Updated: 11.01.2021

Extended swimming times from Monday January 11 2021

With a warm summer predicted, we’ll be making some changes to our aquatic session times to ensure as much of the community are able to enjoy the facility as possible, while still sticking to the important Government regulations.

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS

The centre opening hours will change to the following times from Monday, January 4:

Monday to Friday: 6.00am to 9.00pm
Saturday to Sunday: 7.00am to 7.00pm 

AQUATIC SESSIONS 

The following changes will occur from Monday, January 11:

  • There will be a mixture of 75 minute sessions for lap swimming and aquatic walking/rehab and 2.5hr sessions for aqua play and family bookings – see the table below for the new session times
  • Booking for sessions will give you access to any of our swimming pools, bookings for individual pools are no longer required 
  • The Outdoor 25m Pool and Outdoor Toddler’s Pool will open on hot days where the temperature is expected to exceed 28 degrees
  • A changeover time will be required to ensure all patrons can exit the facility before the next session can enter, please factor this into your plans (15 minutes for 75 minute sessions and 30 minutes for 2.5hr sessions)
  • The spa, sauna and steam room will remain closed until further notice
  • For more information please visit https://northcote.ymca.org.au/swim/lap-swimming

Monday to Friday

Time Activity 
6.00am to 7.30am
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes only
7.30am to 9.00am
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes only
9.00am to 12.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas
12.00pm to 3.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas
3.00pm to 6.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas
6.00pm to 9.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas

Saturday to Sunday

Time Activity
7.00am to 8.30am
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes only
8.30am to 10.00am
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes only (aqua play available on hot days)
10.00am to 1.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas
4.00pm to 7.00pm
Lap swimming and rehab/walking lanes, aqua play and family areas

Updated: 1.01.2021

Extended operating times from Monday, January 4 2021

Happy New Year! It certainly has been a challenging year however we’re all looking forward to 2021 and the last summer at the Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre for a couple of years while the redevelopment takes place!

With a warm summer predicted, we’ll be making some changes to our operating hours to ensure as much of the community are able to enjoy the facility as possible, while still sticking to the important Government regulations.

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS

The centre opening hours will change to the following times from Monday, January 4:

Monday to Friday: 6.00am to 9.00pm

Saturday to Sunday: 7.00am to 7.00pm

AQUATIC SESSIONS

The following changes will occur from Monday, January 4:

  • All aquatics bookings will now give you access to any of our swimming pools, bookings for individual pools are no longer required.
  • The Outdoor 25m Pool and Outdoor Toddler’s Pool will open on hot days where the temperature is expected to exceed 28 degrees. Additional booking spaces will be added when these pools are scheduled to open
  • A 15-minute changeover time will remain in place to ensure all patrons can exit the facility before the next session can enter, please factor this into your plans
  • The spa, sauna and steam room will remain closed until further notice
  • For more information please visit https://northcote.ymca.org.au/swim/lap-swimming

GYM SESSIONS

The Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre Gym sessions will remain at 90 mins and will be extended on all days.

Sessions will commence at 6.15am on weekdays and 7.15am on weekends and will run until the facility closing time. For all times and more information please visit www.northcote.ymca.org.au/fitness/gym. 


Updated: 20.11.2020

EXTENDED SWIMMING AND GYM SESSION TIMES FROM MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER

Subject to confirmation from the Victorian Government's expected announcement on Sunday 22 November, from Monday, 23 November all swimming and gym sessions will be extended to 90mins (75mins activity with a 15min changeover) in anticipation of the easing of restrictions by the Victorian Government on Sunday, November 22.

Should restrictions not be eased, current session lengths will continue and any previous bookings will be adjusted. 

The centre operating hours will also increase to 6.00am to 9.00pm to accommodate the extended session times.

While we are confident that patron limits will increase on Sunday, this has not been formally confirmed by the Government so please note that the current capacity limits will apply for anyone booking for Monday and Tuesday sessions on the weekend. Additional spaces will be released once all requirements are confirmed.

Due to the change of session durations, the online booking categories for swimming and gym sessions will change slightly – please read the instructions on the Lap Swimming and Gym pages before booking to avoid confusion.

Please note that as we anticipate more people entering the facility, wait times upon entry may increase. We ask that everyone be understanding of this in advance and continue to adhere to all of the social distancing requirements and COVID Safe behaviours while queuing and upon entry of the facility.

As there are still restrictions on facility usage under the Government requirements, all existing member accounts will remain on suspension and membership fees will continue to not be charged. We kindly ask that everyone continues to use the facility on a pay per use basis until further notice.


Updated: 16.11.2020

GROUP TENNIS LESSONS TO RESUME AT NORTHCOTE AQUATIC AND RECREATION CENTRE

We are pleased to announce that from Wednesday November 18, group tennis lessons will be restarting at the Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre!

As we will be returning late in the year and under Government restrictions, we will be offering a 5-week program that has been designed to get your kids back into form after a long break!

Due to the current Government restrictions, we have had to limit some of our program offerings from the usual ones – so group lessons will only be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday for the remainder of the year. Private lessons are also available and can be booked by contacting Steve on 0447 552 151.

