City of Winnipeg community centres were buzzing with dozens of parents Tuesday morning as registration for swimming lessons opened at 8 a.m.

Registration for Leisure Guide activities is always a busy time for the city. Last year, the city’s phone lines were jammed and their registration site experienced major slowdowns.

Parents were extremely frustrated with the system, and many of them turned up to local community centres instead to register, only to find lineups 40 people deep.

Leisure online

This error message came up repeatedly when CBC tried to access the city's Leisure Guide registration site.

This year, Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre had dozens of parents waiting to register by about 7:30 a.m.

A city official said they were prepared for a large number of registrants this year, and they didn’t expect any issues with registration.

But when CBC tried to log onto the city's website shortly after 8 a.m. a busy message came up several times, which read "leisureonline  is currently busy processing registrations."

City officials later said the website had problems with heavy traffic in the morning, but those were resolved by 9 a.m.

Winnipeggers can register by phone, online, in person or by mail.

The city saw a big bump in online registrations this year. Of a total of 6,989 registrations made by 11 a.m. on Tuesday, just over 5,000 of them were made online. That’s compared to 3,784 last year.

The popular Leisure guide classes were only open to registration from Winnipeg residents on Tuesday, but on March 25, people from outside the city will be able to register.