Facilities

Helping our community meet their recreation goals

Dalhousie a wide array of sport and recreational facilities, including Dalplex, Sexton Gym, and the Langille Athletic Centre in Truro, to suit the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community users. 

A phased approach to reopening Dalplex began on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

As of July 31, 2020 you are required to wear a mask in most indoor public places, including Dalplex, Studley Gym & Sexton Gym.

Members must wear a mask to enter the facility and while moving in the building to and from workout areas.

We recommend you do NOT wear a mask during physical activity.

Reopening Schedule

PHASE 1: July 6, 2020

  • Wickwire Field and the Dalhousie Outdoor Tennis Courts will reopen. 
  • Phone lines at Dalplex will be open between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

PHASE 2: August 4, 2020

  • Dalplex will reopen with modifications. 
  • Services available will include the Fitness Hall (with reservations required), Fitness Studios (for classes only & reservations are required), and varsity athlete access to the High Performance Room.

PHASE 3: August 17, 2020

  • The Pool will reopen with appointments required.
  • Additional facilities and services within Dalplex will become available (pending a successful PHASE 2). 
  • Langille Athletic Centre will reopen with modifications and appointments will be required.

PHASE 4: October 28, 2020

  • Locker rooms and limited day use lockers reopen
  • Increase in fitness class sizes by livestreaming the fitness instructor to other studios 
  • The Rock Court reopens on an appointment based system 

What To Expect

PHASE 1: July 6, 2020

  • Wickwire Field and the Dalhousie Outdoor Tennis Courts will reopen. 
  • Phone lines at Dalplex will be open between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday

Wickwire Field

  • Three (3) cross fields will be open
  • Capacity is limited to 30, with 10 people on each cross field
  • Open for rentals and member use
  • Priority will be given to the Athletics and Recreation department for programming
  • Adherence to physical distancing will be required

Outdoor Tennis Courts

  • Both courts are open for use
  • Singles play only (total of two (2) people per court)
  • Tennis Nova Scotia’s Return to Play Guidelines must be followed
  • After August 4, 2020, members will be required to book a time through the Dalplex Client Experience Centre by calling 902-494-3372.

PHASE 2: August 4, 2020

Dalplex will reopen with modifications.

We will be following very strict protocols to ensure the safety of our members and staff as part of our reopening plan. These protocols are being developed to meet and exceed the health and safety standards laid out by Public Health.

Fitness Hall (cardio & strength training equipment)

  • There will be fewer pieces of cardio and weight training equipment available to support physical distancing requirements.
  • A maximum of 36 members will be permitted in the Fitness Hall at any given time.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use the Fitness Hall.
  • Appointments will be for an hour and a half (90 minutes) each.
  • There will be a total of six (6) appointment periods per day Monday to Friday, and four (4) on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online 72 hours in advance in starting August 1, 2020.
  • After August 4, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must wear a mask to enter the facility and while moving in the building to and from workout areas. We recommend you do NOT wear a mask while exercising.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Robust cleaning measures will take place in between appointment periods, but members will be expected to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Items such as yoga mats, stability balls, medicine/slam balls, stretching tubes/bands, plyometric boxes, etc. will not be available for use.

Fitness Studios

  • Fitness studios will only be open during scheduled fitness classes.
  • Large studio classes will have a limit of nine (9) people (1 instructor and 8 participants).
  • Small studio classes are limited to five (5) people (1 instructor and 4 participants).
  • Fitness classes will be recorded and made available on a regular basis to all members.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to attend a fitness class.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online 72 hours in advance starting August 1, 2020.
  • After August 4, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must wear a mask to enter the facility and while moving in the building to and from workout areas. We recommend you do NOT wear a mask during the class.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.

High Performance Room

  • The High Performance Room will be open for varsity student-athlete training only.
  • Occupancy is limited to nine (9) (1 coach/trainer and up to 8 student-athletes)
  • Athletes, trainers and coaches must use their DalCard to enter the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.

PHASE 2: ADDITIONAL INFO/CLOSURES

  • Facility access is for members and Dalhousie students only. Day passes, multi-use passes or walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.
  • Members are encouraged to bring full water bottles as water fountains will not be available.
  • Please come dressed for your activity and leave valuables and bags at home. Locker rooms, lockers and cubbies are not available for use. 

The following areas and services are unavailable until further notice:

  • Locker rooms
  • Locker rentals
  • Towel service
  • Children’s play area
  • Classrooms

PHASE 3: August 17, 2020

  • The Pool will reopen. 
  • Additional facilities and services within Dalplex will become available (pending a successful PHASE 2). 
  • Langille Athletic Centre will reopen with modifications.

Pool

  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use the pool.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Length of appointment time is currently TBA.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online three (3) days in advance starting August 14, 2020.
  • After August 17, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments without notice may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Lane swimming only: short course with sixteen (16) twenty-five metre lanes
  • One (1) person per lane.
  • Equipment will not be provided. Members may bring their own flutter boards and pull-buoys.
  • Spectators are not permitted.
  • Members should come dressed to swim as the main locker rooms and lockers are not available.
  • On-deck locker rooms and washrooms will be available with an occupant limit of one (1) person per room at any time.
  • On-deck showers will be available – one (1) person per shower room at any time.
  • Members will be required to leave their personal belongings in a designated space on the pool deck. It is recommended you leave your valuables at home and bring only what you need for swimming.
  • More information on the pool will be provided in our next update.

