Aquatics


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FISHERIES TRAINING POOL

73 Harbour Drive, Pictou, NS B0K 1H0
Tel: 485-5301
email: aquatics@townofpictou.ca

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 opened September 1, 2020. See below for the Fall Program Schedule. This is PHASE 3 of our opening plan.            

For more information on recreational opportunities visit: https://www.townofpictou.ca/recreation-matters/stay-home-stay-active/

 Pool features include: 

  • 1 & 3 meter diving boards
  • Tarzan rope
  • Shallow water slide 
  • Water Basketball Nets
  • Red Cross National Lifeguards on deck
  • Accessible Chair Lift & Aqua Wheelchair and adaptable life vests available
  • New accessible universal changeroom onsite.

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

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Pool Schedule, courses and activities  - Fall 2020 Schedule 


What to Expect On Your Visit

We are excited to begin the re-opening of the Pictou Pool. The safety of visitors and staff is a priority. The pool will have a progressive phased opening, meaning that not all regular pool programming and activities will begin immediately in September. The opening will follow guidelines set forth by the Lifesaving Society for the reopening of aquatic facilities. Many measures are being taken to ensure your safety:

  • Reduced capacity & phased programming
  • Enhanced cleaning schedule including sanitation measures between programs
  • Sanitizer stations and plexiglass protection
  • Visitor and staff screening measures including contact tracing procedures
  • Enhanced staff training program

Your visit to the pool will have a few changes in place to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all:

  • Registration is required for ALL programs at this time
  • On every visit, you will experience health screening at the reception desk
  • Please remember your mask; masks are required in common areas (not in the water)
  • Everyone is encouraged to come wearing your bathing suit; change rooms have reduced capacity to ensure social distancing;

 


 Red Cross Swim Lessons

Spaces are limited, register early. 

Fall Swim Lessons

Next session beginning November 18, 2020
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Adult Swim Lessons
Tuesdays 
These lessons are from 7:00-8:00 pm and the fee is $75 for 8 weeks or 
$10 Pay as you Go. 

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Red Cross Swim Kids - FEES
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.   

 


 SCHEDULE AND FEES
Updated: October 6, 2020
(PHASE 3 of RE-OPENING)
 

BEGINNING OCTOBER 3RD -PUBLIC & FAMILY SWIMS
limited to 50 swimmers during each time; first come basis
Public health screening required; everyone who attends must sign in
Parents must sign in for all children/youth under the age of 16 years

 

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TUES

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THURS

FRI

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 OPEN FOR RENTAL
11-12:30pm

Arthritis

9:30-10:30

Aquafit

9:30-10:30

Arthritis
9:30-10:30

Aquafit

9:30-10:30

Aqua/Arth

9:30-10:30

Swim Lessons
9:30-12

Family Swim
1-2:30pm

Lane Swim
12-1pm

Fit 4 Two
11:30-12:15pm

Lane Swim
12-1pm

Fit 4 Two
11:30-12:15pm

Lane Swim
12-1pm

OPEN FOR RENTAL
1:00-2:30pm

OPEN FOR RENTAL
3:00-4:00pm

 

Adult Lane
2-3pm

 

Adult Lane
2-3pm

 

OPEN FOR RENTAL
3:00-4:30pm

Family Swim
4:30-5:30pm

Swim Team
4-6:30pm

Swim Team
4-6:00pm

Swim Team
4-5:30pm

Swim Team
4-5:30pm

Swim Lessons
5:30-7:30pm

OPEN FOR RENTAL
5:00-6:30pm

Aqua Fitness/Turbo
6:30-7:30

 

Adult Lane & Swim Lessons
7-8pm

Swim Lessons
6-7:00pm

Swim Lessons
6-7:30pm

Lane Swim
7:30-8:30pm

Open Swim
7:30-9:00pm

 Open Swim
7:30-9:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEES                   
Fit 4 Two (8 weeks)   $4.25
Senior / Student   $3.75
Adult   $6.50
Aquafit/Arthritis (Senior)                  $6.25
Aquafit   $7.25

Family

 


$13.50

 

   


Programs 

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 & Thursday 11:30-12:15pm. Cost: $50/8-weeks

Aqua Turbo  
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 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+).


 

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Rentals

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 some fun!! Pool Rentals will be available during weekend hours. Contact the ‘pool’ for details. 

 



Courses 

Standard First Aid & Emergency First Aid
Next Course: TBD / course can be offered off-site at your location
Minimum of 6 participants required to run this course.
Pre-registration required.  Register by calling Pictou Recreation Aquatics at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com

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 $45. NEXT COURSE DATES:  October  10, November 13 & December 5.

Bronze Cross Course (Includes Standard First Aid)  -  Participants must be at least 14 years of age and hold Bronze Medallion:  100% attendance is required.  Preregistration is required. NEXT COURSE: Oct. 16-17 & 23-25

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: November 20, 27, December 4 & 11.

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: TBD Fee: $185 Minimum of 6 participants.

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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
NEXT COURSE: TBD

National Lifeguard Service 
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 a lifeguard.  NEXT COURSE: November 13, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

NLS Recertification Course: TBD

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 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 aquatics@townonfpictou.com


Swim Clubs at the Pool

Pictou County Mariners Swim Club
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For youth ages 7 years and up
Monday to Friday 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Contact Dawn Burke at 902-921-1110; Janice Currie at 902-485-1983
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Membership

Membership includes:

All public swims (family & open) and lane swims,
10% discount on Pro Shop merchandise,
25% discount on Instructional Programs

Membership Type 3 Month     Yearly
Student/Senior  $78.00 $245.00
Adult     $155.00 $500.00
Family  $230.00 $740.00
Aquafit  $220.00 $700.00
Sr. Aquafit/Arthritis $150.00 $475.00

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

10 Punch Pass     
Student/Senior  $27.00  
Adult     $57.00  
Family  $125.00  
Aquafit  $68.00  
Sr. Aquafit/Arthritis $58.00  

  

RENTALS    
Pool Rental - 1 hr pool up to 60 swimmers  $110.00  
Pool Rental - 1 hr pool over 60 swimmers    $130.00  
Standard Party Rental 1.5 hr up to 60 swimmers $150.00  
Standard Party Rental 1.5 hr over 60 swimmers $165.00  

Standard 1 hr Pool + 1 hr Deck up to 60 swimmers

Standard 1 hr Pool - 1 hr Deck over 60 swimmers

$220.00

$245.00

 


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. 


Job Opportunities

 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.