Breithaupt Centre Pool

Suburbs

Select pools are open

Breithaupt, Lyle Hallman and Forest Heights indoor pools are open. Read more. Visit the page for each pool to see the registered swim times and lessons that are currently being offered. Visitors must limit their pool visits to a maximum of 90 minutes. This time includes pre and post swim time.

The Region of Waterloo passed a bylaw requiring the wearing of face coverings in enclosed public spaces that is now in effect. You can learn more about the bylaw and what it means for you on the Region of Waterloo site.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 27, the Province has provided updated guidance on the limits for recreation facilities and community centres. These changes include:

  • Indoor capacity of 10 program participants per room/space, provided physical distancing can be maintained. 
  • Aquatics classes are limited to 10 participants per class. If physical distancing can be maintained and total pool capacity remains below 30%, more than one class may be in the pool at a time.

Read more about these and additional changes.


Breithaupt pool is open

Residents can expect some changes during their visit due to physical distancing and health and safety requirements. Breithaupt 25 yard pool and warm water pool will be open. Other programs and amenities at Breithaupt Centre will remain closed at this time.

Registration and payment

  • Registration is required before visiting Breithaupt pool.
  • Registration is available up to 7 days in advance.
  • Register now on ActiveNet. If you do not have an ActiveNet account, you will have to create one before registering. 

Important information about your visit

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18+ who will be responsible for ensuring physical distancing for members of their group.

Temporary safety measures are in place to comply with Waterloo region Public health guidelines.

  • Access to showers, change space, washrooms, hair dryers and drinking fountains will be limited during your visit.
  • Where possible shower at home before and after your visit.
  • Come dressed for bathing.
  • Lockers will not be available. Bring a bag for your belongings while in the pool. You will be directed to bring your belongings to designated areas on the pool deck.
  • Pool equipment will be limited. If you need equipment for support or training purposes, please bring it from home. Pool toys will not be permitted.
  • Some amenities will remain closed including slides and diving board.
  • Pool programs at reopening will be lane swims, aquafitness, adult swims and family swims.
  • Please respect the signage and directions from staff.

Swimming schedule

Lane swim (daily in 25 yard pool)

  • 8 to 8:50 a.m. (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
  • 10 to 10:50 a.m. (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • 1 to 1:50 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 2 to 2:50 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 3 to 3:50 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • 4 to 4:45 p.m. (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)
  • 8 to 8:50 p.m. (Monday and Wednesday)

Aquafitness (daily)

  • 8 to 8:45 a.m. Aqua Cardio (25 yard pool, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
  • 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Aqua Strength (warm water pool, Monday - Friday)
  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. Aqua Cardio (25 yard pool, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays)
  • 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Aqua Stretch (warm water pool, Monday - Friday)
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Aqua Strength (warm water pool, Monday - Friday)
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Aqua Strength (warm water pool, Sundays only)
  • 1 to 1:45 p.m. Aqua Cardio (25 yard pool, Monday - Friday)
  • 2 to 2:45 p.m. Aqua Cardio (25 yard pool, Monday to Friday)
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Aqua Strength (warm water pool, Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • 8:15 to 9 p.m. Aqua Cardio (25 yard pool, Tuesdays and Thursdays) 

Adult swim (daily in warm water pool)

Must be 18+ to attend

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m (Monday - Friday)
  • 11 a.m. to noon (Sundays only)
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • 4 to 5 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays only)

Family swim (daily)

Max 2 adults and children from their family or household

  • 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. (warm water pool Monday - Friday)
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m (warm water pool Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. (warm water pool Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 3 to 3:50 p.m. (25 yard pool Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 4 to 4:50 p.m. (25 yard pool Saturdays and Sundays only)
  • 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. (warm water pool Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Swimming fees

Adult: $6

Child or senior: $4

Family (max. 2 adults and children from their family or household): $13.65

 

Hours of operation (open year-round)

Day Time
Monday to Thursday  8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday to Sunday  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swimming lessons

Registration for Fall lessons is now open through ActiveNet.

The 'Learn To Swim' programming returns for Fall with three blocks of four week sessions being offered at Breithaupt Pool from September to December. Each session will consist of one lesson per week, for four consecutive weeks. Session 1 will begin during the last two weeks of September and registration is now open through ActiveNet. Sessions 2 and 3 will follow in November and December, with registration expected to open for both on Oct 5.  

