Volunteer Pool reopens July 19, with limited hours (6 am – 11 am, Monday – Friday), for limited activities which include lengths, lessons, and lifeguard/instructor programs.  To reserve a spot please visit https://cityofthunderbay.perfectmind.com and create an account or call 684-3333 to book over the phone.

Because of the ongoing Provincially-mandated closure of our recreation programs and facilities, we are not currently accepting registrations for summer activities.  Public communication will be issued when our registration process resumes.  Please note that summer programs and services are subject to change pending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to your community pool. Volunteer Pool, located at 180 Martha St., offers swimming, fitness classes, lessons, birthday parties and group rentals. We have recently renovated the change rooms. Come for a swim and check out our new facilities. 

Learn more about our facility, offerings and swimming:

Pool amenities

Volunteer Pool has:

  • 25 meter salt water pool
  • Diving board
  • Accessible family change room
  • Whirlpool
  • Sauna
  • Some fitness equipment
  • Accessible lift
  • Stair entry in to pool
  • 2 meeting rooms

Recreational swim schedule




  • Length Swimming 6:00 am - 9:00 am


  • Length Swimming 6:00 am - 9:00 am


  • Length Swimming 6:00 am - 9:00 am


  • Length Swimming 6:00 am - 9:00 am


  • Length Swimming 6:00 am - 9:00 am




Admission standards

As part of our commitment to provide safe and enjoyable aquatic programs for swimmers of all ages, we enforce the standards provided to us by the Ministry of Health. Please keep the following in mind when visiting our pools:

  • There must be one supervising caregiver for every two children under the age of six.
  • There must be one supervising caregiver for every four non-swimming children under the age of ten. In both cases, the supervising caregiver must be able to give immediate assistance.
  • If you have any questions please call Volunteer Pool at 345-5143.


The following table provides the swim rates for single visits and book passes. All prices include HST.

Swimming rates


Single Visit

Book Pass

Children under 2 years

No Charge

No Charge

Child (2-13 years)



Book of 10

Student (14 and over)



Book of 10




Book of 10

Older Adult (60+)



Book of 10




Book of Five



Book of 10 - $61.71

Book of 15 - 92.15



Volunteer Pool offers 3 month, 6 month and 12 month memberships. The membership is also valid at Churchill Pool and includes all swims and fitness classes. All prices outlined below include HST.

Membership rates

Membership Type

3 Month

6 month

12 month

Student (15+)








Older Adult (60+)





Only includes immediate family.




Swimming lessons

Volunteer Pool offers 10 lesson sessions during each season. Read descriptions of our swimming programs to find the right class for you. Swimming lesson schedules can be found in this edition of the Key recreation guide.

Group lessons

Parent and Tot sessions, Preschool sessions and Swimmer 1 classes are 30 minutes long. All other classes are 45 minutes unless otherwise stated.

Private lessons and semi-private lessons

Private/semi-private lessons run five 30-minute sessions. Volunteer Pool runs two sessions of private swimming lessons at the same time as the 10 week group lesson session. Participants have the option of renewing for an additional five lessons at the end of the first five week block for a total of 10 lessons.


  • Group lessons (ten, 30- 45-minute lessons) $74.55
  • Private lessons (five, 30-minute lessons) $114.70
  • Semi-Private lessons (five, 30-minute lessons) $83.78 per child

Leadership Courses (Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross, 4 Strokes 4 Fun)

Our leadership courses are as follows:

Leadership schedule





Bronze Medallion


10:00 am to 12:00 am


Bronze Cross


10:00 am to 12:00 am


4 Strokes 4 Fun - Level 1



$77.27 - 1 day

$108.79 - 2 days

4 Strokes 4 Fun - Level 2



$77.27 - 1 day

$108.79 - 2 days

Pool rental

Volunteer Pool is available for rent in the afternoon throughout the week and on weekends (before, between and after regular swims). Included with every rental is the use of our amenities and lifeguard supervision. Please call us for pool availability at 345-5143.

Regular Rental Rate: $82.47

School Rental Rate: $72.98

Birthday parties

Book a party with us and enjoy exclusive use of pools and sauna for one hour followed by pizza (extra pizzas can be ordered) and refreshments in our birthday room.

Cost: $157.40 (up to 12 children)

Or, book during regular public swim times and get all of the above for a reduced rate. Cost: $122.28 (up to 12 children)


Find out more about jobs at Volunteer Pool, Churchill Pool or the Seasonal Outdoor Facilities.


Find out more about volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Pool, Churchill Pool or our seasonal outdoor facilities.

Community user groups

Thunder Bay Judo Dojo

Phone: (807)345-9669

Toshikai Karate Dojo

Phone/text" (807)474-8886

Shotokan Martial Arts

Phone: (807)622-1151

Operational Protective Strategies Self Defence

Phone: (807)628-9669

Fitness over 50 with Lynda DePiero
Phone: (807)767-4942

Roots to Harvest

Phone: (807)285-0189

City of Thunder Bay playgrounds program

Phone: (807)625-2350

City of Thunder Bay Chippewa summer camp

Phone: (807)623-0233

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