COVID-19 update: May 21, 2021

Recreational facilities and amenities

All indoor recreation facilities remain closed until further notice. This includes the Centennial Pool, Saugeen Shores Community Complex (The Plex) and the Southampton Coliseum. Visit our COVID-19 page for all municipal facility closures.

Visit our COVID-19 page for updates on outdoor recreational facilities and amenities.

Recreation programs

  • All indoor recreation programs are cancelled until further notice
  • Those currently registered in programs that have been paused will be contacted by staff the week of May 24
  • Anyone with questions may contact staff by email or 519-832-2008 ext 131

 Lessons and programs

Summer lessons, programs and activities

Staff are reviewing Ontario's 3-stage reopening plan. Program and activity updates will be posted through the Town's newsfeedrecreation newsletterFacebook and Twitter pages.

 Swimming lessons protocols
 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.

 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 postponed until further notice. Those already registered have been contacted by staff. Courses are an in-person, small group format at the Centennial Pool with modifications and safety protocols in place unless otherwise noted.

Lifesaving Assistant Instructor

Program dates and times: April 10, 11 and May 8, 1:00-7:00pm
Pre-requisite: Age 14 years and older, Bronze Cross
Fee: $135.90+HST

NL - National Lifeguard (Pool)

Program dates and times: April 17-18, April 24-25, May 15-16, 1:00-8:00pm 
Pre-requisite: Age 15 years and older, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid
Fee: $250+HST

NL - National Lifeguard Recertification (Pool)

Program dates and times: May 1, 1:00-5:00pm 
Pre-requisite: Age 15 years and older, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid
Fee: $65+HST

Standard First Aid

Program dates and times: May 4 and 6, 4-9pm, May 8, 9am-6pm
Pre-requisite: Age 14 years and older
Fee: $100+HST

Standard First Aid Recertification

Program dates and times: May 22, 1:00-6:00pm 
Pre-requisite: Must provide proof of qualifications prior to start
Fee: $60+HST

Lifesaving Swimmer Instructor

Program dates and times: May 28, 3-10pm, May 29 and 30, 1:00-8:00pm 
Pre-requisite: Age 15 years and older, LifesavingAssistant Instructor
Fee: $150+HST

 Lifeguards and instructors: training path

Learn how to become a lifeguard or swimming instructor