Women's Only Swim

Changes due to COVID-19

Please note: the Women Only Swim is cancelled until further notice due to the coronovirus pandemic.

For more information, please consult our phased reopening plan.

Women Only Swim

Dalplex is proud to offer a weekly women's only swim in the pool during the academic year. During these swim times, lane swimming will be available and whenever possible, the deep end will be set up for an Open Swim.

Cost and restrictions

The women's only swim is accessible to Dalplex members (includes all full-time Dalhousie students) and day pass or multi-visit pass holders who identify as female. Male children under the age of 5 are also permitted to attend.  

Women’s Only Swim – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last Updated: September 11, 2015

Q: Who can participate in the women’s only swim?

A: Individuals who identify as female of any age or swimming ability can participate in the women’s only swim, as well as male children under the age of 5 who are supervised by a parent or adult guardian.

Q: Why can’t older male children participate in the swim/why can male children participate at all?

A: As this is a pilot project, we have followed the guidance of other local facilities, like the Canada Games Centre, and have chosen to mirror their same policies. Once the initial period of the pilot program ends, we will evaluate participation and feedback to help determine our policies going forward.

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the swim?

A: Cost of the swim is included in full-time Dal student memberships, as well as Dalplex memberships and those with multi-visit passes. Members of the general public are welcome to attend, however standard Dalplex day pass rates apply to anyone who does not have a membership. Current rates are available on our website.

Q: What is appropriate attire to wear in the pool?

A: Those who attend the swim should wear a bathing suit or clean clothing made from nylon or spandex. Cotton clothing and regular street clothes are not permitted.

Q: How will Dalplex ensure the privacy of those who participate in the swim?

A: Blinds will cover all windows in public areas that face the pool. The pool will also close 15 minutes prior to the start of the swim to ensure all males have exited the pool area and access to the pool from the male locker room and other entrances will be restricted during this period of the swim.

Q: Why have you decided to start offering a women’s only swim?

A: Members of the Dal/Kings Swim Society approached Dalplex in 2014 to pitch the idea of starting a women’s only swim at Dalplex in order to respond to the growing need for swim instruction and swim time for women who, for cultural and/or religious reasons, are unable or uncomfortable participating in open or public swims. After much consultation with other stakeholders on campus, and upon receiving a support document containing more than 200 signatures, Dalplex decided to pilot the program for seven weeks during the 2015 winter semester and again during the following fall semester.

Q: Who was involved in making the decision to start offering this swim?

A: Staff from the Department of Athletics and Recreational Services consulted with members of the Dal/Kings Swim Society, the Dalhousie Student Union, the Dal Muslim Students Association and Dalhousie’s Office of Human Rights, Equity and Harassment Prevention and the pilot program has the support of Dalhousie Student Affairs and Student Wellness.

Q: Why don’t you offer a male only swim/transgender only swim/swim for other special interest groups?

A: The decision to launch this pilot project was a direct result of a proposal made by Dalhousie students, responding to a need in the Dal community that Dalplex was not currently meeting. The Athletics department is committed to helping to improve the services it provides to better meet the needs of students and encourages others to please come forward with suggestions or ideas for new programs or for new ways they can be more inclusive or supportive of their community. Feedback or suggestions can be emailed to dalplexinfo@dal.ca

Q: I have more questions and/or I have feedback I’d like to provide. Who can I speak to?

A: We encourage people to email dalplexinfo@dal.ca with any feedback about the program.