Pool

Monday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

We are very excited to have the pool open! To keep members and staff as safe as possible during this time of COVID-19 and under the direction of Health and Safety guidelines, the following new pool procedures have been implemented for the time being. These policies will also be posted in greater detail at the pool. We ask for your understanding and patience during this time.

COVID-19 Screening

  • Members are required to complete a COVID-19 screening form each time a member of their household is accessing the pool either for free swim or for swim lessons. To save time, the screening form can be completed online before visiting the pool. The guards will ensure that any members entering the pool have been properly screened.
  • Please wear a mask at the pool during the screening process and/or when in close proximity to staff or members outside your household. No masks are required while swimming in the pool.

Using the Pool Facility

  • Entrance to the pool is through the Branstone Drive main gate adjacent to the guard office. Members are asked to line up outside the guard office side office window for screening. Please adhere to the pavement line up markings to ensure physical distancing. The side Clair Creek Blvd.  gate will be used for the exit.
  • The guards are trained and will be sanitizing shared areas and furniture. To minimize touch points:
    • The changeroom/washrooms are locked and can only be accessed for emergency purposes. Please shower at home before coming to the pool.
    • The water fountain is not in use. Please bring your own reusable water bottles from home.
    • No food at the pool. There will be no tuck shop sales.
    • No shared pool toys/equipment will be available for use. Members are welcome to bring their own pool toys/equipment for use with permission from the lifeguard.
    • Please take any garbage home with you. There are no garbage receptacles.
  • Any guard-events will be planned for small gatherings only and will be added to the events calendar. Virtual events will also be planned.

Free Swim

  • Pool and pool area capacity is limited to a maximum of 29 members at one time.
  • To promote fair access to the pool for all, members can sign up in advance for one of four, 45 minute time slots starting on the hour. Each time slot can accommodate up to a total of 5 family members from the same household, whether they are swimming in the pool or just watching/using the pool deck. One time slot will be reserved for walk ins only. Members will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the pool for the walk-in time slot, for any time slots that have not been reserved, or for reservation no-shows.
  • A limited number of time slots have also been allocated for lane swims and adult-only swims and can be signed up for in advance using the same sign up form.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your time slot to allow time for screening.
  • Each household will be assigned a specific area of the pool deck for the duration of their allotted time slot. Please do not leave this assigned area without permission of the lifeguard on duty. Walk-in swimmers must space out their belongings on the deck at least 6 ft (2m) apart. Swimmers who are not from the same household will be required to remain 6 ft (2m) apart at all times in the pool. Distancing will be enforced by the lifeguards.
  • The time slots are 45 minutes in length. Please leave promptly when your time slot is over to allow time for the guards to sanitize the pool zones for the next time slot.
  • Because of the limited pool capacity, only members and their same household members will be allowed to use the pool. No guests will be permitted.
  • For households with a nuclear family larger than 5 members, please sign up for 5 members and send an email to the pool manager at ub1guards@gmail.com indicating the number of family members who will visiting the pool so accommodations can be made.

Swimming Lessons

UB1 offers lessons for all ages and swimming abilities including Bronze Medallion and Cross preparation courses. We are pleased to be able to offer swimming lessons with the following COVID-19 modifications:

Pool rules: 

  1. If you own a flutter board and noodle, please bring them to lessons. Pool equipment will be available if needed and will be sanitized between uses. Pool equipment will only be available during lessons, not in free swim. 
  2. There will be 10 minutes between swimming lessons to ensure that equipment/facility can be sanitized and the swimmers can exit the facilities before the next group arrives. 
  3. Swimmers should arrive 10 minutes before their lesson to allow time to pass through the screening point. Please fill out the COVID-19 form before arriving.
  4. All swimmers in levels below Splash 6B must be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the pool. On Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be an activity available at the facilities for siblings in case the parent must be in the water with another child. The activity will be catered to school-age children- young children should not be left alone on the pool deck. Children whose parent is not occupied with a child in a swimming lesson may not come to the pool to participate in the activity – we will have other activities throughout the summer in which everyone can partake. Siblings who must accompany the family to the facilities are encouraged to bring their own activities (e.g. book, toy) to the pool as well. 
  5. Guardians must be individuals who are at least 12 years old and are confident enough swimmers to adequately support the child in their lesson. The instructor may request a new guardian if the current one is not providing enough support for the child. 
  6. Children in levels below 6B who do not have a guardian may not participate in lessons. 
  7. There must be one guardian per child in the water. One guardian cannot support two children at the same time. Babysitters are permitted as guardians if they are strong enough swimmers. 
  8. For levels above 6B, a guardian may be requested for a child by the instructor if they are not adhering to social distancing measures or are otherwise concerned for their safety. 
  9. Swimmers who are 12 years of age but enrolled in a level below 6B will still need a guardian to support them.
  10. Please only bring family members other than the swimmer in lessons if necessary. We will need to maintain a capacity of a maximum of 29 individuals in the pool facilities.
  11. Due to the limited number of lessons, there will be no report cards. 
  12. Children cannot ‘walk in’ to fill in empty lesson spaces outside of their scheduled lesson. 
  13. No snacks allowed on the pool deck please! 
  • Beginning this summer, UB1 will be running the City of Waterloo swim program rather than the Red Cross swim program. The levels will be named differently and will involve slightly different skills.