Bookings for these lessons are now open. As there are only limited spots available we recommend getting in quickly to secure your spot!

Please visit our Tennis Coaching and Lessons page for more information and to make a booking.

All current enrolments will remain suspended and places will be held. We hope to resume our regular tennis lesson program in 2021 and look forward to seeing you back on court!


Updated: 10.11.2020

SWIMMING LESSONS TO RESUME AT NORTHCOTE AQUATIC AND RECREATION CENTRE

We are pleased to announce that from Monday November 16, swimming lessons will be restarting at the Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre!

As we will be returning late in the year and under Government restrictions, we will be offering a 5-week program that has been designed to re-engage your child with the water and improve their swimming ability and confidence after a long break – something that is incredibly important heading into summer.

Due to the current Government restrictions, we have had to limit some of our program offerings from the usual ones – so there will be a few differences when you return for lessons this time.

Bookings for these lessons will open on Wednesday, November 11. As there are only limited spots available we recommend getting in quickly to secure your spot!

Please visit our Swimming Lessons page for more information and to make a booking.

All current enrolments will remain suspended and places will be held. We hope to resume our normal swimming lesson program in 2021.

We look forward to seeing you back swimming with us!


Updated: 06.11.2020

We are pleased to announce that from Monday November 9, the Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre will be re-opening the following services :

Although this is super exciting, please be aware that these areas will still be following the Victorian Government restrictions. Please see the links to each of the above areas below.

We will require all visitors to make a booking prior to attending the centre. To book a session for one of our available services or programs, please visit the link to the appropriate service below. 


Updated: 21.10.2020

TENNIS TO RE-OPEN AT NORTHCOTE AQUATIC AND RECREATION CENTRE

The tennis courts at the Northcote Aquatic & Recreation Centre will reopen for public use from Thursday, October 22 in line with the easing of Victorian Government restrictions announced on Sunday, October 18.

Bookings are essential and spots are limited due to current restrictions. Visit our Tennis Courts page to see our terms and conditions as well book your court time.



  • Staff Training

    All staff have completed the Department of Health COVID-safe training, as well as additional training provided by YMCA Victoria to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge to keep you safe. We have also provided additional training for specific roles to ensure all programs operate safely with social distancing requirements in place.

  • Booking online
    To ensure we are following the government’s health guidelines, there will be a restricted number of people allowed within a space at any given time. So no one misses out, we have set up an online booking system where you can select a session time that suits you and pay immediately to secure your place.

    Unfortunately our team is unable to amend or place bookings over the phone if we are already fully booked. We ask that you please only contact us regarding bookings if you are having technical difficulties, are unable to use the online system, or are seeking a priority booking for health care cardholders, older adults, people with a disability or people that are using the pool for rehabilitation purposes. 

    At this time, membership payments will not resume. You will be given notice prior to your direct debits recommencing. 

    Please ensure you arrive prepared for your activity. This includes bringing a towel, water bottle and warm clothes.

  • Wearing a face mask in centre
    The current government restrictions no longer require Victorians to wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth when they leave their home. To ensure we align to all government requirements, we ask that all visitors and patrons continue to carry a face mask with them at all times when inside our centre. Although face masks are no longer mandatory for members of the public in our facilities - they are recommended by the government where social distancing can not be maintained. This could include while moving about the centre, waiting at the front desk or on pool deck during swimming lessons.
     
    If you are unsure of when you should wear a mask, please ask one of our friendly staff who will be able to provide you with the correct guidance.
  • Signage and instructions

    Once you are inside the centre, you will see signage and instructions on how staff and visitors can be COVID-safe. Hygiene signage and floor, seat and bench stickers will be displayed throughout the facility to help everyone with physical distancing requirements.

  • Social distancing in centre

    A safe distance of 1.5 metres between people will be required throughout the centre and programs. All spaces within the centre have been measured and density quotient restrictions per space will be enforced. Staff and visitors will be counted as they enter and exit spaces, and some seats and equipment have been removed to ensure social distancing is possible.

    Please remember that we must all play our part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. If a visitor does not follow our COVID-safe practices, including social distancing requirements, they may politely be asked to leave the facility by a staff member.

  • Hygiene and cleaning

    When you arrive at the facility, the first thing you will notice is hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points, with the expectation that everyone (staff and visitors) sanitise their hands before entering. Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the centre and in bathrooms. 

    The entire facility will be cleaned every 24 hours and high touch points, such as doors, toilets and gym equipment, will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Staff will also be wiping down gym equipment regularly and antibacterial wipes will be available for visitors to use before and after using equipment.

  • Our 8-step plan for a confirmed case

    Our staff have been trained to ensure that if there is a confirmed case at the centre, they have the tools and resources they need to close down safely. All visitors will have to sign in at reception when they attend their session, which allows us to contact trace those people who were at the centre. There will also be a contamination clean prior to reopening. 

    Please do not visit the centre if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, tiredness, cold, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath or headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention and be checked for COVID-19 at one of the testing stations across the state.