Aquatics | REDS Recreation | UNB


REDS Recreation combined and/or aquatic members have access to the Sir Max Aitken (SMA) Pool, which is housed in the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

The SMA pool has six lanes, a temperature of 80°F and a length of 25 metres with a diving tank. It is used by athletes, community user groups and clubs from morning to night. Outside user groups can book pool time by contacting Valerie MacFarlane at 453-4564 or

REDS Recreation's schedule includes designated time for lap swims and dive tank access. Open recreation and family swim are open for all ages.

Pool schedule

Swim lessons

Registration for our summer programs will begin Saturday, August 27 at 2 p.m. Registration will be available online, over the phone (453-4579), or in person at the Membership Services Desk of the Richard J. CURRIE CENTER.  

At this time group lessons and limited private lessons will be offered on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lessons will be held over 10 weeks from September 17 to November 26 at the Sir Max Aitken Pool in the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

$75 for members; $95 for non-members (Group Lessons)
$110 for members; $135 for non-members (Private Lessons)

If you're not sure which class your child should take, see the swimming lesson conversion chart.

We are pleased to offer Beginner Adult Group swim lessons on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Choose from Beginner/Novice Swimmer (no swim experience) to Beginner II Swimmer (some swim experience). Lessons will be held over 9 weeks from Sept. 18 to Nov. 27 at the Sir Max Aitken Pool in the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

Fees: $100 + HST for members; $120 + HST for non members

Lifesaving society courses

Prerequisite: 13 years old or completion of Bronze Star certification

Individuals who have successfully completed level 10 and who are 13+ years old can begin training to become a lifeguard. Bronze Medallion teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water-rescue education-judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn tows and carries, and defence methods and releases in preparation for challenging rescues.

Prerequisite: Bronze Medallion + Emergency or Workplace Standard First Aid certification. 

Bronze Cross prepares lifesavers for the safety supervision role and responsibilities of assistant lifeguards in aquatic facilities. Bronze Cross is a prerequisite for all advanced training programs including National Lifeguard and Instructor certification.