Swimming - Programs


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. In response to the Premier’s announcement on January 3, 2022 regarding temporarily moving the province into Step 2 of its Roadway to Reopen with modifications, access to the public for the P & H Centre will be affected. The P & H Centre will be closed as of 12:01 am on January 5 until further notice. Vaccination clinic dates and hours will run as scheduled.

Proof of Vaccination at P & H Centre | Important Please Read

Winter 2022 Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide! PDF version of the guide click here. 



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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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.


  • Swimmers must pre-register in advance. 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-general 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.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn when at the P & H Centre as per the Ontario 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.
  • Proof of vaccination and identification are required when attending the facility. staff or security will check documents upon arrival. 
  • Chagerooms are open. You will be able to change and shower before and after your swim. You are encouraged to minimuze your time in the changeroom by arriving no more than 15 minutes before your swim and change quickly after. The door to the pool deck willl remain locked until the start of the programs. 
  • Lockers are available. 
  • 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.
  • Patrons must shower prior to entering the pool. Please maintain physical distancing.
  • 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.
  • Swimmers may bring their own equipment (e.g. flutter board, pull buoy). All pool equipment must be appropriate for the program and clean.
  • Sauna, rope, and mushroom will NOT be available.
  • Wading pool and swirl pool will only be available at designated times during lane swims and will not be available during Aquafit programs. For use of the swirl pool, customers need to pre-register in the appropriate lane swim program. Wading & Swirl Pool designated availability during Lane Swims:
  • In order to be respectful to others please do not register for a swim you do not plan to attend. To cancel a registration or modify a registration please call 519.364.2310 x 0.
  • Swim patrons who pre-register for an aquatic program and do not attend without advance notice will not be refunded their money. If the swim patron has a membership or pass they will receive a verbal warning on their first occurrence. Subsequent occurrences may result in membership suspension.
  • If program is at capacity, you are encouraged to waitlist your name. This helps us track program interest and consider future program changes. When a cancellation occurs, individuals on waitlist will be contacted.
  • Patrons who do not show up for their registered program 10 minutes after the start time will forfeit their participation in the program.
  • No food on deck. Only water is permitted in a plastic reusable container.
  • 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 2022. 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 Winter 2022. REMINDER: Children registered in levels 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.


Swim Lessons Winter 2022
At this time, registration for our Winter 2022 swim lessons remains open and the session start and end dates will be adjusted upon confirmation of re-opening. Communication will occur with registrants when further details are known.


Please review the changes to our aquatic programs before registering for lessons. 

Parent/Guardian Expectations
Swimmer 3 & below 
Parent/Guardian are required in the water with their child. Parent/guardian will be providing physical manipulation and safety supervision. Each participant and parent/guardian combo will be required to self-monitor for physical distancing from other participants both on deck and in the water. 

Swimmer 4 & up
No parent/guardian in the water and no physical manipulation will occur. Participants will have a marker on the deck to support self-monitoring of physical distancing both on deck and in the water. 

Instructor Expectations
Instructors on deck provide safety supervision and instruction both verbally and visually. Instructors are only to enter the water (if required) to provide physical demonstrations distanced a minimum of 2m from participants & parents OR as required for emergency response.

Swimmer Expectations
Upon entering the deck area, participants are to make their way to designated class area and will use temporary bench markers (coloured pylons) that detail where to leave belongings and wait until they receive further directions from instructor. Participants are to self-monitor physical distancing with reminder support from parent/guardians, Deck Supervisor and Instructors.

Spectator Expectations
Only participants and required guardian/parent will be permitted on deck. All others will be encouraged to make use of the viewing area if needing to be at the facility and limit the number of spectators (e.g. one per participant). Viewing room will be standing room only. No chairs or tables. 

Arrival & Exit
Participants are asked to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to their class start accessing the deck through the family changeroom (remove shoes prior to entering the deck) and we ask you to leave the deck promptly following a towel off through designated change rooms.

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:
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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.


Program Description 
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.  $73.60
(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.  $73.60
(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. $73.60
(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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
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.  $80.40
(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.  $80.40
(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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $80.40
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. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $80.40
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. $80.40
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. $80.40
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. $80.40
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. $82.60
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. $82.60
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. $82.60
8+ years.
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. $82.60

 Swim Lessons Winter 2022
At this time, registration for our Winter 2022 swim lessons remains open and the session start and end dates will be adjusted upon confirmation of re-opening. Communication will occur with registrants when further details are known.