2020 Lifeguards:

  • Abby Saunders – Manager
  • Katie McLay – Assistant Manager
  • Lia Heard
  • Taylor Malcolm
  • Ruth Meyer
  • Marly Verhoeve
  • Sophia Aslanidis
  • Ben Lemon
  • Daniel Boyle
  • Emma Roy
  • Vanessa Goodman

The 2020 summer lesson schedule is tentatively planned as follows:

Session 1 – Monday, July 6th to Friday, July 17th

Session 2 – Monday, July 20th to Friday, July 31st

Session 3 – Tuesday August 4th to Friday August 14th (No lessons on civic holiday August 3rd)

Session 4 – Monday August 17th to Friday August 28th

July & August free swim hours are as follows:

Mon-Fri: 1-9pm

Sat, Sun: 11am-9pm

Please note that in the last two weeks of August, the pool will close at 8:30pm.

Inclement Weather

The pool is closed immediately if thunder is heard or lightning is seen and remains closed for 30 minutes after the last rumble or lightning sighting.

The pool will be closed in excessive downpours of rain, or if the temperature is less than 17 degrees Celsius. This will be re-evaluated in four-hour increments (8am-12, 12-4pm, 4-8pm).

These temperature conditions will be following the University of Waterloo weather station.

Members may check these conditions on the UW website themselves, check the UB1 website, Facebook page, or call the pool to find out if the pool is open.

Pool Rules

  1. All children wearing flotation devices must be within arm’s reach of their adult caregiver.
  2. All patrons swimming in the pool must have on proper swim attire. All infants/toddlers that require a diaper must wear swimmer diapers and proper swimwear.
  3. Supervision requirements for children are as follows:
    • Children aged 0-5: two children to one guardian (2:1),
    • Children aged 6-9 who are non-swimmers: four children to one guardian (4:1), or eight children with life jackets to one guardian (8:1).
  4. All children must perform a swim test (2 widths of the pool without stopping or touching) before being allowed in the deep end without a parent.
  5. Children must be born in 2012 or before to come to the pool on their own. Otherwise they must be supervised by a person 12 years or older.
  6. No one who has been infected with the following may enter the pool: open sores, diarrhea, athlete’s foot, or any contagious disease.
  7. If the patrolling lifeguard witnesses thunder or lightning, all patrons must remain out of the water for 30 minutes past the last sign of thunder or lightning.
  8. If a whistle is blown to clear the pool (a long whistle blast), patrons should move quickly and quietly to the grass area.
  9. If a member wishes to bring guests they are asked to please inform a lifeguard on duty.  All children will be asked to do a swim test.
  10. NO DIVING!
  11. No standing or sitting on the pool covers.
  12. No standing or sitting on the flutter boards.
  13. No shoulder rides.
  14. NO alcohol is permitted on the pool grounds.
  15. No chewing gum.
  16. Please take all garbage home with you.
  17. All patrons must adhere to all pool rules, policies, and procedures or risk being asked to leave the premises by a lifeguard on duty.

Swim Test

When a child feels ready to swim in the deep end, he or she must show a lifeguard on duty that he or she is able to swim two widths of the pool without stopping or touching the bottom. It is up to the lifeguard’s discretion whether or not the child is capable of swimming in the deep end safely.