If there's one thing I can't stand about public swimming pools it's sharing a lane with about five other people and playing dodge-the-breaststroke-kick.
A public pool has to be pleasant, clean and have decent opening hours. Above all, it has to have the facilities to ensure patrons are not stuck in human congestion as they attempt to do some exercise.
The Redcliffe High Performance Centre swimming pool fulfills all these necessities.
At this point, you're probably thinking: Pool? Swimming? But it's almost winter, you loony! I'm getting frostbite just reading this review!
But here's the secret: The Redcliffe pool is heated all year around and because most people will have the same "it's cold, so I'll stop swimming" idea, those who keep swimming end up getting the whole pool to themselves.
I understand that by revealing this, I'll probably have to forfeit the four of five lanes I usually accumulate by mid-winter. But that's a sacrifice I'm ready to make for the health and wellbeing of society.
Swimming is great exercise and fantastic for stress-relief. It gets you using all your muscles without strain, and leaves you feeling fresh and revived.
There's really no reason to stop swimming this winter.
Furthermore, the Redcliffe pool staff are some of the loveliest, most encouraging people I've met.
Their friendliness and comical accounts of happenings throughout the week make me laugh so hard that I probably lose a load of calories before even hitting the water. As I leave, their supportive compliments give me a feeling of pride and achievement.
It's all in the staff's evident customer-appreciation – they make an effort to get to know your ability and encourage you accordingly ("Way-to-go Bob, five laps!" … "Come on Sally, you can do another ten!").
If you're into group exercise, get to know the Redcliffe Leagues Swimming Club, which practices morning and afternoon at the High Performance Centre.
The club exudes a sense of family and provides an environment where swimmers of all levels of ability can accomplish their own swimming goals. Programs include basic Learn-to-Swim lessons through to competitive squads that cater for State, National and International swimmers.
The Redcliffe High Performance Centre's winter facilities include an enclosed 50m eight-lane Olympic-size pool, an 18.3m plunge pool, and two Learn-to-Swim pools for coaching and training programs.
All pools are indoor and heated. The 50m pool, along with the newly refurbished shower facilities, are also wheelchair accessible.
So don't pack away your swimmers!
As the gym begins to get crowded this winter, dive into the warm, spacious Redcliffe High Performance Centre and (literally) maintain that bikini/ budgie-smuggler body all year around.
Hi Zuzanna, I know this article was written over 3 years ago, however we are getting people coming in that still expect the prices mentioned here but unfortunately they have risen since then & it would be great if you were able to edit this piece to reflect our current prices. Adults $5 Seniors/Children $4. Sorry to be a pain, thank you for your ongoing support - Redcliffe City High Performance Centre :)