Public / Lane Swimming and Aqua Fitness
Public / Lane Swimming

Ajax Memorial Pool (outdoor) - 55 Harwood Avenue South - closed for the 2022 season. See you in 2023!

Ajax Community Centre Pool - 75 Centennial Road - Open

Fall Schedule - October 4 to December 22, 2022

Please Note: Regular swimming schedule will be disrupted due to holidays, special events, or programs. Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

Cancellations - 

Tuesday, December 13:

Public Swim – 6:30-8 p.m.
Lane Swim – 8-9:30 p.m.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Lane Swims:

7:30-9:40 a.m. 

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

8-9:30 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30-8:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

8-9:30 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

7:30-9:30 p.m.

Lane Swims:

4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Public Swim:

6:30-8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Public Swim:

2:10-4:30 p.m.

 

Winter Break Schedule - December 23, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Please Note: Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

 

Friday
(Dec. 23, 30 & Jan. 6)

Saturday
(Dec. 24, 31 & Jan. 7)

Monday
(Jan. 2)

Tuesday
(Dec. 27 & Jan. 3)
Wednesday
(Dec. 28 & Jan. 4)
Thursday
(Dec. 29 & Jan. 5)
Public Swim 1 - 3 p.m.  2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
(Jan. 7 only) 
1 - 3 p.m. 1 - 3 p.m. 1 - 3 p.m.    1 - 3 p.m.
        6:30 - 8 p.m.    
Lane Swim 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  7:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Dec. 24 & 31 only) 7:30 - 9:40 a.m. 

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m.  7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  4:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 7 only)  10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Facility closed December 24 (24th at 12 p.m.), 25, 26 & 31 (31st at 4 p.m.), 2022 & January 1, 2023. No programs offered January 8, 2023.

Winter Schedule - January 9 to March 10, 2023

Please Note: Regular swimming schedule will be disrupted due to holidays, special events, or programs. Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Lane Swims:

7:30-9:40 a.m. 

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

8-9:30 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30-8:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

8:45-9:45 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30-8:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lane Swims:

7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

8-9:30 p.m.

Lane Swims:

4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Public Swim:

6:30-8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Public Swim:

2:10-4:30 p.m.

 

Reminders and Important Information

 Lockers

Day lockers are available in pool change rooms.  Bring your own lock or rent one from us!  The Town of Ajax is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 

Aquatic Accessibility

We welcome people with special needs to use our pools and facilities.  A pool chair lift is available at the Ajax Community Centre.  The McLean Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and Ajax Memorial Pool are wheelchair accessible.  

 Lane Swim

Lane swim participants are expected to follow the appropriate lane speed signs based on their swimming ability.  The lifeguard on duty reserves the right to ask a lane swimmer to move to a more appropriate lane based on swimming speed to promote traffic flow. 

Family Change Room Etiquette

Bathing suits are required when showering in the family change room. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sit on the pool deck and watch my swimmer? 
Yes, you can watch from the pool deck provided that all children in your group can swim on their own as per the Admission Standards.  Admission fee applies.
Will lifejackets, pool toys and/or snorkels be provided?

Lifejackets will be available but pool toys will not be available. You are welcome to bring your own (please no balls or inflatables).

 Will swim diapers be available for purchase? 
Yes, swim diapers are available for purchase at the Ajax Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and McLean Community Centre Customer Service Desks. Swim diapers are not available at the Ajax Memorial Pool (outdoor). 

Fees, Payment Methods and Details

Purchase a book of 10 swim passes and save! Benefit from the lower per visit price compared to our single visit price!
All patrons entering the pool area are required to pay admission.

Please note that all fees include taxes.

Non-members must pay at the Customer Service Desk when arriving for public swim. Credit/Debit preferred. Members can scan their membership upon arrival.

Description

One Visit

10 Visits

Youth/Seniors 65+

$2.35

$19.30

Adults 18+

$4.25

$36.25

Children 3 and under*

FREE

 

Group**

$12.10  

Individuals with Special Needs

Regular Fee Applies

 

Caregiver (accompanying individual with special needs)

FREE

 

*Free with a paying adult. **Minimum of 1 adult per 4 children and maximum of 2 adults of 3 children.

Contact Information

Call 905-427-8811

McLean Community Centre Pool - 95 Magill Drive - Open

The McLean Community Centre pool will be closed from January 1 to April 1, 2023. The pool filtration system including all pumps, controls and piping is being replaced due to age and condition. In addition, a new water slide will be installed on the pool deck.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of our users as we work to improve the facility.

