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    Friday, September 13th, 2019 - 7am-9am lap swim in Gold Pool Cancelled.

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Waiting Lists

It is strongly recommended to register for all activities you are interested in, even those that are full.  Your name will be added to a waiting list and if a space becomes available you will be contacted by email to confirm your registration.  Waiting lists are carefully monitored and activities are often added if there is sufficient demand.

Cancelled/Missed Classes

Discounts, refunds, or make up classes will not be issued for missed classes.  If a Fitness/Wellness or Skill Development Activity class is cancelled due to an unforeseen circumstance such as instructor illness, the class will be re-scheduled if possible.  If this is not possible, participants will be credited for the cancelled class.

Please register early so we know you're interested and to avoid cancelling Activities you want.  All activities require a minimum number to run and many activities fill up very quickly.  Therefore, registering early helps us gauge interest and make programming decisions.  Activities will run with sufficient registration.

When the University of Guelph is closed during inclement weather, the Department of Athletics will be closed and all programming will be cancelled.  As with academic programming, programming cancelled due to such a closure is not re-scheduled or credited.  To check if the University is closed during inclement weather, visit or call 519-824-4120 and listen to the general update.

Inclement Weather

When the University of Guelph is closed during inclement weather, the Department of Athletics will be closed and all programming will be cancelled.  As with academic programming, programming cancelled due to such a closure is not re-scheduled or credited.  To check if the University is closed during inclement weather, visit or call 519-824-4120 and listen to the general update.

Account Information

Please be sure that your account information is accurate, especially your email address.  This information is used to contact registrants if Wait List spots open or if there are changes to a program.


Space permitting, you can transfer into another activity.  Transfers can be requested at Client Services. *Transfers are now available online up to 7 days prior to start date.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Withdrawals/Refunds for registered Fitness & Recreation Activities (other than Certifications & Excursions, see details below) can be made at Client Services prior to the 2nd class to avoid the Withdrawal fee & refund amount will be prorated for the class that has already taken place. Withdrawal/Refund requests made after the 2nd class must be done so by contacting the Program Supervisor and will be approved on a case by case basis. The $10 withdrawal fee will apply and the refund amount will be prorated for the classes that have already taken place. No withdrawals after the 3rd class.

*Withdrawals/Refunds for Certification courses can be requested by contacting the Program Supervisor at least 7 business days prior to the course start date and the withdrawal fee will apply. No refunds after this date. 

*Withdrawals/Refunds for Excursions can be requested by contacting the Program Supervisor (Justin Toth @ Ext. 53763 | at least 2 weeks prior to the Excursion date and the withdrawal fee will apply. No refunds after this date.   

*Refunds for NRG Passes must be requested no later than 10 days from the time of purchase to receive a full refund. After this 10 day cooling off period, any requested refunds must be accompanied by a medical note and will be approved on a case by case basis.

We reserve the right to cancel any activity that does not have sufficient registration. In this case, participants will receive a full refund and notification prior to the start of the activity. It is your responsibility to ensure that your contact information (phone, email, mailing address) is current.

Locker & Towel Rental

All gym bags and knapsacks must be stored prior to any activity.  Locker & Towel Memberships and Daily Locker Rentals are available to purchase at Client Services (not available online).  View details & fees on the Membership Services page.  PLEASE REMOVE ALL CONTENTS FROM DAY LOCKERS AT THE END OF YOUR ACTIVITY.  Daily locker contents will be removed at the end of the day. Failure to do so results in a $10 fee.  Bring your own lock or rent a lock from Client Services.  Please note that you are responsible for the security of your personal items.  Leave valuables at home or lock them up!  

For those who already hold a towel membership, but would like to sign out more than one towel at a time, you have the option to purchase the Extra Towel Membership.  The fee varies depending on if you are a student (therefore paying semesterly) or a Non-Student (therefore paying monthly).  Please be aware that towels can only be signed out by the membership holder.

Each semester lockers must be renewed or cleaned out.  Items that are not removed by the deadline will be stored for one month; a $10 fee will be applied to retrieve your items from Client Services.

Please note that towels CANNOT be kept out overnight.  Towels must be returned prior to closing time of the building. 


Fees include 13% tax.  Taxes not applicable to Kids Programming.

Replacement Card

A $10 fee will be applied for anyone requiring a new membership card.

