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Lane Swim

Lakehead Athletics Centre is closed starting March 1st, 2021 for Lockdown. Information will be updated when it becomes available.

Lane Swim COVID-19 Policies

Pool Access

  • All pool users must sign in at the front desk prior to accessing the pool
  • Lane swim is only available for certain hours of the day, according to the schedule below,
  • All swimmers must book a lane online prior to arriving to the pool at
    • Instructions are available below.
  • Pool users must follow the instructions and guidance from lifeguard staff at all times, and are expected to conduct themselves in a safe manner when on the pool deck and in the water
  • The cabanas (2) on the pool deck are available for changing 
  • There are no day use lockers available – please bring your swim bag onto the pool deck 

Rules & Regulations

  • To maintain physical distancing guidelines, please do not arrive at the pool deck earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled swim time. 
  • There is only 1 patron allowed per lane and you must swim in the lane number that you book ahead of time 
  • Maintain your 2m physical distance from other patrons at all times. 
  • Pool users are asked to shower at home before and after swimming 
  • Pool users are asked to use the gender neutral washrooms on the pool deck if necessary at any time during their swim 
  • Please remove your outdoor footwear before entering the pool deck and carry them with you to where you choose to place your swim bag 
  • Please wear your mask onto the deck, place your mask into your bag while swimming and put mask on when exiting the pool 
  • There will be no swimming aid equipment provided by the pool – if you wish to use these please bring your own to and from the pool at the time of your booking

How to Book

Due to our computer systems being down, we are currently only booking by phone. Please visit our COVID-19 policy page for further instructions regarding booking space, or read through these phone booking policies

The following steps are intended for those with online user accounts already set up and linked to their membership. If you have not yet contacted us to set up your online user account, please email so we can do so prior to your booking. 

  1. Login to your account at
    1. Be sure to select the correct login option. “Local” is for all non-LU members, and “Lakehead User Login” is for current students, faculty, and staff only
  2. Click “Facility Bookings “
  3. Click “Lane Swim – Short Course” or “Lane Swim – Long Course”
    1. Note: all of our swims are short course with the exception of Wednesday Morning & Mid-day Swims
  4. Select the date you want to swim (Note that it will only allow for bookings up to 3 days in advance of swim)
  5. Select the desired lane (you will have to use the scroll bar to see all lanes)
    1. Note that not all lanes are available for all times, so if you do not see your desired time, try selecting another lane.
  6. Click “Book Now” next to your desired time

You should receive a confirmation email if done correctly

How to Cancel Your Online Booking

Option 1 – Cancelling Immediately After Booking

  1. Hit the 3 dots next to the word “Booked”, and select “Cancel Booking”

Option 2 – Cancelling after you’ve left the booking page

  1. Login to your account
  2. Click your username, and then click “Profile”
  3. Select bookings on the lefthand side
  4. Select “cancel”

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