Pictou Fisheries Training Pool Prepares for September 1st Opening

Posted by Michelle Young on 11 August 2020


Pictou, NS - The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is preparing to re-open on September 1, 2020, depending upon the Province of Nova Scotia’s directive on public health measures at that time. Over the past couple of months, staff have been working on a business continuity and reopening plan. The safety of visitors and staff are a priority. The pool will have a progressive phased opening, meaning that not all regular pool programming and activities will begin on this date. The opening will follow guidelines set forth by the Lifesaving Society for the reopening of aquatic facilities. Aquatic facilities across Canada have followed the same guidelines which have been adapted to individual facilities to reduce risk to staff and public health. The Town of Pictou who operates to pool will continue to follow provincial or federal legislation, regulations or directives from the Ministry of Health. The early phases will include swim lessons for youth and adults, lane swims and aquatic fitness classes. Public open swims will resume at a later phase if there is no occurrence of the virus in the region and provincial directives allow so.

Over the closure of the pool, there have been some exciting changes to the facility. The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool now has a fully accessible universal change room that will provide a welcoming space for everyone. The space is accessible to people with reduced mobility and allows people of all gender identities, parents and caregivers to be together in the same space. Pool users will feel more comfortable in this new private space which includes a larger shower with bench, change table (maximum weight 250lbs), wheelchair-accessible toilet, accessible sink, grab rails and privacy screens. This project was made possible through the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and Nova Scotia Community College.

The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is celebrating 40 years in our community this year! In 1978, the then Minister of Fisheries, Dr Dan Reid offered the Town of Pictou the opportunity to contribute funding towards a Department of Fisheries project, the building of an indoor training facility. This would enable the Town to add features to the building including public change facilities, diving boards, office and training spaces, and appropriate filtration systems to meet public health standards. It became apparent during the early stages of planning that the Fisheries Training facility would certainly be a unique combination of an institutional and public recreational facility. It was extremely forward-thinking of all parties involved to conceive the idea of collaboration for the benefit of the fisheries and offshore industry as residents of Pictou County and surrounding areas.

In May of 1980, an Opening Ceremony was held to open the doors to the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. The Town of Pictou Mayor then, Ernest Jordan, cut the ribbon which began 40 years of fun, fitness and training. The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool has been at the forefront of ‘leadership training’ for approximately 2000 individuals through affiliation with the Canadian Red Cross and Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society. These individuals have gone on to be outstanding citizens in their respectful fields; lawyers, nurses, teachers, paramedics, entrepreneurs and world travellers. They always remember their beginnings and return often for a visit. This number does not even come near to the many children who have passed through the doors for swim lessons.

The Canadian Red Cross has been helping with the training of swim instructors for 65 years in the Town of Pictou. The “Pool” continues to provide a fun place to be, for the young and young at heart. It provides the opportunity to form lasting friendships amongst staff and patrons. The Pool management team have been working on a solid and safe plan to re-open, we are very excited to welcome swimmers back and look forward to seeing you in September. To find out more on the pool opening and program schedules please visit the Town website for regular updates at www.townofpictou.ca.

Michelle Young
Recreation Coordinator
Pictou Recreation and Parks
Town of Pictou
Tel: 902-485-4372
Email: michelle.young@townofpictou.ca