It is summer every day on the little red dot and it is important to know how and where you can go to beat the heat.
One of the best things about living in this city-state is that there are swimming pools all around the island, which means you are simply spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a nice spot to cool off. And several of these public swimming pools come with bells-and-whistles that can rival some of the more popular water parks and resorts—without the hefty price tags attached. In fact, calling them public swimming complexes seems terribly mundane and ill-fitting when you learn what they actually have to offer.
Without further ado, here are 6 of the best (and ridiculously affordable) swimming spots in Singapore.
Splash N Surf At Kallang
Situated on the rooftop level of the Kallang Wave Mall, this family-friendly spot is a great option if you have kids in tow as they have a rather amazing water play area for the young ones, which includes a small pool, slides and fountains.
If doing absolutely nothing is your goal, there’s a lazy river that the whole family can relax and float on. If excitement is what you are looking for, the complex has the Stingray, which is essentially a half-pipe where you can do some bodyboarding and skimboarding; but that does cost extra. Lessons are also available at an additional fee, if you feel that you need it.
Pro: it has a nice view of the city. Con: it can get rather hot on that rooftop so you really need to remember slap on that sunscreen.
Tampines Swimming Complex At Tampines Hub
If swimming on rooftops is kind of your thing, then here is another excellent option; this complex is on the sixth floor of Our Tampine Hub
You will be forgiven for mistaking it for a resort facility, for this centre has six pools to cater to every possible need. For those who are there purely to get your exercise or training on, there is a 10-lane competition level pool and a 50m training pool where you can get in some serious laps.
Kids will love to frolic in the interactive water-play area replete with a waterfall (kid-sized, of course) and a wading pool, while moms and dads can try to imagine that they are at an outdoor spa as they soak in the jacuzzi pool (yes, you read that correctly).
Sengkang Swimming Complex
The Sengkang Complex on Anchorvale Road will wow you with its eight amazing water slides (two twisty tunnel slides, two tall, steep open slides and two shorter ones for beginners and younger ones) that promise to satisfy any thrill-seeker.
The complex also houses two Olympic-sized swimming pools (one indoor, one outdoor), which is ideal for those who are serious about their workout. They also have a nice jacuzzi for you to laze in while the kiddos take their time playing in the fun pool area, which also—surprise!—has two fun slides as well as a massive bucket that periodically showers the little ones with heavy rain. It’s guaranteed fun!
Jurong East Swimming Complex
At the heart of the Jurong East Swimming Complex are three heart-stopping, spiralling water slides that snake down from a giant tower; each are different in length and height. It is still as popular as it was since it first opened back in 2000.
There is something for everyone in the family: a competition pool for the serious swimmers; a children’s water play area that has plenty to keep the kids busy; and a fantastic wave pool that can keep everybody entertained for ages.
Then take a breather from all that excitement by lounging in the jacuzzi, or weaving and bobbing along the lazy river, which just so happens to be the first ever lazy river to be available in a Singapore public swimming complex.
Jurong West Swimming Complex
Really, what is a water park without a slide? The Jurong West Swimming Complex does not disappoint with a three-storey high, massive tubular slide that runs overhead and across the pools. The children’s water-play station also contains two safe and fun slides for the younger kids. Of course, this pool could not possibly be complete without a lengthy lazy river to drift on.
The complex has two competition-sized pools; one is outdoors and the other is sheltered, which is perfect if you are looking to burn some calories without getting a tan or risk a nasty sunburn.
Swimming Pool @ SAFRA Yishun
Last, but not least, is the swimming pool located at SAFRA Yishun. This complex has a true resort feel as the landscape is lined with rock features, palm trees and deckchairs.
There is an Olympic-size lap pool, a bubble pool and an area for children’s water play. For a bit of a thrill, you can hop down a slide that is built into a gorgeous rock feature, which curves gently into the water.
If your idea of a good time is to rest, relax and rejuvenate in a spa-like environment and forget for a moment that you are living in a crowded and noisy city, this should definitely be the pool of choice.
Note. To swim at SAFRA Yishun (and at any other SAFRA facilities for that matter), you will need to register as a member or have a member sign you in as a guest.