Swimming - Programs


Swim Lessons, Swim Programs & Advanced Courses below.  

Spring 2022 Parks, Recreation & Culture Guide! PDF version of the guide click here. 

Summer 2022 Aquatics Newsletter! PDF version of the newsletter click here. 



Town of Hanover & COVID-19

Assumption of Risk

Hanover, in collaboration with the Grey Bruce Public Health, continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

Users of Hanover’s parks, recreation and culture facilities such as the P & H Centre are reminded that when you attend these facilities as a participant, spectator or patron you assume risk when in our facility. An inherent risk of exposure to communicable diseases including COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. 

By visiting any publicly accessible facility such as the P & H Centre you voluntarily assume all risks including any risk of injury, loss, damage and possible exposure to a communicable disease, including COVID-19. 

We remind you to follow the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines being recommended by various Canadian health authorities, including the Grey Bruce Public Health, Ontario Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.


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  • Swimmers must pre-register in advance. To register go to hanover.ca/e-services and click on ‘Register Here’. If you have never registered for a program online before, refer to our ‘How To’ Guide. Go to hanover.ca/swimming-general for help or contact us at 519.364.2310 x 0. Preregistration will be available to register 1 week prior to the start of the program.
  • Chagerooms are open. You will be able to change and shower before and after your swim. You are encouraged to minimuze your time in the changeroom by arriving no more than 15 minutes before your swim and change quickly after. The door to the pool deck willl remain locked until the start of the programs. 
  • Lockers are available. 
  • Check in for your program with the customer service staff or aquatic staff on deck when customer service is closed.
  • Patrons are to remove shoes/boots before coming onto the deck and leave them outside the changerooms or place them in a bag and carry them out on deck.
  • Patrons must shower prior to entering the pool. 
  • Sauna will NOT be available.
  • Wading pool and swirl pool will only be available at designated times during lane swims and will not be available during Aquafit programs. 
  • In order to be respectful to others please do not register for a swim you do not plan to attend. To cancel a registration or modify a registration please call 519.364.2310 x 0.
  • Swim patrons who pre-register for an aquatic program and do not attend without advance notice will not be refunded their money. If the swim patron has a membership or pass they will receive a verbal warning on their first occurrence. Subsequent occurrences may result in membership suspension.
  • If program is at capacity, you are encouraged to waitlist your name. This helps us track program interest and consider future program changes. When a cancellation occurs, individuals on waitlist will be contacted.
  • Patrons who do not show up for their registered program 10 minutes after the start time will forfeit their participation in the program.
  • No food on deck. Only water is permitted in a plastic reusable container.
  • No photos/videos are permitted on the deck or from the viewing area.

Please note: Our Re-Opening FAQ Question and Answer section is continually evolving and will be updated as new details emerge. We anticipate additional questions and logistics to consider as we move through the re-opening process. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. Last Updated: March 2022.

Can the virus be spread through swimming pools?
According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.” We are required through legislation to maintain chlorine levels and test our pool water every 2 hours when open. 

When will Advanced Courses be offered?
Advance Courses will be offered Spring 2022. For a full list of what is being offered click on the 'Advanced Course' accordion tab below.  

When will lessons be offered?
Next round of lessons will be offered Summer 2022. REMINDER: Children registered in levels Swimmer 3 and below will require a parent/guardian in the water with them. Parent/guardians will providing physical manipulation and safety supervision. Instructors will be teaching from the deck and will only enter the pool in case of an emergency or for physical demonstration (if required). Watch social media and Town website for updates.

Are changerooms available?
All changerooms are available. Lockers and showers also available. 

Will equipment be available?
Only PFD’s will be made available. You are encouraged to bring your own equipment as long as it is program appropriate and clean. 

Will the viewing room be available to view my child?

How do I register for the drop in aquatic programs? If I don’t have a computer can I register for the drop in aquatic programs?
Download pre-registration instructions. During customer service hours, our staff may assist you with registering in person or over the phone should you not have access to a computer.

Will any aquatic programs be offered? Ie. Waterpolo, Lifesaving Fundamentals Club, Water jog, Aqua Float?
At this time programs that require shared equipment will not be offered. 

Will schools be coming for swimming lessons?
This will be the decision of the respective schools and classes. You are encouraged to contact your child’s teacher or school principal.