Programs Tuesdays 

Code Wednesdays 

Code  Thursdays

Code Saturdays 

NOTE: Registrations in Swimmer 3 and below will require parent/guardian in the water with their child. 
Parent & Tot 1
4-12 months 
4:00 - 4:30pm  7812 4:45 - 5:15pm  7813 5:00 - 5:30pm  7814    
Parent & Tot 2
12-24 months 
4:00 - 4:30pm  7815 4:45 - 5:15pm 7816 5:00 - 5:30pm  7817 10:15 - 10:45am 7820
Parent & Tot 3 
2-3 years 
4:15 - 4:45pm  7818 4:00 - 4:30pm  7819     11:15 - 11:45am  7878
Preschool A1 
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm
5:30 - 6:00pm 
4:15 - 4:45pm  7823 9:45 - 10:15am 
11:45 - 12:15pm 
Preschool A2
3-5 years 
    5:15 - 5:45pm 7826 4:00 - 4:30pm 
5:15 - 5:45pm 
10:30 - 11:00am  7829
Preschool B
3-5 years 
    5:00 - 5:30pm  7830 4:45 - 5:15pm  7831 10:00 - 10:30am  7832
Preschool C
3-5 years 
    4:30 - 5:00pm  7833 4:30 - 5:00pm  7834 11:00 - 11:30am  7835
Preschool D
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm  7836     11:30 - 12:00pm  7837
Preschool E 
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm  7838     11:30 - 12:00pm 7839
Beginner 1 
6+ years 
        5:00 - 5:30pm 7840  12:00 - 12:30pm 7841 
Swimmer 1 
6+ years 
4:30 - 5:00pm 7842  4:45 - 5:15pm
5:45 - 6:15pm 
4:30 - 5:00pm
5:30 - 6:00pm 
9:45 - 10:15am 7847 
Swimmer 2 
6+ years
4:00 - 4:30pm 7848 5:15 - 5:45pm 7849  5:30 - 6:00pm  7850  10:15 - 10:45am   7851 
Swimmer 3 
6+ years 
4:45 - 5:15pm   7852 5:00 - 5:30pm  7853  4:00 - 4:30pm  7854  11:00 - 11:30am  7855 
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. 
Swimmer 4 
6+ years 
4:15 - 4:45pm 7856  4:30 - 5:00pm 7857  5:15 - 5:45pm  7858  10:00 - 10:30am  7859 
Swimmer 5 
6+ years 
4:45 - 5:15pm 7860  4:00 - 4:30pm  7861  5:45 - 6:15pm  7862  10:30 - 11:00am  7863 
Swimmer 6 
6+ years
4:45 - 5:15pm 7864  4:00 - 4:30pm  7865  5:45 - 6:15pm  7866  10:30 - 11:00am  7867 
Swimmer 7 
6+ years 
4:00 - 4:45pm  7868 5:30 - 6:15pm  7869      11:15 - 12:00pm  7870 
Swimmer 8
8+ years 
4:00 - 4:45pm 7871  5:30 - 6:15pm  7872      11:15 - 12:00pm  7873 
Swimmer 9 
8+ years 
4:45 - 5:30pm 7874         12:00 - 12:45pm 7875 
Swimmer 10 
8+ years 
4:45 - 5:30pm  7876          12:00 - 12:45pm 7877 


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 will be offered in the Spring 2022.


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 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 for Bronze Medallion. 100% Attendance is mandatory.
Cancelled: October 11
Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B
This course develops physical fitness, decision making and judgment skills for water rescue. Emergency First Aid knowledge skills are also covered.
Prerequisite: 13 years of age (prior to exam) or Bronze Star award. 100% Attendance is mandatory.
Cancelled: October 11
Bronze Cross | CPR-C | Standard First Aid
This course teaches the difference between lifesaving and assistant lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and the use of special equipment. Spinal injury management techniques, safety supervision scanning and rescue situations are also covered.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B. 100% Attendance is mandatory.
Cancelled: October 11
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.
Prerequisite: 14 years of age, Bronze Cross.100% Attendance is mandatory.
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.
Swim Instructor 
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.
Lifesaving Instructor
The Lifesaving Society Lifesaving Instructor course prepares individuals to organize, plan, teach and evaluate lifesaving and first aid skills, resuscitation techniques in the Society's lifesaving and first aid awards, including Canadian Swim Patrol and Bronze programs. Successful candidates receive two certification cards: Lifesaving Instructor and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Recommended course for experienced instructors who have taught a session(s) of swim lessons.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Assistant Instructor & 16 years of age by the end of the course.