Outdoor Pools

Moody Park Pool 
701 Tenth Street
Closed for the season

Hume Park Pool
525 Kelly Street
Closed for the season


Grimston Park Wading Pool
7th Avenue & 19th Street
Closed for the season!

Reservation opens:
3 days in advance for residents
2 days for everyone


Phone: 604.777.5100


Reserved & Drop-in Sessions

All sessions are 1.5 hours and have a scheduled start and end time. Late arrivals must leave at the scheduled end time.

Aquafit & Aqua Zumba Deep or Shallow (15+ years) - Move in water for a low to zero impact way to improve cardio and strength. All abilities welcome. Shallow Aqua Zumba has upbeat music and offers a high-energy low-impact workout. Shallow and Deep aquafit classes offer a fun alternative to land exercise to improve overall health. Floatation belts are provided for deep water classes. The 1.5 hour session includes 45 minutes of Aquafit instruction that begins 15 minutes after the session start time. Youth 13 - 14 years may participate if accompanied by an adult 19+ years who is also participating in the class.

Leisure Swim (All Ages) - Float with family and friends in the tot area and shallow areas. Does not include access to the deep end lanes.

Lane Swim (All Ages) - Share lanes with other participants and swim at your own pace. Lanes are for length swimming and water running only. Kickboards are available. Deep end only.

Adult Leisure or Lane Swim (19+ years) - Lane swimming and leisure swimming available for adults (19+ years) only.


Grimston Wading Pool

One of the few remaining in the Metro Vancouver region, the wading pool is designed to allow toddlers to splash, play ,and cool down in the summer while becoming more confident around water. There is no lifeguard on duty but a Parks and Recreation staff person is present to fill, drain, and chlorinate the wading pool.

  • Swimming Lessons: Breaking Waves Swim Program

    Lessons for all ages and abilities

    Did you know New Westminster swimming lesson curriculum is unique? Over 45 years, thousands of people have been taught to swim with ease.

    About the Curriculum:

    The step by step progressions teach:

    • Strong rotational skill to learn to get in and out of breathing position.
    • How to find balance in the water to produce less struggle.
    • Practice techniques to create strong muscle memory.

    About Breaking Waves:

    The Breaking Waves Swim Program teaches children to progressively and successfully learn to swim. Customer feedback, years of staff experience, and current information around the science of swimming are build into the program.

    Students experience success through progressive skill development in a positive and supportive learning environment. The program

    • Creates a beneficial learning environment. Lessons run at times with limited competing programs.
    • Invest in our instructors. Knowing that a program is only as strong as the deliver, instructor's receive professional development throughout their career with us.

    About Assistant Program Coordinators:

    There is always an Assistant Program Coordinator available to assist parents or students in any way needed. They provide:

    • Customer Service
    • Develop staff skills and knowledge
    • Ensure program consistency.

    Registration Information

    • Lesson participants can only register for one lesson set at a time. This ensures customers meet all level prerequisites and have the best possible experience.
    • Not sure what level to register into next? You can conveniently check your online account by going to My Profile > My Info > Activity Outcomes. This grade determines what level is next. Grades are viewable the morning of Registration Day. Registration opens at 8:30 am.
    • Late registrations: Participants must be registered by the third class.

    Unsure of swim level?

    Free swim evaluations are offered during any of our Public Swim times. One of our lifeguards will be happy to do an assessment of your child which takes approximately 5 minutes.

    Upon completion of the assessment you will receive a piece of paper with the assessed level which you must bring to the front desk to register.

    Moving from Tots to Preschool age, or Preschool to School age lessons? Here's our transfer chart.


    Register Online

  • Red Cross Lesson & Swim for Life Transfer Chart

    Transition your lessons to or from another municipality.

    Many local municipalities, such as Burnaby and Coquitlam, follow the Red Cross swim program which differs from the New Westminster swim program you may be used to.

    We recommend contacting the facility you are registered with, especially if a child has not been swimming for a while, to confirm all necessary requirements. Swim assessments may be required, and are available at no cost for most programs, to ensure you are registering for the correct level. To get started with your transition, please see the chart below. 

    What is my New Westminster swim level? You can find your recommended New Westminster swim level in your online account by going to My Profile > My Info > Activity Outcomes.

    Red Cross & Swim For Life to Breaking Waves Lesson Transfer Chart (PDF)

  • Q: Why are there only 20 percent of the spaces available for drop-in? 

    A: The City completed a public engagement survey on the reservation system in December 2022. Although some respondents wanted and preferred a drop-in system, a larger percentage preferred the reservation system. Although 20 percent of spaces are saved for drop-ins if reserved spots are not fully booked additional drop-in visitors will be permitted.


    Q: Do I have to pay to watch my children swim?

    A: Spectators may accompany and watch participants 7+ years from the pool deck for free. Caregivers accompanying children 6 years or younger to drop-in or reserved sessions are required to pay for admission and join the children in the water. 


    Q: Can I bring food with us to the pool?

    A: No. Food is not allowed on pool deck or in the change area.


    Q: Can I book my children to swim on their own? 

    A: Children 6 years and younger must be supervised in the water and stay within arm’s reach of an Adult, 15 years or older, at all times. Anyone 7 years of age or older may swim on their own. We strongly recommend that any patron that is not a strong swimmer have a parent or guardian present and they stay within arms’ reach.


    Q: What happens if it is raining?

    A: All swims and Aquafit will run rain or shine. We will not cancel swims due to the rain. Your swim reservation time will not be rescheduled or refunded due to rain.


    Q: Why can’t I register for multiple lesson sets?

    A: Participants may only register for one lesson set at a time to ensure level prerequisites are met, and to create opportunities for more participants to access our limited supply of lessons. For participants that were not able to register for set 1 of lessons, set 2 provides a second opportunity to participate in swimming lessons for the season.


    Q: What is a prerequisite system?

    A: Lessons in gymnastics, trampoline, swimming, and skating require activity outcome results prior to registration in the next level. This ensures that participants are placed in the correct level for their safety. Find Activity Outcomes in your online account profile.


    Q: Does Moody Park Outdoor Pool have a slide?

    A: A slide will be available during the 2023 season.


    Q: When will the rock climbing wall be used again?

    A: Due to safety requirements we are unable to use the rock wall in the 2023 season.


    Q: Will the pool be warm in the Spring and Fall?

    A: The pool is set to 27-28 degrees Celsius. While the pool temperature will not be set any higher than normal during the earlier and later seasons, it will feel warmer due to the temperature differential between the water and the outside ambient air temperature. The pool will feel like a hot tub on the cooler weather days as it will be much warmer than the outside air. If the pool water is heated warmer than the set point – it can cause swimmer’s to overheat during lap and exercise swim sessions. It can also cause greater steam and impede the lifeguard’s ability to adequately supervise the pool.

    Q: Can we use the change rooms?

    A: Change room and shower availability is limited. Change rooms are open during your session plus the following 15 minutes. 


    Q: Are there lockers available to lock up my stuff?

    A: Yes, lockers will be available to use. Please do not bring valuables with you to the swim.


    Q: What swim equipment is available?

    A: Kickboards, water running belts, pull-buoys, hand paddles, mats, and toys are available. 


    Q: Are water fountains available? 

    A: Yes!