Breithaupt Centre is home to a 25-yard pool, warm water pool, gym, meeting rooms, snack bar and more. We offer swimming lessons, aquafit classes, lane swims, recreational swims and more activities for the whole family.

Find a program

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Contact information
  3. Hours
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Swimming lessons
  6. Swimming programs
  7. Swimming fees
  8. Swim admission guidelines
  9. Register for a program
  10. In the neighbourhood

COVID-19 updates

All City of Kitchener pools are closed for public use

Ontario is in a state of emergency and under a stay-at-home order. This is in addition to the current provincewide shutdown.

Program participants will receive a full refund for classes missed during the shutdown period. Payments made by credit card will be refunded to the same card, where possible. All other customers will receive a credit to their account.

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how city services are affected.


Contact information

Address: 350 Margaret Avenue

Phone number: 519-741-2502

Email Breithaupt Centre


Hours

All City of Kitchener pools are closed due to the provincewide shutdown. Please subscribe to this page to get an email when we post an update.


Parking and transit

Free parking is available off Margaret Avenue.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 4 stops on Margaret Avenue in front of Breithaupt Centre. Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.

GRT no longer offers paper bus tickets. Fare payment information is available on their website.

Bike racks are available at Breithaupt Centre Pool.


Swimming lessons

You can register for summer swimming lessons on these days:

  • July lessons: June 15
  • August lessons: July 6

On both days, registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Register on ActiveNet.

Due to COVID-19, we've made these changes to our Learn to Swim lessons:

  • only four students per class
  • adults must join children up to level H
  • some levels are combined to offer more options
  • all lessons, except for the infant and toddler programs, will last for 45 minutes

Use the accordions below to find swimming lessons for each member of your family. Check our swimming lessons page to learn about each level and type of lesson.

Register for swimming lessons or other programs on ActiveNet.

Babies and toddlers
  • adult and tot
  • adult and tot advanced
  • toddler program
Children and pre-teens
  • level 1
  • level 2
  • level 3
  • level I
  • level J
  • level K
  • level L
  • level M
  • level N
Private
  • private swimming lessons
  • semi-private swimming lessons
Lifeguarding and leadership
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • National Lifeguard
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Swim Instructor
  • lifesaving instructor
  • standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • recertifications

Swimming programs

We offer these swimming programs:

  • adult swim
  • Aquafit - cardio, stretch and strength, AquaBility
  • family swim
  • lane swim

Check our swimming programs page to learn more about a specific program.

Find upcoming swimming programs and register a program on ActiveNet.


Swimming fees

Adult

  • single: $6
  • 5 tickets: $28.25
  • 20 tickets: $111.85
  • 60 tickets: $321.10

Child (0-17) and senior (55+) 

  • single: $4
  • 5 tickets: $18.50
  • 20 tickets: $70.35
  • 60 tickets: $200

Family

  • single family admission: $13.65
  • 5 family admission tickets: $60.25
Apply for lower fees
Through our leisure access program, you can apply for lower fees for city-run programs. Find out if you're eligible and learn how to apply on our leisure access page.

Get leisure support

If you or your child has a disability, you can apply for an inclusion membership to get leisure support. Support can include personal assistance for leisure activities (PAL).


Swim admission guidelines

  • 0-6 years: must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times, including if swim test has been passed (2:1 ratio)
  • 7-9 years: may swim alone if they pass the swim test, if not they must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times (3:1 ratio)
  • 10+ years: may swim alone
  • 12+ years: may supervise other swimmers (see ratios above)
  • deep end swimmers: All swimmers must pass the swim test to enter the deep end. Swimmers of any age may be asked to complete the swim test at the discretion of the lifeguards.

To pass the swim test, swimmers must be able to comfortably perform a recognizable stroke on their front for a minimum of 15 meters with the ability to put their face in the water and take at least one (1) breath without putting their feet on the bottom of the pool.

Children ages 7-9 who successfully complete the test, or have completed Level H, will receive a Swim Test Card. Swim test cards must be presented prior to admission to a recreational swim.

Forgot your Swim Test Card? You will be required to complete another swim test.


Breithaupt Centre

Breithaupt Centre offers programs for the whole family, including:

Learn more on our Breithaupt Centre page or register on ActiveNet.


In the neighbourhood

Breithaupt Centre Pool is a part of Breithaupt Centre.

Breithaupt Park has a splashpad, located at 775 Union Street. You need to cross Union Street to get to the splashpad from Breithaupt Centre.

Breithaupt Park also has three baseball diamonds, which you can book for private use. Check our field conditions page to see if the diamonds are open.