73 Harbour Drive, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Tel: 485-5301

The Fisheries Training Pool was officially opened in May 1980 as a joint effort between the Department of Fisheries and the Town of Pictou. The Department of Recreation and Parks currently manages the pool and aquatic programs. The pool is 25 meters long and 15 meters wide with water depth varying from 1 meter to 3.8 meters. Many popular original programs continue today. For example, the Mariners Swim Team, who started in 1980, still train at the pool 5 days a week. There are many programs for kids, adults, and seniors. Visit us for open swims or rent the pool.  

The Pool and office will be closed for Summer shutdown
August 17-September 3, 2018.   





Pool features include: 

  • 1 & 3 meter diving boards
  • Tarzan rope
  • Shallow water slide 
  • Water Basketball Nets
  • Red Cross National Lifeguards on deck
  • Family Change Room and lockers
  • Accessible Chair Lift & Aqua Wheelchair available

Pictou Recreation Aquatics has offered Red Cross Swim lessons in our community for over 50 years.   

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 Aquafitness & Programs

 Red Cross Swim Lessons

 Summer Lessons

Now accepting registration for the Summer Session of swim lessons.  Spaces are limited, register early.

Session 1  July 2–5 & July 9-12

Session 2  July 16-19 & July 23–27

Session 3  July 30–Aug. 2 & Aug 6-9

All lessons take place in the morning .

Levels Pre School to SK 2  are ½ hour lessons between 10:00-11:00 am

Levels 3 & up are 1 hour lessons  from 11:00 am-12 noon

We are pleased to offer the Red Cross Swim Program at the Fisheries Pool. The Canadian Red Cross has been a leader in Swimming and Water Safety for over 60 years and continues to
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Red Cross Swim Kids
Pre-school, 1 & 2              $65.00/half hour session
Level 3 and up                 $80.00/hour session

Discounts available for additional family members.

Private Lessons limited spaces please call for details.   

JULY 2 TO AUGUST 17, 2018 

DROP IN FEES                   
Parent & Tot   $4.25
Senior / Student   $3.75
Adult   $6.50
Aquafit/Arthritis (Senior)                              $6.25
Aquafit   $7.25
Family   $13.50


PLEASE NOTE:  The Pool and Office are closed in the evenings and on the weekends for July and August. 
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The Pool and office will be closed for Summer shutdown August 17-September 3, 2018.            



The 100km Club & 50km Challenge
Challenge yourself!  Adult lane swimmers can track their lengths and become a member of the “100 km Club”.  Fun prizes to be awarded along the way. For youth try the “50km track your distance, challenge your buddy!

Adult Swim Lessons
Whether you are scared stiff or wish to improve your strokes, this swim instruction session is designed to meet the individual needs of each participant. The program runs for 8 weeks. The fee is $10 pay as you go or $75. 

Splash N’ Play Swim (Parent and Tot)
A fun time for Moms, Dads and Caregivers.  Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 am except during the summer.

Aqua Turbo with Darlene 
A high-intensity class! It focuses on building cardiovascular strength and endurance through challenging routines of intervals and higher intensity options. You will keep your heart rate and pace up throughout the class and learn to train in both aerobic and anaerobic zones. Provides a definite challenge for veterans and avid participants. Every Monday except during the summer, 7:00-8:00 pm.  

Aquafit and Arthritis Fitness Classes
Fun, Fitness and Friendship.  Come and join us in the water.  Work at your own pace. Structured to fit your fitness needs.  Bring a friend, or come and meet a new one.  Have fun and get fit.  Check our pool schedule.  We’d love to see you.  Also available Youth Aquafit (14 yrs+).

Arthritis Fitness Class with Aqua Yoga
Aqua Yoga is a gentle and very low impact aquatic activity. With the release of gravity, the body is able to find the optimum stretch. By using the rhythm of the breath an inner sense of relaxation can be achieved. Aqua Yoga strengthens and tones the body whilst relieving tensions and renewing energy. Arthritis/Yoga classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 am—12:00 pm except during the summer.



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Birthday Parties & Pool Rentals: give us a call for details.....we will look after everything....all you need to do is show up and have some fun!! Pool Rentals will be available in the late afternoon or early evening hours. Contact the ‘pool’ for details. 


Courses (keep watch for upcoming course dates)

Standard First Aid & Emergency First Aid
Next Course: TBA
Minimum of 6 participants required to run this course.
Pre-registration required.  Register by calling Pictou Recreation Aquatics at 902-485-5301 or

First Aid Courses
Does your business need a First Aid Course? We can come to you or you can come to us. Emergency or Standard First Aid, all levels of CPR and AED training. Call us to set up a time.

Red Cross Babysitters Course offers basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth 11-15 years old. Participants learn how to provide care to younger children in a variety of age groups, and how to prevent and respond to emergencies. Pre-registration is required, course fee $40. NEXT COURSE:  TBA   Waiting List has been started. Call the pool to register.

Bronze Cross Course  -  Participants must be at least 14 years of age and hold Bronze Medallion:  100% attendance is required.  Preregistration is required. NEXT COURSE: TBA.

Bronze Star:
Participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. NEXT COURSE: TBA

Bronze Medallion: 
A Lifesaving Society course that teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the 4 components of water rescue - judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness.  Rescuers learn tows and carries, defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues involving both conscious and unconscious victims.  Prerequisite:  Minimum 13 years of age or Bronze Star certification. Pre-registration is required. NEXT COURSE: TBA

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Training Course

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course WSI
Please note there is also an online portion to this course.
Participants should be 15 years of age before the end of the course and hold a Bronze Cross certification

National Lifeguard Service (includes Standard First-Aid, CPR “C”, AED)
Must have Br. Cross (need not be current). Must be 16 by exam. This is an intense 56 hour course that will prepare you for the job of lifeguard.  NEXT COURSE: TBA

Notice to Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the Department of Education had added Leadership Training through the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society as an elective for earning 1 credit. The Leadership Training consists of 110 hours of leadership course in Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, National Lifeguard, Learn to Swim Instructor and Lifesaving Instructor. Contact your Guidance Councillor or Pictou Aquatics for further information.

For further information or to register for any of the programs above, please call the Pool at 485-5301 or email

Swim Clubs at the Pool

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For youth ages 7 years and up
Monday to Friday 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Contact Janice Currie at 902-485-1983

Ancient Mariners Masters Swim Club
Swim for fitness or train for competition
Sundays 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Pictou Aquatics at 902-485-5301


Membership includes:

All public swims (family & open) and lane swims,
10% discount on Pro Shop merchandise,
25% discount on Instructional Programs, and
access to new gym, PLUS True Potential Fitness Gym during designated times.

Membership Type 3 Month     Yearly
Student/Senior  $78 $245
Adult     $155 $500
Family  $230 $740
Aquafit  $220 $700
Sr. Aquafit/Arthritis $150 $475

 Bundle it and SAVE..........15% discount if you purchase both an aquafit and swim membership.

Pro Shop

The Pro Shop at the pool carries swim goggles and swim caps for the pool or beach, we have it here; drop by and check it out.