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Want to know what is happening at the Hanover Aquatic Centre? Find Pool Schedule, Admission, Swim Lessons, Swim Programs & Advance Courses below.


Summer Aquatic Registered Programs Cancellation Notice (email & website)

The Town of Hanover has cancelled all of our summer 2020 registered aquatic programs (ie swim lessons, aquatic fitness programs) in the format that was promoted online and in our Summer 2020 Guide.  With the recent announcement that pools can re-open, please note the following.  The Town of Hanover is taking a strategic and cautious response to re-opening with the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  This response includes the development, implementation and training of various processes and procedures to ensure a safe and positive re-opening for patrons and staff. As restrictions from the Province and local Public Health are lifted, Parks, Recreation & Culture staff will consider opportunity for redesigned or modified programs and rentals where possible.  Our re-opening plans are being developed in collaboration with our Joint Health and Safety Committee.  Community members will be informed of re-opening plans as they transpire.  You are encouraged to check www.hanover.ca regularly for updates.

 For those registered in 2020 summer lesson program, withdrawals will automatically be processed and credit applied to  your respective Hanover online account to be used for future program registration.  Should you want a refund, please contact Lyndsay Regier at lregier@hanover.ca


P & H Centre Closed Until Further Notice

The Town is monitoring the evolving information provided by the local Health Unit, health professionals, our neighbouring municipalities and emergency management team in an effort to respond accordingly to the COVID-19 situation.   At this time, the Town has made the following decision in order to ensure the safety of our staff and customers at our facility and programs.

 P & H Centre

  • Closed effective Fri. March 13 until further notice.
  • All registered and drop in programs and facility rentals are cancelled.

For updates and information regarding Town service status relative to COVID-19, please go to www.hanover.ca

We apologize for all inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your continued patience in these challenging times. 


Water Smart Activity Sheets 

7 & Under Activity Sheets

8 & Up Activity Sheets 

Pool Admission Standards

Children under 10 years who are non-swimmers MUST be accompanied by an individual who is 14 years or older and responsible for their direct supervision. Maximum ratio 2:1. Children who are 8 & 9 years that are strong swimmers may take the facility swim test to determine if they can enter the pool by themselves. Children 7 years & under MUST be accompanied by an individual 14 years or older. (Public Pools Regulation, Under the Health Protection and Promotion Act Reg. 565 s.17.21 and Lifesaving Society's Guide to Ontario Public Pools Regulations, Section 17. updated July 2018)

For more details about the swim admission click here.






Preschool (Under 4 years) $3.75 $31.88 $60.00 $113.11 $183.00
Student (5 to 17 years) $4.75 $40.38 $76.00 $174.64 $277.98
Senior (65+ years)  $4.75 $40.38 $76.00 $174.64 $277.98
Adult (18 years & older) $5.50 $46.75 $88.00 $216.56 $363.18
Aquafit $6.75 $60.75 $121.50 $216.56 $363.18
Family (same household, max. 5) $12.25 $104.13 $196.00 $374.48 $609.07
Additional Family Members $2.50 each HST included where applicable    
6 MONTH PASS INCLUDES: Admission to any public swim program listed above - valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
Admission to any public swim program listed above plus shinny and 10% off Hanover Parks, Recreation & Culture program registration fees - valid for 1 year from date of purchase.


Code of Behaviour

The Town of Hanover endeavours to provide the highest level of safety and enjoyment to all participants and staff members for the duration of its programs. The guidelines have been developed to ensure that all involved are aware of acceptable behaviour. Course language, physical and aggressive behaviour, inappropriate or uncooperative behaviour will be recorded, reported and may result in removal from the program and/or facility.


LANE SWIM | Main pool, swirlpool & sauna. Swim in a loop in a slow, medium or fast lane.   
AQUAFIT | Drop In Classes. 45 Minute Classes with 15 minutes at end to enjoy sauna and swirlpool. | Circuit classes, No instructor. 
AQUA MOTION | Drop In Classes. 45 Minute Classes with 15 minutes at end to enjoy sauna and swirlpool.
ADULT & TOT | Wading pool play time for 6 yrs & under with adult. Toddlers must wear a swim diaper in the pool. Regular diapers are not recommended. Swim diapers are available at the customer service desk for $2.50 each. No more than 2 children per adult.
PUBLIC SWIM | Entire pool. 
FAMILY SWIM | Entire pool. | Children under 18 must be accompanied into the pool by an adult. 
ADULT/SENIOR | Main pool, swirlpool, sauna.  *One lane available for leisure swim only.*
Coin lockers are available - 25 or 50 cents. Please lock your belongings.

Schedule Changes:  



We are excited to offer you the ability to easily and securely view and purchase programs, memberships and passes online!  