Dalplex

Moving on to Phase 3 will be dependent on the success of Phase 2. Phase 3 includes reopening the following in Dalplex:

  • Badminton courts
  • Squash/racquetball courts
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Indoor track
  • Climbing facilities (Fieldhouse wall & Rock Court)
  • Spin class studio

We will provide specific details on Phase 3 as it relates to Dalplex in the near future.

Langille Athletic Centre

  • A total of 18 Fitness Pods have been created within the facility to accommodate 19 members at a time.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use a Fitness Pod.
  • Appointments will be for an hour and a half each and includes the time it takes to perform a health screen of each member before entering the facility
  • There will be a total of six (6) appointment periods per day Monday to Thursday, and four (4) on Fridays and Sundays. The facility is closed on Saturdays.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments by calling 902 893-6660 or by emailing rams@dal.ca one (1) day in advance.
  • Members will be required to complete a health screening during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments without notice may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Robust cleaning measures will take place in between appointment periods
  • Items such as yoga mats, stability balls, medicine/slam balls, stretching tubes/bands, plyometric boxes, sport equipment (balls, racquets, shuttles etc.) will not be available for use.

Phase 4: October 28, 2020

DALPLEX PHASE 4

We are pleased to announce the opening of the locker rooms and The Rock Court. We’ve also added two stretching spaces in the fitness hall upping our capacity to 38 during each appointment window and more fitness classes coming in November.

LOCKER ROOMS

Starting Wednesday, October 28, all locker rooms in Dalplex will be open.
Members will have access to a limited number of day use lockers.
Washrooms will be open in the locker rooms.
Showers and saunas remain closed.

Locker use

Members are welcome to use lockers marked with round day use lockers labels to store their gear but are not permitted to leave items over night. Our regular day use locker rules and regulations apply. Any locks left overnight on day use lockers will be removed along with the contents and held for 14 days before being donated to charity. Please consult the Dalplex Member Handbook for more details on our day use locker policies and procedures.

Hair dryers

The use of Dalplex or personal hair dryers is not permitted at this time.

STRETCHING SPACES IN THE FITNESS HALL

There are now two (2) additional spaces in the fitness hall for stretching and floor exercises, upping our capacity to 38 from 36 per appointment. Members are welcome to bring their own mats, rollers, stretching tubes, etc. These spaces have been added near the windows overlooking the driveway that leads to the parking lot.

The dumbbell stations previously in that space have been moved to the other side of the fitness hall in front of the mirrors near the stairs.

FIELDHOUSE ACCESS

Members with appointments in the fieldhouse will NOT be able to gain entry through the lower level locker rooms and must continue to use the revolving doors at the top of the ramp.

POOL ACCESS

Members should now access the pool through the lower level men’s and women’s locker rooms. The lower level universal locker room will also be open.

Entering from the lower level men’s & women’s locker rooms

Once you have changed, members should make their way down to the pool and wait at the bottom of the stairs until a lifeguard opens the gate.

Please proceed to the lifeguard office to check in for your appointment BEFORE proceeding to your lane.

Members are still permitted to bring their belongings down to the pool deck by using the bag drop area behind their respective lanes.

Masks MUST be worn while moving to and from the locker rooms and pool.

Entering from the lower level universal locker room

Once you have changed, turn left when you exit the locker room and follow signs for the pool. Once you reach the bottom of the stairs and have entered the pool area, please follow the signs to gain access to the pool deck. You will NOT be able to gain access to the pool from the stairs in the bleachers.

Please proceed to the lifeguard office to check in for your appointment BEFORE proceeding to your lane.

Members are still permitted to bring their belongings down to the pool deck by using the bag drop area behind their respective lanes.

Masks MUST be worn while moving to and from the locker rooms and pool.

FITNESS CLASSES

Starting November 2, 2020, we will have a new group fitness class schedule that includes three additional classes.

Please check our full group fitness class schedule for a complete list of classes.

Increasing class sizes

We’ve installed a new camera system that will allow us to live stream our fitness classes to the television screens to the other studios. This provides us with the opportunity to increase the number of members able to attend an in-person class. Please note that the instructor will be teaching from Studio #2 and cannot guarantee spending any time in the other studios that will be open during the class. Members will be expected to ensure physical distancing during the class by staying in their defined workout area as marked on the floor. We expect to be able to start using this system very soon. Be sure to check out the Group Fitness section of our website with more details as they become available.

THE ROCK COURT

The Rock Court is now open for appointments and programming. Users must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask while climbing.

Members and students wishing to use The Rock Court must book an appointment.

Current program offerings can be found here.

The rock wall in the fieldhouse remains closed.


Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic 

The Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic is open for in-person appointments and continues to arrange virtual physiotherapy care. Please call 902-494-1502 or email ptclinic@dal.ca to schedule appointments.

Ongoing Updates

We are committed to keeping you up to date as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation. 

We hope you are continuing to stay active and encourage you to follow our social media accounts for some tips to being healthy while practicing social distancing. 

For more information related to Dalhousie University’s COVID-19 response visit dal.ca/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 from trusted sources, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Public Health websites.