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Free swimming at 3 of Surrey’s 8 outdoor pools starting May 13

Staggered start dates at pools across the city
Hjorth Road Pool is one of Surrey’s eight outdoor pools. (Photo: Tides Out)

Surrey residents can make a splash in three of the city’s eight outdoor pools starting Monday, May 13.

That’s when pools open at Bear Creek, Greenaway and Sunnyside, days ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend.

Hjorth Road outdoor pool is set to open June 1, followed by Holly, Kwantlen Park, Port Kells and Unwin pools on June 22.

Admission is free at Surrey’s outdoor pools, giving people “a free option to stay cool during extreme heat, something that has become increasingly valuable in recent years as we combat record-breaking temperatures and a rising cost-of-living,” according to Jeff Holland, aquatics manager.

Swim schedules are posted on, along with pool locations.

Free admission is first come, first served at Surrey’s outdoor pools, where people line up on hot days. “Lifeguards will allow people to enter in the order that they lined up, until capacity is met,” notes a post on the Tide’s Out website, which clarifies rules about holding spots in line.

Lane swimming will be available at some pools, and lessons are available for fees starting at $36.60 for spring sessions (visit for details). Birthday party rentals can be booked with a phone call to one of the eight pools.

Outdoor swimming is also an option at Crescent Beach, where lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at two roped-off areas from June 24 to Sept. 4, at Sullivan Point.

Surrey’s 11 spray parks will open Friday, May 17, “providing an additional way for residents to cool down this summer.” Locations are posted on

For 2024, submissions for lifeguard jobs are no longer accepted on

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