The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre will be CLOSED on MONDAY, OCTOBER 12
The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre is currently open in their Phase 1 limited schedule with the following guidelines:
The goal of the Community Services Department is to restart recreation in a safe and progressive manner within a pandemic environment.
Customer and staff safety is our priority. As COVID-19 is unpredictable, we will continue to adapt or change our protocols as needed. We ask for your patience and understanding should changes need to be made due to the evolving situation.
Due to limited number of swimmers allowed in building, Public Swim is open to residents in Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Area D, Area E and neighboring border communities (Bonanza, Bay Tree, Savanna, Gundy) ONLY.
Learn what to expect in the video below. Further detailed guidelines can be found after the video.
To view the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre COVID-19 Safety Plan, click here.
- Everyone must pre-register for public swim (including children/babies). Registration opens on August 29. To limit contact and encourage physical distancing, please:
- Register online at www.dawsoncreek.ca/register
- Register by phone at 250-782-7946 (Sat-Wed) or at 250-784-3604 (Th-F)
- If options above don’t work, register in person at City Hall (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm)
- Those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, who have been in close contact with a case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or who have travelled internationally must stay home and isolate.
- Maintain 6 feet (2m) physical distancing whenever possible; wearing a mask when physical distancing isn’t possible, prior to entering the water is strongly recommended
- Arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on) and bring warmer clothes for after your swim. Changerooms will not be available
- Bring only what you need (towels, swim diapers, filled water bottle, etc.) and leave valuables at home.
- Merchandise, Punch Card, Pass and Gift Certificate sales are currently suspended.
- All public swims will have a double lane available for lap swim (first come, first serve), with the exception of the noon lap swim (M-W) which will occupy the entire Lap Pool
- Maximum number of swimmers: 40
- Maximum number of swimmers in a double lane: 4
- No spectators
- Equipment (lifejackets, flutterboards, toys, etc.) will not be available
For more details, click on the topics/FAQ’s below:
Swim Schedule (Phase One) *Subject to Change*
Phase One Swim Schedule
Starts September 12, for 4-6 weeks. *Subject to Change* Must register for public swim – drop in is not available.
- Public Swim 12:00 – 1:20pm
- Public Swim 3:00 – 4:20pm
- Sensory Friendly Swim 6:00 – 7:20pm
- Public Swim 12:00 – 1:20pm
- Public Swim 3:00 – 4:20pm
- Public Swim 9:00am – 10:20am
- Public Swim 12:00 – 1:20pm
- Public Swim 6:30 – 7:50pm
When to Register for Public Swim
- September 12 – 16 (registration opens August 29)
- September 19 – 23 (registration opens September 5)
- September 26 – 30 (registration opens September 12)
- October 3 – 7 (registration opens September 19)
- Maximum number of people in building: 40
- Maximum number of swimmers in a lane: 4 (swim in counter clockwise manner)
- Lanes are widened into a double lane to accommodate physical distancing.
- Can register for noon hour lane swim on M, T, W as the entire lap pool is set up for lap swim.
- All other public swims have a lane available (register for public swim, but can use a lane).
- Lanes available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- All swims are by registration only.
- Everyone must be registered including babies.
- Spectators not permitted.
- “Sensory Friendly” Public Swim is a new pilot program on Saturdays. This is an all inclusive quieter public swim for anyone with sensory issues or anyone simply wanting a quiet swim.
- There will be no spray features or music during this time.
- As this is a pilot program, this will evolve depending on feedback received. There is no guarantee this will continue in the new schedule.
What Is Open and Closed During Public Swim?
OPEN: Lap Pool, Leisure Pool, Hot Tub
CLOSED: Change rooms, Lockers, water slide, water fountains, steam/sauna rooms, Tots Pool, Diving Boards, Merchandise sales, facility equipment/toys.
What should I know before I come swimming?
- Public swim is by registration only (no drop in).
- If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms do not come.
- Arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on). Change rooms and regular lockers not available.
- Bring only what you need and leave valuables at home. Small wallet lockers are available (bring $0.25 with you).
- Merchandise sales not available – if you need a swim diaper for your child, bring it with you.
What can I expect when I come swimming?
To facilitate reopening, the swim schedule is planned using current information and guidelines from provincial and national agencies, the Provincial Health Officer and local health authorities. Swimming will look a little different that what you may be used to but will still be lots of fun!