Fall Schedule - October 4 to December 22

Please Note: Regular swimming schedule will be disrupted due to holidays, special events, or programs. Capacity limit may apply based on available resources. 

Small Pool Closure - Wednesday, December 7

The small pool will be closed during the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. public swim.

The McLean Community Centre pool slide is closed.

The McLean Community Centre pool will be closed from January 1 to April 1, 2023. The pool filtration system including all pumps, controls and piping is being replaced due to age and condition. In addition, a new water slide will be installed on the pool deck.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of our users as we work to improve the facility.  

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Public Swims:

6-8 p.m.

Public Swims:

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

7:10-8:30 p.m.

Public Swims:

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Public Swims:

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

7:10-8:30 p.m.

Public Swims:

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

7-9 p.m.

Public Swims:

1:10-3 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

6-8 p.m.

Public Swims:

1:10-3 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

6-8 p.m.

 

Lane Swim:

8:30-9:30 p.m. 

 

Lane Swim:

8:30-9:30 p.m. 

 

Lane Swim:

8-9 p.m.

 

Winter Break Schedule - December 23-31, 2022

Please Note: Capacity limit may apply based on available resources. 

The McLean Community Centre pool slide is closed.

The McLean Community Centre pool will be closed from January 1 to April 1, 2023. The pool filtration system including all pumps, controls and piping is being replaced due to age and condition. In addition, a new water slide will be installed on the pool deck.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of our users as we work to improve the facility.

 

Friday
(Dec. 23 & 30)

Saturday
(Dec. 24 & 31)

Tuesday
(Dec. 27)
Wednesday
(Dec. 28)
Thursday
(Dec. 29)
Public Swim 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
(Dec. 24 only) 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
(Dec. 31 only) 
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
(Dec. 31 only)

3 - 5 p.m. 

3 - 5 p.m.  3 - 5 p.m. 
      5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Lane Swim 7:30 - 9 p.m. 9 - 10:30 a.m.
(Dec. 31 only)

7:30 - 9 p.m.

7:30 - 9 p.m. 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Facility closed December 24 (24th at 12 p.m.), 25, 26 & 31 (31st at 4 p.m.), 2022.
Reminders and Important Information
 Lockers

Day lockers are available in pool change rooms.  Bring your own lock or rent one from us!  The Town of Ajax is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 

Aquatic Accessibility

We welcome people with special needs to use our pools and facilities.  A pool chair lift is available at the Ajax Community Centre.  The McLean Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and Ajax Memorial Pool are wheelchair accessible.  

 Lane Swim

Lane swim participants are expected to follow the appropriate lane speed signs based on their swimming ability.  The lifeguard on duty reserves the right to ask a lane swimmer to move to a more appropriate lane based on swimming speed to promote traffic flow. 

Family Change Room Etiquette

Bathing suits are required when showering in the family change room. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sit on the pool deck and watch my swimmer? 
Yes, you can watch from the pool deck provided that all children in your group can swim on their own as per the Admission Standards.  Admission fee applies.
Will lifejackets, pool toys and/or snorkels be provided?

Lifejackets will be available but pool toys will not be available. You are welcome to bring your own (please no balls or inflatables).

 Will swim diapers be available for purchase? 
Yes, swim diapers are available for purchase at the Ajax Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and McLean Community Centre Customer Service Desks. Swim diapers are not available at the Ajax Memorial Pool (outdoor).  
Fees, Payment Methods and Details

Purchase a book of 10 swim passes and save! Benefit from the lower per visit price compared to our single visit price!
All patrons entering the pool area are required to pay admission.

Please note that all fees include taxes.

Non-members must pay at the Customer Service Desk when arriving for public swim. Credit/Debit preferred. Members can scan their membership upon arrival.

Description

One Visit

10 Visits

Youth/Seniors 65+

$2.35

$19.30

Adults 18+

$4.25

$36.25

Children 3 and under*

FREE

 

Group**

$12.10  

Individuals with Special Needs

Regular Fee Applies

 

Caregiver (accompanying individual with special needs)

FREE

 

*Free with a paying adult. **Minimum of 1 adult per 4 children and maximum of 2 adults of 3 children.

 Contact Information

Call 905-428-7711

Audley Recreation Centre Pool - 1955 Audley Road North - Open

 Fall Schedule - October 4 to December 22, 2022

Please Note: Regular swimming schedule will be disrupted due to holidays, special events, or programs. Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

7:30-9 p.m. (Lane Swim Only)

Lane & Preschool Swims:

6:30-9 a.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

8:30-9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim Only)

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

8:30-9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim Only)

Lane & Preschool Swims:

6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

7-9 p.m. (Lane Swim Only)

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

8:30-9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

Lane & Accessible Swim:

6:15-8:15 p.m.

