My personal favourite is the Centenary Aquatic Centre's dive pool, which opens to the public on a seasonal basis from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There are a range of platform heights to experiment with - ranging from dizzying to difficult to doddling. A lifeguard is on duty to direct traffic, for this is a spectacularly busy spot on weekends.
The rest of the Centenary Aquatic Centre complex has plenty to offer also. The main Olympic-standard pool, constructed in 1959 and refurbished in 2012-13, is historically significant and is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. For little ones, there's a great wading pool with tipping buckets. An open-air but undercover learn-to-swim pool is popular with children of all ages, from babies through to school-aged.
Details: 400 Gregory Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000 Tel: 1300 733 053
Sunrise over the dive pool. Image courtesy Centenary Aquatic Centre.
Brisbane Aquatic Centre The Brisbane Aquatic Centre within the Sleeman Sports Complex also offers some great excuses to dive on in. The Dive Pool features 10 metre, 7.5 metre, 5 metre, one metre and 0.5 metre platforms and diving boards. Access to all diving activities is club-based - that is, you'll need to be a member of a diving club to participate. Visit Diving Australia for more details. Not much of a diver? There are 50 metre indoor and outdoor pools, and a waterslide which really adds the 'woo hoo' factor to one's day.
Details: Cnr Old Cleveland and Tilley Rds, Chandler Tel: 07 3131 9611
Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Finally, there's the glorious Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, which will be the swimming and diving facility for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Located within Southport's Broadwater Parklands, there are a range of diving platforms available as well as a dry dive training facility. Other facilities here include a 50-metre competition pool, learn-to-swim pool, children's splash pool, and much more.