- We are operating at reduced capacities and limited hours to allow for distancing measures & additional cleaning, per approved guidelines.
- Maintain 6 feet (2m) physical distancing whenever possible.
- Public swim is by registration only.
- Access to the facility is limited to registered customers only (spectators not permitted).
- Arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on).
- Change rooms will not be available – at the end of your swim, you can towel off on deck throw on your warmer clothes over top and exit out to the lobby.
- Washroom available during the swim.
- Bring what you need (towel, filled water bottle, swim diapers, etc.) and leave valuables at home.
- Facility equipment (flutter boards, toys, lifejackets, etc.) not available.
- Merchandise sales not available.
- Swimmers are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask at all times during their visit other than when in the water due to social distancing being a challenge at times.
- Swimmers should be prepared to remove shoes on arrival and change on the pool deck (please arrive swim-ready). Follow direction of travel.
Entering/Exiting the Building.
Remember to arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on) as the change rooms are not available. It is recommended to wear a mask in the facility where physical distancing isn’t possible and remove before you enter the water.
- Leave valuables at home. Change rooms and regular lockers are not available.
- Small wallet lockers are available – bring $0.25 with you.
- The doors will open 5 minutes before the scheduled swim. Access to the pool deck will be at the scheduled start time of the swim.
- Follow direction of travel signage.
- Swimmers are pre-screened at front doors, then move into lobby.
- Remove shoes, then head to the front desk for check-in (following directional signs and physical distancing markers). Be prepared to wait.
- At check in, if customer is not on the list (not registered), they will not be permitted in the facility.
- Priority will be given to registered customers. If a customer is not registered but wishes to swim (and there is space), they will be asked to move out of the line and wait until all registered customers have been checked in.
- After check in swimmers will go through the Family Change Room on to the pool deck.
- The change room is not available and only used as walkthrough access to the deck.
- There are 40 marked spaces on the pool deck where you can put your things.
- During your visit, physical distancing measures are in effect; please respect all customers and staff.
- Swim will last 80 minutes.
- At the end of the swim you will have 10 minutes to collect your items, towel off, throw on your warmer clothes over top and leave the building.
- If you need more than 10 minutes or wish to use the deck shower, exit the water earlier.
- When exiting, use the patio door to leave through the lobby.
Can I drop in for Public Swim?
No. Public Swim is by registration only (no drop-in). The maximum number of swimmers allowed in the building is 40, therefore you must register everyone who is swimming (including babies).
How do I register for Public Swim?
Due to the limited capacity allowed in the building, Public Swim is open to residents in Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Area D, Area E and neighboring border communities (Bonanza, Bay Tree, Savanna, Gundy) ONLY.
Do not register for swimming if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have travelled internationally.
To encourage physical distancing and limit contact, registration can be done:
- Online at www.dawsoncreek.ca/register
- By phone at 250-782-7946 (Sat/Sun, 8:30am-4:30pm and Mon-Wed, 8:30am-4:30pm) or 250-784-3604 (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm)
If the above options don’t work, you can register in person at City Hall, M-F (8:30am-4:30pm).
- Register up to 2 weeks in advance for a swim.
- Register everyone, including babies (maximum capacity is 40 people – if they are not on the list they can’t swim).
- There will be no waitlists – our system will show a waitlist button, however waitlists will not be monitored; it is recommended you choose another swim time if the one you want is full.
- You can cancel your registration for full credit/refund up to 48 hours in advance of swim. If less than 48 hours cancellation notice given, a credit/refund will NOT be issued.
There will be no waitlists – our system will show a waitlist button, however waitlists will not be monitored. If the swim you want is full, it is recommended you choose a different day.
Will change rooms be available?
No. Change rooms and lockers are not available (the small wallet lockers will be available – bring $0.25 with you).
You must arrive swim-ready (swim suit on). When you are done your swim, you can towel off on deck, throw on your warmer clothes over top and exit through the patio doors.
Bring only what you need (towels, filled water bottle, swim diapers, etc.) and leave valuables at home.
Is the Climbing Wall open?
No. The Climbing Wall is closed until further notice.
Is the Wayne & Bev Dahlen Walking Track open?
No. The walking track is closed until further notice.