Lap Swimming to recommence at Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre
Welcome back to lap swimming. Please note that at this stage all other aquatic programs and services remain suspended.
The safety of our community is vital, so please expect to see strict hygiene and social distancing measures when you arrive at the facility to keep us all safe and ensure we comply with Government restrictions. These changes will include:
- Bookings must be made online or over the phone prior to attending – please click on the BOOK NOW button below.
- A limit of 20 swimmers per pool applies.
- Bookings will be for 45 minutes of swimming time to allow for a 15-minute changeover and sanitisation period between each session
- At this stage, only outdoor lap swimming will be available. Please note that at this stage all other aquatic programs and services remain closed
- Toilets will be available, but access to drink fountains, showers, change rooms and lockers will remain closed. Swimmers will be required to change on the pool deck and not indoors.
- We ask that everyone arrives showered, ready to swim and bring your own water bottle.
As all existing member accounts are currently on suspension and no membership fees are being charged, we kindly ask that everyone uses the facility on a pay per use basis. The casual booking rate will apply to all bookings until further notice.
LAP SWIMMING AVAILABILITY/RATES
Monday to Friday: 7.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday: 7.00am to 12.00pm
Lap Swimming Rates
$6.95 per visit (45min bookings only)
Bookings are essential and spots are limited due to current restrictions. For all enquiries please view the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us on 03 9486 7200.
ONLINE BOOKINGS AVAILABLE SOON
How can I attend lap swimming?
If you would like to come to the centre for a lap swim, you first need to book online on the lap swimming page on our website.
How can I book a lane for my lap swim?
Visit the lap swimming page on our website prior to attending the centre and follow the prompts to book. Bookings will open 48 hours prior and close one hour prior to each lap swim session. You can change your booking up to two hours prior to your start time. Payment is required in advance.
When I book online, does my data stay in Australia?
Yes. Your personal data captured by the online booking system Nabooki, is saved on a server situated in Australia.
Are other areas of the facility open besides the lap pool?
No, not at this stage. Check the ‘reopening updates’ page on this website for the latest information.
How long do I have to swim?
Lap swimming times are available on the ‘lap swimming’ page of this website <link>. Once you have booked your lap swimming time, you will have one hour in the facility. We recommend you use your hour for approximately 45 minutes of swimming, allowing for time to collect your belongings and exit the centre. You must depart the centre prior to next session commencing. Please follow Lifeguard instructions who will advise you when it is time to leave the water, collect your belongings and proceed to the exit.
What safety measures are you taking to keep everyone safe?
Your safety and the safety of our staff remains our number one priority. To ensure our facility is COVID-safe and in line with the government’s health advice, we will be applying safety measures across all YMCA-managed facilities. You can find out more about our centre’s COVID-safe measures on the ‘reopening updates’ page.
What is the price for lap swimming?
The casual booking rate of $6.95 will apply to all bookings until further notice.
Why do existing members need to pay for lap swimming?
All existing member accounts are currently on suspension and no direct debit payments are being made. As such membership fees are not being charged, we ask that during this period, everyone uses the facility on a per use (casual) basis.
Do I need to bring my multi-visit or membership card?
No, simply provide your name and booking confirmation at the front desk and we’ll do the rest.
How do I get into the venue?
Make your way to the main entry. You may be required to wait at the doors prior to your session start time. Please use the hand sanitiser provided on entry. Follow the floor markings and line up at the front desk, keeping 1.5 metres away from others.
Can I use the changing rooms?
No – unless it is necessary to use the toilet. You are required to arrive at the centre, ready to swim. A deck coat or warm towel are the quickest way to enter and leave the facility.
Why can’t I use the changing rooms?
The centre is taking direction from state government. We are provided with information relating to the easing of restrictions on specific activities, including public swimming pools. This means no use of changing rooms (unless it is necessary to use the toilet) is the restriction in place during this phase.
If I’m temperature checked and my temperature is 38 (or more) and I’m asked to leave will I get a refund?
Yes, we will provide you with a refund.
What happens if I refuse a temperature check?
Having your temperature checked is a condition of entry and we will have to ask you to leave the facility.
Why can’t I stay the full hour swimming?
This is because we need a 15 minute buffer period to ensure the facility is COVID Safe. This time allows for the cleaning of toilets, pool hand rails and end of pool lanes. This buffer will also ensure there is no cross over of customers within the pool area.
How do I leave the venue?
Staff will provide direction and there will be signage to lead the way.
Watch Around Water Policy Information
At YMCA Victoria we are a Watch Around Water endorsed aquatic safety organisation. The following information is the new watch around water policy launched in centre from 1 September 2019.
Watch Around Water is a set of industry guidelines outlining the minimum supervision requirements of young children at all affiliated aquatic venues.
Children under 5 years oldAll Children MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and supervised within arms’ reach, at all times in the water.
All children MUST wear a pink wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming.
Children will not be admitted without a full fee paying parent/guardian who must also be in the water at all times. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 5 years exceeds the ratio of 1:2 (effective September 1 2019).
Children under 10 years oldAll Children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18. All children MUST be actively supervised by an adult over the age of 18 at all times. The adult must have a clear and active view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them (this includes tech and devices).
All children MUST wear a yellow wristband supplied by YMCA staff to help identify their age while swimming. Groups will not be admitted entry where the number of parents/guardians supervising a group of children under 10 years exceeds the ratio of 1:4.
Birthday PartiesAll children under the age of 10 MUST be accompanied into the Centre by a person over the age of 18 and handed over to the supervision of the birthday party leader (staff member).
All birthday party participants must wear a BLUE wristband AND an age based wristband (pink or yellow) to identify their participation in a party (effective September 1 2019). The adult guardian of the birthday party child MUST remain accessible and actively supervise the group at all times.
At the conclusion of the birthday party the child/children will remain in the supervision of the birthday party leader and supervising parent until physically handed over to their supervising parent/guardian.
Visit the watch around water websiteFor more information visit the Watch Around Water website: http://www.watcharoundwater.org.au