While most of us are shivering with six degree mornings, the staff at Tilligerry Aquatic Centre are rolling off the blankets to a pool with a temperature of 26 to 28 degrees!
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We kid you not. Indeed, regular lap swimmers are waiting at 6am for the roller shutters to rise. It is fair to say that this is the busiest time of the day during the cooler months.
The consistently high temperatures have been made possible by solar power, a well maintained pump house and in particular the new blankets which trap the heat beneath them.
Long time regular lapper Paul Comte will be suffering withdrawal symptoms with the current 9 week winter shutdown.
“Swimming improves my lung capacity and a sense of both physical and mental well-being,” he said.
“It’s also great to socialize with like minded people and the friendly staff,” he added.
The three council pools are currently entering their rotational winter shutdown phase. This ensures that dedicated swimmers always have at least one venue to use. Season pass holders have the option of visiting other centres or extending their pass for the closure time at their home pool.
Tilligerry is closed from 3rd June until the 5 August.
Lakeside shuts down from 8th July and reopens on 22 July.
Tomaree has its winter shutdown from 22nd July until the to 19 August.