow, medium, fast) compared to the other swimmers at the swim
  • Swimmers should swim continuously throughout the 45-minute timeslot
  • While short breaks are permitted in the pool (drinking water, adjusting goggles), longer rest breaks are to be taken out of the water, on deck, and maintaining a distance of 2 metres from others
  • Resting and socializing at the end of the lane is not permitted

Rotary Park Swims – pre-registration required

  • Each person attending must be registered for the swim prior to attending the facility
  • Swimmers of all ages are welcome to water walk, exercise, relax, or play during Rotary Park Swims.
  • Length swimming is not available
  • Supervision requirements are in place at all swims for children under the age of 10
  • Swim capacities have been significantly reduced. Participants are expected to maintain a distance of 2 metres from others throughout the swim

Note: Rotary Park Swims scheduled as “Play Pool Only” means that only the shallower wade-in side of the pool is available. The lap pool side will be in use for length swimming or an aquafit class.

Aquafit classes - pre-registration required

  • Each person attending must be registered for the aquafit class prior to attending the facility
  • Class capacities have been reduced to ensure that all participants can maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other throughout the workout
  • Deep water options are not available at the Rotary Park outdoor pool

Aquafit class details

Cancelling pre-registered swim or aquafit visits

To cancel an upcoming pre-registered swim or aquafit email us. Please include your name, phone number, date, time and activity that you wish to cancel.

Pool equipment

  • To limit risks, pool equipment is unavailable to swimmers, with the exception of lifejackets
  • During aquafit classes, float belts are available for participants who require them
  • Pool noodles, flutterboards, balls, pull buoys, and other equipment is not available to swimmers
  • Swimmers are permitted to bring their own swim equipment to use during the swim 
  • Lifejackets and aquafit floats that are used are disinfected prior to being used again

On-deck viewing

  • Each person entering the facility must be registered for the swim
  • Spectators who are not registered may observe from outside the facility fencing


View our drop-in swimming rates

Drop-in swimming rates
Age Single visit 10-visit pass Annual pass
Preschool (0-5 years of age) $1.65 $14.85 $92.40
Youth (6 to 17 years of age) $3.25 $29.24 $182
Adult (18 to 64 years of age) $4.60 $41.40 $257.59
Older adult (65+ years of age) $3.25 $29.24 $182
Group (maximum 4 participants) N/A $117.90 $733.60

All prices include HST. Annual passes and 10-visit passes expire one year from the date of purchase.

Supervision requirements

Supervision requirements are enforced at all swims and pool rentals. Our requirements indicate the maximum number of children that one responsible person, who is at least 14 years old, is able to supervise.

0 to 5 year olds

If you have children who are 0 to 5 years of age, you must be in the water and within arms’ reach of the children at all times. You can supervise a maximum of 2 children who are under the age of 10.

6 to 9 year olds

You must be in the water and within arms’ reach of the children at all times. If all children are wearing lifejackets, you can supervise up to 5 children between the ages of 6 and 9. You can supervise a maximum of 2 children who are 6 to 9 years of age. 


If a child between the ages of 6 and 9 has successfully completed a facility swim test, direct supervision isn’t required. You are required to remain at the facility and you are encouraged to remain in sight of the children.

Children 10 and older

Children 10 years of age or older don’t require direct supervision.

In addition to the above supervision requirements, groups attending swims must also maintain a minimum supervision ratio of eight children per guardian.

Facility swim test

Upon arrival at the swim, you’ll complete a facility swim test. To successfully complete the test, you must demonstrate that you can swim continuously for at least 25 metres and you must be able to put your face in the water and breathe while swimming.

Swimming lessons

Please note: Swimming lessons are not available until indoor pools reopen in Step 3 of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.

We are proud to offer swimming lessons that maximize in-water practice to help people of all ages to develop and then master life-saving swimming skills, while incorporating valuable water smart education that will last a lifetime. 