Our Online Registration System is:
Fast! No more line ups.
Easy! Memberships are just a few clicks away.
Timely! With anytime, around the clock access.
Convenient! Purchase from the comfort of your home.
Secure! Your account information remains private.

Create your Account Online or Register Now 

269 7th Avenue Hanover, ON N4N 2H5


If a class was filled when you are registering, you can be placed on a waitlist for the class. If a spot becomes available you will be contacted by phone or email to register. 

Class Transfers

You can switch classes prior to lesson #2, if there is space available.

We are offering Lifesaving Society Lessons.  While the names of our classes are changing, our commitment to providing excellent instruction remains the same.  Please see the chart below to identify which level your child should register in for the upcoming season.

Swim Lessons Prescreen

What level should you register in? Staff members will evaluate your child’s swimming abilities and recommend the appropriate level. Call 519.364.2310 x 2121 to arrange a time.


Please note the previous Red Cross Program name is in brackets below.

PARENT & TOT 1  (Starfish) 4 - 12 months. With a caregiver the child will explore the water through buoyancy, movement skills, introduction to PFD’s and entries. Learn how to help your child play in the water with comfort and confidence. 
PARENT & TOT 2  (Duck) 12 - 24 months. With a caregiver the child will perform assisted front and back floats, learn how to travel at the surface by kicking, introduction to PFD’s and entries. This level teaches children to get their face wet and blow bubbles.
PARENT & TOT 3  (Turtle) 2 - 3 years. With a caregiver the child will have fun jumping into the water with assistance. They learn to hold their breath and open their eyes under water. Kicking on front and back provide the building blocks for orientation and stroke development.
PRESCHOOL A1  (Sea Otter 1) 3 - 5 years. Parents to accompany child into the water for the first 5 classes. Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and back glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1 - 2 m assisted.
PRESCHOOL A2  (Sea Otter 2) 3 - 5 Years. Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and back glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1 - 2 m unassisted.
PRESCHOOL B  (Salamander) 3 - 5 years. Preschoolers jump into chest-deep water and get in and get out wearing a PFD. They submerge and exhale under water. They glide on front and back 3m and with a buoyant aid will flutter kick on back 5 m. Fitness swim 2-4m unassisted.
PRESCHOOL C  (Sunfish) 3 - 5 years. Preschoolers try both a jump and a side roll into deep water while wearing a PFD. They recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They work on kicking and gliding through the water on front and back unassisted. Fitness swim 5 - 7 m unassisted.
PRESCHOOL D  (Crocodile) 3 - 5 years. Preschoolers learn independent jumps into deep water and exit. They open their eyes under water and recover objects from chest-deep water. Front crawl is introduced at this level and for 2-3m unassisted. Fitness swim is 7- 9 m unassisted.
PRESCHOOL E  (Whale) 3 - 5 years. Preschoolers build on deep water skills by demonstrating a forward roll entry with a PFD. They develop endurance by holding their breath under water for up to 10 sec. Interval training and whip kick is introduced at this level. Fitness swim 10-12m.
BEGINNER 1 6 - 8 years. This is an introductory class for children aged 6 to 8 with little or no experience in the water. Participants will learn head and face submersion, front/back and side swim (assisted). The swim instructor works to ensure that the participants become confortable int the water and have fun developing a basic foundation of water skills. 
SWIMMER 1  (SWIM KIDS 1) 6+ years. Beginners become comfortable jumping into water with and without a personal flotation device. They open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They work on floats, glides and kicking on front and back.
SWIMMER 2  (SWIM KIDS 2 & 3) 6+ years. Advanced beginners jump into deeper water, and become comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a personal flotation device. Swimmers support themselves at the surface without an aid, recover an object in chest-deep water. Fitness swim is 10- 15m.
SWIMMER 3  (SWIM KIDS 4) 6+ years. Swimmers develop front and back crawl strokes, and explore whip kick in a vertical position. Swimmers tread water for up to 30 sec and learn to transition from front to back flutter kick. Fitness swim is 20- 25m.
SWIMMER 4  (SWIM KIDS 5) 6+ years. Swimmers work towards stride dives and standing dives into deep water. They improve the front crawl, back crawl and whip kick. Swimmers are introduced to a 3m underwater swim. Fitness swim is 50m.
SWIMMER 5  (SWIM KIDS 6) 6+ years. Junior swimmers shallow dive into deep water and perform in-water back somersaults. They achieve the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard: roll into deep water, tread 1 min and swim 50m. Swimmers continue to develop front and back crawl while breaststroke skills are introduced. Fitness swim is 100m.
SWIMMER 6  (SWIM KIDS 7) 6+ years. Intermediate swimmers increase efficiency in front crawl, back crawl, and work to develop breaststroke skills. They are introduced to stride entries, scissor kick and vertical dolphin kick. They also develop strength and power by performing front and back crawl sprints. Fitness swim is 150m.
SWIMMER 7  (SWIM KIDS 8) 6+ years. Intermediate swimmers master dolphin kick, diving off of blocks and eggbeater. They are introduced to sculling and continue to maximize efficiency in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 300m.
SWIMMER 8  (SWIM KIDS 9) 8+ years. Swimmers rise to the challenge of advanced aquatic skills including head and foot first surface dives and a 25m obstacle swim. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding. They swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 350m.
SWIMMER 9  (SWIM KIDS 10) 8+ years. Swimmers continue stroke development with 75m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke. Lifesaving skills include a rescue with a buoyant aid and a timed object support. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Fitness swim is 500m.
SWIMMER 10 8+ years. Advanced Swimmers develop each stroke over 100m. They also learn lifesaving skills such as entries with aids, and removal of unconscious victims. First aid focuses on treatment of victims with bone and joint injuries, and respiratory emergencies. Swimming drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation. Fitness swim is 600m. 



