Swimming in Saanich

Saanich Commonwealth Place (SCP)

SCP Drop-In Swim Schedule:

Gordon Head Recreation

GHRC Drop-in Swim Schedule

  • Gordon Head Pool will be closing at 5:30pm on Sunday, April 14 for lifeguard/swim instructor training. Thank you for your understanding.
  • April 2 - June 16 Swim Schedule
  • Victoria Day, May 20 Swim Schedule

Swimming Admissions & Passes

Click here for drop-in admission rates and pass options. Pay with cash, credit or debit, or find and Access Pass that's right for you! 

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Winter/Spring 2024 Swimming Lesson Registration

Three terms for swimming lessons in Winter/Spring 2024. 

Term 1 (Jan. - Mar.) registration is now open.

Term 2 and 3 swimming lesson schedules will be updated in the Winter/Spring Activity Guide on February 28. Term 2 and 3 lessons open for registration at 6am on March 13. 


Saanich Recreation swimming lessons follow the Lifesaving Society’s Swim for Life lesson program.

Swim for Life is a nationwide comprehensive program that focuses on the development of fundamental skills for learners of all ages and abilities. It includes fun, hands-on activities that teach Water Smart education for the whole family. Swim for Life also flows seamlessly into the Canadian Swim Patrol program, and then into the Lifesaving Society’s lifesaving and vocational training awards.

Determine your swimmer's level in the new program using the chart below: 

Current Red Cross Level New Swim for Life Level 
 P A R E N T   &   T O T 
Starfish Jellyfish
Duck Goldfish
Sea Turtle Seahorse
 P R E S C H O O L
Sea Otter Octopus
Salamander Crab
Sunfish Orca
Crocodile Sea Lion
Whale Narwhal
 S C H O O L   A G E 
Swim Kids 1 Swimmer 1
Swim Kids 2 Swimmer 2
Swim Kids 3 Swimmer 3
Swim Kids 4 & 5 Swimmer 4
Swim Kids 6 Swimmer 5
Swim Kids 7 Swimmer 6
Swim Kids 8 Swimmer 7 / Rookie Patrol
Swim Kids 9 Swimmer 8 / Ranger Patrol
Swim Kids 10 Swimmer 9 / Star Patrol
  • When a swimmer turns 5 years old, they transition from Preschool levels to Swimmer levels.
  • When 5 years old, if a swimmer has completed Octopus, Crab, Orca or Sea Lion, they would register in Swimmer 1.
  • When 5 years old, if a swimmer has completed Narwhal, they would register in Swimmer 2.