Measures are being taken to ensure safe participation in our programs:

  1. Pre-screening required prior to attendance: In the registration process, all participants and parents/guardians are required to agree to complete a self-screening health check prior to entry into the facility.  
  2. Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, must stay home and not attend lessons at the facility. If you are unable to attend your lesson due to illness, please email us and we will provide a credit for the missed class.
  3. Changeroom protocols: See the new swimming protocols above.

Swimming lesson schedule

  • The spring session of Learn to Swim begins on March 28, 2021
  • Registration opens on March 2, 2021
  • Classes occur once per week, for 12 weeks
  • Lessons are available at Sherwood Community Centre and Milton Sports Centre

A new way to teach

  • For the safety of participants and staff, instructors will practice non-contact teaching from the pool deck, except when providing necessary in water demonstrations
  • A parent or guardian who is at least 14 years old must be in the water with each participant in Parent & Tot classes, all Preschool levels, and Swimmer 1 and Swimmer 2 classes. This person's role is to provide the swimmer with support, guidance and assistance, with the direction of the swim instructor on deck
  • Instructors will wear face masks while teaching, except when they enter the water to demonstrate skills while maintaining distance from participants

Programming changes

  • All learn-to-swim classes will be 30 minutes long with 15 minute buffers scheduled between programs to allow incoming and outgoing participants the ability to maintain distance, and to provide facility staff time to clean and disinfect equipment surfaces and common touchpoints
  • Class ratios have been reduced to ensure participants can maintain 2 metre distance between each other
  • Reduced number of classes scheduled at each time to reduce changeroom and pool deck traffic
  • Swimmer 3 - With instructors not in the water to directly assist swimmers, Swimmer 3 classes have been moved to the play pools in order to provide a safer swim experience and to allow Swimmer 3 classes to take place without in-water parent participation 

  • ICAN Swim - ICAN swim programs are unavailable at this time as we are providing non-contact lessons. Participants requiring extra support may register for their appropriate swim level and can participate in that class with the in-water assistance of a parent or guardian, or a trained support person provided by the family

Swimming program descriptions

Explore the different registered swimming programs offered in Milton.

Parent and tot programs

In our parent and tot programs, you’ll introduce your child to the water and help them get comfortable swimming in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes are based on the child’s age so that activities and skills are developmentally appropriate. Class ratio is 1 instructor to 5 tots.

Parent and Tot 1 and 2 (4 to 24 months)

Parents will help their child to feel and explore the water – floating, splashing, paddling, blowing bubbles, kicking, and gaining comfort through a variety of songs and activities. 

Parent and Tot 3 (20 months to 3 years)

Toddlers will have fun jumping in to their parents and climbing out again, and will learn to hold their breath and open their eyes underwater. Practicing front and back floats in “starfish” and “pencil” positions, along with kicking on front and back, provides the building blocks for moving to the Preschool program at 3 years of age.

Preschool programs

Our preschool programs are for children ages 3 to 5. Participants must be accompanied in the water by a parent/guardian 14+ years old for all preschool programs.

Preschool A/B, parent required in water

Preschoolers will have fun gaining comfort in the pool, blowing bubbles underwater, trying floats with assistance and with lifejackets, practicing assisted glides on their front and back, and propelling themselves with kicking.

Preschool C, parent required in water
Participants will learn to independently perform front and back floats (5 seconds each) and front and back glides (3 metres each).  They will work towards propelling themselves for 5 metres using flutter kick, and will jump and roll into the water wearing a lifejacket.
Preschool D, parent required in water
Participants will learn kicking glides on their front (7 metres), back (7 metres), and side (5 metres), front crawl using a lifejacket, jumps and rolls, and treading water while wearing a lifejacket
Preschool E, parent required in water

These advanced preschoolers learn to tread water, and they start swimming front crawl and back crawl without a lifejacket.  They will also learn forward rolls, vertical whip kick, and challenge themselves with flutter kick interval training.  

Swimmer programs

Our swimmer programs are for children between the ages of 5 and 12. If your child is five, you can choose between enrolling them in the preschool programs or swimmer programs. If your child completed Preschool D or E, they should register in Swimmer 2 when moving to the Swimmer program. Participants must be accompanied in the water by a parent/guardian 14+ years old for Swimmer 1 and 2.