Lane & Preschool Swims:

1:10-3:30 p.m. 

5:30-7:30 p.m.

 

Public Swim:

7:10-8:30 p.m.

Public Swim:

7:10-8:30 p.m.

 

Public Swim:

5-7 p.m.

 

Public Swim:

7:10-8:30 p.m.

 

Public Swim:

2:30-4:30 p.m.

12:15-2:15 (Ladies Only)

Public Swim:

3:45-5:30 p.m.

  • Lane & Preschool swims - Main pool is designated for lane swimmers and small pool is designated for preschoolers & leisure swimmers.
  • Accessible swim - For families with children with special needs. Leisure pool only. 
  • Ladies Only - For girls and women only. No males of any age permitted. Children's Age Guidelines apply. Windows will have blinds for privacy.

Winter Break Schedule - December 23, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Please Note: Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

 

Friday
(Dec. 23, 30 & Jan. 6)

Saturday
(Dec. 24, 31 & Jan. 7)

Sunday
(Jan. 8)

Monday
(Jan. 2)

Tuesday
(Dec. 27 & Jan. 3)
Wednesday
(Dec. 28 & Jan. 4)
Thursday
(Dec. 29 & Jan. 5)
Public Swim 1: 30 - 3:30 p.m.  9:45 - 11:45 a.m.
(Dec. 24 only) 
1:10 - 3:30 p.m.  1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.    9 - 11 a.m.
  4 - 6 p.m. 12 - 3 p.m.
(Dec. 31 only)
3:45 - 5:30 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. 7 - 8:30 p.m. 4 - 6 p.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 12:15 - 2:15 p.m.
(Jan. 7 only; ladies only) 
  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.    6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  2 - 4 p.m.
    2:30 - 4 p.m.
(Jan. 7 only)
        4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
              7 - 8:30 p.m.
Lane and Preschool Swim 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(Dec. 31 only)
  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

6:30 - 9 a.m.
(Lane Swim only)

 

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 6:30 - 9 a.m.
(Lane Swim only) 
  8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
(Lane Swim only)
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
(Dec. 24 only; Lane Swim only)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

8:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim only) 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  8:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim only) 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
(Lane Swim only)
    6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
(Jan. 7 only; Lane Swim only) 
    8:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim only)    
Accessible Swim   6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
(Jan. 7 only)
         

Facility closed December 24 (24th at 12 p.m.), 25, 26 & 31 (31st at 4 p.m.), 2022 & January 1, 2023. 

  • Lane & Preschool swims - Main pool is designated for lane swimmers and small pool is designated for preschoolers & leisure swimmers.
  • Accessible swim - For families with children with special needs. Leisure pool only. 
  • Ladies Only - For girls and women only. No males of any age permitted. Children's Age Guidelines apply. Windows will have blinds for privacy.
 Winter Schedule - January 9 to March 10, 2023

Please Note: Regular swimming schedule will be disrupted due to holidays, special events, or programs. Capacity limit may apply based on available resources.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Lane & Preschool Swims:

6:30-8 a.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

8:30-9:30 p.m. 

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

8:30-9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim Only)

Lane & Preschool Swims:

6:30 a.m.-9 a.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

9 a.m.-3 p.m.

8:30-9:30 p.m.

Lane & Preschool Swims:

10:45 a.m.-3 p.m. 

8:30-9:30 p.m. (Lane Swim Only) 

Lane & Accessible Swim:

6:15-8:15 p.m.

Lane Swim:

7:30-9 p.m.

 

 

Public Swim:

7:10-8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Public Swim:

7:10-8:30 p.m.

 

Public Swim:

2:30-4:30 p.m.

12:15-2:15 (Ladies Only)

Public Swim:

1:10-3:30 p.m.

3:45-5:30 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Lane & Preschool swims - Main pool is designated for lane swimmers and small pool is designated for preschoolers & leisure swimmers.
  • Accessible swim - For families with children with special needs. Leisure pool only. 
  • Ladies Only - For girls and women only. No males of any age permitted. Children's Age Guidelines apply. Windows will have blinds for privacy.
Reminders and Important Information
 Lockers

Day lockers are available in pool change rooms.  Bring your own lock or rent one from us!  The Town of Ajax is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. 

Aquatic Accessibility

We welcome people with special needs to use our pools and facilities.  A pool chair lift is available at the Ajax Community Centre.  The McLean Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and Ajax Memorial Pool are wheelchair accessible.  

