Cool off during the summer or enjoy a family swim by taking part in one of our drop-in swimming sessions. The Town of Milton also offers a variety of registered swimming lessons and programs.


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Drop-in swimming 

Drop-in swims take place at the Milton Leisure CentreMilton Sports Centre , and Sherwood Community Centre

Drop-in calendar


View our drop-in swimming rates or purchase an Active Living Pass get access to drop-in swimming and skating.

Drop-in swimming rates
Age Single visit 10-visit pass Annual pass
Preschool (0-5 years of age) $1.60 $14.40 $89.60
Youth (6 to 17 years of age) $3.15 $28.35 $176.40
Adult (18 to 64 years of age) $4.50 $40.50 $252.00
Older adult (65+ years of age) $3.15 $28.35 $176.40
Group (maximum 4 participants) $12.75 $114.75 $714.00

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 drop-in 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

You can supervise a maximum of 2 children who are under the age of 10. 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.

6 to 9 year olds

You can supervise a maximum of 2 children who are 6 to 9 years of age. 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.

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.

Drop-in swim descriptions

We offer a variety of different drop-in swimming programs. 

All ages swim

Our all ages swim includes a play pool and lap pool for fun swimming. Lap swimming is not available.

The amenities at the Milton Leisure Centre include:

  • Diving board
  • Water slide
  • Tarzan rope
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna

The amenities at the Milton Sports Centre include:

  • Diving board

The amenities at Sherwood Community Centre incude:

  • pool rock climbing wall

Family swim

Family swims includes only the play pool. Families and individual adults are welcome during family swim times. Children under the age of 10 must be supervised at all times. Amenities at the Milton Leisure Centre include:

  • Hot tub
  • Sauna

Length swim

Length swims offer lap swimming for all ages. Lap pool is divided into lanes to accommodate a variety of swimming speeds.

Adult leisure swim

Adult leisure swim allows adults to relax in the warmer play pool or swim lengths in the lap pool. Amenities at the Milton Leisure Centre include:

  • Hot tub
  • Sauna

Female only swim

Female only swims take place at the Milton Leisure Centre in both the play pool and lap pool. It is open to women and girls of all ages. During the female only swim, windows are covered and only female lifeguards are on duty. Amenities include:

  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Length swimming

Male only swim

Male only swims take place the Milton Sports Centre in the lap pool only. It is open to men and boys of all ages and only male lifeguards are on duty. Amenities include:

  • Diving board
  • Length swimming

Rotary park outdoor swim (summer only)

You can relax, play or swim laps in Milton’s outdoor pool. This drop-in program is open to all ages. 

Universal change rooms

Why have only one universal change room?
  • Universal change rooms provide space for everyone to get changed in complete privacy in individual changing stalls.  The open concept of the common area of the change room allows staff and the public to easily monitor activity in the change rooms providing an increased level of safety. 


How do Sherwood Community Centre's universal change rooms compare to the family change rooms at the Sports Centre and Leisure Centre?

  • The Leisure Centre has four change stalls, the Sports Centre has eight stalls, and Sherwood Community Centre has 26 change stalls. 


Why does the universal change room have an open concept design?

  • The open concept design of the universal change room creates a space that is visible from the deck, making it easier for staff to monitor. This helps prevent unwanted activities such as vaping, bullying, and theft.


Why not have male and female change rooms, too?

  • One large universal change room provides a space that everyone can use and runs more efficiently. 


Are washrooms available in the universal change room?

  • Yes. There are four private washrooms available in the change room, plus two more private washrooms that include private showers. 
  • A private washroom is also available on the pool deck.


What are my options if I don’t want to shower in my bathing suit?

  • There are two universal washrooms that each include a shower, sink, toilet and changing bench. This space can be used for individuals who require extra privacy while showering.

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.

Safety rules for pool features

Our pool has the following features available:

  • Deep water – requires successful completion of facility swim test or use of a lifejacket
  • Tarzan rope (Leisure Centre) – requires successful completion of facility swim test or use of a lifejacket
  • Water slide (Leisure Centre) – must meet minimum height requirement of 48 inches (122 cm) tall
  • Diving board (Leisure Centre, Sports Centre) – requires successful completion of facility swim test or use of a lifejacket
  • Hot tub and sauna (Leisure Centre) – children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Rock climbing wall (Sherwood Community Centre) - requires successful completion of facility swim test or use of a life jacket.

