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Due to the new province-wide restrictions put in place on November 19, 2020, masks are now required for everyone entering City facilities. For more details, click here
View the full COVID-19 Pool Safety Plan here.

All Public Swim is by registration only. Register online or by phone (250-782-SWIM) during business hours (Saturday-Wednesday). Aquatic Centre is CLOSED on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre is open with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 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. View the Aquatic Centre COVID-19 Safety plan here.

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. 

For details, click on the topics/FAQ’s below:

Swim Schedule *Subject to Change*

Doors will not open until 5 minutes before your swim; with the colder weather, it is recommended to wait in your vehicle. 

  • Public Swim Schedule (April – June)
  • Aquatic Centre CLOSED on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Need to cancel your swim? 48 hours notice is required – if less than 48 hours notice given, a credit/refund will NOT be issued. 

When to Register for Public Swim

  • Can register for a public swim session up to 3 weeks in advance. 
  • Register by calling 250-782-SWIM (7946) Sat-Wed, or 250-784-3604 Th-F

Details

  1. Limited number of people permitted in building. 
  2. Maximum number of swimmers in a lane: 4 (swim in counter clockwise manner)
    1. Lanes are widened into a double lane to accommodate physical distancing.
    2. Can register for noon hour lane swim on M, T, W as the entire lap pool is set up for lap swim. 
    3. All other public swims have a lane available (register for public swim, but can use a lane).
    4. Lanes available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  3. All swims are by registration only.
    • Everyone must be registered including babies.
  4. Spectators not permitted.
  5. “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, Water Slide, wallet lockers, change rooms & showers (end of swim only), on-deck shower, 1 Meter Diving Board (except during M-F 12:00pm swim times).

  • Limited number of people and time allowed in change rooms. Please be considerate of others:
    • Limit your time in the shower to a quick rinse
    • Change quickly to allow those waiting to access change room.  
  • Access to showers is limited due to physical distancing; 3 shower stalls available in the Men’s and Women’s change room each, 2 shower stalls available in the Universal change room.

CLOSED: change room lockers, water fountains, steam/sauna rooms, Tots Pool, 3 Meter Diving Board, facility equipment/toys.

What should I know before I come swimming?

Doors will not open until 5 minutes before your swim; with the colder weather, it is recommended to wait in your vehicle. 

  • Public swim is by registration only (no drop in). This includes children and babies.
  • If you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms do not come.
  • If you have been in close contact with a case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, have travelled internationally stay home and isolate.
  • Arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on). Change rooms available at end of swim.
  • 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 available: goggles, swim diapers (disposable or re-usable), swim caps, nose clips, earplugs). 
  • Punch card, pass and courtesy pass sales not available. 

What can I expect when I come swimming?

Doors will not open until 5 minutes before your swim; with the colder weather, it is recommended to wait in your vehicle. 

  • Masks are mandatory in facility (per Provincial Health Orders).
    • Remove mask prior to entering water
    • Put mask back on at end of swim, prior to entering change rooms. 
  • 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.
    • This includes where you store your items on deck. Designated colored dots are spaced 6 feet apart; do not store items in between the dots.  
  • Access to the facility is limited to registered customers only (spectators not permitted).
  • Arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on); access to the pool deck will be through the lobby patio doors. 
    • Change rooms available at the end of your swim; a limited number of people are allowed in the change rooms at one time. Please change quickly and be considerate of those waiting their turn. There will be 10 minutes at the end of the swim to change and exit – if you need more time, please exit the water earlier. 
  • On-deck shower available; change room showers available for a quick rinse only at the end of your swim.   
  • 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.
  • Swimmers should be prepared to remove shoes on arrival. Follow direction of travel.

Entering/Exiting the Building. 

Remember to arrive swim-ready (bathing suit on) as the change rooms are only accessible at the end of your swim for a short period of time.

  • Masks are mandatory in facility (per Provincial Health Orders).
    • Remove mask prior to entering water
    • Put mask back on at end of swim, prior to entering change rooms.
  • Leave valuables at home. 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 (not earlier). 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 for check in.
  • Remove shoes, then head to the pool deck doors (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.
  • There are 40 colored dots on the pool deck where you can place your items.
    • These dots are spaced 6 feet apart from each other; to maintain physical distancing, please store your items on the dots (not in between). 
  • 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 in the change room for a quick rinse and change, then collect your items and exit the building.
    • Limited capacity in the change rooms/limited access to the showers – please be considerate of those waiting their turn. 
    • If you need more than 10 minutes to change it is recommended to 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 limited, 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. 

Registration can be done:

  1. Online at www.dawsoncreek.ca/register
  2. By phone at 250-782-SWIM during Aquatic Centre business hours: 
    • Saturday: 9:30am-7:45pm
    • Sunday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
    • Monday: 8:45am – 7:45pm
    • Tuesday: 8:45am – 7:45pm
    • Wednesday: 8:45am – 7:45pm
    • Pool closed Thursday & Friday
  3. By phone at 250-784-3604 during Community Services business hours
    1. Thursday: 8:45am – 4:15pm
    2. Friday: 8:45am – 4:15pm
  4. In person at City Hall, M-F (8:30am-4:30pm). 

Register everyone, including babies:

  • Maximum capacity is 40 people – if they are not on the list and there are no more spots, they can’t swim.

Cancel your swim up to 48 hours in advance for a credit or refund. 

  • If less than 48 hours cancellation notice given, a credit/refund will NOT be issued. 
  • Please call to cancel during business hours.  

There will be no waitlists:

  • Our system may 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?

Yes, however you still need to arrive swim-ready (swim suit on) as the change rooms are only available at the END of your swim. When done swimming, you will have 10 minutes to change, gather your belongings and exit the facility. If you need more time than this, exit the water earlier. 

Change room shower access is limited and intended for a quick rinse only. Please be considerate of those who are waiting. 

Big lockers are not available; the small wallet lockers are available – bring $0.25 with you. 

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?

Yes. View the Walking Track page for information.