Why are Town staff constantly reminding me about physical distancing and face covering?
These are new and challenging times and we are all bound to forget! Staff will provide friendly and gentle reminders to individuals about our new protocols.

What happens if there is an outbreak at the facility?
Our staff work with the Grey Bruce Public Health for contact tracing. That is one reason why pre-registration is so important. We will inform patrons of the situation of a positive case of COVID-19. Public health will provide direction regarding any next steps. Again, patrons should follow all public health guidelines, including staying home if you are feeling ill, answering the self screening questions, physical distancing of at least 2 meters, wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing proper sneezing hygiene.


We are excited to offer you the ability to easily and securely view and purchase programs, memberships and passes online!
Our Online Registration System is:  

Fast! No more line ups.
Easy! Memberships are just a few clicks away.
Timely! With anytime, around the clock access.
Convenient! Purchase from the comfort of your home.
Secure! Your account information remains private.

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269 7th Avenue Hanover, ON N4N 2H5

If a class was filled when you are registering, you can be placed on a waitlist for the class. If a spot becomes available you will be contacted by phone or email to register. 

Class Transfers
You can switch classes prior to lesson #2, if there is space available.


Program Description 
PARENT & TOT 1 (Starfish) 4 - 12 months. With a caregiver, the child will explore the water through buoyancy, movement skills, introduction to PFD's and entries. Learn how to help your child play in the water with comfort and confidence. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $73.60
(Duck) 12 - 24 months.
With a caregiver, the child will perform assisted front and back floats, learn how to travel at the surface by kicking, and introduction to entries with a PFD. This level teaches children to get their face wet and blow bubbles. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child.  $73.60
(Turtle) 2 - 3 years.
With a caregiver the child will have fun jumping into the water with assistance. They learn to hold their breath and open their eyes under water. Kicking on front and back provide the building blocks for orientation and stroke development. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child. $73.60
(Sea Otter 1) 3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m assisted. Parent/guardian are required in the water with their child fir the first 4 lessons.  $80.40
(Sea Otter 2) 3 - 5 Years.
Preschoolers develop a foundation of water skills with the Instructors. Swimmers jump into chest-deep water assisted. Floating on front and back, and glides with assistance for 3 seconds. Shallow water movement wearing a PFD. Fitness swim 1-2m unassisted.   $80.40
(Salamander) 3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers jump into chest-deep water and get in and get out wearing a PFD. They submerge and exhale under water. They glide on front and back 3m and with a buoyant aid will flutter kick on back 5m. Fitness swim 2-4m unassisted.  $80.40
(Sunfish) 3 - 5 years.
Preschoolers try both a jump and a side roll into deep water while wearing a PFD. They recover objects from the bottom in waist-deep water. They work on kicking and gliding through the water on front and back unassisted. Fitness swim 5-7m unassisted.  $80.40
(Crocodile) 3 - 5 years. 
Preschoolers learn independent jumps into deep water and exit. They open their eyes under water and recover objects from chest-deep water. Front crawl is introduced at this level and for 2-3m unassisted. Fitness swim is 7-9m unassisted.  $80.40
(Whale) 3 - 5 years. 
Preschoolers build on deep water skills by demonstrating a forward roll entry with a PFD. They develop endurance by holding their breath under water for up to 10 sec. Interval training and whip kick is introduced at this level. Fitness swim 10-12m.  $80.40
6 - 8 years. 
This is an introductory class for children aged 6 to 8 with little or no experience in the water. Participants will learn head and face submersion, front/back and side swim (assisted). The swim instructor works to ensure that the participants become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a basic foundation of water skills.  $80.40
(SWIM KIDS 1) 6+ years.
Beginners become comfortable jumping into water with and without a personal flotation device. They open their eyes, exhale and hold their breath underwater. They work on floats, glides and kicking on front and back.  $80.40
(SWIM KIDS 2 & 3) 
6+ years.
Advanced beginners jump into deeper water, and become comfortable falling sideways into the water wearing a personal flotation device. Swimmers support themselves at the surface without an aid, recover an object in chest-deep water. Fitness swim is 10-15m.  $80.40
6+ years.
Swimmers develop front and back crawl strokes, and explore whip kick in a vertical position. Swimmers tread water for up to 30 sec and learn to transition from front to back flutter kick. Fitness swim is 20-25m.  $80.40
6+ years.
Swimmers work towards stride dives and standing dives into deep water. They improve the front crawl, back crawl and whip kick. Swimmers are introduced to a 3m underwater swim. Fitness swim is 50m. $80.40
6+ years. 
Junior swimmers shallow dive into deep water and perform in-water back somersaults. They achieve the Canadian Swim to Survive Standard: roll into deep water, tread 1 min and swim 50m. Swimmers continue to develop front and back crawl while breaststroke skills are introduced. Fitness swim is 100m. $80.40
6+ years.
Intermediate swimmers increase efficiency in front crawl, back crawl, and work to develop breaststroke skills. They are introduced to stride entries, scissor kick and vertical dolphin kick. They also develop strength and power by performing front and back crawl sprints. Fitness swim is 150m. $80.40
6+ years.
Intermediate swimmers master dolphin kick, diving off of blocks and eggbeater. They are introduced to sculling and continue to maximize efficiency in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 300m. $82.60
8+ years.
Swimmers rise to the challenge of advanced aquatic skills including head and foot first surface dives and a 25m obstacle swim. First aid focuses on assessment of conscious victims, contacting EMS and treatment for bleeding. They swim lengths of front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke. Fitness swim is 350m. $82.60
8+ years.
Swimmers continue stroke development with 75m swims of front crawl, back crawl and breast stroke. Lifesaving skills include a rescue with a buoyant aid and a timed object support. First aid focuses on assessment of unconscious victims, treatment of victims in shock and obstructed airway procedures. Fitness swim is 500m. $82.60
8+ years.
Advanced Swimmers develop each stroke over 100m. They also learn lifesaving skills such as entries with aids, and removals of unconscious victims. First aid focuses on treatment of victims with bone and joint injuries, and respiratory emergencies. Swimming drills develop a strong lifesaving foundation. Fitness swim is 600m. $82.60

