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Aquatic Programs

As of Wednesday September 22, 2021 the Provincial Government will require any patron entering City of Woodstock recreation facilities to provide both proof of  identification and 2 valid COVID-19 vaccination doses. Patrons must show that they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entry.

This provincial mandate affects all City of Woodstock indoor recreation facilities, including the Reeves Community Complex, Cowan Park Sportsplex, and Southside Aquatic Centre. Children under 12 years of age or youth under 18 years old participating in an organized sport, practices or game are exempt at this time.  

For more information about Vaccine requirement please visit

Child in swimming lessons

Swim Lessons and Programming

Swimmer in a lane of the pool swimming adult lenghts.

Recreational Swimming

Aquafitness class

Aqua Fitness

Kids playing in splashpad

Wading Pool and Splashpad


Southside Aquatic Centre Building hours

Monday-Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am - 4:15 pm

What recreational programs will be offered?

Aqua fit: Help improve stamina, endurance and muscle strength while reducing stress on joints. All classes include options to work out at your own level. To attend you must book your swim time online or over the phone before visiting (Call 519-539-2382 x2701). You are limited to one visit per day and 3 times a week*.


Adult Lane and Leisure Swim: The Adult Lane and Leisure Swim allow participants to swim laps or engage in water exercise. The pool will be limited to 1 person per lane and swimmers must swim along black lane line, as social distancing must be maintained. To attend you must book your swim time online or over the phone before visiting (Call 519-539-2382 x2701). You are limited to one visit per day and 3 times a week*.


Family Swim: The family swim allows participants to use the entire pool freely while maintaining physical distancing. To ensure physical distancing is adhered to, a parent/guardian (12 years +) must accompany those 12 yrs and younger in the water. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that physical distancing of 2 m is maintained throughout the swim (except those within your group). Booking in advanced is recommended as space will be limited  Admissions standards apply.


Book a family Swim here

Registered programs that will be offered?

Swim lessons

The City of Woodstock is pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program as our learn to swim program at our facilities. Visit the Swim Lessons and Programming page for more information. COVID-19 restriction and procedures are in place.


The City of Woodstock will be offering lifeguard training through out the months of July and August. Check out for more information.


Do I have to register in advance?

The City of Woodstock is pleased to offer the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life program as our learn to swim program. We are currently offering low ratio lessons (lower student to Instructor ratio). We stress the importance of play while developing water positive attitudes and skills, through structured in water activities. Due to provincial guidelines, all swim lessons must be in line with physical distancing measures. Instructors will be teaching from a distance or the side.

Only household members can assist swimmers with physical contact therefore a parent or guardian (at least 14 yrs of age) must actively participate in the water for the entirety of the lesson. This applies to all preschoolers (5 years and under) and school aged children in swimmer 1 to 3. 

More information about each level can be found on the City of Woodstock web site

Is there anything I should be aware of before visiting an aquatic facility? 

Before visiting Southside Aquatic Centre, users must complete the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. If you do not pass the assessment, you should not go to the pool.

you will have to complete an assessment at the time of entry before being permitted in the facility.

What measures/procedures are in place to ensure my safety? 

To ensure the health and safety of staff and participants, the following precautions will be implemented:

  • Controlled access is in place to ensure required distancing
  • Customers are to arrive ready to swim, the on deck shower will be available and showers must be taken with soap and water before entering the pool (change room showers will not be available).
  • Increased cleaning measures in accordance with Parks and Recreation Department Standard Operating Procedures
  • Use of physical markers (in water and on deck) and signage to indicate the appropriate 2 meters/6 feet spacing distance and traffic flow, where appropriate.
  • Strict screening requirements; those displaying symptoms or who do not meet the self-assessment will not be admitted.
  • Diving board will be unavailable.
  • Access to change rooms at Southside Aquatic Centre will be limited to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
 Has the swim admission standard changed during Covid-19 swims?

Yes. There are new safety measures in addition to our existing admissions

All Children 5 years of age or under must swim in the shallow end with a parent/guardian (12+ yrs). Children must remain within direct supervision and within arm's reach of the parent/guardian. Maximum of 2 children per each parent/guardian (1:2).

Children 6-9 years MUST swim in the shallow end with parent/guardian (12+ yrs.) Children must remain within direct supervision and within arm's reach of the parent/guardian. Maximum of 4 children per each parent/guardian (1:4).

Children 6-9 years who pass the swim admission test (30 m) may swim unaccompanied but a parent/guardian must remain in the pool to ensure social distancing is maintained. Children who have completed the test previously may be asked to take the test again if aquatic staff is concerned that they cannot demonstrate the ability to maintain the Swim Admission Standard.

Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that physical distancing of 2m is maintained throughout the swim (except those within your group).

What equipment will be available?

At this time flutter boards and noodles will be provided, during lane swims only. Each piece will be cleaned and sanitized by staff after each use. Please note that the diving board will remain closed.

How many people are allowed to swim?

Adult Lane and Leisure swim, Aquafit and Family Swims will have a significantly reduced swimmer capacity. Participants must respect and listen to staff’s instructions around physical distancing at all times. 

Will I have access to the changerooms? 

Southside Aquatic Centre

We ask that swimmers come prepared in swim attire.  Swimmers must bring all belongings with them onto the pool deck (lockers will not be available), changing is permitted on the way out. 

What about my membership that's currently on hold?

Memberships are currently on hold, if you would like your membership to be reactivated please contact the staff at 519-539-2382 x 2701.

Do I already have an online account?

You likely do, and it will be linked to your email address. Visit At the login screen, use the reset password button to complete your account setup.

If that does not work, or if you don't believe you have an account with the City, please email or contact 519-539-2382 x 2701 

The City of Woodstock offers several different Aquatic facilities, including an indoor pool that is open year round, and an outdoor pool, a water park and two splash pads that are open seasonally. Information about each of our facilities can be found below.

Southside Aquatic Centre

 Located at 315 Finkle Street, Southside Aquatic Centre offers an "L" shaped 25m six-lane section and a 10m by 10m deep end, with diving board, pool lift and sauna.  There are three change-room options; family, mens and ladies change rooms to accommodate everyone's needs. Upstairs is a meeting room and viewing area. You can contact the pool at 519-539-2382 ext. 2701

Amenities offered at Southside Aquatic Centre include

Southside Aquatic 2021 Seasonal Closures

  • Good Friday- April 2 2021
  • Easter Sunday- April 4 2021
  • Easter Monday- April 5 2021
  • Victoria Day- May 17 2021
  • Canada Day- July 1st 2021
  • Labour Day- September 6 2021

Lions Pool

Located at 245 Vansittart Avenue, the Lion's Pool is an outdoor city-run community facility that operates for the months of July and August. You can contact Lions Pool at 519-539-2382 ext. 2720

Built in 1947 the 105' x 45' pool offers recreational swimming, swimming lessons and a highly successful swim team for all ages.

For Public Swims and Lane Swimming times visit Recreational Swimming page or Aquatic Fitness for aquafit times.

Spray & Play Wading Pool

  • A seasonal admission based, supervised children's shallow water play facility with a wading pool with Splash and Spray structure, also a slide to a catch pool and dry land playground.
  • Picnic tables and observation deck, stay and play all day.
  • Birthday parties, toddlers and parents time, snack booth

For more information on the City of Woodstock's Wading Pool and Splash Pads. 

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
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