Hong Kong pools offer the ideal solution to the oppressive summer heat, offering fun water play areas for children to splash around in. Swimming can also provide excellent exercise benefits; burning calories, reducing stress levels and improving mood all while increasing energy levels can all be accomplished while helping with health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Coronavirus restrictions have forced many public and government pools to close, so private pool memberships offer an attractive alternative. While they can be expensive and crowded at times, some offer great amenities such as dining options with breathtaking views.
Hong Kong boasts nearly 40 public pools, each offering different activities to keep everyone satisfied. Leisure pools feature fountains and water slides while lap pools offer serious tanners an opportunity for serious tanning sessions – there is something here for all levels of swimmers here!
When taking children along, Tai Po Swimming Pool provides one of the highest and longest water slides in the city – perfect for them. Popular during both weekdays and weekends alike, so make sure you book in advance to secure a spot.
Sai Kung Swimming Pool offers adults an ideal place for aquatic fun. This massive facility includes not only an impressive main pool but also diving and indoor training pools as well as an outdoor leisure pool and plenty of space to lounge around while the children splash around.
Victoria Park Swimming Pool is another major draw, boasting several different pools designed to appeal to a range of ages. From water cannons on a pirate ship to leisure pools with fountains, there’s bound to be something exciting here for every member of the family – plus sunbeds for tanning!
Be aware that many swimming pools close for cleaning on specific days each week and occasionally for annual maintenance – before planning a swim session it is wise to check individual schedules posted by Leisure and Cultural Services Department before venturing out.
As part of the coronavirus outbreak, certain pools have struggled to find a healthy balance between staff and patrons. Lifeguards in particular have found it challenging, leading them to strike multiple times over pay issues. Furthermore, in 2004 the Los Angeles County Sanitation District cut lifeguard staffing by almost 50% from 2,400 to 1,580 which the union strongly protested against.