Stroke Correction

Struggling with a specific swimming stroke? Join us and work on a variety of drill-type exercises to improve  your strokes. *Swimmer 4 and up. Must be currently enrolled in swim lessons. 

NEW!! Aqua Float

The hottest trend in water aerobics is here! Aqua Float (formerly FloatFit) helps build balance, core strength and over all fitness in all participants. Best of all, it's FUN! Exercises are performed in a circuit style class with controlled work and rest periods to give you an effective workout. Our instructors will demonstrate and help modify exercises to best suit your fitness level. NOTE: Participants must be comfortable in the water. It is possible to fall off of your AquaBase. You will have to enter the water to get to your AquaBase. (Registration is required)


NEW!! Aqua Jog 

Come and get your jog on in our NEW Aqua Jog fitness class! Participants wearing a belt are tethered to a lane rope engaging in cardiovascular, resistance and endurance exercises. This program uses a variety of moves and equipment to use the water as a training tool with a low impact movements. Participants looking to try out aqua fitness for the first time, long time aquafit participants, athletes looking to cross train and those in between are all welcome to participate! Our instructors will demonstrate and help modify exercise to best suit your fitness level. NOTE: Shallow and deep tethering spots available. 



Course & Description 
Bronze Star | Basic First Aid | CPR-A
Bronze Star is the pre-bronze medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants work on problem solving, decision making skills and develop water smart confidence. They learn CPR and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.Prerequisite: Able to swim 100m, recommended 12 years of age. This award is a definite asset for those who have not reached the minimum age for Bronze Medallion.
Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B
This course develops physical fitness, decision making and judgment skills for water rescue. Spinal injury management techniques are also covered.Prerequisite: 13 years of age (prior to exam) or Bronze Star award
Bronze Cross | CPR-C | Standard First Aid
This course teaches the difference between lifesaving and lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and the use of special equipment. Spinal injury management techniques are also covered. 100% Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B
Assistant Swim Instructor with High Five
Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving skills. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants including the principles of healthy child development are emphasized. Candidates must complete 18 apprenticeship hours during the course. 100% Attendance is mandatory. Prerequisite: 14 years of age, Bronze Cross. 

Swim & Lifesaving Instructor
This course prepares you to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Program, as well as the Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze Medal programs. Successful candidates will receive three certification cards: Swim for Life Instructor, Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Candidates will acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, lifesaving skills and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. 100% Attendance is mandatory.Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Assistant Swim Instructor & 16 years of age by the end of the course.

Pre - NL
This course is for swimmers who have completed Bronze Cross and are waiting to take their National Lifeguard (NL). This course will reinforce the water rescue skills learned in Bronze Cross and introduce the new skills that will be part of the NL program. The candidates will work in pairs as well as individuals in preparation for the next course.Prerequisite: Bronze Cross & age 14+.

National Lifeguard (NL)
This intensive 40-hour course will train candidates in advanced water rescue, emergency care and aquatic supervision. Emphasis will be on accident prevention, leadership, teamwork and communication. NL is the standard lifeguarding certification across Canada.100% attendance is mandatory to complete the course. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross (need not be current), 16 years of age by the end of the course. Must hold a valid Standard First Aid certificate to register in the course.

National Lifeguard Recertification
Lifeguards are legally required to re-certify their qualifications every two years. This clinic will update lifeguards on the latest developments in training techniques and statistical research.

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Recertification 
Recertification candidates must hold an original Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid to be able to recertify.