- Pool Features
- What to Expect On Your Visit
- Red Cross Swim Lessons
- Pool Schedule and Fees
- Swim Clubs at the Pool
- Pro Shop
- Job Opportunities
Pictou Recreation Aquatics Fisheries Training Pool
73 Harbour Drive, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
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, which 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.
For more information on recreational opportunities go to Ways to Stay Active at Home.
- 1 & 3-meter diving boards
- Tarzan rope
- Shallow water slide
- Water Basketball Nets
- Lifesaving Society National Lifeguards on deck
- Accessible Chair Lift & Aqua Wheelchair and adaptable life vests available
- New accessible universal changeroom onsite.
Pictou Recreation Aquatics has offered Red Cross Swim lessons in our community for over 50 years.
The safety of visitors and staff is a priority. The operations follow guidelines set forth by the Lifesaving Society for the reopening of aquatic facilities. Many measures are being taken to ensure your safety:
- Phased programming
- Enhanced cleaning schedule including sanitation measures between programs
- Sanitizer stations and plexiglass protection
- Enhanced staff training program
We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to navigate this together. Please stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Red Cross Swim Lessons
The Winter Session of the Red Cross swim lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Pool is delayed by 1 week. Lessons will begin as follows:
|Wednesday Lessons||March 24 - May 12|
|Thursday Lessons||March 25 - May 13|
|Saturday Lessons||March 27 - May 15|
Please note, there are no swim lessons on Friday nights.
Parents who have already registered their children will be contacted to confirm attendance and receive their class time.
Those on the ‘waiting list’ for group lessons will be contacted if spaces become available.
Those waiting for ‘private lesson spaces’ will be contacted if spaces become available.
Deck space is limited during these times, so we ask that only 1 parent (caregiver) be in attendance.
Adult Swim Lessons
Tuesdays, these lessons are from 7-8 pm and the fee is $75 for 8 weeks or $10 pay as you go. Please register for the lessons the morning before attending.
Red Cross Swim Kids - Fees
Pre-school, 1 & 2: $65.00/half hour session
Level 3 and up: $80.00/hour session
Discounts are available for additional family members.
4-WEEK SESSION PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, MAY 25 – JUNE 15
3-INSTRUCTORS available to offer 4 weeks of private lessons, starting at 5:30 and on the half hour. (Last class begins at 7). Fee is $20 /half hour or $80
THURSDAY EVENINGS, MAY 26 – JUNE 16
2-INSTRUCTORS available to offer 4 weeks of private lessons, starting at 5:30 and on the half hour. (Last class begins at 7), Fee is $20 /half hour or $80
SATURDAY MORNING , MAY 28 – JUNE 18
Please note, there is only 1 instructor left with spaces available, for SK 3 and up. Fee is $20 per half hour or $80
Updated: Apirl 28, 2022,
YOU CAN ACCESS THE DAILY SCHEDULE BY CALLING 902-485-5301
|Fit 4 Two
|Fit 4 Two
|Open for Rental
|Open for Rental
|Open for Rental
|Open for Rental
|Adult Swim & Lessons
|Lane Swim Aquafit
|Fit 4 Two (8 weeks)||$6.25|
|Senior / Student||$4.25|
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.
Fit 4 Two (Parent and Tot)
A fun time for Moms, Dads and Caregivers. Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00-11:45 am. Cost: drop-in $6.25 or $50/8-weeks
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.
Aquafit Fitness Classes
Fun, Fitness and Friendship. Come and join us in the water. Work at your own pace. Structured to meet your fitness needs. Classes suitable for anyone who may have arthritis. 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+).
Due to public health measures during COVID, food and beverage will not be allowed at this time for group bookings including birthday parties.
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 fun! Pool Rentals will be available during weekend hours. Contact the ‘pool’ for details.
Standard First Aid & Emergency First Aid
The course can be offered off-site at your location.
- Minimum of 6 participants required to run this course.
- Pre-registration required.
- The course can be offered off-site at your location.
Red Cross Babysitters
Check, Call, Care (includes phoning EMS/911), glove removal, recovery position, conscious choking (adult/child/baby/alone), CPR (baby/child), illness, asthma (includes the use of inhaler and spacer), anaphylaxis (includes the use of EpiPen), poisoning, insect stings, wound care (i.e. minor cuts and scrapes, splinters, nosebleeds, bumps and bruises, life-threatening bleeding, burns), head, neck and back injuries, broken bones, seizures and LEADERSHIP SKILLS. For youth 11-15 years old. Pre-registration is required, the course fee is $55.
Next Course Date: May 28, 9-5pm (FULL) next course: June 11, 2022
Bronze Cross Course (Includes Standard First Aid)
Begins the transition from lifesaving to lifeguarding and prepares candidates for responsibilities as assistant lifeguards. Candidates must be at least 14 and hold a Bronze Medallion. 100% attendance is required. Preregistration is required, the course fee is $195 including book and exam fee.
Next Course Dates: TBA
Develops swimming proficiency, lifesaving skills and personal fitness. Excellent preparation for success in Bronze Medallion. Candidates must be at least 11 years and swim to an SK9 level. Preregistration is required, the course fee is $85.
Next Course Date: Saturday mornings 9:30-12, May 28-June 18
Four components of water rescue are judgement, knowledge, skill and fitness. Candidates acquire the assessment and program-solving skills needed to make good decisions in, on and around water. Candidates must be at least 13 years or hold a Bronze Star. Pre-registration is required, the course fee is $190 including book and exam fee.
Next Course Date: Wednesday and Thursday evenings 5:30-7:30, May 25, 26 & June 1,2,8,9,15, 16
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course WSI
This course will prepare you to teach the Red Cross swim lessons and provide you with valuable leadership skills. Candidates should be at least 15 years and hold a Bronze Cross. This course includes skill screening; theory and practical, and blended learning (online portion).
Participants should be 15 years of age before the end of the course and hold a Bronze Cross certification. Preregistration is required, the course fee is $250, including books.
Next Course: TBA
National Lifeguard Service
Must have Br. Cross (need not be current). Must be 15 yrears by exam date. This is an intense 56-hour course that will prepare you for the job of a lifeguard.
Next Course: TBA
NLS Recertification Course: TBA
High School Credits:
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 Counsellor or Pictou Aquatics for further information.
Pictou County Mariners Swim Club
- For youth ages 7 years and up
- Monday to Friday 4:00 - 5:30 pm
- website: Pictou County Mariners Swim Club
- All public swims (family & open) and lane swims,
- 10% discount on Pro Shop merchandise
- 25% discount on Instructional Programs
|Membership Type||3 Month||Yearly|
Bundle it and SAVE..........15% discount if you purchase both an aquafit and swim membership.
|10 Punch Pass|
|Pool Rental - 1 hr pool up to 60 swimmers||$120.00|
|Pool Rental - 1 hr pool over 60 swimmers||$140.00|
|Standard Party Rental 1.5 hr up to 60 swimmers||$160.00|
|Standard Party Rental 1.5 hr over 60 swimmers||$175.00|
|Standard 1 hr Pool + 1 hr Deck up to 60 swimmers||$230.00|
|Standard 1 hr Pool - 1 hr Deck over 60 swimmers||$255.00|
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.
Are you 15 or 16 years old and looking for a part-time job: Love the water and would like to be a swim instructor and/or lifeguard? Call us at 902-485-5301 for more information.