 Lane Swim

Lane swim participants are expected to follow the appropriate lane speed signs based on their swimming ability.  The lifeguard on duty reserves the right to ask a lane swimmer to move to a more appropriate lane based on swimming speed to promote traffic flow. 

Family Change Room Etiquette

Bathing suits are required when showering in the family change room. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sit on the pool deck and watch my swimmer? 
Yes, you can watch from the pool deck provided that all children in your group can swim on their own as per the Admission Standards.  Admission fee applies.
Will lifejackets, pool toys and/or snorkels be provided?

Lifejackets will be available but pool toys will not be available. You are welcome to bring your own (please no balls or inflatables).

 Will swim diapers be available for purchase? 
Yes, swim diapers are available for purchase at the Ajax Community Centre, Audley Recreation Centre and McLean Community Centre Customer Service Desks. Swim diapers are not available at the Ajax Memorial Pool (outdoor). 
Fees, Payment Methods and Details

Purchase a book of 10 swim passes and save! Benefit from the lower per visit price compared to our single visit price!
All patrons entering the pool area are required to pay admission.

Please note that all fees include taxes.

Non-members must pay at the Customer Service Desk when arriving for public swim. Credit/Debit preferred. Members can scan their membership upon arrival. 

Description

One Visit

10 Visits

Youth/Seniors 65+

$2.35

$19.30

Adults 18+

$4.25

$36.25

Children 3 and under*

FREE

 

Group**

$12.10  

Individuals with Special Needs

Regular Fee Applies

 

Caregiver (accompanying individual with special needs)

FREE

 

*Free with a paying adult. **Minimum of 1 adult per 4 children and maximum of 2 adults of 3 children.

Contact Information
Call 905-427-2468
Aqua Fitness
Aquatic exercise is a great way to reduce chronic pain, increase flexibility, tone muscles and reduce blood pressure. Water supports and massages the body during exercise, which also increases blood circulation. Since there is no compression of the joints, aquatic classes are perfect for those with joint concerns.

From slower, dynamic flow classes to higher intensity classes, there is something for everyone at every fitness level!

Find Out More

Lessons and Become a Lifeguard / Instructor
Lessons

Photo of little boy in swimwear with a pool in the background

Transition to the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life® Program

Starting this winter (programs starting in early January 2023) we will offer swim lessons through the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life® learn-to-swim program. Swim for Life® is a complete learn-to-swim program offering courses for Parent & Tot through to Leadership.

This means our program names and levels are changing. We are asking parents interested in registering a child for swimming lessons to review the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program transition chart below. The chart will help determine which level a child should be registered in. It outlines the former Red Cross program names and the new corresponding Swim for Life® programs. Program transition charts can also be picked up at any community recreation centre listed in the Contact Information below.

Swim for Life® Program Transition Chart

View Available Winter 2023 Programs and Register

 Swim for Life® Swimming Lessons Descriptions
 Parent & Tot 1 and 2 – 6 Months to 3 Years
 Parent & Tot 1
Designed for the 6 to 24-month-old to learn to enjoy the water with a parent/guardian.
 Parent & Tot 2

Designed for the 24 month to 3-year-old to learn to enjoy the water with a parent/guardian.

Preschool 1-5 - 3 to 5 Years
 Preschool 1

Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate until the child lets them know they can do it themselves. Preschoolers have fun learning to get in and out of the water. They will be encouraged and assisted with jumping into chest-deep water; learn how to float and glide on their front and back; and will learn to get their faces wet and blow bubbles underwater.

Preschool 2
Preschoolers learn to jump into chest-deep water by themselves, and get in and get out wearing a lifejacket. They'll submerge and exhale underwater. They will glide on their front and back while wearing a lifejacket. 
Preschool 3 
These youngsters will try both jumping and a sideways entry into deep water while wearing a lifejacket. They'll recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They'll work on kicking and gliding through the water on their front and back.
Preschool 4 

Advanced preschoolers will learn to do solo jumps into deeper water and get out by themselves. They'll do sideways entries and open their eyes underwater. They'll master a short swim on their front wearing a lifejacket and gliding and kicking on their side.

Preschool 5 
These youngsters get more adventuresome with a forward roll entry wearing a lifejacket and treading water for 10 sec. They'll work on front and back crawl swims for 5 m, interval training and get a giggle out of whip kick.

