Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published December 3rd 2012
Laze down the river or swoosh down the slide, you decide
Joondalup Arena is a popular haunt of families based in Perth's northern suburbs, with kids demanding that parents take them to the 'pool with the waterslide'. But it's not just the waterslide, this swimming centre has lots on offer to those wanting some water fun.
The Pools The Joondalup Arena Pool is split into two main areas. The first area is a 10 lane, 50m pool with varying depths. This area is for those seeking a dedicated area for swimming exercise and you are able to book out a lane if required. There are also facilities for aqua wheelchair access and disability hoists. There are times when there are swimming carnivals and sporting events taking place here, benefitting from the permanent seating for crowds of over 600 spectators. At these peak times, you won't be able to reserve a lane, but you can find out more details from helpful staff or you can check the lane availability guide.
The other side of the pool complex; the 'fun side; is a multitude of pool areas that all join together to present an array of swimming and water play choices. You can exercise in the three lane 25m section, or play with your toddler in the shallow splash pool. There's also the sprawling main section of the pool that starts with a beach entrance to span over 400m2 overall. From this main pool, you can enjoy the water slide and lazy river area, bubbling jets and water spouts. This is a popular area with families, but you might want to avoid Saturday mornings when a lot of this pool area is closed off during lesson times. If you're traversing the lazy river holding on to your toddler, keep a tight hold as the jets can push you around the lazy river pretty fast. With a wiggly one in your arms this can become quite the work out.
There aren't too many private family changing rooms, but the main male and female change areas do have a nappy change table so this helps.
Opening times vary from day to day, but there is good provision for early bird swimmers, family parties and those wanting an early evening dip. Review the current opening hours guide to find out what times best suits your needs.
Adult (16 years and over) $5.30 Child (4 - 15 years) $4.10 Child (under 4 years) Free
Spectators are $2.
Look out for the aqua card which provides you with the best value for money if you are a regular pool goer. For an adult, you can purchase ten entries for $47.50 so you're effectively getting one entrance for free. You can save more if you sign up for 20 entries.
The pool does have a sauna area (adults only) and a swim/sauna package is $9.25 per adult.
Throughout the year, especially at school holidays, look out for the Splash It parties hosted by Joondalup arena. These special events invite your child to enjoy all the aquatic fun on offer at the Joondalup arena pool as well as the bubbles dance and karaoke compeitions thrown in too.There's aqua volley ball and to top it all off a DJ to help get your youngster in the mood to party.
This event is for 8-15 year old children, and those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult supervision (free entrance to the adult). Adults are not permitted in the pool so you need to ensure that your child is a confident water party goer. Ask helpful staff when the next planned pool party is and get your tickets early.
On site, adjacent to the toddler pool is a small cafe. Serving coffees, cold drinks, hot chips and some snacks, this is a reasonably priced cafe, if not lacking in a bit more of a range of items in stock Coffee is average but the hot chips are well, hot and tasty. Outside of the pool is a nice grassed area and a good place for the kids to run off any excess energy or kick a ball around. There is some shading too if you've packed a picnic.
In addition to the water frolics and fun, Joondalup Arena also offer lessons for both adults and children. Classes start from infant (6 months) all the way up to adult; and you are never too old to learn this important life skill.