The City of Cambridge has a number of pool locations for you to enjoy a leisure swim or participate in one of our swim lessons.

We are hiring Lifeguard & Swim Instructors to start immediately!

Looking to get certified? See below for more information. 
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Visit the following pages for more information.

Summer Registration

Summer Registration will begin on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 online or in person at a recreation centres. 

  • Swim lesson registration goes live at 7 a.m.
  • Programs beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Drop in program registration is on-going.


We at the City of Cambridge want to ensure that everyone stays safe while in and around water.  Join us for our #WaterSafetyAtHome activities as each month we highlight an important drowning prevention message. 

Lifeguard & Swim Instructor Leadership courses

The City of Cambridge Leadership Path breaks down the courses and training needed to become a lifesaver. The program is offered to those at least 13 years old, through the Lifesaving Society at our pool facilities. 

Register for Lifeguard & Swim Leadership

Aqua Fitness Leadership course

Register for the Aqua Fitness Leadership course & become a certified Instructor. No qualifications needed to get started. You will learn through both online & onsite training at Johnson Centre. 

Register for Aqua Fitness Leadership

Aqua Fitness workshop

Both new and experienced instructors can register for the Aqua Fitness Workshop to increase creativity of class design and delivery.  

Register for Aqua Fitness workshop

Frequently Asked Questions
Are there lockers at the pool locations?
Yes, lockers are available at our pools. Locks are available to rent for $0.25, or you can bring your own lock. Locks must be removed daily.
What change room facilities are available?
Our pool facilities have age appropriate change rooms for children 6 years of age or older.
Can I rent a pool facility?
Learn how to rent facilities operated by the City of Cambridge.
Does my child need to wear a swim diaper in the pool?

Water diapers are required for children who are not toileted trained.  Little Swimmers are available for purchase at our pool locations.

Please note that pool fouling results in a pool shutdown of 1 to 13 hours. The Ministry of Health enforces this regulation.

Do I need to shower before I enter the pool?
Health Regulations 565/90 states a cleansing shower with soap, from head to toe, must be taken before entering the pool.  We also ask that you take off your shoes before entering shower areas and pool decks.
What is the difference between Leisure Swim and Splash Swim?
A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18 during Splash Swim activities.
Do the pools have a lost and found?
Yes, we keep items in the lost and found bins at both the John Dolson Centre and the W.G. Johnson Centre for one month. After a month, we clear lost and found items out of the facilities.
What is the pool water temperature?
We keep pool water temperatures between 82 and 84 degrees.
Do the outdoor pools have lockers?
A basket system is in place to protect your belongings at our outdoor pool locations.
Can I watch my child during swimming lessons?
We encourage parents and guardians to stay and watch their child's swimming lessons from the viewing area.  They are not permitted on the deck area during the lessons.
What level should I be in?

There are a few options to help find the right swimming level for you, including:

  • Previous progress reports with a swim instructor's recommendation
  • Swim level assessments during a Leisure Swim time
  • Speak to one of our staff members at (519) 740-4681 ext. 4469 or 4527