Swimmer 1-6 - 6 to 12 Years

Swimmer 1 
These beginners will become comfortable jumping into water with and without a lifejacket. They'll learn to open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They'll work on floats, glides and kicking through the water on their front and back. 
Swimmer 2 
These advanced beginners will jump into deeper water, and learn to be comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a lifejacket. They'll be able to support themselves at the surface without an aid, learn whip kick, swim 10 metres on their front and back, and be introduced to flutter kick interval training (4 x 5 metres). 
Swimmer 3
These junior swimmers will dive and do in-water front somersaults and handstands. They'll work on 15 metres of front crawl, back crawl and 10 metres of whip kick. Flutter kick interval training increases to 4 x 15 metres. 
Swimmer 4
These intermediate swimmers will swim 5 metres underwater and lengths of front, back crawl, whip kick, and breaststroke arms with breathing. Their new bag of tricks includes the completion of the Canadian Swim to Survive® Standard. They'll cap it all off with front crawl sprints over 25 metres and 4 x 25 metre front or back crawl interval training. 
Swimmer 5
These swimmers will master shallow dives, cannonball entries, eggbeater kicks, and in-water backward somersaults. They'll refine their front and back crawl over 50 metre swims of each, and breaststroke over 25 metres. Then they'll pick up the pace in 25 metre sprints and two interval training bouts: 4 x 50 metre front or back crawl; and 4 x 15 metre breaststroke. 
Swimmer 6
These advanced swimmers will rise to the challenge of sophisticated aquatic skills including stride entries, compact jumps and lifesaving kicks like eggbeater and scissor. They'll develop strength and power in head-up breaststroke sprints over 25 metres. They'll easily swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke, and they'll complain about the 300 metre workout. 
 Adapted Swim - 3 to 17 Years
Swim for Life® for swimmers with differing abilities continues the progressions used in the Lifesaving Swim Preschool and Swimmer programs. Each skill is broken down into small manageable steps to create a positive learning environment and make the success of each swimmer more achievable. These steps have been created to help swimmers learn at their own pace using repetition and integration of new skills, which help swimmers move along the skill progression more effectively. 

Private Lessons - 3 Years+

Located in the lap or leisure pool, this is a 1:1 ratio swimming lesson that focuses on individual personal/physical needs and allows instructors to correct students individually by breaking down skills and techniques outside of a group environment. This lesson can accommodate levels: Preschool 1-5, Swimmer 1-6 & Adult 1-3. 
 Teen Lessons - 13 to 17 Years

Swimmer 1 & Swimmer 2

Learn to swim and improve your swimming strokes. This program allows you to swim with youth who share the same goals. Advance through the Swim for Life® program at a comfortable and safe pace. Duration may change depending on the number of participants. 
 Swimmer 3 & Swimmer 4

Learn to swim and improve your swimming strokes. This program allows you to swim with youth who share the same goals. Advance through the Swim for Life® program at a comfortable and safe pace. Duration may change depending on the number of participants. 

Swimmer 5 & Swimmer 6

Learn to swim and improve your swimming strokes. This program allows you to swim with youth who share the same goals. Advance through the Swim for Life® program at a comfortable and safe pace. Duration may change depending on the number of participants. 

Adult Lessons 18 Years+

 Adult 1
You’ll work towards a 10-15 metre swim on your front and back. You’ll do jump entries from the side and recover an object from the bottom in chest-deep water. Improve your fitness and your flutter kick with 4 x 9-12 metre interval training. 
Adult 2
Kick it up a notch working on two interval training workouts of 4 x 25 metre kicking and front or back crawl. You’ll be able to perform dive entries and demonstrate breaststroke arms and breathing over 10-15 metres. You’ll be supporting yourself at the surface for 1-2 minutes, and showing off your handstands in shallow water.
Frequently Asked Questions About Swim for Life® Program 
What level should I register my child in?
If you are unsure what level your child is in, screening is available during public swim times when it is not busy. Screening is free. If you stay to swim, the public swim fee applies. Please speak to the Head Guard on duty about screening for class levels. Admission Standards apply and may require a parent or guardian to enter the water with a child being screened, based on age and/or ability of the child. 
Why is the Town transitioning to the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life® Program?
The change to the Lifesaving Society's Swim for Life® program comes following the decision by the Canadian Red Cross to discontinue its swim program to focus on humanitarian efforts.
Are there any changes to the length of classes? 
The length of classes will continue to range between 30 to 45 minutes for Parent & Tot, Preschool and Swimmer levels. 
Are you still offering semi-private and private classes? 
At this time, due to limited staff resources, we will not be offering semi-private or private classes. 
Will the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program cost more? 
The Lifesaving Society Swim for Life program is comparable in price to our current programming. 
Will there be report cards and progress recognition? 
The Lifesaving Society Swim for Life® program will continue to use report cards and swimmers will be evaluated at the end of each session. Stickers and badges will not continue into the new program. 
Are the ages still the same (Parent & Tot, Preschool, Youth, Adult levels)? 
Yes, age ranges will remain the same. 
Why is my child in a different level than before? 

