Émilie Heymans indoor pool

The Émilie-Heymans indoor pool in the recreation centre is open from September to June. There are costs for admission.

Everyone must obey the rules to ensure users’ full and safe enjoyment of the services offered.

When you arrive

  • Show your proof of residence or your annual pool membership pass.
  • Remove your footwear before entering the corridor leading to the changing rooms.
  • It is prohibited at all times to photograph or film swimmers or the pool.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times.


  • Bathing caps are strongly recommended. Hair longer than the nape of the neck must be tied back.
  • Sandals may be worn on the pool deck, but they must not be sandals that are worn outdoors.
  • Swim suits are required. The fabric must be designed for pool use. Lycra-style rashguard T-shirts are acceptable.
  • It is strictly prohibited to wear undergarments under your swim suit.

Before swimming

  • You must take a 30-second shower, making sure you rinse off from head to toe. Showers must also be taken after using the sauna before entering the pool.
  • Read the swimming pool rules. They are posted beside the pool.

*Private lessons given by an external person are not permitted during our public swim hours.

If you have any other questions, be sure to ask the pool staff. Enjoy your swim!

  • Swimming lanes are like roads: you have to swim on the right side of the lane.
  • You must therefore keep right in your lane and swim close to the lane divider because swimmers pass in the centre of the lane. When you want to pass another swimmer, let the person know by gently tapping him or her twice on the foot so that he or she can slow down a bit and move as far right as possible to prevent a collision.
  • To prevent collisions, it is prohibited to pass another swimmer at the ends of the pool (between the flags).
  • Please choose the right speed lane so that all swimmers feel comfortable.
  • If you accidentally collide with another swimmer during one of your swims, take a moment to apologize. This can help prevent unnecessary conflicts.
  • Flippers may not be used when four or more swimmers are in the same lane. Flippers are also prohibited during the 12 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. swim time (very busy).
  • A fourth swimming lane may be added during adult swim times at the lifeguards’ discretion if 15 or more swimmers are using the lanes.
  • The end zones of the lanes must remain free to allow swimmers to turn.
  • Keep your eye on the swimmers around you to compare your speed to theirs and make sure you are in the right lane.
  • Signs are in place to indicate the lane speeds:
    • Slow: For slow swimming and doing full lengths, but with frequent stops at the ends of the lanes.
    • Medium: For continuous swimming of more than one length at a time, with occasional stops at the end of a length.
    • Fast: For continuous, fast swimming with few or no stops.
  • During family swim hours, a minimum of two lanes are available for swimmers. Depending on the number of swimmers, a third lane may be added during the week.
  • During adult swim hours, a minimum of three lanes are available for swimmers. When there are more than six swimmers per lane, a fourth lane may be added.


Please note that only cash is accepted for single admissions.

Admission (resident) Pre-paid card (resident)* Admission (non-resident) Pre-paid card (non-resident)* Annual unlimited admission (resident) Annual unlimited admission (non-resident)**
Toddler (- 2 years old) Free --- Free --- Free Free
Child (2 to 17 years old) $3 $22 $4 $33 $82 $158
Adult $4 $35 $6 $52.50 $128 $240
Senior (60 years old +) $4 $35 $6 $52.50 $91 $175
Family --- --- --- --- $154 $292

*The pre-paid card gives you 10 admissions to the public swims at any time, except for the morning slots. The cards are on sale now at the recreation centre (600 Oak Avenue).

** Includes the membership to the Seaway Park swimming pool during summer.


The public swim schedule is as follows:

Adult swim (18 years and older) Family swim
Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 6:40 a.m. (members only) Monday : 3:15 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 12 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday : 8 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday: 3:15 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m - 1:25 p.m. Wednesday : 7:40 p.m. - 8:35 p.m.
Wednesday : 8:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. Friday: 7:35 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:25 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 p.m. - 9:25 p.m.

Naming of the indoor pool

In 2013, the City of Saint-Lambert decided to honour athlete Émilie Heymans by naming its indoor pool after her. Émilie Heymans was a natural choice because no other city can boast of having been the childhood home of the first female diver ever to have won medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. The entire community shares a sense of pride in being able to count this accomplished athlete who embodies the spirit of good sportsmanship among its own.

But beyond her achievements, Émilie Heymans serves as an inspirational role model for the young athletes in our community. The high standards she set for herself throughout her sporting career show that with a lot of effort, perseverance, and passion, dreams can come true. It is for all these reasons that the City of Saint-Lambert decided to name its indoor pool after this athlete. As a result, the name Émilie Heymans will forever be etched in our city’s history and will continue to inspire future generations for years to come.

Nomination d'Émilie-Heymans

Émilie Heymans began her career as a gymnast, but fell in love with diving at the age of 11. In 2000, Émilie realized her childhood dream when she took part in her first Olympic Games in Sydney, where she won a silver medal with partner Anne Montminy. Four years later, she and synchro teammate Blythe Hartley claimed a bronze medal, Canada’s first medal of the Athens Games.

In 2008, at the Olympic Games in Beijing, Heymans won the silver medal for the 10 m tower event. Finally, in 2012, it was at the Olympics in London that she won a bronze medal with partner Jennifer Abel, becoming the first female diver to earn medals in four straight Olympic games.

In 2012, Émilie Heymans ended her prolific diving career, during the course of which she also racked up:

  • 9 World Cup and World Championship medals
  • 5 Commonwealth Games medals
  • 7 Pan American Games medals
  • 38 Canadian Championships titles
  • 84 international medals

To know more about Émilie Heymans’ career, you can consult her official website at emilieheymans.com/en/biography/.

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