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The swimming pool, leisure centre, aquatic centre – the local pool. Australians love swimming. Have you noticed our Olympic performances over the years in the pool (very impressive)? Did I mention we love to swim?
We also almost all LEARN to swim in primary school with two weeks of classes at the local swimming pool every year over about seven years. Now that’s a lot of practice. Then there are swimming carnivals every year, playing water sports and going to the pool or the beach every day over summer until we can swim like little dolphins! Why am I going on about this? Because too many visitors and migrants to Australia drown in our pools and at our beaches because they don’t understand that you need to learn to swim, you can’t just jump in and do it by magic (like other animals can). Find swimming courses here. That said, let me tell you how the Aussie pool culture works…
What will I find at the public pool?
Firstly they may be indoors and/or outdoors
Any rules? Of course – this is Australia and we want you to be safe and sound and not to sue us when you hurt yourself or someone else! Read the signs around the pool and ask a lifeguard if you aren’t sure.
…when swimming laps
The local swimming pool is a very social place in Australia where we meet up with friends and family. It is now very popular to hold your child’s birthday party at the pool for a small fee. The pool will often hire your group huge inflatable pool toys for the kids to play on too, which kids love.
Home swimming pools
This is a whole other story. Many homes in Australia have their own swimming pool (they are a lot of work though…) All home swimming pools must be fully fenced with self-closing gates to stop small children getting in unsupervised because drowning is the lead cause of death of children under five in Australia. Please check out this video for some great tips to stop your child being the next statistic. And it’s not just about pool filters!
For customs, etiquette and a few laughs about the Aussie beach have a look at my post on Aussie beaches
By the way, you don’t often have to share the pool with the ducks!
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