 

Registration in the Swim for Life® program is based on age, ability, skill, and knowledge. The previous Red Cross swim program levels do not necessarily line up with the Swim for Life® program levels.

My child has not been swimming for a long time. Should I still put them in the next level on the transition chart?
If your child has not participated in formal swimming lessons in some time, we encourage you to have your child screened. Screening is available during public swim times when it is not busy. Screening is free. If you stay to swim, the public swim fee applies. Please speak to the Head Guard on duty about screening for class levels. Admission Standards apply and may require a parent or guardian to enter the water with a child being screened, based on age and/or ability of the child. 
Are there changes to existing Leadership programs?
No, leadership programs were previously delivered by the Lifesaving Society and will remain the same. 
Moving from Preschool to Swimmer Levels 

My child turned 6, what level should I register them in?

If they took Swim for Life® Preschool:

And the level was marked:

Then enrol them in Swim for Life® Swimmer:

Parent & Tot 1

Parent & Tot 2

Preschool 1

Preschool 2

Complete or Incomplete

Swimmer 1

Preschool 3

Incomplete
Complete

Swimmer 1
Swimmer 2

Preschool 4

Incomplete
Complete

Swimmer 2
Swimmer 3

Preschool 5

Incomplete
Complete

Swimmer 3

Frequently Asked Questions About Swim Lessons in General 
What should I bring to my swimming lesson?

Swimsuit, towel and goggles if needed or preferred. If you have a progress card from a prior swim lesson, please bring it with you (not required for Winter 2023 session during transition to Swim for Life® program). This allows the instructor to have a better idea of the skills that need to be worked on. 

Is there a parents' day?
Yes. Please join us during the 5th lesson. Watch your children from the pool viewing gallery, and speak with your instructor at the end of lessons, to receive an update on your child’s progress. If you visit, please remember to remove your shoes before walking through the showers and onto the pool deck. 
What level is my child in?

If you are unsure what level your child is in, screening is available during public swim times when it is not busy.  Screening is free.  If you stay to swim, the public swim fee applies.  Please speak to the Head Guard on duty about screening for class levels.  Admission Standards apply and may require a parent or guardian to enter the water with a child being screened, based on age and/or ability of the child. 

What are the guidelines for accessing the pool deck during swim lessons? 
Children and adults are not permitted to wait on the pool deck.  For those waiting for a swim program to begin, please stay in the change room until 3 minutes prior to the start time. Please stay with your child until they are with their instructor. Children are not permitted to wait on deck unaccompanied by an adult. Experience has proven that children perform at their best without additional on-deck distractions.
What should I expect from swimming lessons?

Developing swimming skills requires a lot of patience and positive feedback. In order to be successful, we encourage you to talk to your child about their lessons.  Make sure that you have realistic expectations and your child feels no pressure to complete a level.  You both should acknowledge the importance of completing the skills taught during each lesson at a pace that is suitable for your child – swimming lessons are a long term progression. 

 What if I have questions or concerns about lessons?

A pool deck supervisor is on duty at all times during our swimming lessons.  The supervisors are available to answer any lesson-related questions and assist you with any of your concerns.  Should you have a concern, do not hesitate to speak with the pool deck supervisor immediately – we encourage you not to wait until the last class.

Can I request a specific instructor?

No. Due to the large volume of swimming participants, we are unable to accommodate instructor requests. 

Are there make-up classes for missed lessons?

Due to the large volume of swimming participants, we are unable to reschedule missed lessons. If you miss the last lesson, you may pick up your progress card at the facility where the lessons took place.

Contact Information 

Questions? Email activeajax@ajax.ca, call 905-619-2529, ext. 7506 or call one of our community recreation centres:

  • Ajax Community Centre (75 Centennial Rd.) 905-427-8811
  • McLean Community Centre (95 Magill Dr.) 905-428-7711
  • Audley Recreation Centre (1955 Audley Rd. N.) 905-427-2468
Become a Lifeguard / Instructor

Are you looking to complete the final steps toward becoming a certified lifeguard?

In addition to certification, aquatic leadership programs teach teamwork, self-confidence, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

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Space is limited! Don’t miss out!

 Leadership Information Packages

Thinking about a future part time career in aquatics? Get prepared now! Read through the leadership packages below to see if it’s right for you. The opportunity to work in aquatics, while developing leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving skills will set youth on a path to success.

 Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross

The Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross programs are the first step to becoming a lifeguard. This information package has useful information to prepare you for exactly what to expect when enrolled in these courses.

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First Aid

Knowing how to assist others in a medical emergency is a life skill that everyone should have. Through the Emergency First Aid and Standard First Aid programs you’ll learn many skills that can be used in your day to day life in the event of an emergency. This information package has useful information to prepare you for exactly what to expect when enrolled in this course.

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 National Lifeguard

Have you ever thought about becoming a lifeguard? The National Lifeguard program will get you there! The program emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and communication in the prevention of accidents and in first aid treatment of medical emergencies. This information package has useful information to prepare you for exactly what to expect when enrolled in this course.

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 Red Cross Water Safety Instructor

Have you ever thought about becoming a swim instructor? The Red Cross Water Safety Instructor program will get you there! Through techniques like physical manipulation, demonstration, verbal & written feedback, etc. candidates learn how to be a well-rounded and effective instructor. This information package has useful information to prepare you for exactly what to expect when enrolled in this course. 

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How to Prepare for a Wet/Dry Aquatic Interview

Applications are submitted online to open job postings on our Careers page. Applicants who meet the required qualifications will be contacted with information regarding the interview process.

We look forward to meeting you!

Wet Interview

The Wet Interview is the first step in our hiring process. Applicants should be prepared to demonstrate a wide variety of skills from applicable aquatic leadership courses (ex. National Lifeguard and Red Cross Water Safety Instructor).

The Wet Interview can evaluate: emergency situations, resuscitation skills, spinal management, instructional skills and a water safety skill or activity. You will also be required to do the National Lifeguard time swim which is 16 lengths in 10 minutes as well as the National Lifeguard under water swim which is 15m. 

Applicants must be prepared to perform any or all of the items listed above as well as additional skills. Candidates who cannot perform these skills will not proceed to the next steps in recruitment.

     

 The Interview
  •  Interviews typically last 3-4 hours.
  • You will be asked to come prepared with your swimsuit, whistle, and current qualifications.
  • The interview is an opportunity for you to showcase your knowledge, judgement and response to emergency situations.
  • The interview will take place in small groups and stations.
 Tips to Help Prepare For Your Wet Interview
  • Ensure you check your email regularly for communication about your interview.
  • Confirmation of attendance prior to the stated deadline is required in order to participate.
  • Practice your physical skills regularly for optimal performance.
  • Review aquatic leadership course information.
  • Arrive on time (or early) so that you have time to check in and prepare yourself before the interview begins.
  • Be confident in the skills you have learned and developed throughout your aquatic leadership courses.
 Dry Interview

When you successfully pass your wet interview you will be invited to a dry interview. 

The dry interview gives you the opportunity to share your strengths and accomplishments with us.

We already know that you have your aquatic qualifications so be prepared to tell us how you are involved in your school and your community and we look forward to hearing about the extra circular activities you are in involved in. 

Tips to Help Prepare For Your Dry Interview
  • Prepare for Interview Questions
    • Review the job posting. Many of the questions asked will be directly related to the skills, knowledge & experiences required in the job posting.
    • Prepare some examples of times you employed these skills successfully, which led to a positive outcome.
    • Prepare for a variety of questions and answers.
  • Make Yourself Comfortable During the Interview - For some of you this might be your first interview and it is normal to be nervous. Take a deep breath and try to relax once you enter the room and get seated. Most interviews are about 20 minutes in length.
  • Be Yourself - We want to capture everything you say so please know that some of us will be writing while you are speaking. We are still listening so please tell us all about yourself. Share job experiences, school achievements, clubs or sports and what you are involved with outside of school.
    • When answering questions, it is critical to give as much relevant detail as possible. This is your best chance to highlight your skills, knowledge and contributions, so be sure to take advantage of it.
    • Take your time, consider the question & gather your thoughts before answering.
    • Do not hesitate to ask for clarification. The goal of the interview is to learn as much about you as possible. If you don’t understand the question, or would like to hear it again, just ask.
Pool Policies and Swim Memberships
Pool Policies
 Admission Standards

 STOP!

  • Children 3yrs & under are admitted free and must be accompanied by a paying adult/guardian.
  • Children 6yrs & under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. Maximum of 2 children per adult/guardian. Please supervise children at all times (at arm’s reach) in the water.

CAUTION!

  • Children 7-9yrs who cannot pass the swim test must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. Maximum 4 children per adult/guardian. Adults/ guardians must be in a bathing suit, in the water and able to assist the child if needed (at arm’s reach). Patrons who are 48” tall (ACC only) and able to swim 2 widths of the pool may be admitted to the swimming pool without supervision, however an adult/guardian must be on the premises at all times.

