Looking to stay cool this summer? Then be sure to visit one of Brisbane City Council's 22 pools, the majority of which have water features for children.
Staying cool doesn't have to be expensive and a day at the pool is a great option for keeping the family's budget under control.
Sixteen of the public pools have fantastic aquatic playgrounds, which provide hours of enjoyment for children, which includes wade pools, water features, slides, barbeques and kiosks.
And 15 of Council's 22 pools are functionally accessible, ensuring people of all abilities can enjoy the facilities (which are also open longer hours between September and April).
Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre
Acacia Ridge Leisure Centre is a Brisbane City Council recreation facility that is managed by the YMCA of Brisbane. It offers learn to swim classes for children of all levels, aqua aerobics, squad and lap swimming, as well as opportunities for pool fun and recreational swimming through its amazing beach-entry lagoon pool.
Bellbowrie Pool offers opportunities for recreational and lap swimming, water exercise and swim lessons. There is a 50-metre outdoor pool (not heated) with eight lanes, as well as a 25 metre heated, enclosed pool.
Carole Park Swim Centre
Family-friendly Carole Park Swim Centre, is located at the corner of Boundary and Waterford Roads. It has learn-to-swim and group fitness classes, lifeguards and a kiosk. The 25-metre outdoor pool is ideal for swimming laps. There is also a wading or children's pool.
Centenary Pool, Spring Hill
Experience a little of Brisbane's history in this 1950s Olympic-standard pool and diving pool complex. A fitness centre is also attached to the pool.
Chermside Aquatic Centre is a large public pool complex with a 25-metre heated outdoor lap pool, an outdoor fitness area, a water park with six waterslides and lagoon play area (with separate entry - summer only), and a heated 16-metre indoor programs pool. Heated pools are open all year around. There is also a kiosk on site.
Colmslie Pool, Morningside
The pool is located within the Colmslie Recreation Reserve and includes a 50-metre outdoor, heated pool, an 18.5 metre indoor heated programs pool and an outdoor water play park for kids (open in the summer months).
Dunlop Park Memorial Swimming Pool, Corinda
Dunlop Park Memorial Swimming Pool has a 50-metre heated outdoor pool with shade at the shallow end, leisure pool with water features off the 50-metre pool, as well as a wading pool with four slides, and a 15-metre heated indoor programs pool.
Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre, Fitzgibbon
This centre includes a heated 25-metre six-lane outdoor pool with accessible ramp, heated 25-metre indoor programs pool with accessible ramp, cafe/kiosk, large grassed leisure area and a shaded seating area.
Hibiscus Sports Complex, Upper Mt Gravatt
The sports complex has three pools and a water play area with a looped water slide - including a 50-metre Olympic-sized outdoor pool, a 25-metre pool and a 12-metre learn-to-swim pool. There is also a fitness centre available.
Ithaca Pool, Paddington
Ithaca Pool complex has a 25-metre heated, outdoor, pool with six lanes, disabled ramp and shaded shallow end. There is also a heated learn-to-swim pool. The complex has a grassy area for sunbaking and relaxation, as well as shaded areas by the pool.
This westside pool has a children's splash pad, 18-metre indoor heated pool and 50-metre, eight lane, outdoor pool.
Langlands Park Memorial Pool, Stones Corner
Featuring a 50-metre, Olympic heated, outdoor swimming pool, a 10-metre enclosed, heated teaching pool and a semi-shaded wading pool, all of which are heated all year round. There is also ample shade.
A great place to cool off on the bay. There's a wading pool with play features for the kids, a 25-metre outdoor pool with an access ramp and waterslide, and a pool kiosk. The pool offers learn-to-swim classes and squad swimming.
Mt Gravatt East Swimming Pool
At this pool there's an indoor pool, with a ramp and wheelchair access, that is heated to 32 degrees all year round.
Musgrave Park Pool, South Brisbane
An oasis in the midst of bustling South Brisbane, Musgrave Park Pool has an outdoor pool, kiosk and lifeguards.
