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SOUTHLAND LEISURE CENTRE

Supporting information - Southland Leisure Centre

This facility is partially open. Features such as the wave pool, hot tub, steam room, and more are now open.

Green initiatives

Southland Leisure Centre is one of the first City of Calgary facilities to obtain solar energy power. Learn more about our green initiatives.

Regulations and guidelines

We are committed to a safe and respectful environment. Your courtesy and patience towards patrons and staff is expected.

Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is an acceptable practice in our facility (including swimming pool basins).​

Drop-in Classes

All classes are first-come, first-served. If there is a maximum for the class, a signup sheet is at the front desk.

Latecomers are not allowed into classes.

Taking Photos

Use of cell phones, PDAs, cameras, and other recording devices is restricted in our facilities. With staff permission, these devices are permitted for taking photos in public areas. Public areas include:

  • Lobby
  • Arenas
  • Gymnasium
  • Courts
  • Classrooms
  • Party rooms

You must also have the permission of those who may be recognizable in the photos.

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Sanitation

We monitor pool water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We use an automated system, as well as qualified staff a minimum of 4 times per day. A water sample is provided to Calgary Health Region once a week for testing. All facilities are cleaned and disinfected daily.​

Youth access to weight rooms and strength training

Youth age 13 - 15 will be permitted in the weight room only after completing a Weight Room Orientation (registration fee applies). The orientation is required even if youth are accompanied by an adult.

Upon successful completion of the orientation, youth will be issued a Youth Strength Training card/sticker. It must be presented prior to admittance into the weight room.

​Youth age 13 - 15 must also provide the Strength Training Waiver form signed by their parent/guardian.

To learn when the next Weight Room Orientation is offered, register in person on-site or call the Customer Service Centre at 403-268-3800, option #1.

Snorkelling

Snorkeling equipment requires prior approval from the lifeguard. The lifeguard will consider how much activity is in the pool. Customers may need to demonstrate an ability to clear mask and snorkel. This must be accomplished without removing the equipment. The lifeguard can refuse the use of equipment at any time.

​Personal inflatable toys

Inflatable toys are allowed in the facility if capacity permits. Baby water wings and tube rings on small children are permitted. However, they must be within arm’s reach of a responsible person. The responsible person must be a minimum 14 years of age.

The use of inflatables requires prior approval from the lifeguard. The lifeguard will consider how much activity is in the pool. Users may be tested on competence and expertise with inflatables. Lifeguards can refuse the use of equipment at any time.

Mermaid fins

Mermaid fins use is at the discretion of the lifeguard.

Mermaid fin use must be approved by the lifeguard on duty first. Lifeguards must ensure that the mermaid fin user is a strong swimmer. The user must pass the following safety tests prior to use:

  • Swim 25 meters continuously
  • Tread water for two minutes
  • Swim with confidence while wearing the mermaid fin.

The lifeguard will consider how much activity there is in the pool. The user may be tested for competence and expertise with mermaid fins. The lifeguard can refuse the use of any equipment at any time. 

​​Swimming Alone/Arms Reach Age Policy

Children under eight years must be accompanied by a responsible person.  The responsible person must be a minimum 14 years of age. That person must be in the water within arm’s reach of their ward while at our facility.

  • All parents and guardians must be with the same basin, play structure or same area of the under 8.
  • Children under 8 must go down the slides with a responsible person over the age of 14.

Children under 3 years must wear both little swimmers swim diaper and plastic pants.

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Swimwear guidelines for children under the age of three

All children 35 months and under must to wear plastic pants over their swim diapers. If you don’t have plastic pants, they can be purchased at the pool.​​​​

Non-Traditional Bathing Wear Policy

The City is committed to providing a safe welcoming environment. We want people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds to feel comfortable in and around the water. Our facility has adopted a non-traditional bathing wear policy as outlined below.

In addition to conventional swim wear, participants may wear:

  • Long-sleeved pants and shirts, tee-shirts and shorts with undergarments or a swim suit worn underneath.
  • Traditional ethnic clothing (e.g. saris and hijabs) with a swim suit or undergarments worn underneath.

For safety reasons, patrons wearing traditional garments (such as saris) are asked to remain in the shallow end of the pool. We ask that they not use the dive tank.

To ensure an environment that is safe and free from external contaminants, all participants are required to:

  • Wear clothing that is different from the clothing worn to the facility.
  • Take a complete and cleansing shower before entering the pool. Showering should occur while wearing the swim attire that will be worn in the water.

General Pool Rules

  • All weak or non-swimmers must wear a PFD or stay shallow, where both feet can safely touch the bottom.
  • Patrons must enter the main pool feet first, No Diving is permitted.
  • Fins are allowed before 10 am for open swim.
  • All patrons must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool area.
  • No standing on tubes or any other floatation devices.
  • Patrons are not allowed on top of other people’s shoulders.
  • Roughhousing, horseplay or any other forms of physical contact is not allowed.
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