Aquatic Programs

NOTICE Unfortunately the water transfer wheelchair is currently out of service and is not available for use to get in and out of the warm water pool. We will remove this notice once it is repaired or replaced.

The Centennial Aquatic Centre offers various programs outlined by Lifesaving Society standards. We offer public swims, Aquafit, lane swims, Learn to Swim lessons, Lifesaving Leadership courses and First Aid & Standard CPR.

Drop-In Swim Programming

Pre-registration for drop-in programs is currently not required.  Please note that "Family Swim" times on the schedule are designated for families only.  This includes Guardians/parents + children.  No adult swimming available during these Family Swim times.

At this time, the Centennial Aquatics Centre will remain closed on Sundays due to staff availability.   

Swim Schedule May 22 - 27th

Swim Schedule May 29 - June 3rd

* Holiday Schedule in effect for Monday, May 22nd

* No Open Swim Wednesday, May 24th due to National Lifeguard Course

Aquatherapy Spring Session - 6 weeks - FULL

Registration opens May 2nd @ noon

Mondays, May 15th - June 26th (no class on Victoria Day)

Wednesdays, May 17th - June 21st

Thursdays, May 18th - June 22nd

Swim Lessons

The Centennial Aquatic Centre is a proud Affiliate of the Lifesaving Society.  We offer programs for babies through to aquatic leadership.  The Swim for Life program stresses lots of in-water practice to develop solid swimming strokes and skills. Valuable Water Smart® education is incorporated throughout all levels of the program.  The Lifesaving Society provides a fun and challenging progression of lifesaving training programs. At the CAC we offer the Canadian Swim Patrol and the 3 Bronze medal awards that are designed for swimmers between 8 and 15 years of age. Our first aid certifications focus on the practical ABCs of lifesaving.

If you are interested in further information regarding these swim programs as well as qualifications, please visit the Lifesaving Society website by clicking the button below.

 Lifesaving Society Swim & Lifeguard Programs 

Registration Information:

The Spring Lesson Session is currently in progress.

Summer Swim Lessons:

The Aquatics Team has been busy planning the summer!  The Centennial Aquatics Centre will be offering 2 two-week session, one in July and one in August.  Lessons will run in the evenings Monday - Thursday.  This means that your child will swim the 4 nights the first week and 4 nights the second week for a total of 8 lessons.  A complete schedule will be posted online mid-June.

July Session:  July 17th - 27th

August Session: August 14th - 24th

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN: June 21st @ 7:00 a.m.

If you do not have a recreation account, please set that up by clicking the button below.

Program Registrations - Create Your New Account

Swim lessons are scheduled seasonally, typically consisting of 1 session a week for 8 weeks. Fall programming typically begins in October, Winter programming in January, Spring programming in late April/early May and summer programming in July and August. Registration dates will be posted to the website once details are available.

TIP:  Lessons fill up quickly!  Be sure to create your account or update your login credentials so that you are prepared to register for swim lessons when registration opens.  

Participant Report Cards:

Your child's instructor will provide the participant number on the final day of class and let you know when report cards will be available.  If you don't know what your participant number is you can reach out to our customer service team to provide it to you at Your child's participant number will stay the same from session to session.

Advanced/Leadership Aquatics

Bronze Medallion & Emergency First Aid

Bronze Medallion challenges the candidate both mentally and physically. Judgment, knowledge, skill, and fitness – the four components of water rescue – form the basis of Bronze Medallion training. Candidates acquire the assessment and problem- solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on, and around the water.

This course includes Emergency First Aid. Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid are prerequisites for Bronze Cross.

Dates:  August 8th - 11th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-requisite:  Must be 13 years of age OR have successfully completed Bronze Star

Cost:  $100 +HST

Registration opens May 2nd @ noon

** 100% attendance is required


Bronze Cross and HIGH FIVE Principles of Health Child Development

This course begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates strengthen and expand their lifesaving skills and begin to apply the principles and techniques of active surveillance in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross emphasizes the importance of teamwork and communication in preventing and responding to aquatic emergencies. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for advanced training in the Society’s National Lifeguard and leadership certification programs.

The Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) equips front-line leaders (anyone working with children aged 4 to 12) with the tools to immediately enhance the quality of their programs. The training provides valuable information, resources, and techniques to ensure that each child's social, emotional, and cognitive needs are met. 

Dates:  August 8th - 11th, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-requisite:  Must be 13 years of age AND have successfully completed Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (need not be current)

Cost:  $250 +HST

Registration opens May 2nd @ noon

** 100% attendance is required


Standard First Aid

Plunge! Aquatics at Blue Mountain is offering a Standard First Aid and CPR course May 13 & 14, 2023.  We strongly recommend that if your child is 15+ years of age they take this course.  It is helpful for employment and REQUIRED to take your National Lifeguard which the Centennial Aquatic Centre is planning to offer in June and again in the summer.  To register for this course or to receive more information, please contact the Plunge! team at


National Lifeguard Pool - Recertification

To remain “current”, National Lifeguards successfully complete a National Lifeguard recertification exam. The only items evaluated on a National Lifeguard recertification examination are marked with a (†) symbol in the At-a-glance list of test items, on the test sheets, and in the National Lifeguard Award Guide.

The National Lifeguard recertification exam is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills and recertify your award. You are responsible for reviewing the required content and skills and preparing yourself for the exam. Your exam is based on the National Lifeguard Award curriculum. The required content for this curriculum can be found in your Alert text and the Canadian Lifesaving Manual. Candidates should bring Alert, a whistle, barrier devices (gloves and pocket mask), and proof of prerequisite (previous National Lifeguard).

Cost: $80

Dates: May 7, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


National Lifeguard Pool - Full Certification

National Lifeguard is a legal certificate for lifeguarding throughout the country and is recognized and required by the province of Ontario for lifeguarding public swimming pools.

June Session:

  • Wednesday, May 24th
  • Wednesday, May 31st
  • Tuesday, June 6th
  • Tuesday, June 13th
  • Saturday, June 17th
  • Sunday, June 18th
  • Tuesday, June 20th


Summer Session:

July 31st - August 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Pre-requisite:  Must be 15 years of age AND have successfully completed Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid (need not be current) either from the Lifesaving Society or an approved provider.

Cost:  $250 +HST

Registration opens May 2nd @ noon

** 100% attendance is required


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