Updated April 8 | 11:00 AM
Changes to Aquatics offerings for April
The Town of Okotoks aquatics department is pivoting to offer adult and senior swim options for the remainder of April due to the stricter provincial guidelines announced on April 6, 2021.
Under the current COVID restrictions, aquatics will be offering the following allowable activities, pending any changes to provincial guidelines.
These bookable time slots provide an instructional component while promoting aquatic fun and allowing users to remain active:
- Private Swim Training: These individual or one-on-one household bookings are for ages 18 and up and are $21.66 for a 45-minute booking.
- Household Leisure Swims Rentals: These rentals will continue at a $34 per hour rate but will be reduced from one-hour timeslots to 45-minute bookings. This is for access to the pool of choice, either Riley Minue or Swindells Pool.
Pre-registered programs for instructor-led Parent and Tots/Preschoolers will continue to be offered.
How to book:
For specific program information and to register, go to activeokotoks.ca
For more information about these and other programs being offered, please call the Recreation Centre at 403.938.8954
Updated April 6 | 7:45 PM
Changes to Town recreation facilities as more restrictions announced
As Alberta experiences continued increases in COVID-19 and variant cases, the provincial government has introduced stricter restrictions around fitness facilities to bend down the curve and help reduce the spread of the virus.
All closures and restrictions will be in effect starting at midnight on April 6, 2021.
The Walking Track and Okotoks Public Library will close as per the new restrictions.
Anyone who booked the gymnasium, arena and pool time slots through a sports organization should contact their sports organization to clarify and confirm their bookings.
If you have booked your activity with the Town, by phone or on activeokotoks.ca, the Town will contact the person who made the booking if your activity has been affected. All recreation facility memberships have been put on hold.
Due to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Guidelines, all youth sports activities are limited to a maximum number of 10 people per facility, including the coach and any chaperones.
Only adult one-on-one training with an individual or household is permitted for indoor fitness activities. All adult group fitness classes, high or low intensity, are not allowed.
Natural High Fitness has cancelled all bookings for April 7, 2021. Going forward, only one-on-one or one-on-one household bookings with a certified personal trainer will be permitted.
Please contact Natural High Fitness at (403) 938-4483 for clarification or to book one-on-one fitness training.
The Okotoks Art Gallery, Rotary Performing Arts Centre, Okotoks Museum and Archives remain closed. Drop-in bookings are still prohibited.
The Town is reviewing the new restrictions and will provide further information when it becomes available. This includes any changes to Spring Programs.
Complete details on the new public health measures are available on the Alberta Government's website. For more information on the Town’s response to the pandemic and ongoing updates, visit www.okotoks.ca/COVIDrec
Updated March 26 | 3:00 PM
Town offering spring break fun at the pool
The Town of Okotoks aquatics department is offering several instructor-led programs during spring break from March 29 until April 11 and can be booked seven days in advance.
Under the current COVID restrictions, aquatics will be offering the following activities pending any changes to provincial guidelines.
These bookable time slots will provide an instructional component while promoting aquatic fun. These are excellent opportunities for all members of families to get out and be active.
Registration fees are $8.92 per participant; guardians do not have to pay. All activities will be booked for one hour with the expectation to arrive and leave within the hour. Ages for parented groups can be flexible to accommodate guardians with multiple children (i.e. one parent brings a two-year-old and a four-year-old at the same time).
For specific program information and to register go to activeokotoks.ca
Parent and Tot instructor-led time Ages 4 months - 3 years old (recommended)
The Parent & Tot Program structures in-water interaction between parent and child to stress the importance of play in developing water-positive attitudes and skills. Activities to teach Water Smart® education key messages are incorporated throughout.
Parent and Preschooler instructor-led time Ages 3-5 years old (recommended)
The Preschool Program gives children a head start on learning to swim. Preschool Programs develop fundamental physical literacy skills for aquatic activities. In our preschool program, we work to ensure 3 - 5-year-olds become comfortable in the water and have fun developing a foundation of water skills. Activities to teach Water Smart® education key messages are incorporated into all levels.
Swim to Survive instructor-led time Ages 6-11 years old
*This group will require parents for participant 7 or younger
Swim to Survive® teaches just the essentials needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water—an important first step to being safe around water.
Fitness Swimmer Ages 8-17 years old, recommended that participants have passed swimmer five or above
The Fitness Swimmer Program is for swimmers of any age who want to improve their overall physical fitness in the water. Fitness Swimmer provides a structured approach to improve physical fitness based on accepted training principles, and practices including interval training. Participants set their own goals.
Easter Special - Household Aquatics Rentals starting April 3
- At a $34/hr rate – this is for access to the pool of their choice, either RMP or Swindells.
For more information about these and other programs being offered, please call the Recreation Centre at 403.938.8954
Natural High Fitness and the Indoor Walking Track re-open
Natural High Fitness will be re-opening the fitness centre at the Okotoks Recreation Centre on Friday, March 5, for low-intensity pre-booked sessions, in alignment with Step 2 of the Alberta public health orders.
