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Aquatic Programs

The University of Guelph houses two full-sized swimming pools (Gold Pool & Red Pool) located in the historic wing of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. 

Fall Registration opens September 2nd @ 6:30am! Fall Program details below.

Winter Registration will open November 28th @ 6:30am.  Look for Winter program details early November.

Below Activities require registration & fees apply.  

Adult Semi Private Swim Lessons

Participants will increase their awareness of personal safety. Participants will improve their front crawl, as well as develop a back crawl and elementary backstroke. Registration ends after 3rd class.

Activity Details

29168 - September 21, 2022 to October 19, 2022

29169 - September 21, 2022 to October 19, 2022

29170 - October 26, 2022 to November 23, 2022

29171 - October 26, 2022 to November 23, 2022

Scuba Diving | Ages 18+

This “Learn to Scuba” training course is designed to promote safe diving practices & prepare you for a lifetime of recreational diving. After completing the academic (online) & pool (confined-water) training portions of the course, Scuba Trainees will be required to perform open-water dive in a lake (local certification weekend) or ocean (Universal Referral) to attain a Scuba Diver certification (additional costs apply). Your scuba certification will permit you to scuba dive within the limits of your training & at recreational dive limits anywhere in the world. After completing your registration, you will receive an email including a link & unique access code to start your academic sessions (once started, this portion of the program is non-refundable). Pool sessions take place at the University of Guelph Athletics Centre, Red Pool. Bring a towel, swimsuit, swimming goggles & something to take notes for first pool session. Taking the course will depend on your age, medical conditions, and in-water comfort level. You will be required to complete a confidential medical form, which you will review with your instructor. Your health & medical state will be assessed for contraindications. Certain medical conditions might preclude you from scuba diving or may require further assessment by a medical professional before continuing with the course. People who are healthy & fit generally have no issues. Swimming Ability & Equipment: Participants must have basic swimming skills (ability to swim 200m & tread water for 10 min). A swim test will be conducted at the first pool session, including laps of the pool, an underwater swim & a treading water exercise. Participants must demonstrate these skills to a level of satisfaction to continue with the course. Participants are required to provide their own mask, fins & snorkel as well as weights & weight belt. A local dive shop will provide info about equipment packages at attractive prices during the first pool session. Rentals are available at a cost of $75.00.

Activity Details

29178 - October 6, 2022 to November 17, 2022

Adult Stroke Improvement

Skills may include; breath control, body alignment, propulsion, and endurance.

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