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 Program Information


The Ruth Inch Memorial Pool uses wristbands to:

  • Alert lifeguards to children who are required to be within arm's reach of a supervisor in the water.
  • Show lifeguard staff who is registered in a program when there are two programs running at the same time.

The staff member at the Reception Desk will put a disposable wristband on individuals who fall into either of these categories before the patron goes into the changeroom. Please remember that wristbands are for safety and program quality control reasons and should remain on throughout your swim.

Wet, Wild and Wicked Daycamp

The Ruth Inch Memorial Pool offers a daycamp for children 7 to 12 years old that allows participants to focus on building their swimming and Water Smart skills. Camp runs Monday to Friday from 9am to 5 pm each weekday with the exception of stat holidays.

In order to participate in camp you must be:

  • 7 years old or older
  • able to swim 25m

The camp is a good way for participants to prepare for fun in, on and around the water. The morning will be spent doing drills, learning lifesaving skills and techniques. In the afternoon we will take part in public swim and then work on first aid skills, public relations role playing and how to handle basic emergencies.


Course # 23058 July 3 -6, Tue-Fri from 9a-5p $180 (4 days) FULL Please add your name to the waitlist

Course # 23059 July 9-13, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days) FULL Please add your name to the waitlist

Course # 23060 July 16-20, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days) FULL Please add your name to the waitlist

Course # 23061 July 23-27, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days)

Course # 23062 July 30-Aug 3, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days)

Course # 23063 Aug 7-10, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days)

Course # 23064 Aug 13-17, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days)

Course # 23065 Aug 20-24, Mon-Fri from 9a-5p $225 (5 days) FULL Please add your name to the waitlist

Mermaid Tails

New Equipment Trend - Mermaid Tail

Mermaid tails are a new trend in aquatic equipment. To give a "realistic look" mermaid tails often combine a fin and a slip over tail. The fin is similar to a butterfly fin (monofin); it is one piece that both feet are placed into. The slip over tail can be made of different types of material including silicone and fabric.

 At the Ruth Inch Pool we are currently following these guidelines:  

  • Tail to be put on at the pool edge
  • In water use only i.e. no jumping into pool with tail on
  • Only used in shallow water (water up to the participant's chest)
  • No homemade fins
  • Fins should be sized for the user
  • Slip over tail should be made of a material that is easily cut or removed in case of emergency
  • Mermaid tails are allowed in Public and Family Swims at the Lifeguard's discretion (not during busy swims)

 The Community Services Department is currently reviewing the use of Mermaid Tails in our facility.

Before Purchasing a Mermaid Tail

Mermaid Tails are monofins which were originally designed for competitive swimmers to train in so they may pose issues for swimmers who do not have a strong dolphin kick.

 Parents should consider:  

  • Reading the manufacturer's enclosed safety information
  • Sizing the fins/tail to the child
  • Being within arm's reach and constantly supervising the swimmer as the danger of underwater blackout is increased
Lane Swim Etiquette
  • Several swimmers (as many as 8 or more) can fit in a single lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of like speed are together.Be respectful of others who are sharing the lane with you.
  • Choose the correct lane for your swimming speed. Signs are posted to assist swimmers in choosing an appropriate lane if necessary.
  • Be sure to notify other swimmers when you are entering a lane. This is done by sitting at the edge of the pool, waving a kickboard underwater or standing in the corner of the lane.
  • Swimmers must share lanes and are expected to swim in a counter-clockwise circle if there are more than 2 swimmers in the lane. If the lane only has 2 swimmers then you can split the lane in half and swim on one side of the lane.
  • Lifeguards may help make lane adjustments to accommodate everyone.
  • Be courteous and responsive if you are asked to move lanes or change strokes (butterfly for example, may not always be possible if lanes are shared) by the lifeguards.
  • The lifeguard on duty will have the final say in the arrangement of lanes.
  • When passing, wait and pass at the wall. Gently tap the foot of the swimmer ahead of you indicating you wish to pass. Do not attempt to swim around a slower swimmer as this may collisions with swimmers coming in the opposite direction.
  • A lead swimmer, who feels a touch on the feet from an overtaking, should continue to the next wall, then stop in the corner of the lane to let the faster swimmer pass.
  • When resting on the wall, please move the outward corners of the lane to allow swimmers room to easily turn at the wall.

 Sponsorship and Promotional Opportunities

Priceless Swims
The Sponsor a Swim program was created to encourage participation in aquatic activities and special events. Sponsors fund a swim and it is offered to the general public free of charge. The Sponsor a Swim program provided many hours of free swimming to members of our community last season. The program has been a great success with users and sponsors alike.

The Ruth Inch Memorial Pool is always looking for individuals, groups or businesses who are interested sponsoring a swim or special event so that community members can enjoy free access to the facility. Sponsors receive mention on some of the following: the Multiplex Board, Banner at the Pool, City Flyer, Posters, City Recreation Guide and Radio PSA's/Spots. Sponsors may also provide a banner/sign to be hung during the event. For more details about this exciting program please contact (867) 920-5683.

