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Adelaide's Warmest Pools
Adelaide, South Australia


 
Where is Adelaide's warmest pool for swimming? Which is the warmest pool near you? Below is a list of indoor public swimming pool temperatures across Adelaide.
Adelaide's Warmest Public Pool:
The winner of the title of warmest public pool in Adelaide goes to...(drumroll please)...the 25m lap pool at Portside Swim and Leisure Centre in Largs Bay and the hydrotherapy pool at Thebarton Aquatic Centre in Torrensville. Both of these pools are kept at a cosy 33 degrees Celsius. The hydrotherapy pool at Thebarton Aquatic Centre has two lanes, and is 10 metres long and 1.3 metres deep, so it is large enough to move around in, but not suitable for serious lap swimming. Entry to the hydrotherapy pool is included in the entry price to the centre. The pool is sometimes booked for classes or rehabilitation sessions, but there is public access available 7 days a week at the times listed on the pool website. The centre also has a 25 metre lap pool that is heated to 29 degrees in winter.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Pool at Venue
Portside Swim & Leisure Centre (Largs Bay)33C   /  91F
Thebarton Aquatic Centre (Torrensville)33C   /  91F
Parafield Gardens Swim School32C   /  90F
Paragon Swim Centre (Modbury)32C   /  90F
Seaton Swim Centre32C   /  90F
State Swim (Golden Grove)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Modbury North)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Seacombe Gardens)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Seaford)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Unley)32C   /  90F
The Parks Recreation & Sports Centre (Angle Park)32C   /  90F
Aquadome (Elizabeth)31C   /  88F
SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (Oaklands Park)31C   /  88F
STARplex (Gawler)30C   /  86F
Fitness on Flinders (Adelaide)29C   /  84F
Noarlunga Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Adelaide Aquatic Centre (North Adelaide)27C   /  81F

Some of the warmest pools above are hydrotherapy or "warm water" pools, which are usually operated at an elevated temperature compared to lap swimming pools. This makes them a very attractive swimming/bathing/defrosting option for very cold days, either in their own right, or before/after lap swimming. I have only included pools in which you can actually swim (as opposed to just bathing) and that are designated for active recreation by the venue. This excludes spas, shallow leisure pools and toddler pools.
Adelaide's Warmest Lap Pool:
One of the warmest pools in Adelaide is also the warmest lap pool, namely the 25m lap pool at Portside Swim and Leisure Centre in Largs Bay. The Portside Swim and Leisure Centre lap pool is at an elevated temperature because it is mostly used for kids swimming lessons. Public swimming is generally available in the morning, the early afternoon, and the evening, but not in the few hours after school and not on weekends except for a two hour window on Saturday. It is a good idea to check the pool’s website for these details before you go.

The water temperatures for lap pools in the table below applies only to those indoor public pools that have a minimum length of 25 metres or, if it was the longest pool at the venue (and hence designated for lap swimming), a minimum length of 20 metres.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Lap Pool at Venue
Portside Swim & Leisure Centre (Largs Bay)33C   /  91F
Parafield Gardens Swim School32C   /  90F
Paragon Swim Centre (Modbury)32C   /  90F
Seaton Swim Centre32C   /  90F
State Swim (Golden Grove)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Modbury North)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Seacombe Gardens)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Seaford)32C   /  90F
State Swim (Unley)32C   /  90F
SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (Oaklands Park)31C   /  88F
Aquadome (Elizabeth)30C   /  86F
STARplex (Gawler)30C   /  86F
Fitness on Flinders (Adelaide)29C   /  84F
Thebarton Aquatic Centre (Torrensville)29C   /  84F
The Parks Recreation & Sports Centre (Angle Park)29C   /  84F
Noarlunga Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Adelaide Aquatic Centre (North Adelaide)27C   /  81F

If you are planning to visit these pools, beware of clashes with classes, particularly after school swimming lessons. Some hydrotherapy pools are also booked by health care providers. If you are not sure when a pool is free, check out the pool timetables on the venue's website or ring ahead to save yourself the disappointment. Many of these pools also have ramps and hoists for the elderly or disabled.

To put the temperatures below in context, the water in San Francisco Bay (considered too cold for potential escapees from Alcatraz to swim in) is 12-16 degrees and the water at Glenelg Beach ranges from 15 degrees in winter to 21 degrees in summer. Your internal body temperature is around 37 degrees. Most hot spas in public pools are 36 degrees or above.
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