Community Services News

Registration for Public Swim Returns!

You asked and we listened!
 
REGISTRATION FOR PUBLIC SWIM RETURNS FOR THE SUMMER!
  • Registration opens Monday, July 19 at 1:00pm, for public swim during these weeks:
    • July 20 – 23
    • July 26 – 30
    • August 3-6
  • Registration opens Tuesday, August 3 at 1:00pm, for all remaining public swims of the summer. 
We are still operating at reduced capacities through the summer; maximum capacities will vary per swim. We hope this alleviates some of the challenges our valued customers have expressed – we look forward to serving you!
 
View the swim schedule here.
 
Payment is due at time of registration (visa/debit cards do not work for phone in payments). Register one of 3 ways:
  1. Online at www.dawsoncreek.ca/register
  2. By Phone at 250-782-7946 or 250-784-3604
  3. In person at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre (#2 300 Hwy 2) or City Hall (10105 12A St.).
 
 

Shell’s Slice of Summer – FREE Event

Join Shell and the City of Dawson Creek for two fun-filled days of games, activities, popcorn, cotton candy and prizes!

FREE FOR ALL AGES! Drop in to one of the times below:

July 21: Enchanted Forest & Faeries

  • 1:15-2:15pm
  • 3:00-4:00pm
  • 4:45-5:45pm
  • 6:30-7:30pm

August 25: Starry Nights Carnival

  • 4:45-5:45pm
  • 6:30-7:30pm
  • 8:15-9:15pm

 

Moving into Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan

We are excited to be moving into Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan (effective July 1).
 
We will provide regular updates to the public, as we move through the transition to re-open amenities and adjust program capacities over the next few weeks. Please note, this will not be an immediate process and we ask for everyone’s patience during this transition period. 
 

Operational changes effective July 1, 2021:

  • Masks are no longer mandatory in our programs and facilities. They are recommended for those not fully vaccinated and those who wish to wear one. Please be considerate and respectful of each other.
  • Anyone feeling sick is asked to stay home.
  • Physical barriers will remain in place, directional signage may remain in some facilities.
  • Registration in all programs is now open to everyone (no longer limited to local area residents).
  • Pool specific information:
    • Registration for Public Swim is still in effect as we transition back to drop in, however if space is available we will accept drop in. Please note, the number of spots available for public swim is determined by staffing levels.
    • Spectators allowed in lobby area (not pool deck).
    • Still arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on) as we transition; change rooms available at end of swim.
Further changes will be communicated when available.
 
We will continue to monitor Public Health Guidelines and adjust our operations accordingly as changes may occur. Staff and Public safety continue to be our number one priority. Thank you to everyone for your continued cooperation and kindness to each other and our staff during this pandemic.
 
To view Step 3 of the BC Restart Plan, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart

Summer Programs!

The Community Services Department has lots planned for you this summer! Registration is required for all programs (including the free ones). This is to ensure everyone’s safety as we follow current Provincial Health orders.

  • Recreation Programs
    • Shell’s Slice of Summer includes FREE activities for everyone. Sign up for the Enchanted Forest & Fairies, or the Starry Nights Carnival.  
    • Park Play Days gives you the opportunity to get out and enjoy local parks around town with the little one. Engage Sport North will provide a FREE introduction to different sports all summer!
    • Summer Camps: this summer youth can try out Archery, Cricket, Golf, Ball Hockey and Where the Wild Things Are (outdoor adventures and skills).  
    • FREE Outdoor Vinyasa Yoga can be found at Kitchen Park this summer thanks to our sponsor, Borek Construction
    • FREE Fitness Walks for all ages will be running on Wednesdays. Engage Sport North will have fitness stations set up along the walking trail for that added extra workout!
    • Spots are still available in the Youth Soccer Program, coached by South Peace Junior Soccer coaches.
    • View our Summer Flyer here
  • Aquatic Centre
    • For those interested in becoming a lifeguard (or those simply looking for lifesaving skills when you head to the lake), Bronze Cross starts July 5 and Bronze Medallion starts August 6.
      • Did you know students can earn high school credits by taking these courses? Check it out.
    • Registration for Private Swim Lessons opened on June 16; private lessons are now full, but you can contact the Aquatic Centre to see if any spots have opened up. 
    • Registration is now open for summer Public Swim
      • Public swim will run Monday-Friday this summer (pool is closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
    • Be sure to register for a FREE Walking Track Session this summer!
    • View our flyers here: Public Swim, Leadership Classes, Private Lessons

  • Other
    • Don’t forget – you can borrow one of our FREE Fit and Fun Activity Kits!
      • These kits are full of games and activities.
      • A fully refundable rental deposit is required – once everything is returned in good order, your deposit will be refunded.
      • We just added a NEW Boot Camp Kit which includes video instruction, agility ladder and discs, yoga mat and lesson instruction.
    • Leisure Access Program
      • This program helps eligible limited-income Dawson Creek residents access recreation, pool and arena programs.
      • If you know of anyone who could benefit from this program, pass it along! Next application deadline is August 1.

How to Register:

  1. Online at https://www.dawsoncreek.ca/register
    • Set up your online account with the Community Services office or the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre
  2. By Phone at 250-784-3604 or 250-782-7946
    • Note: Visa Debit cards do not work for phone-in registration
  3. In person at City Hall (downstairs) 10105 12A St.

Bronze Cross Starts Soon!

What are you doing this summer? 

If you have your Bronze Medallion certification, why not sign up for Bronze Cross, which starts July 5?

This course is the 2nd step in becoming a lifeguard and is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training, including an introduction to safety supervision. Bronze Cross hones judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness to prepare candidates for success in National Lifeguard (NL) and instructor certifications.

Participants will develop proficiency in preventing the loss of life for any aquatic emergency. Development of stroke endurance, fitness training and lifeguard assistance skills are a very important part of the course. A timed swim of 400m in 11 minutes is required.

For information or to register, call the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre at 250-782-SWIM.