Recreational Swimming

Looking for a fun and relaxing way to spend a couple of hours? Enjoy casual swimming with your family in our warm leisure pool. What a great family activity! We offer open, adult/ lap swims, as well as disabled swims. 

You must meet the parent-to-child in-pool ratios in order to attend a recreational swim

To avoid disappointment, please consult our swim ratio poster (pdf) or the graphic below for details on parent: child ratio for various ages and abilities before attending a rec swim. If you do not meet the ratios, you will be turned away.

adult supervision ratios

Swim Saturdays

Following “Play Free”, an initiative from the City of Ottawa to allow more opportunities for children and youth to be active, Dovercourt will offer free Saturday swims for ages 0 – 17yrs.

Please continue to book your swims up to 7 days in advance. The fees for kids/ youth for those swims have been adjusted accordingly.

Also, kids Swim Free Friday night swim during the open swim on Friday at 7-8pm, sponsored by Sean McCann and The Guy With the Dog Real Estate Group. Enjoy the rope swing, slide and warm water.


  • Swimmers must pre-book their spots in all swims.
  • Change rooms and showers are available to participants before & after swimming.
  • Lifejackets are be available to use.

Rec Swim schedule – Jan. 6 – Jun. 28, 2024

Please note: In accordance with the City Of Ottawa swim fees, our drop-in swim fees increased as of April 2, 2024.

The 2024 Summer rec swim schedule will be posted mid-June.

Summer 2024 Recreational Swim & wading pool schedule

June 29 – Aug 25, 2024

Book a swim

  • To avoid disappointment, please book your swims ahead, up to 7 days in advance.
  • Please note: We are now fully CASHLESS. Book online;  if you are paying in-person, we accept other forms of payment e.g. on account, pinpad for credit card & debit.
  • For family rates, select the “Household/ per person” fee and be sure to book each family member.

Did you know?

If you’ve booked a swim but can’t make it, you can withdraw yourself. Go to your Account; scroll down to Schedule, and click the “Withdraw” link (or email [email protected] to cancel). This will allow waitlisted people to take your spot. 

Cancelling a booking
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How to book drop-in swims in Xplor Recreation (Perfect Mind)