Swim Lessons Spring 2022

Programs Tuesdays 
April 12 - May 31 
Code Wednesdays 
April 13 - June 1 
Code  Thursdays
April 14 - June 2 
Code Saturdays 
April 9 - June 11 
Cancelled Saturdays, April 16 & May 21. 
Parent & Tot 1
4-12 months 
4:00 - 4:30pm  7897 4:45 - 5:15pm  7898 5:00 - 5:30pm  7899    
Parent & Tot 2
12-24 months 
4:30 - 5:00pm  7900 4:45 - 5:15pm 7901 4:00 - 4:30pm  7902 10:00 - 10:30am 7903
Parent & Tot 3 
2-3 years 
4:15 - 4:45pm  7904 4:00 - 4:30pm  7905     11:00 - 11:30am
11:30 - 12:00pm  
Preschool A1 
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm
5:30 - 6:00pm 
4:15 - 4:45pm  7910 9:30 - 10:00am 
11:15 - 11:45pm 
Preschool A2
3-5 years 
    5:15 - 5:45pm 7913 5:15 - 5:45pm  7914 9:45 - 10:15am  7915
Preschool B
3-5 years 
4:45 - 5:15pm  7916  5:00 - 5:30pm  7917 4:45 - 5:15pm  7918 10:30 - 11:00am  7919
Preschool C
3-5 years 
    4:30 - 5:00pm  7920 4:30 - 5:00pm  7921 10:15 - 10:45am  7922
Preschool D
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm  7923     11:00 - 11:30am  7924
Preschool E 
3-5 years 
    4:15 - 4:45pm  7925     11:00 - 11:30am 7926
Beginner 1 
6+ years 
    5:45 - 6:15pm  7927  5:00 - 5:30pm 7928  11:30 - 12:00pm  7929 
Swimmer 1 
6+ years 
4:00 - 4:30pm 7930  4:45 - 5:15pm  7931  4:00 - 4:30pm
5:30 - 6:00pm 
9:15 - 9:45am 7934 
Swimmer 2 
6+ years
4:45 - 5:15pm 7935 5:15 - 5:45pm 7936  5:30 - 6:00pm  7937  9:45 - 10:15am   7938 
Swimmer 3 
6+ years 
4:00 - 4:30pm  7939     4:30 - 5:00pm  7940  10:15 - 10:45am  7941 
Swimmer 4 
6+ years 
4:30 - 5:00pm 7942  5:45 - 6:15pm  7943  5:15 - 5:45pm  7944 11:45 - 12:15pm   7945 
Swimmer 5 
6+ years 
    4:00 - 4:30pm  7946  5:45 - 6:15pm  7947  10:00 - 10:30am  7948 
Swimmer 6 
6+ years
    4:30 - 5:00pm  7949  5:45 - 6:15pm  7950 10:30 - 11:00am  7951 
Swimmer 7 
6+ years 
4:00 - 4:45pm 7952 5:00 - 5:45pm  7953      11:15 - 12:00pm  7954 
Swimmer 8
8+ years 
4:00 - 4:45pm 7955  5:00 - 5:45pm  7956     11:15 - 12:00pm  7957 
Swimmer 9 
8+ years 
4:30 - 5:15pm 7958         12:00 - 12:45pm 7959 
Swimmer 10 
8+ years 
4:30 - 5:15pm  7960          12:00 - 12:45pm 7961 