Newmarket Olympic Swimming Pool
Newmarket Olympic Swimming Pool has a 50-metre, eight lane Olympic pool, as well as a 25-metre covered heated pool, great aquativity equipment, wade pool, splash pad and double-loop slide, indoor heated programs pool and a heated rehab plunge pool.
Parkinson Aquatic Centre
Parkinson Aquatic Centre includes a 50-metre outdoor along with an aqua climbing wall., heated pool and an indoor heated programs pool. Both pools have ramp entry.
This pool has a children's wade pool with water features, a heated, outdoor, 25-metre, lap pool and a heated, 14-metre, indoor, leisure therapy pool with ramp access.
Sandgate Aquatic Centre
Located on the Sandgate Foreshore, Sandgate Aquatic Centre has a variety of facilities, including a 50-metre outdoor pool along with a beach-entry lagoon pool with slides for children and a new wade pool with giant-drop basket and water spray activities.
Spring Hill Baths
This heritage listed swimming pool was Brisbane's very first in-ground pool and showcases old world charm with classic changing rooms and grandstand seating.
Valley Pool, Fortitude Valley
There is 50-metre, outdoor, heated pool with grandstands as well as a fitness centre that offers group fitness classes at this pool. The pool offers swimming lessons for adults, squad swimming and stroke development, and is an event pool for water polo and underwater hockey.
Yeronga Park Pool, Yeronga
A great place to take a dip, with four swimming pools (enclosed heated programs pool, 50-metre heated outdoor pool, 25-metre heated outdoor pool and kids' wading pool) as well as offering swimming lessons, stroke development classes, kiosk and more.
Learn to Swim
Families can attend a learn-to-swim class at a Council pool, which also provides a variety of lifestyle and leisure opportunities.
More than 450,000 people took part in learn-to-swim programs in the last financial year.
Residents can get fit at Council's pools by participating in aqua aerobics, aqua kick boxing and fitness, and seniors and bubs aqua classes.
Aqua aerobics (various locations) - A water-based workout that is focused on increasing your heart rate and improving your cardiovascular health. Working at your own pace, this uses a combination of low to moderate intensity moves and step aerobics. Registrations is essential. From beginners to advanced and specialised seniors classes.
Aqua kick boxing - These classes are an energetic blend of kickboxing and traditional aqua choreography. This water aerobics cardio routine is pumped-up with fun boxing arm patterns, toning the arms against the resistance of water. All ages and abilities catered for. Registration essential.
Aqua yoga - Aqua yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that supports the body while still providing a great workout due to the water resistance. Many yoga poses that you do in a class can be adapted for the pool, sometimes using the pool walls as if it were the studio floor.
Aqua Dance2Bfit - Aqua Dance2BFit is a dance-based aqua class which provides a full body workout. It incorporates traditional aqua aerobic moves with fun, funky dance moves to create a pool party atmosphere. You will be having so much fun you will forget you are even exercising.
Fitness and bubs aqua classes - An aqua aerobics and toning class for mums, dads, grandparents and all other carers while baby safely enjoys the water alongside. Baby swim seat provided. Registration essential.
All Council pools are participating venues of the Royal Life Saving Queensland's Keep Watch @ Public Pools program, which aims to increase children's water safety through parental supervision.
For 0-5 year olds and non-swimmers, a parent or guardian must be in the water at all times within arms' reach of the child/non-swimmer.
For 6-10 year olds, constant active supervision is required by a parent or guardian. Be prepared to get wet and enter the water with this age group.
For 11-14 year olds, parents or guardians must physically check on children on a regular basis.
Nice to know - In the last financial year more than 2.6 million people visited Council's pools, with pool patronage having doubled in the past 10 years. Since 2006, Council has built 5 new pools at Runcorn, Colmslie, Mt Gravatt East, Bracken Ridge and Parkinson.
Need to know - All Council pools honour the Queensland Government Companion Card, allowing free entry for anyone accompanying a person with disability who requires attendant care support.
Opening hours vary - visit Council's website, ask at your local pool or phone 3403 888 to check the local pool's opening hours.
For more information on Council's pools, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888