What are you to do when summer hits, but you really can't stand the grit of sand between your toes? Obviously we're not all lucky enough to have a swimming pool in the back yard, but thankfully there are plenty around Adelaide that help put our bathers to good use. Whether you swim for fitness, or for fun, we're looking for the pool that meets your needs. We know a few good pools around the place, but we want your help to find Adelaide's best.
The SA Aquatic Centre has a pool for just about every need. Want to train? There's a lane for that. Want to casually swim laps? There's a lane for that. Want to just walk? Well, there's a lane for that too. The Aquatic centre has a water playground for the kids, a toddlers pool, and even water slides for the young or young at heart. You can join as a member, or just come casually, $7.20 for an adult, or $5.80 for a child.
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The Unley Swimming Centre is a bit different, and instead invokes sun soaked images of pools from the past. The outdoor swimming centre has an olympic pool, as well as junior and toddler pools. If you can't stand the overwhelming smell of chlorine that most indoor pools have, then you might be at home here. It's surrounded by the Forrestville Reserve, which means there is even more fun once you've done. It's also just by Goodwood Train Station, so if you're anywhere along the Belair or Noarlunga train line, it's a fairly easy pool to get to.
Maybe you think the recent concept of a floating pool in the River Torrens would be a great idea. It was suggested on the Adelaide City Council's 5000 website, and it drew a bit of media attention. This type of pool can already be found in Germany with the Badeschiff pool. You'll find a poolside bar, plenty of sunbathers, and it's quite popular. So what do you think, would you swim in a pool on the River Torrens?
A floating pool in Germany. Photo: Sansculotte (wikimedia commons)
There's the newly renovated Adelaide Aquatic Centre, or further south the Noarlunga Aquatic Centre. If your kids, or even you, are learning to swim then maybe you think classes at a State Swim Pool are the best. Whether you're visiting a pool for exercise, fun, or safety, we want to know which is your favourite, and just why it's so great.
To our family, the Burnside Pool offers the best of everything. Open, grassed areas, shady trees, a half reasonable food and drink outlet, a very friendly welcome, the pools are all very well supervised by ever vigilant life guards, and the water is always sparkling and clear.
We have had a child's birthday there which was really fun for all (we had a wonderful member of the staff maintain the interest of 10 young children for over 90 minutes); our kids attended VacSwim this year - excellent teachers in a great environment; and we have picnicked in the surrounding parkland - which has a new and challenging kids' playground.
For adults, there are plenty of reserved swimming lanes and,again, it's great to be in the open air and escape the no reek of chlorine.
The key to me is that a visit to the Burnside Pool is always a treat for the whole family, not just the children.
Water World at Ridgehaven is terrific! They have 3 pools - toddler, medium and Olympic. 3 waterslides a splash ground and barbecues and it's all outdoors with plenty of shade provided by shade cloths, a veranda and many many trees!