OK!

  • Children 10yrs & older are permitted to swim alone without an adult/guardian on the premises. ACC only - If a child is not 48” tall they must pass the swim test to swim alone.
  • All patrons entering the pool area are required to pay admission.
  • A guardian must be at least 14yrs of age in order to supervise a swimmer under the age of 10.
Facility Swim Test

To successfully pass the Facility Swim Test individuals must demonstrate:

  • ability to swim 2 STRONG widths of front swim with face in the water
  • continuous movement
  • horizontal body position near the surface of the water

To swim in the deep end, swimmers must perform the Facility Swim Test without any signs of struggle. Please Note: If patron safety appears to be compromised in any way a lifeguard will reassess access to the deep end. 

Successful completion of the Facility Swim Test is at the lifeguards’ discretion.  

 Swimsuit Policy

All swimmers entering the pool must change from street clothes into an appropriate lined swimsuit that is suitable for a public family environment.

In addition to wearing a swimsuit and for those wishing to cover up, the following options may also apply - shorts, long or short-sleeved t-shirt, shorts or tight fitted leggings over the swimsuit.

All clothing worn must be clean.

Clothing must allow the patron to participate safely in the pool.

No street clothes, shoes, bathing suits with zippers/metal pieces or undergarments. Swimming attire is subject to approval by the lifeguard on duty.

General Health and Safety Rules

  • Shower with soap and water before swimming.
  • In order to swim in the deep end, you must be able to complete the facility swim test during each visit at the discretion of the lifeguard. For an outline of the facility swim test requirements please see below.
  • Infant seats and strollers are not permitted on the pool deck.
  • Disposable diapers are NOT permitted in our pools. Please have children wear swim pants or appropriate attire.  These can be purchased at the Customer Service Desk.
  • Children must be toilet trained to use the spa (hot tub).
  • Children under the age of 14 years are not permitted in the spa (hot tub) unless supervised by a person 16 years of age or older.
  • In order to enter the sauna patrons need to be at least 16 years old. Anyone under the age of 16 must be directly supervised by their parent/guardian.
  • People with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible for their direct supervision.
  • Persons with open sores or a communicable disease will not be admitted to any aquatic program unless a medical certificate is provided.
  • Coaching or teaching during recreational swim is limited to programs provided by the Town of Ajax.
  • Due to safety concerns inflatables are not permitted in the pool.

Photography/Cell Phone Policy 

Photos/videos may be taken of your own family.  Permission to take photographs must be granted by a facility manager or pool supervisor prior to taking any photographs/videos. Please visit the Customer Service Desk to speak with a manager or on deck supervisor regarding your request. Underwater photography is not permitted.

The use of cell phones/electronic devices/cameras/GoPros is prohibited in all change/dressing rooms, washrooms and saunas. 

Swim Memberships
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Pool Parties and Rentals

Make a splash at your child's next birthday party with a pool party at either the McLean Community Centre or Audley Recreation Centre! 

Not just for birthday parties! A fun way to enjoy team building, family reunions and other special days!

Pool parties/rentals are available at the McLean Community Centre (MCC) and Audley Recreation Centre (ARC):

MCCARC

Saturday - 12:10 to 1:10 p.m.

Sunday - 5-6 p.m.

MCC slide is closed for the remainder of 2022 with a planned re-opening in Spring 2023.

Saturday - 5 to 6 p.m.

Sunday - 12:10 to 1:10 p.m.

Pool toys and floatation devices are available.  Lifeguards are included in rental fee. Pool admission policy and age guidelines apply. Suitable for families. 

To check availability and book a pool party email ActiveAjax@ajax.ca or call:

  • Audley Recreation Centre - 905-427-2468
  • McLean Community Centre - 905-428-7711
 Two Party Packages For Your Convenience
Splash PackageWave Package 
  • up to 50 people
  • Rate - $220.90
  • 51 to 100 people
  • Rate - $241.80

 

Packages include:
  • 1 hour rental of the pool, change rooms,
    lifeguards, life jackets and pool toys

Packages do not include:
  • Applicable taxes
  • Mandatory insurance (all functions booked in Town of Ajax facilities require commercial general liability insurance; rates vary and will be determined at time of booking)
Additional Information:
  • Add a 4 hour room rental to your party at a reduced fee
  • At the McLean Community Centre location, add:
    • whirlpool - extra $20.90
  • Bookings are subject to facility availability
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Some rental conditions and all pool policies apply