Changes to the 'Learn To Swim' programing include:

  • All class capacity will be set to 4
  • Parents must provide in water support for their child up to successful completion of level H
  • Some levels are combined to offer greater options
  • All lessons, except for the infant and toddler programs, will last 45 minutes
  • Three, four-week sessions will begin in September and run to December, unless otherwise notified

 

 

'Learn To Swim' - swimming level descriptions
New for 2020: Due to physical distancing requirements between instructors and children, parents or caregivers will be required to provide in water support for certain levels. See the descriptions below for more information.

Class Capacity: refers to the number of swimmers permitted with one instructor.

Objective: refers to the goal of the level.

Level Highlights: refers to some of the new skills introduced in this level.


Private Lessons

Children that cannot pass the facility swim test (comfortably perform a recognizable stroke on their front for a minimum of 15m without touching the bottom, while demonstrating the ability to take their head in and out of the water to breathe) will require in-water support from a parent/guardian. If in doubt, please come prepared to swim for the first lesson 

  • Appropriate for all skill levels
  • Age: Any
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Class Capacity: private and semi-private lessons available. For semi-private lessons, both children must be at similar skill level and part of the same family/social bubble
  • Objective: Let us know your goals! We can tailor the lessons just for you, or follow our City of Kitchener 'Learn to Swim' program
Adult and Tot/Adult and Tot Advanced

Age: 9 months – 30 months

Time: 30 min

Class Capacity: 4 (parent/caregiver participation required)

Objective: Building foundation swimming skills with parent through playful water discovery and introducing safe play in water with parent.

Level Highlights:

  • Entries and exits with assistance from parent/caregiver
  • Child voluntarily puts face in water
  • Child pushes off ledge or steps into water to parent/caregiver
  • Submersion with assistance from parent/caregiver

Toddler Program

Appropriate for swimmers previously in levels 'Tots and Sometimes Me' and 'Supertots'

Age: 2-3 years

Time: 30 min

Class capacity: 4 (parent/caregiver participation required)

Objective: Developing independence with instructor/facility while building foundation swimming skills through playful water discovery.

Level Highlights:

  • Vertical movement through water without assistance
  • Blow bubbles, unassisted
Level 1

Appropriate for swimmers previously in levels B, C, D, Level 1

Age: 3 years and older

Time: 45 min

Class capacity: 4 (parent/caregiver participation required)

Objective: Swimmers will learn how to submerge, float, glide on front and back, and jump into chest deep water.

Level Highlights:

  • Front/back float
  • Glides
  • Jump into chest deep water, unassisted
Level 2

Appropriate for swimmers previously in levels E, F, Level 2

Age: 4 years and older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4 (parent/caregiver participation required)

Objective: Swimmers will learn how to use forward underwater propulsive movement with arms

Level Highlights:

  • Front crawl
  • Back crawl
  • Eggbeater
  • Whip kick
  • 5 m and 10 m distance swim
Level 3

Appropriate for swimmers previously in levels G, H, Level 3

Age: 6 years and older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4 (parent/caregiver participation required)

Objective: Swimmers will develop confidence and independence in the water, swimmer will be introduced to deep water

Level Highlights:

  • Front crawl with side breathing
  • Side glide with arms
  • Whip kick on back
  • Breaststroke
  • Sitting dive entry
  • 15 m and 25 m distance swim
Level I

Age: 7 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will focus on stroke fundamentals.

Level Highlights:

  • Elementary backstroke
  • Dolphin kick
  • Entries: kneeling dive, forward roll
  • 50 m distance swim
Level J

Age: 7 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will focus on stroke efficiency.

Level Highlights:

  • Sidestroke with scissor kick
  • Dive
  • Foot first surface dive
  • 75 m distance swim
Level K

Age: 8 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will develop strokes for lifelong training.

Level Highlights:

  • Butterfly
  • Eggbeater travelling backward with object
  • 150 m distance swim in 6 min
Level L

Age: 9 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will develop stroke endurance and water rescue skills.

Level Highlights:

  • Developing strokes for lifelong training
  • 250 m distance swim in 8 min
  • 25 m sprint in 40 sec
Level M

Age: 9 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will improve stroke endurance and water rescue skills.

Level Highlights:

  • Developing strokes for lifelong training
  • 400 m distance swim
Level N

Age: 10 years or older

Time: 45 min

Class Capacity: 4

Objective: Swimmer will review all strokes for proficiency and endurance.

Level Highlights:

  • 4.5 kg (10 lb) object support for 2 min
  • Timed swim: 350 m in 10 min
  • 50 m sprint in 50 sec 

 

 

 

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.

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