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Published September 5th 2013
Just keep swimming
When one thinks of summer hot days, thoughts automatically drift towards cooling down in water. Whether it is at the beach or at the outdoor pool in the backyard or the local community pool, that is a matter of personal preference. The Casey ARC (Aquatic and Recreation Center) provides an opportunity for Casey residents to do exactly that: cool down all year long, not only taking a respite in summer heat, but relaxing after a long day at work or just de-stressing by taking a swim or sitting in the spa. Owned by the City of Casey council, it is managed by YMCA Victoria.
Casey ARC is a multi-purpose facility that provides opportunities for the whole family to get into the water, for fun and for fitness. There are 5 pools and a spa to choose from.
For little swimmers, there is a pool with shallow water, a froggy slide, a mushroom fountain and other water features which bubble up to keep the little ones entertained.
Toddler pool with a Froggy slide
There is a 0.9m pool large enough for children to swim in, and for adults to keep an eye on them. Most of the swimming classes for children are also held in this pool, which are taught by qualified aquatic education teachers. Lessons focus not only on swimming techniques but also on being safe in the water.
There is another larger pool that starts at the depth of 1.2 meters on one side, gradually dipping down to 1.8m. This pool is divided into lanes, reserved for slow, medium or fast swimmers. Some of the aqua aerobics classes are also held in this pool.
The largest pool is 1.8m in depth and is also reserved for lap swimming. Some of the diving lessons are taught in this pool. There is a large inflatable slide for children to enjoy on the weekend afternoons.
The large pools at Casey ARC
There is a wave pool as well, the depth of which gradually increases upto 1.8m giving the effect of the beach. The waves are created artificially and provide a source of great enjoyment for all. Temperature of water is controlled in all the pools.
The spa can be enjoyed by adults and is a great way to relax the tense muscles and catch up with friends at the same time.
The Casey ARC is one of the few community pools that offers a Women's night program on Friday nights outside the regular pool hours from 8pm to 9:45pm (entry only up until 8:30pm). Wave pool night is offered on first Friday of the month and Aqua Aerobics class is held third Friday of every month (check website for the admission rates).
Philbert the Mascot
Parents of young children who are interested in swimming for fitness can also drop off their children at the occasional care facility adjacent to the centre for very nominal rates.
There is a fitness centre with all the basic equipment required for exercise. Personal trainers can also be consulted.
The change rooms are ample and clean. There is a small cafeteria to purchase snacks and drinks.
There are many reasons to visit the Casey ARC and enjoying the pool facilities is one of the most obvious ones.