Bright colours, palm trees, skylights and large picture windows, makes your trip to Lyle Hallman Pool a mini vacation.

We offer swimming lessons for all ages, weekly classes, lane and recreational swimming.

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. 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: 600 Heritage Drive

Phone number: 519-741-2670


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 Heritage Drive.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 23 stops on Ottawa Street North near Lyle Hallman Pool. 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 Lyle Hallman 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 swim program descriptions page to learn about each level and type of lesson.

Register for swimming lessons on ActiveNet. On ActiveNet, look for the facility name Grand River Recreation Complex to register for programs at Lyle Hallman.

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
7 years or older, who have passed level H

Swimming programs

We offer these swimming programs:

  • adult swim
  • aqua cardio – deep water
  • aqua cardio – shallow water
  • aqua strength
  • family swim
  • lane swim
  • swirl swim

Check our swim program descriptions page to learn more about a specific program.

Find upcoming swimming programs and register a program on ActiveNet. On ActiveNet, look for the facility name Grand River Recreation Complex to register for programs at Lyle Hallman.

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.


In the neighbourhood

Lyle Hallman Pool is a part of Grand River Recreational Complex.

Grand River Stanley Park Community Library is located at 175 Indian Road and the Grand River Arena is located at 555 Heritage Drive. You need to cross Heritage Drive to get to the library and arena from Lyle Hallman Pool.

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