The Vancouver Park and Recreation Board operates nine indoor pools, four outdoor pools, and employs lifeguards throughout the summer months on the city's half dozen beaches. For the downtown visitor, the closest indoor pool is the Vancouver Aquatic Centre with an Olympic-size pool as well as weight room, sauna and whirlpool. In the summer, Kitsilano and Second Beach pools offer the joy of swimming outdoors in heated pools that are safe for toddlers and adults alike.
There are also several beaches that are very popular for swimming and sunbathing. Close to downtown are English Bay, Second, and Third beaches - all with lifeguards during the summer months. Kitsilano, Jericho, and Spanish Banks beaches all also offer family-friendly swimming areas with seasonal lifeguards on site.