COVID-19 Update: The Centennial Pool is now open. Please review important information about the pool's reopening protocols, programs on the pool page.

COVID-19 Refund process

Refunds have been completed for cancelled March Break, spring and summer programs. If you have not received a refund credit or refund, contact us at or call 519-832-2008 ext 131.

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.

Fall swimming lessons

Fall swimming lessons are currently underway. 

Session dates: October 26 to December 11 (7 week session). Lessons that were cancelled on Monday, November 16 due to the power outage are extended to Monday, December 14.

Lesson schedule: Download our fall 2020 swimming lesson schedule.

Winter swimming lessons

Are you interested in our modified group lessons this winter? Help staff build the winter 2021 schedule. The public can register for the level(s) they’re interested in for winter swimming lessons. 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 October 19 and remain open until November 30
  • Register online at, search for appropriate swim level

Registration information

  • Open for viewing – mid December, to be confirmed
  • Open for registration – mid December, to be confirmed
  • Once lessons are open: Register online at or call 519-832-2008 ext. 131

 Important notes

  • 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
  • Maximum of 3 participants per group class (preschool to Swimmer 3)
  • Maximum of 4 participants per group class (Swimmer 4 and up)
 COVID-19 swimming lesson protocols
  • If a level is full, add your name to the wait list
  • Preschool to Swimmer 3 lessons: maximum of 3 participants and 3 parents
  • Swimmer 4 and up: maximum of 4 participants
  • 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
  • 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
  • Instructors will teach from the deck. They will demonstrate skills in the water
  • There will be no physical contact between participants and Instructors
  • Participants will maintain 2 metres of space between each other and Instructor
  • 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.


Saugeen Shores provides courses and training to pool professionals.

Lifeguards and instructors

Learn how to become a lifeguard or swimming instructor.

First aid, CPR and aquatic training

Advanced aquatic training courses take place throughout the year, including standard first aid and CPR courses.

No courses are currently available.