In partnership with the Lifesaving Society, and in compliance with Alberta Health Services, when bathing in a public pool, swimwear must be suitable for general participation in bathing and must not impair swimming skills. Swimwear may be made of different types of fabric as long as it does not put a user’s health at risk or interfere with pool water quality.
In the case of patrons who, for personal reasons, cannot expose a part of their body, a modified version of traditional swimwear must be permissible as an alternative. For example, acceptable alternative swimwear could include footless tights, gymnastic leggings, tight-fitting undershirt, a tight-fitting hood that covers the head and neck with wide openings for the face, tight-fitting sweater or pants, or a wetsuit.
Burkinis and rash guards are examples of acceptable alternative swimwear as face and neck are uncovered and fabric is tight-fitting enough to not interfere with swimming skills. Hands and feet can move freely and there is an additional element of hygiene if hair is covered.
All swim apparel must be clean and brought to the facility for the purpose of swimming.
Prior to entering the pool, all patrons are required to take a cleansing shower in their swim apparel.
All patrons are required to wear bathing suit bottoms, tops are a patron's choice. This swim attire guideline ensures that City of Edmonton pools are aligned with the Alberta Human Rights Act which does not allow for discrimination based on gender, gender identity or gender expression.