Swimmer 1, parent required in water

These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water, floating on their front and back, gliding (front and back), kicking through the water, opening their eyes, and exhaling underwater.

Swimmer 2, parent required in water
Participants will learn front crawl and back crawl, working towards completing 10 metres of each stroke.  Front crawl breathing in a regular breathing pattern with underwater exhalation is a key skill learned, along with jumping into deep water and treading water. 
Swimmer 3

Junior swimmers will work to develop Swim to Survive® skills which include rolls into the water, treading water for 30 seconds, and swimming 25 metres. Swimmers will build on the strokes learned previously by increasing distance and mastering side breathing for front crawl. 

Swimmer 4
Participants continue to strengthen their front crawl and back crawl, and swim full lengths of each stroke. Swimmers will also learn standing dives, whip kicks and breast stroke arm drills and will work towards completing the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard of a roll into deep water, tread water for 1 minute and swim 50 metres.
Swimmer 5
Intermediate swimmers will learn breaststroke, shallow dives, tuck jumps and eggbeater kick. They will refine their front and back crawl technique over 50-metre swims, 25 metre sprints, interval training and they will learn head-up front crawl.
Swimmer 6
Participants will master stride entries, compact jumps, and lifesaving kicks such as eggbeater and scissor kick. They will develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints, further refine their front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for improved efficiency and complete 300-metre swim workouts.
Swimmer 7
Swimmers develop strength and efficiency in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke and begin learning lifesaving and rescue skills including surface dives, obstacle swims and lifesaving kicks to support themselves and objects. Participants also begin learning the basics of first aid, including assessment of conscious victims, contacting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and treatment for bleeding.
Swimmer 8
Swimmers improve efficiency, speed and endurance with each swimming stroke and lifesaving kick.  They tackle rescue skills in a lifesaving medley, timed object support and rescue with a buoyant aid while learning to recognize victims and obstructed airway rescue procedures.
Swimmer 9
Swimmers are challenged with 600-metre swim workouts and a 300-metre endurance swim.  Development of lifesaving and rescue skills continues with defense methods, rescues with a towing aid, and victim support and removals. Participants also learn to care for people with asthma, allergic reactions and bone or joint injuries.

Adult and youth programs

These programs are for adults and youth over the age of 12 who want to learn to swim or improve their swim strokes and technique. Swimmers who have completed Swimmer 9 should advance to the Bronze course levels. 

Adult and youth level 1
This level is for beginning swimmers and includes skills similar to Swimmer 1 and 2. You will gain comfort in the water, learn to submerge and exhale underwater, practice floats and glides on your front, back and side, propel yourself by kicking and work towards swimming 10 metres of front crawl and back crawl.
Adult and youth level 2 
This level includes skills similar to Swimmer 4 and is for those who are able to swim 10 metres on front and back.  You will develop effective front crawl breathing and improve the efficiency of your front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Surface support (treading water) and dive entries are also practiced.
Adult and youth level 3 

This level is similar to Swimmer 5 and 6. You will work towards a 300-metre workout, sprinting for 25-50 metres and mastering your front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.  Learn eggbeater kick, stride entries and compact jumps. 

Note: 12 year olds who have completed Youth level 2 should register in Swimmer 5 program.

Private lessons

Would you feel more comfortable in a one-to-one setting with an instructor? Enjoy swim lessons customized for your specific needs. NOTE: Instructors will be on-deck and will not provide hands-on skill correction or support at this time. 

Private Lessons – Pre A to Swimmer 3, parent required in water

Participants MUST be accompanied in the water by a parent/guardian 14+ years old. 

Private Lessons – Swimmer 4 to 9
Available for 5 to 14 year old children and youth

Private Lessons – Adult and Youth (13 years old)

Available for anyone 14 years or older

Aquatic leadership programs 

Learn about the Aquatic Leadership programs available through the Town of Milton and the extra measures in place to promote safety during programs.