Squash Court Reservation Procedures

  1. Course must be booked in person at Client Services.
  2. Court times can be reserved 7 days in advance of the current day.  Individuals may book a maximum of 3 slots for the week on Tuesday’s.
  3. Individuals may only book 1 court per day.
  4. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a reserved court, you will forfeit your reservation.
  5. Squash safety glasses are strongly recommended and are available at no charge from Client Services.
  6. Clean athletic footwear is required.

Hours / Rentals

Please note that hours are subject to change.

Building hours and facility availability will be altered due to special events. These events include, but are not limited to: Convocation, Conference Bookings, Varsity Games, Gryphon Camps, Campus Days, College Royal and the Athletic Banquet. 

Please refer to the About Us, Hours of Operation page for detailed information on revised hours.
Pool and Ice Rentals - A limited number of hours are available to rent.
Contact the Facilities Office: or 519-824-4120 ext. 53790.

Facility & Program Access

Athletics is committed to providing a safe, inviting recreation experience for the University of Guelph community.  There is NO Access to Athletics facilities & programs without a Membership, Day Pass, Ticket or Rental Permit.  Please assist us by adhering to the following guidelines.

  1. All users must enter via the front entrance. University of Guelph students and Members are required to swipe in with their Student/Membership card.  Fitness Centre users will be required to swipe again at the Fitness Centre Desk (wrist bands no longer in effect).
  2. Non-Members can purchase a daily access pass at Client Services, view Daily Access Fees here. You must keep your receipt to show proof of purchase to the instructor or facility staff.
  3. DO NOT SHARE your membership card.  This will result in loss of privileges.
  4. Child & Youth Memberships can only be purchased if their parent/guardian has also purchased a Membership & accompanies them at all times in the building.
  5. Fitness Centre/NRG Classes - Individuals 11-15yrs of age must purchase the Monthly Youth NRG Pass in order to attend NRG Classes & access the Fitness Centre and complete a mandatory orientation session that includes both the parent/guardian and the youth.  The Daily Access Pass for Youth does not include access to the Fitness Centre.  
  6. Drop-in Rec Activities - Individuals 15yrs or younger participating in Drop-in Rec activities must be accompanied by a paying parent/guardian at all times.
  7. Athletic clothing appropriate to the activity must be worn.
  8. Clean athletic footwear with non-marking soles must be worn on all surfaces.
  9. Programming space is to be shared appropriately with all participants.
  10. Food or glass bottles are not permitted in the gymnasiums or program rooms.
  11. Bicycles are not to be brought inside University buildings and stored in corridors, stairwells, or personal offices as tires track in dirt and the fabric of the structures inevitably gets damaged (scratched or punctured walls, oil and grease on floors and carpets etc.). Outside bicycle racks are provided. Unobstructed egress from University buildings is essential for safe emergency evacuations.
  12. Inappropriate behavior such as swearing, physical or verbal abuse will not be tolerated and may result in loss of building access privileges and/or immediate removal from facility.
  13. All programming ends 30-60 minutes prior to the building closing.  All equipment must be returned at this time. 
  14. Change rooms will be inspected by a Client Services Representative upon building closure.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in removal from facility and/or loss of access privileges.

Lost and Found

Valuable items such as wallets, iPods, keys, etc. are taken to Campus Police. Student cards are returned to the Registrar.  All other items such as clothing, books, etc. are placed in the Lost and Found Bin.  Items not claimed are donated to charity.

Photography / Videography

For the protection of all guests, the use of photographic equipment such as cameras and video equipment is prohibited in change rooms, washrooms, and program areas. This includes cell phones and iPods with photographic capabilities.

Bags / Knapsacks

All gym bags and knapsacks must be stored prior to entering any activity. Activity lockers are for use while you are participating in your activity. Bring your own lock or rent a lock from Client Services. PLEASE REMOVE ALL CONTENTS FROM DAY LOCKERS AT THE END OF YOUR ACTIVITY.  View Locker & Towel Rental details @ Membership page.

Conducting Personal Business

Conducting or soliciting for any form of business within the facility (i.e. private lessons, personal training, and sales) is strictly prohibited.

Injuries while using the Facilities

Please report any injuries to Client Services. First Aid Kits and AED units are located at Client Services, on the pool deck, Fitness Centre, Field House, West Gym, and Football Stadium and in the Arena.

Fair Play of Conduct

  • Demonstrate respect for all individuals.
  • Respect the facility in which you participate.
  • Share equipment, space, and facilities willingly.
  • Maintain self-control at all times.
  • Condemn violence and harassment in all forms.
  • Always attempt to contribute to the betterment of your experience at Guelph’s Athletics Centre.