Private & Semi-Private Lessons 
Private and semi-private lessons are available for swimmers who need assistance mastering a particular skill or stroke. A few lessons with private instruction will leave the individual ready to continue with group lessons. All lessons are 30 minutes in length. To arrange private or semi-private lessons call the aquatic Centre at 519.364.2310. Private and semi-private participants will be required to follow the same expectations as listed above. 

Registration Dates: 

May 12 | Residents 
May 19 | Non-Residents 

Programs Tuesdays & Thursdays   
July 5 to July 28 
Code Tuesdays & Thursdays   
August 2 to August 25
Code  Wednesdays
July 6 to August 24    
Parent & Tot 1
4-12 months 
9:30 - 10:00am  8025 10:00 - 10:30am 8026 5:30 - 6:00pm 8027
Parent & Tot 2
12-24 months 
9:30 - 10:00am 
10:00 - 10:30am  
9:30 - 10:00am 
10:00 - 10:30am 
5:00 - 5:30pm 
5:30 - 6:00pm 
Parent & Tot 3 
2-3 years 
10:00 - 10:30am  8034 9:30 - 10:00am   8035 5:00 - 5:30pm   8036 
Preschool A1 
3-5 years 
9:30 - 10:00am 
11:00 - 11:30am 
9:30 - 10:00am
10:30 - 11:00am 
5:00 - 5:30pm   8041
Preschool A2
3-5 years 
10:30 - 11:00am  8042  10:00 - 10:30am  8043 4:30 - 5:00pm   8044
Preschool B
3-5 years 
10:30 - 11:00am  8045  10:00 - 10:30am  8046    
Preschool C
3-5 years 
11:00 - 11:30am  8047  9:30 - 10:00am 8048 4:30 - 5:00pm  8049
Preschool D
3-5 years 
10:30 - 11:00am  8050  11:00 - 11:30am  8051    
Preschool E 
3-5 years 
10:30 - 11:00am  8052  11:00 - 11:30am  8053    
Beginner 1 
6+ years 
11:00 - 11:30am  8054  10:30 - 11:00am  8055  6:00 - 6:30pm  8056
Swimmer 1 
6+ years 
10:00 - 10:30am  8057 11:00 - 11:30am  8058 5:30 - 6:00pm  8059
Swimmer 2 
6+ years
10:00 - 10:30am  8060 11:00 - 11:30am  8061 5:30 - 6:00pm  8062
Swimmer 3 
6+ years 
9:30 - 10:00am  8063 10:30 - 11:00am  8064 5:00 - 5:30pm  8065
Swimmer 4 
6+ years 
10:45 - 11:15am  8066 10:30 - 11:00am  8067 4:30 - 5:00pm  8068
Swimmer 5 
6+ years 
9:30 - 10:00am  8069 11:00 - 11:30am  8070 5:30 - 6:00pm  8071
Swimmer 6 
6+ years
9:30 - 10:00am  8072 11:00 - 11:30am  8073 5:30 - 6:00pm  8074
Swimmer 7 
6+ years 
10:00 - 10:45am  8075 9:30 - 10:15am 8076 6:00 - 6:45pm  8077 
Swimmer 8
8+ years 
10:00 - 10:45am  8078 9:30 - 10:15am 8079 6:00 - 6:45pm  8081 
Swimmer 9 
8+ years 
        6:00 - 6:45pm  8080 
Swimmer 10 
8+ years 
         6:00 - 6:45pm 8082 