Swimming lessons

Learn about the different swimming lessons available through the Town of Milton.

Swimming lesson schedule

We offer swimming lessons weekly, daily and twice a week throughout the year.

  • Weekly lessons run once a week for eight classes and sessions begin in mid-September, mid-November, February, late April and July
  • Daily lessons run every day Monday to Friday for two weeks. Daily lessons are available in the summer with sessions beginning on the first, third, fifth and seventh week of summer
  • Twice-a-week lessons run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks with sessions in July and August

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 12 tots.

Parent and Tot 1 (4 to 12 months)
In Parent and Tot 1, you’ll help your child feel and explore the water. They will be introduced to floating, splashing, reaching and paddling. Learn how to help your child play in the water with comfort and confidence.
Parent and Tot 2 (12 to 24 months)
In Parent and Tot 2, children are taught to get their face wet, blow bubbles and gain comfort in the water through a variety of songs and activities. With your guidance, they’ll learn assisted front and back floats and begin to kick.
Parent and Tot 3 (2 to 3 years)
In Parent and Tot 3, toddlers will have fun jumping into the water and climbing out again. They 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.

Preschool programs

Our preschool programs are for children ages 3 to 5. 

Preschool A 
Preschoolers will have fun learning to get in and out of the water, getting their face wet, blowing bubbles underwater, jumping into chest deep water, trying floats with assistance and practicing assisted glides on their front and back.
Preschool B
Participants will learn to jump into chest deep water by themselves and submerge and exhale underwater. While wearing a lifejacket, they will work towards mastering front and back floats, front and back glides and kicking on their back for 5 metres.
Preschool C
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 kicks and will jump and roll into deep water wearing a lifejacket.
Preschool D
Participants will learn to do solo jumps and slide rolls into deep water and will learn to tread water while wearing a lifejacket. They’ll do kicking glides on their front (7 metres) and slides (5 metres) and will learn front crawl using a lifejacket.
Preschool E
In preschool E, children will learn to tread water and start swimming front crawl and back crawl without a lifejacket. They will also learn forward rolls into deep water, 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. Register in Swimmer 1 if your child completed Preschool A, B or C and register in Swimmer 2 if your child completed Preschool D or E.

Swimmer 1
These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They’ll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They will also work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back.
Swimmer 2
Participants will learn front crawl and back crawl, working towards completing 10 metres of each stroke. Front crawl breathing in a regular berating 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 deep 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. Kneeling dives, front rolls and in-water somersaults and handstands are also learned.
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.

Specialty programs

For children between the ages of 8 and 15, we offer a few specialty programs. To take these classes, you need to complete the Swimmer 3 class.

Fitness Swimmer
This program is for swimmers who want to improve their overall physical fitness and technique in the water. Swimmers will design and swim training workouts to help them get stronger, faster, and more confident in the pool.
Lifesaving Sport Fundamentals
Be introduced to lifesaving sport skills while learning about team building and fair play.  Train for Lifesaving Sport events that involve racing starts, swimming under obstacles, recovering and towing manikins, rope toss rescues and racing with swim fins on. With 5 levels to advance through, Lifesaving Sport is a program you will enjoy over and over.
Springboard Diving
Taught by a certified Dive Ontario instructor, participants learn front and back layouts, tuck jumps, pike dives, back dives and more with multiple levels to complete, each with increasingly challenging skills to perfect. Participants may want to take this class repeatedly.
Family Lessons

Are you interested in taking swimming lessons as a family? Participating family members will be divided into separate classes with other families based on swimming ability so that you can all experience your swimming lesson at the same convenient time. 

Note: Only one family member registers on behalf of all participating family members (maximum of 5 family/household members, including adults.
Female Only Swimming Lessons 
These lessons are for women and girls, and are taught by female instructors. Pool windows are curtained off to provide a comfortable female-only environment. 
Private lessons 
Do you need extra help with a specific skill?  Would you feel more comfortable in a one-to-one setting with an instructor? Enjoy swim lessons customized for your specific needs.

Leadership Programs

Once you’ve completed all of the Swimmer lessons, you can continue to improve your swimming and rescue skills. Our leadership programs can help you become a lifeguard and swim instructor.

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

Through classroom learning and in-water practise, 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 practise, 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.

Swimming and spray pad facilities

Cool off during the summer at one of our pools or spray pads.