COVID-19 Update: February 26, 2021

Recreational pool programs at the Centennial Pool resumed Wednesday, February 17 including lane swim, aquafit and parent and tot swim. Patrons are required to pre-book their timeslot. Some registered programs have commenced. Swimming lessons will resume March 5.


Saugeen Shores has a range of swimming programs, including lessons, fitness classes and courses at Centennial Pool. Program offerings will be phased back in as the pool gradually reopens.

 Swimming lessons
 COVID-19 swimming lesson protocols

 Registration and modified teaching

  • If a level is full, add your name to the wait list
  • Instructors may demonstrate skills in the water but will instruct from deck
  • Instructors will not provide hands-on assistance
  • Parent/caregiver must be in the water for all preschool levels and Swimmer 1-3
  • Minimum age for a private lesson is 8. Participants must be in Swimmer 4 or up
  • Participants must maintain physical distance from each other and Instructor

Lesson capacity

  • Preschool to Swimmer 3 lessons: maximum of 3 participants and 3 parents
  • Swimmer 4 and up: maximum of 4 participants

Participation expectations

  • Preschool to Swimmer 3 levels require a parent/guardian in the water
  • Participants in Swimmer 4 and up will complete a fitness swim on their first day. Parents/guardians will come into the facility with them and should be prepared to go into the pool if their child does not pass the fitness swim. If child is successful, parent/guardian will exit and meet swimmer after their lesson

Facility rules

  • Arrive 5 minutes prior to lesson time
  • Only the participant and one parent/guardian are permitted to enter the facility
  • Participants in Swimmer 4 and up may be walked into the lobby
  • Masks are required in the lobby and change rooms for ages 2 and older
  • Participants must exit change room 10 minutes after the program ends
  • Keep showers to a quick rinse; keep physical distance at all times
Swim levels

We follow the Lifesaving Society's swim levels. View the program descriptions and lesson conversion chart to choose the right swim level for your child.

We also offer free swim assessments to help place children in the correct swim program. Contact us to book a time at 519-832-2627.

Winter swimming lessons

  • Session dates: March 5 to April 26, 2021
  • Open for registration: Registration is open
  • How to register: Register online at or call 519-832-2008 ext. 131
  • Previously registered participants for the winter session have been contacted by staff

Winter Swim Guide

Spring swimming lessons

Are you interested in our modified group lessons? We're planning for a spring swimming lesson session (May/June). Sessions will be 7 weeks. Help staff build the spring schedule. The public can register for the level(s) they’re interested in for the next session. A few things to know:

  • There is no cost to register
  • Registering for a level does not hold or guarantee any spots
  • Only register if you are somewhat likely or likely to participate
  • Registration will open February 17 and remain open until April 12
  • Register online at, search for appropriate swim level
 Camps and PA day programs
 We are not offering any camps or PA day programs at this time.
 First aid, CPR and aquatic training

Saugeen Shores provides courses and training to pool professionals and the public. Advanced aquatic training courses take place throughout the year, including standard first aid and CPR courses. 

COVID-19 safety update: Courses are an in-person, small group format at the Centennial Pool with modifications and safety protocols in place unless otherwise noted.

Bronze Medallion

Program dates and times: March 20, 21, 27, 28, 1:00-7:00pm
Pre-requisite: Age 13 years and older
Fee: $170+HST

Learn more or register

Bronze Cross

Program dates and times: March 20, 21, 27, 28, 1:00-7:00pm
Pre-requisite: Age 14 years and older, Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid
Fee: $140+HST

Learn more or register

 Lifeguards and instructors: training path

Learn how to become a lifeguard or swimming instructor