COVID-19 Update: January 15, 2021

Due to the Provincewide shutdown, the Centennial Pool will be closed from December 26 at 12:01 am until at least February 11, 2021. Staff continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and will keep the community up to date on the status of operations. Please note:

  • All pool programs are cancelled at this time
  • All pool programs including swim lessons scheduled to begin the week of January 4 are delayed until further notice
  • If you wish to withdraw from a program and require a refund, please email


Reopening of the Centennial Pool

The Centennial Pool is now open. Please review the important information below prior to your arrival. Subscribe to our recreation newsletter to stay up to date.


Hours of operation, schedules and swimming lessons


Review our pool schedules below for Hours of Operations.

Pool schedules

View programs online, or download our pool schedule for swim times and descriptions.

Winter swimming lessons

COVID-19 update December 22, 2020: Lessons delayed until further notice

Session dates: Delayed until further notice

Open for viewing: December 11, 2020

Open for registration: December 14, 8:30am

How to register: Register online at or call 519-832-2008 ext. 131

Winter Swim Guide

Mid-winter swimming lessons

COVID-19 update December 22, 2020: Lessons delayed until further notice

Are you interested in our modified group lessons? We're introducing a mid-winter session (March/April) as well as a spring session (May/June). Sessions will be 7 weeks.

Help staff build the mid-winter 2021 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 December 14 and remain open until January 18
  • Register online at, search for appropriate swim level

 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)
Program fees, punch cards and memberships


  • Lane swim - $4.50 per visit (HST included)
  • Aquafit - $6.75 per visit (HST included)
  • Group swimming lesson - $54.53
  • Private swimming lesson - $166.32

Payment for recreational swims is due at the time of registering for your spot.

Punch cards

Punch cards are not available for sale at this time.

Anyone with an existing punch card can bring their card with them to the pool on their first visit back. Cards will be collected and the remaining number of punches will be credited onto their online account for use.


Memberships are not available for sale again at this time. Those with existing pool memberships will be refunded for the the balance of the membership (back dated to March 13, 2020) as an account credit or full refund. Contact us at 519-832-2008 ext. 131 or

Screening protocols and self-screening tool

All participants must pre-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to arriving at the pool. If you or any member of your household have any symptoms or answer yes to any of the screening questions, do not come to the pool. 

Use the Town's screening checklist or Ontario's self-assessment tool prior to every visit.

If you feel sick, please stay home.

Arriving at and leaving the facility

Arriving at the pool

  1. Wear your bathing suit underneath your clothes
  2. Arrive 5-10 minutes prior to program start time. Patrons will not be permitted into change rooms earlier
  3. Enter through the north (accessible ramp) entrance located at the front of the school facing Gustavus Street
  4. Masks are required inside the school and aquatic facility (except in the pool)
  5. Stop and sanitize at sanitation station
  6. Check-in at the front counter with staff before entering the change rooms
  7. Pick up a plastic bin for your belongings
  8. Remove footwear and leave in the lobby
  9. Masks are required in the change rooms until you head into the shower

Leaving the pool

  1. Limit showering to a quick rinse off following your program. Shower at home
  2. Put on mask once returning to the change room
  3. Exit change rooms no more than 5-10 minutes after program end time 
  4. Stop and sanitize at sanitation station
  5. Drop off your plastic bin in the discard area in the lobby 
  6. Exit facility through the east doors (the usual main entrance) to parking lot
 What to expect when returning to the pool

Face coverings or masks

  • Face coverings or masks are required in all areas of the facility except on the pool deck, in the pool, or in the showers

During programs

  • Program capacities are reduced to ensure physical distancing
  • Capacity limits depend on the type of program
  • All programs must be pre-registered including lane swims and aquafit classes
  • Equipment from the pool is not available during phase 1
  • Patrons can bring in their own equipment. It must be sanitized prior to arrival and immediately following the program. Disinfectant will be available for use
  • When the instructor/lifeguard blows the whistle at the end of a program, exit pool immediately
  • Slide and tarzan rope are not available
  • Programs will be introduced in phases with a minimum of 2 weeks between each phase

On the pool deck

  • Follow directional arrows and signage to move around the pool deck
  • Leave bin of belongings in designated area
  • Water bottle fill station is open for use
  • Spectators are not permitted on the pool deck or in viewing gallery
  • Keep 2 metres apart from other patrons and staff at all times

Change rooms and washrooms

  • Maximum capacity per change room: 12 patrons
  • Changing stalls are not available at this time
  • Patrons will pick up a bin for their belongings when they check in
  • Locations for changing are marked in ensure physical distancing
  • Bring all belongings onto pool deck and leave in designated area
  • Patrons must shower before entering the pool deck
  • Masks are required in the change rooms until patrons enter shower area
  • Once on the pool deck, follow directional arrows and listen to staff at all times
  • Washrooms are available for use; 1 person is permitted at a time
  • Hair dryers are not available
  • Water fountains are not available
  • Baby change tables are available for use
  • Keep 2 metres apart from other patrons in the change room at all times
 Setting up an online account and registering for recreational programs

In order to manage facility capacity, all participants must register for recreational programs, including lane swims and aquafit classes. You can register online or by calling 519-832-2008 ext. 131.

Registering online

If you have an account already, log in and search for your programs.

If you or your children have participated in swimming lessons or camps or you've rented a facility, you likely have an account. If you've forgotten your password, input your email address and click on "forgot password." A temporary password will be sent to the email address you provided. You will then be prompted to create a permanent password.

If you do not have an account, select create an account. Follow the prompts to create an account. You can add other family members to your account once it is set up.

Follow our how-to guide to setting up a account.

Program registration

  1. Register for programs online anytime, and up to 30 minutes prior to the start time
  2. Register online, weekdays by phone 519-832-2008 ext. 131, or in-person when leaving a program
  3. Maximum of 3 registrations per week
  4. Registration is first come, first serve
  5. Payment is required at the time of booking online or by phone
  6. Payment will be accepted in-person if pre-registration is made in-person after class
  7. Programs open for registration 7 days in advance
  8. Walk-ins will not be permitted
  9. If registering by phone, do not leave a voicemail to confirm your spot. You must receive verbal confirmation that you're registered.

Questions or challenges with account set-up or registration?

Contact us at 519-832-2008 ext. 131 or

Guidelines and policies

Refund policy for recreational programs

  1. Refund credits will be applied for pre-registered programs if participants contact staff 48 hours prior to the program or if they are unable to participate because they are sick the day of the program. Staff must be notified in the event of illness
  2. No refunds will be provided if participants do not notify staff
  3. Full refunds will be issued if programs are cancelled by the Town for any reason

Pool admission standards

The current pool admission standards remain in effect.

Swimming lesson guidelines

Swimming lessons are now available for registration. Due to physical distancing requirements, the following measures are in place:

  • Preschool to Swimmer 3: parent in the pool participating in the lesson
  • Swimmer 4 and up: no parent participation
  • Private lessons available for Swimmer 4 and up
 Contact us

Registration or general inquiries

Corby Leitch, Programs and Facilities Booking Coordinator

519-832-2008 ext 131,

Program and pool inquiries

Michael Hundt, Aquatic Supervisor



The Centennial Pool is a municipally owned facility located at 780 Gustavus St. in Port Elgin.

Aquatic policies

Centennial Pool users should be aware of the following policies:

Reports and studies

You can read the following reports and studies related to aquatics in Saugeen Shores.