Visit Harry Class during the summer to get out of the heat. We offer swimming lessons, as well as daily family and lane swims.

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. Weather policy
  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: 45 Woodside Avenue

Phone number: 519-741-2200 ext. 3481


Open only in the summer. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we open for the season.

Parking and transit

Free parking is available off Highland Road East. There is also on-street parking on Woodside Avenue.

These Grand River Transit (GRT) routes stop near Harry Class outdoor pool:

Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.

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

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

Register for swimming lessons or other programs on ActiveNet.

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.

Children and pre-teens
  • level 1
  • level 2
  • level 3
  • level I
  • level J
  • level K
  • level L
  • level M
  • level N
  • 7 years or older, who have passed level H (or level 3)
 Lifeguarding and leadership
  • Bronze Star
  • Bronze Medallion
  • Bronze Cross
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Swim Instructor
  • Lifesaving instructor

Swimming programs

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Swimming fees


  • 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


  • 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.

Weather policy

For your safety, we close the pool if any of the following conditions occur:

  • temperatures drop below 15°C
  • heavy rainfall
  • lightening or thunder

If in doubt, give us a call 519-741-2200 ext. 3481 to see if we are open.

In the neighbourhood

Harry Class outdoor pool is a part of Woodside Park.

Woodside Park also has two full-sized, FIFA quality, artificial turf multi-use sportsfields, which you can book for private use. Check our field conditions page to see if the sportsfields are open.