Pool Admission Standards

The YMCA of Oakville is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable aquatic experience.  The following age restriction admission standards are based on the Ontario Health Regulations and the YMCA Canada Child Protection Policy.

Age, Swimming Ability and TestSupervision RequirementWristband Colour
Under 6 yrs,
All Abilities
• Must be directly supervised by an adult/guardian (min. 16 years of age) in the water within arms reach
• Maximum 2 children:1 adult ratio
No Wristband Applied
Over 6 yrs,
Non Swimmers/Weak Swimmers
• Must be directly supervised by adult/guardian (min. 16 years of age) in the water within arms reach
• Maximum 4 children:1 adult ratio
No Wristband Applied
6-9 yrs, Pass facility swim test (Front swim with no equipment)
Leisure Pool Swim Test• Swim continuously 2 widths in leisure pool
• Demonstrate comfort in water independently
• Must be supervised by adult/guardian (min. 16 years of age) in the pool area [visual contact]
Green
Main Pool Shallow Swim Test• Swim continuously 30m in main pool
• Demonstrate comfort in water independently
• Must be supervised by adult/guardian (min. 16 years of age) in the pool area [visual contact]
Blue
Over 10 yrs, Pass facility swim test (Front swim with no equipment)
Leisure and Shallow Test• Ask the green wrist band for swimming in Leisure pool only
• Complete the shallow swim test to access the main pool shallow end
Green
Blue
Main Pool Deep Swim Test• Swim continuously 50m in main pool, jump in deep water, tread water 1 minRed
  • Patrons with seizure disorders or other serious medical conditions should be accompanied by a caregiver who is 16+ years, knowledgeable of their condition. Swimmers should inform the lifeguard on duty.
  • Swim test has no age limit. Any age may be asked to demonstrate the swim ability.