 Aquatic leadership COVID-19 safety measures

Screening is required prior to attendance

  • In the registration process, all participants must agree to complete a “Health Screening Check” prior to entering the facility. Please follow instructions on signage at facility entrances
  • Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been in contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, should stay home and not attend the facility 

Face masks are required

  • All participants and instructors will be required to wear a face mask at all times within the facility and throughout the course, as per the Region of Halton's By-law, with the exception that face masks can be removed when in the water and while doing physical activity

 A modified way to teach and practice

With the focus of aquatic leadership courses being on the rescue and first aid care of others, some direct contact with other candidates is required during training to ensure that course participants are adequately prepared to respond to real life emergencies; maintaining 2 metres of physical distancing during these courses will not always be possible.

 Contact between candidates will be minimized through the following measures though, as recommended by the Lifesaving Society:

  • For practicing course elements that require direct contact, “Bubble Buddies” will be formed. Bubble Buddies are partners or groups of three that work together exclusively for the duration of the course, limiting the number of participants in physical contact with each other.
  •  Bubble Buddies will continue wearing their face masks whenever possible while working together, including during all dry portions of the class and when appropriate in the water.
  • Bubble Buddies will avoid being face-to-face with one another, and will be trained in how to avoid being face-to-face during rescue elements and first aid care items that require physical contact with one another (Ex. rescue of a drowning person, treatment of a choking person).
  • Instructors will identify course items that require contact amongst Bubble Buddies and will practice these items on designated “Closer Contact” weeks. “Closer Contact” items will not occur every week in order to minimize the frequency of contact amongst Bubble Buddies.
  •  Participants who are not comfortable working within Bubble Buddies have the option to bring someone from their social circle (parent, sibling) to practice on during closer contact weeks.  

 Additional safety measures

  • Class sizes have been reduced to ensure physical distancing can be maintained in classroom and pool spaces
  • Participants will each receive their own first aid equipment and course materials to use throughout the course
  • Teaching equipment (Ex. CPR manikins, rescue equipment) will be disinfected prior to use

 Arrival and changeroom protocols

  • Participants are asked to “come prepared” to minimize changeroom traffic
  • Shower at home prior to attending lessons
  • Wear your bathing suit to the pool underneath your clothes
  • Change and leave the changerooms quickly after your class
  • Post-swim showers are best taken at home
Bronze Star 

Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners.  Candidates learn CPR and develop the lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. This program includes a timed 400-metre swim and will help to prepare participants for success in Bronze Medallion.


Completion of Swimmer 9 (recommended), 12 years of age (recommended)
Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid

Gain an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue: judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers will learn tows, carries, defense methods and releases in preparations for challenging rescues.


Participants should be at least13 years of age or have their Bronze Star certification
Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid

Lifesavers learn to perform safe rescues in challenging emergency scenarios, providing advanced training in the lifesaving principles learned in Bronze Medallion. Bronze Cross is the prerequisite for the Swim Instructor and National Lifeguard courses. Standard First Aid covers all aspects of first aid and CPR training, including CPR-C certification, breathing and cardiac emergencies, bone and joint injuries, bleeding, and other medical emergencies.


Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
Lifesaving Assistant Instructor (not available at this time)

Through classroom learning and in-water practice, this program prepares candidates to help certified instructors with swimming and lifesaving classes. You will be introduced to key principles of learning and teaching, and master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants are emphasized. Attendance in each class is required.


Participants should be at least 14 years of age and have their Bronze Cross certification 
Lifesaving and Swim Instructor 

This program prepares the instructor to teach and evaluate swim strokes and lifesaving skills. Through classroom learning and in-water practice, instructor candidates explore proven teaching methods; learning strategies and activities; a variety of strokes and skills; effective correction techniques and evaluation criteria. Practice teaching is emphasized throughout. 100% attendance is required.


Participants should be 16 years of age and have their Bronze Cross certification and Standard First Aid.
National Lifeguard 

Recognized as the standard measurement of lifeguard performance in Canada, National Lifeguard education is designed to develop a sound understanding of lifeguarding principles, good judgment and a mature and responsible attitude toward the role of the lifeguard. 100% attendance is required.


Participants should be at least 16 years of age and have their Bronze Cross certification and Standard First Aid.