February 24 | Residents 
March 3 | Non-residents 


Course & Description  Dates & Times  Cost Code
Bronze Star | Basic First Aid | CPR-A
Bronze Star is the pre-bronze medallion training standard and excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Participants work on endurance, problem solving, decision making skills and develop water smart confidence. They learn CPR and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.
Prerequisite: Able to swim 100m, recommended 12 years of age. This award is a definite asset for those who have not reached the minimum age for Bronze Medallion. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 28 to June 13 
4:30 to 5:45pm 

Cancelled April 18 & May 23 
$140.15 7974
Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B
This course develops physical fitness, decision making and judgment skills for water rescue. Emergency First Aid knowledge skills are also covered.
Prerequisite: 13 years of age (prior to exam) or Bronze Star award. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 28 to June 13 
4:30 to 7:00pm 

Exam | Wednesday, June 15
4:30 to 6:30pm 

Cancelled April 18 & May 23

$218.18   7975 
Bronze Cross | CPR-C | Standard First Aid
This course teaches the difference between lifesaving and assistant lifeguarding, the principles of emergency procedures, teamwork and the use of special equipment. Spinal injury management techniques, safety supervision scanning and rescue situations are also covered.
Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion | Emergency First Aid | CPR-B. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Mondays, March 28 to June 13 
4:30 to 7:30pm 

Exam | Thursday, June 16 
4:30 to 6:30pm 

Cancelled April 18 & May 23 

$347.43 7976
Assistant Swim Instructor with High Five
Through classroom learning and in-water practice, the Assistant Instructor course prepares candidates to help instructors with swimming and lifesaving skills. Candidates are introduced to key principles of learning and teaching while they master basic progressions. The roles and responsibilities of instructors and their assistants including the principles of healthy child development are emphasized. Candidates must complete 18 apprenticeship hours during the course.
Prerequisite: 14 years of age, Bronze Cross.100% Attendance is mandatory.

Saturday, March 26 | 10:00 to 6:00pm 
Sunday, March 27 | 9:00 to 5:00pm 
Sunday, May 8 | 10:00 to 6:00pm 

$223.26 7977
National Lifeguard (NL)
This intensive 40-hour course will train candidates in advanced water rescue, emergency care and aquatic supervision. Emphasis will be on accident prevention, leadership, teamwork and communication. NL is the standard lifeguarding certification across Canada.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross (need not be current), 15 years of age by the beginning of the course. Must hold a valid Standard First Aid certificate to register in the course. 100% attendance is mandatory to complete the course.

Fridays, March 25 & April 1 | 5:00 to 9:00pm
Saturdays, March 26 & April 2 | 10:00 to 7:00pm 
Sundays, March 27 & April 3 | 9:00 to 6:00pm 

$333.04 7978
Swim Instructor 
This course prepares you to teach and evaluate the swimming strokes and related skills found in the Lifesaving Society Swim For Life Program. Successful candidates will receive certification as a Swim for Life Instructor upon successful completion of the course. Candidates will acquire proven teaching methods, planning skills, emergency response skills and a variety of stroke development drills and correction techniques.
Prerequisite: Bronze Cross, Assistant Swim Instructor & 15 years of age by the beginning of the course. 100% Attendance is mandatory.

Friday, May 13 | 4:30 to 9:30pm 
Saturday, May 14 | 9:00 to 7:00pm 
Sunday, May 15 | 9:30 to 6:30pm 
$222.57 7973
Aquatic Supevisory Training (AST)
AST provides candidates with a certification opportunity that prepares them for the responsibilities associated with being aquatic supervisors, head lifeguards or pool managers. As a recognized standard, AST ensures candidates are familiar with the skills needed to fulfill the requirements of these positiions. AST candidates will learn provincial regulations, legal responsibilities and the authority of a supervisor. Topics include: aquatic emergencies, facility management, organizational effectiveness, communication, supervisory skills and risk management. 
Prerequisite: National Lifeguard or Lifesaving Insturctor Certificate and 100 hours of lifeguarding/instructing experience. 

Saturday, June 4 | 9:30 to 4:30pm 
Sunday, June 5 | 9:30 to 4:30pm 
$103.95 7982
National Lifeguard Recertification 
Lifeguards are legally required to re-certify their qualifications every two years. This clinic will update lifeguards on the latest developments in training techniques and statistical research. 

Sunday, May 29 | 2:00 to 7:00pm  $84.93 7980
Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Recertification 
Recertification candidates must hold an original Lifesaving Society First Aid to be able to recertify. 
Sunday, May 29 | 8:00 to 1:00pm  $53.37 7981