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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. 

Winter Registration is open.  Program details below.

Summer Registration will open February 6th @ 6:30am.  Program details below.

Below Activities require registration & fees apply.  

Adult Semi Private Stroke Improvement

This semi private swim lesson will focus on fine tuning stroke mechanics, efficiency and endurance of each participant. Swimmers will have an opportunity to set personal goals and develop their progress in a small class environment.

Activity Details

30597 - May 1, 2023 to June 19, 2023

30598 - May 1, 2023 to June 19, 2023

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

29516 - January 11, 2023 to February 8, 2023

29517 - January 11, 2023 to February 8, 2023

29518 - February 15, 2023 to March 22, 2023

29519 - February 15, 2023 to March 22, 2023

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

Currently not offered

Adult Stroke Improvement

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

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