Dec 26 - All YMCA Health Fitness & Aquatics Centres are temporarily closed due to the Provincial lockdown. All active memberships have been placed on hold for the duration of the lockdown. For complete info please read our Updates to Members.

Les Chater Family YMCA

Kids enjoying YMCA open swim

Public Open Swim at the YMCA HBB

Open swim is an all-ages leisure swim reserved for members. It's a great way to be active and have fun together.

Recreational Swimming - Aquatic Admission Criteria

0 - 6 years: Must be supervised by an adult or guardian (minimum 14 years of age) in the water. Maximum 2:1 ratio.

7 - 9 years: If able to pass swim test, child may swim independently. Adult or guardian (minimum 14 years of age) must remain on the pool deck. If unable to pass swim test, child must be supervised in the water by adult or guardian (minimum of 14 years). Maximum 2:1 ratio.

10 years +: Are welcome to use the pool, subject to their swimming abilities.   

Equipment 

While members are permitted to bring water equipment to their registered swim time, certain restrictions have been placed for the safety and enjoyment of all swimmers. 

Members are welcome to bring the following clean and sanitized equipment: 
Lifejacket or PFD
Pool noodle
AquaFit weights or gloves 
AquaFit belts 
Goggles 
Kick boards/flutter boards
Water shoes 
Swim fins (lane swims only)

The following equipment are not permitted: 
Snorkels 
Glass swim masks/scuba masks 
Monofins (aka mermaid fins) 
Balls 
Large floats, innertubes 

Please note that equipment use is also at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty and may be modified for the safety and enjoyment of all swimmers. 


Les Chater Family YMCA

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Hamilton, ON L9B 1C2
Phone: 905.667.1515
Fax: 905.667.5879
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