Advertise at the Pool
The Ruth Inch Memorial Pool currently has 4' x 8' spaces available on the walls surrounding the pool for advertising. The signs are made of coroplast and the creation and design fees are the responsibility of the advertiser. Advertising spots can be purchased by contacting Brian at (867) 920-5647.
2017 Successful Safety Events

The Ruth Inch Pool has been the home base for a couple very exciting Water Safety Events this summer. The staff had a great time and would like to thank the participants and sponsors who made it all possible. 

Water Safety Week 2017 and Drowning Prevention Week 2017 ended with a total of 1523 people taking part in the festivities that focused on skills and knowledge that hopefully will reduce the number of drownings and near misses in the NWT.  The public enjoyed educational events, games, prizes and a free swim thanks to the kind support of Northland Utilities, Clark Builders, Get Active NWT, Avery Cooper and Co. and Diamond Glass, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Kavanaugh Bros. Ltd., Adam Dental Clinic, Shoppers Drug Mart, Corothers Home Hardware Building Centre, DB Perks Commercial Aquatic Supplies, Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories, Canadian Red Cross and the City of Yellowknife. Thanks to everyone for participating and see you next year!

 We are currently seeking sponsors for the 2018 event, interested parties can contact (867) 920-5683.

Swim Lesson Information

Advanced Aquatic Training Chart

Advanced Awards Progress as Follows:

Lifeguard Stream Instructor Stream First Aid Stream
1- LSS Bronze Star 1 -  Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 1 - LSS CPR C
2 - LSS Bronze Medalion 2 - LSS Lifesaving Instructor 2 - LSS AED
3 - LSS Bronze Cross and CPR C   3 - LSS Standard First Aid
4 - LSS National Lifeguard Service   4 - LSS Aquatic Emergency Care
Registration Tips and Guidelines

Use the Waitlist

  • Patrons are strongly urged to use the waitlist option in the registration system.
  • Pool staff are constantly monitoring the courses to see which courses are filling.
  • Courses are added to the schedule based on the number of registrants on the waitlist.

Register Early

  • Register early to avoid disappointment.
  • Courses that are not filling may be cancelled to make room for courses that have a waitlist.

Register Based on Ability

  • Children should be registered in the level recommended by their previous instructor.
  • Individuals not following this policy will be removed from the class if it is determined that they are not in the correct level.
  • If there are no spaces left in the proper level, patrons will have to wait until the next available session to register in the appropriate class.

Lesson Changes

  • In order to provide the most cost-effective lessons, some levels may be combined or start times changed from those advertised in the Recreation Guide.
  • Patrons will be notified of the changes and can decide to continue at the new time or take a full refund.

Red Cross Preschool vs. Swim Kids Lessons

  • Patrons do not have to finish the Preschool levels before moving on to the Red Cross Swim Kids levels if they are 5 years old.
  • Patrons who are in the higher levels of the Preschool program will be placed where they belong in the Swim Kids levels and will not start at Red Cross Swim Kids Level 1.
Lesson Outline

First Day 

  • Instructors will meet their class on the pool deck and take them to their designated meeting place.
  • Please present your child's last Red Cross progress card to the Instructor.
  • Instructors will screen students to ensure they are registered in the appropriate level.

Day 5

  • Check with your instructor to see, which skills need work and how to practice.

Last Day 

  • Progress Card Day, the card will outline the student's successes and challenges this session.
  • It also indicates which level to register your child in the next time they take lessons.
  • If the level is complete, the card will have a Red Cross badge or sticker.
  • If there are more skills to complete in a specific lesson no stickers or badges will be added to the card.
  • The card will indicate which skills or strokes require more work.
Children attending lessons should only enter the water during their class time.
Private Lessons
Private swimming lessons are a great way to finish a level that you have been working on, perfect a difficult stroke, jump start a beginner or just get some individualized instruction. We offer private lessons for individuals, duos and groups. Group Lessons can be set up for 6 children or more who are at a similar swimming level. Times may be arranged to accommodate your schedule.

Ways to Indicate Interest

  • Some Private Lesson spots are available on-line and have a waitlist if they are full.
  • Register on the Private Lesson Waitlist that corresponds to your availability. These waitlists indicate which day you are available for lessons.

How Lessons are Filled

  • If more private lesson spots become available, staff will call a day or two before the session begins to offer the spot to the first person on the waitlist.
  • Staff will continue down the list until the lesson spot is full.
  •  Lessons usually run in half hour sessions but can sometimes be arranged for other lengths of time.
  • Private lessons may be included in the schedule when a group lesson cancels so times will vary for each session.

Private lessons may be scheduled

  • Wed from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • May be arranged at other times  according to staff availability.


Type of Lesson Price per 1/2 hour per person
Private Lesson $26.88
Semi-Private Lesson $20.16 per person