Residents will have free access to the fitness centre between March 5 and 7 as loaned-out equipment is returned. Residents will still be required to pre-book sessions through Recreation Client Services.
The Town will be reducing all facility daily admission rate by 20 per cent while reduced services are in effect. Step 1 rental rates apply to rentals in the gymnasium, aquatic centre, and arenas.
All clients who have a valid All Facility Pass, as of the closure date in December, will be given the option to re-activate their passes but will still be required to pre-book a 90-minute session in the fitness centre.
All clients not wanting to re-activate their pass or those who wish to try-out these facilities can choose to pay-as-you-go.
The indoor walking track at Pason Centennial Arenas will open Monday to Friday from 7 am – 1 pm by pre-booked appointment, free of charge, starting Monday, March 8. Please call to book. Space is limited.
The Town continues to work through re-open options to offer additional low-intensity activities in other recreation indoor facilities; further updates will be provided as they become available.
To book a session or rent a facility, and for more information, please contact Recreation Client Services at 403-938-8954 or go to activeokotoks.ca.
Regular recreation updates and more information available on the dedicated COVID-19 recreation page.
The Town will continue to update residents on any additional impacts to facilities resulting from provincial regulations. All provincial restriction information is available at: alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.
Okotoks residents can now register for eight swim programs being offered by the Okotoks Aquatic Centre, with classes beginning in March.
These programs will help swimmers get back in the pool for in-water experience and level placement; level completion may occur but is not the focus. These programs can help regain confidence in the water and improve swimming abilities, as many swimmers have been out of the pool for extended lengths of time due to COVID-19.
All eight programs consist of four sessions.
Registration is now open for:
- Parent & Programs: 40-minutes of instruction
- Parent and Tot
- Parent and Preschool
- Parent and Swim to Survival
- Swim Abilities
- Unparented Programs:
- Stroke Improvement A
- Stroke Improvement B
- Fitness Swimmer
Parented Programs and Stroke Improvements are $35.68.Fitness Swimmer programs are $38.24.
Classes will be added based on demand, and waitlists will be created when programs are filled.
Visit activeokotoks.ca for further details.
While recreational and cultural facilities remain closed to the general public, the Town is excited to offer 4 additional pre-arranged bookable opportunities in our arenas, pools and gymnasium, in alignment with provincial health measures to ease public health restrictions.
NEW! To ensure the safe re-opening of our facilities for patrons and staff we must ask that all non-household members maintain 3-metre physical distancing from others at all times and no spectating is permitted (with the exception of assisted parent/guardian).
Activities and programs that are being offered include:
- Bookable household rentals: 1-hour time slots are available for the pool, gymnasium and the arenas. Max of 2 hours/household/day. Pre-book online at activeokotoks.ca
- Registered programs: all fitness programs that are offered virtually will continue to be offered through an online platform.
- Natural High Fitness Centre: is open for pre-booked individual or household personal training. To book contact Natural High directly.
- Walking track: at Pason Arenas remains closed
- Group Training: For all one-on-one training or youth group training rental opportunities in the gymnasium, arenas and pool, please email one of our Booking Administrators for details and opportunities.
The Town of Okotoks will be allowing controlled access to recreation facilities for booked, private one-on-one fitness activities. This access aligns with Step One of the Alberta government’s easing of public health restrictions which are expected to start on February 8.
Recreational and cultural facilities will remain closed to the general public except for confirmed pre-arranged bookings.
General guidelines for facility access:
- Bookings are for one-on-one training/instructional basis only. One-on-one means one person to one coach or members of one household to one coach.
- A professional and certified coach/trainer/instructor must be present at all times. They must provide active instruction. Passive supervision is not considered training and therefore is not allowed under the current provincial restrictions.
- Coach/participant pair must remain within assigned areas and maintain physical distancing.
- Masks must be worn at all times. Athletes may remove masks only while performing their activity.
- All bookings must be pre-booked through recreation staff. Residents, coaches and trainers can inquire and arrange a booking after February 8.
- Specific facility and activity procedures/restrictions will be provided at the time of booking.
- Individual parental supervision for children under the age of 16 can be arranged at the time of booking.
- The Town is working directly with executive members of individual sports organizations and school divisions for school-based sports.
- Okotoks Recreation Centre facility passes are currently on hold and will not be reinstated at this time.
The Aquatics Centre staff will offer one-hour, one-on-one swim session opportunities only; sessions are not available to members of the same household. Lane swim remains closed.
Participants must be eight years of age or older; spectators are not encouraged. To inquiry about possible exemptions, contact aquatics.
Arena bookings will be available for full ice only.
Gymnasium bookings will be available in a full gym or half gym. Users must provide their own equipment.
For booking information, visit activeokotoks.ca
Fee Assistance Program
For residents that are part of the fee assistance program, call 403-938-8954. Assistance will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Other Municipal Facilities
Okotoks Art Gallery, Okotoks Museum, Rotary Performing Arts Centre and Foothills Centennial Centre, as well as the Municipal Centre, Operations Centre and Fire Stations, including the walking track, remain closed.
Town recreation updates are available at: www.okotoks.ca/covid-recreation-updates
Provincial restriction information is available at https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx