Swim Lessons, Swim Programs & Advanced Courses below.
The Town of Hanover's first priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, staff and the visitors to our community. As a result of Premier Ford's announcement on April 1st regarding a province wide shutdown, the P & H Centre will be closed as of Saturday, April 3 until further notice. Vaccination clinic dates and hours will run as scheduled.
Pool Membership Holders
Those who have active pool memberships at this time will be placed on hold. Further communication will occur directly with membership holders as updated information becomes available.
Town of Hanover & COVID-19
Assumption of Risk
Hanover, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health, continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
Users of Hanover’s parks, recreation and culture facilities such as the P & H Centre are reminded that when you attend these facilities as a participant, spectator or patron you assume risk when in our facility. An inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.
By visiting any publicly accessible facility such as the P & H Centre you voluntarily assume all risks including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease, including COVID-19.
We remind you to follow the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines being recommended by various Canadian health authorities, including the Grey Bruce Public Health, Ontario Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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The Town of Hanover's first priority continues to be the health and safety of our residents, staff and the visitors to our community. As a result of Prenier Ford's ammouncement on April 1st regarding a province wide shutdown, the P & H Centre will be closed as of Saturday, April 3 until further notice. Vaccination clinic dates and hours will run as scheduled.
Please delay your visit if you:
- Have a fever, new cough, shortness of breath or a combination of muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, or runny nose.
- Have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
- Have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
- To register go to hanover.ca/e-services and click on ‘Register Here’. If you have never registered for a program online before, refer to our ‘How To’ Guide. Go to hanover.ca/swimming for help or contact us at 519.364.2310 x 0. Preregistration will be available to register 1 week prior to the start of the program.
- Patrons are asked to come with their bathing attire on and will enter through Changeroom C (family changeroom). Once the program has been completed patrons will be able to complete a quick 10 minute change in the designated changerooms. Lockers and showers will not be available.
- Masks/face coverings must be worn when at the P & H Centre as per the Ontario Provincial Order, Regulation 364/20, unless exempt as per the Regulation. Removal of masks/face coverings are permitted for aquatic program participation. Masks/face coverings are to be worn until time of pool program and when exiting the pool deck and use of the changerooms.
- Physical distancing requirements as per Province of Ontario directive will be enforced.
- Customers are encouraged to enter through the west entrance of the P & H Centre. Follow the signs or directions from the Parks, Recreation & Culture staff. Exiting patrons are to yield to those entering the facility. (Aquatic patrons are encouraged to park at the front or side parking lot)
- Please arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to the beginning of your program. Patrons will be permitted on the pool deck 5 minutes prior to the start of the program.
- Check in for your program with the customer service staff or aquatic staff on deck when customer service is closed.
- Patrons are to remove shoes/boots before coming onto the deck and leave them outside the changerooms or place them in a bag and carry them out on deck.
- On the pool deck there will be designated areas for patrons to leave their swim bag and belongings.
- Patrons must use the on-deck shower prior to entering the pool. Please maintain physical distancing.
- Washroom facilities will be available as needed.
- Changerooms open for changing after your swim program. At the end of the program, exit and promptly change in the designated changeroom.
- There will be NO equipment available for use, except for lifejackets/PFDs. Lifejackets/PFDs must be returned to the “Used” bin for cleaning prior to next use.
- No photos/videos are permitted on the deck or from the viewing area
Please note: Our Re-Opening FAQ Question and Answer section is continually evolving and will be updated as new details emerge. We anticipate additional questions and logistics to consider as we move through the re-opening process. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. Last Updated: February 17, 2021.
Can the virus be spread through swimming pools?
According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.” We are required through legislation to maintain chlorine levels and test our pool water every 2 hours when open.
When will Advanced Courses be offered?
Advance Courses will be offered Spring 2021. For a full list of what is being offered click on the 'Advanced Course' accordion tab below.
When will lessons be offered?
Next round of lessons will be offered Spring 2021. REMINDER: Children registered in Swimmer 3 and below will require a parent/guardian in the water with them. Parent/guardians will providing physical manipulation and safety supervision. Instructors will be teaching from the deck and will only enter the pool in case of an emergency or for physical demonstration (if required). Watch social media and Town website for updates.
Are changerooms available?
Patrons are asked to come with their bathing attire on and will enter through Changeroom C. Once the program has been completed patrons will be able to complete a quick 10 minute change in the designated changerooms. Lockers and showers will not be available.
Will equipment be available?
Only PFD’s will be made available. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment as long as it is program appropriate and clean.
Will the viewing room be available to view my child?
Standing view only. No chair at this time. We are encouraging minimal spectators at this time. You can bring your own clean lawn chair.
How do I register for the drop in aquatic programs? If I don’t have a computer can I register for the drop in aquatic programs?
Download pre-registration instructions. During customer service hours, our staff may assist you with registering in person or over the phone should you not have access to a computer.
Will any aquatic programs be offered? Ie. Waterpolo, Lifesaving Fundamentals Club, Water jog, Aqua Float?
At this time programs that require shared equipment will not be offered.
Will schools be coming for swimming lessons?
This will be the decision of the respective schools and classes. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher or school principal.
Why are Town staff constantly reminding me about physical distancing and face covering?
These are new and challenging times and we are all bound to forget! Staff will provide friendly and gentle reminders to individuals about our new protocols.
Will you have a Lost & Found?
Unfortunately, no. Patrons need to be extra diligent with their belongings. We will not be keeping Lost & Found containers therefore any items found (excluding keys, wallets/purses, jewelry) will be donated to local charities.
What happens if there is an outbreak at the facility?
Our staff work with the Grey Bruce Public Health for contact tracing. That is one reason why pre-registration is so important. We will inform patrons of the situation of a positive case of COVID-19. Public health will provide direction regarding any next steps. Again, patrons should follow all public health guidelines, including staying home if you are feeling ill, answering the self screening questions, physical distancing of at least 2 meters, wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing proper sneezing hygiene.
Please review the changes to our aquatic programs before registering for lessons.
Arrival & Exit
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.
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.
You can switch classes prior to lesson #2, if there is space available.
|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/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$72.15|
|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, and introduction to entries with a PFD. This level teaches children to get their face wet and blow bubbles. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$72.15|
|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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$72.15|
(Sea Otter 1) 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 glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m assisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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 glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m unassisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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 5m. Fitness swim 2-4m unassisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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 5-7m unassisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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 7-9m unassisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
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 comfortable in the water and have fun developing a basic foundation of water skills. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(SWIM KIDS 2 & 3)
|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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(SWIM KIDS 4)
|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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.||$78.80|
(SWIM KIDS 5)
|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.||$78.80|
(SWIM KIDS 6)
|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.||$80.95|
(SWIM KIDS 7)
|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.||$80.95|
(SWIM KIDS 8)
|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.||$80.95|
(SWIM KIDS 9)
|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.||$80.95|
(SWIM KIDS 10)
|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.||$80.95|
|Advanced Swimmers develop each stroke over 100m. They also learn lifesaving skills such as entries with aids, and removals 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.||$80.95|
|NOTE: Registrations in Swimmer 3 and below will require parent/guardian in the water with their child.
|Parent & Tot 1
|Parent & Tot 2
|Parent & Tot 3
|NOTE: Registrations in Swimmer 3 and below will require parent/guardian in the water with their child.
Swimmer 4 and up do not require a parent/guardian.
Private & Semi-Private Lessons
Private and semi-private lessons are available for swimmers who need assistance mastering a particular skill or stroke. A few lessons with private instruction will leave the individual ready to continue with group lessons. All lessons are 30 minutes in length. To arrange private or semi-private lessons call the aquatic Centre at 519.364.2310. Private and semi-private participants will be required to follow the same expectations as listed above. Swimmer 3 & below - parent/guardian in the water. Swimmer 4 & up - parnet/guardian not required.
Advanced Aquatic Courses
Advanced courses have been modified to accommodate the facility being closed. Please refer the new dates and times below.
|Course & Description||Date & Time||Code||Cost|
|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 endurance, 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 of Bronze Medallion. 100% Attendance is mandatory.
|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.
This course prepares you to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Program. Successful candidates will receive certification as a Swim for Life Instructor upon successful completion of the course. Candidates will acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, emergency response skills and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques. Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Assistant Swim Instructor & 15 years of age by the beginning of the course. 100% Attendance is mandatory.
|Friday, June 25
4:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, June 26
9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, June 27
9:00am to 6:00pm
|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.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross (need not be current), 15 years of age by the beginning of the course. Must hold a valid Standard First Aid certificate to register in the course. 100% attendance is mandatory to complete the course.
|Fridays, June 11 & 18
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturdays, June 12 & 19
10:00am to 7:00pm
Sundays, June 13 & 20
9:00am to 6:00pm
|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.
|Tuesay, June 22
4:30pm to 9:30pm
|Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Recertification
Recertification candidates must hold an original Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid to be able to recertify.
|Saturday, July 10
9:00am to 2:30pm