Failure to abide by our Fair Play Code of Conduct will result in expulsion and / or loss of membership and access privileges.

Your Assumption of Risk

When using our facilities and registering for a program, you accept the following statement of risk:
I agree on behalf of myself, my assignee, executors and heirs, to release, indemnify, and hold harmless the University of Guelph and their trustees, officers, agents and employees from any and all liability, damage, claim of any nature brought by me, my assignee, executors and heirs arising out of and in any way related to my participation in these indicated activities.

I hereby acknowledge and accept the risks inherent in my physical activity and assume responsibility for my personal health, medical and accident coverage.

Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal health, medical, dental and accident insurance coverage. Medical coverage and a recent medical are strongly recommended.


If you have feedback on the Gryph Guide, Memberships, or Fitness and Recreation programming, please contact us at 519-824-4120 ext. 54297.

Pool Admission Standards

  • All recreation swim participants must enter the facility through the front doors of the Athletics Centre and will be expected to swipe a student/membership card or purchase a Daily Access Pass at Client Services.
  • Universal Change Rooms are available to individuals looking for a non-gender specific space.  Children 7 years of age or older are required to use the change room designated for their gender.
  • Children 5 years of age and under must be directly supervised (within arm’s reach), regardless of swimming ability, by a guardian 16 years of age or older. Maximum of 2 children per guardian.
  • Children 6-9 years of age, who cannot swim 2 uninterrupted widths of the Red Pool, must be supervised by a guardian 16 years of age or older. Guardian must be present at the time of the swim test. Maximum of 4 children per guardian.
  • The ratio of guardians to swimmers 6-9 years of age, who cannot complete the facility swim test, may be increased to a maximum of 8 bathers to one guardian if approved personal flotation devices are worn by all non-swimmers in their care.
  • Those with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual knowledgeable of their condition and responsible for their direct supervision.
  • Please refrain from entering the pools and remain in the change room area until a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Street shoes are not permitted on the deck
  • Children 15 years of age and under are not permitted in the Steam Room or Hot Tub unless accompanied by an adult.

Drop-in Rec

To view Drop-in Rec times, go to, then click Fitness & Recreation. On the Fitness & Recreation home page, you will see "Drop-in Rec & NRG Classes Happening Today" red banner (see image below). You can narrow your search by using the Calendar Filter - can choose a date, can choose type by selecting from the drop down menu: e.g. Swimming, then click 'Filter' button. Drop-in Recreation is posted for the current week only (updated every Tuesday afternoon).

You can also view a monthly calendar by going to Sports & Clubs, then click on the Recreation Calendar heading
The calendar can be filtered by type of Recreation, by morning, afternoon, evening, or ALL day (by default it will filter to include ALL types of recreation and to the current week and time of day). Specific Sport Recreation details listed below calendar. View Daily Access Pass details on the Membership page.

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Rec Hockey Rules

Rec Hockey runs as a shinny game, with no referee or time clock. Players will self-organize and play based on numbers. Proper equipment (including helmet with full face mask) is required.

Rec Skate Rules

Rec Skating is open for skaters of all ability levels.  Use of proper Learn to Skate Aids/Stabilizers/Walkers are permitted. Please note that strollers, chairs, etc. are not permitted.

Hydro Massage Lounger Policies

• Exclusive to NRG PLUS Pass users ONLY.
• NRG PLUS users can access one 10-minute massage per day.
• Passcodes will be your student, staff or membership ID as presented on your student/membership card.
• New Passcodes will become active 24 hours after time of purchase. 
• After a daily massage, your passcode will expire until the following morning.
• Passcodes will fully expire at the end of each semester.
• Book a massage by visiting the Fitness Centre desk or call 519-824-4120 X52105 (No bookings can be made more than 7 days in advance)
• The Hydro Massage is a waterbed, so please do not wear shoes, zippers, or buttons on the bed and remove keys/sharp objects from pockets.

For more information or to book a free trial, please visit the Fitness Centre desk.

CONNECT "Wish List"

In CONNECT, the Wish list function allows you to 'bookmark' certain activities specifically of interest to you prior to when registration is open.
*Please ensure you are Signed in to CONNECT to use this tool for quick and easy access & do not mistake this function for Wait list or registration. You must Sign-in once registration is open to complete your transaction.

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