Perth's Warmest Pools
Perth, Western Australia

 
Where is Perth's warmest pool for swimming? Which is the warmest pool near you? Below is a list of indoor public swimming pool temperatures across Perth. I also ended up including one special outdoor pool too, and you will soon see why.
Perth's Warmest Public Pool:
The winner of the title of warmest public pool in Perth actually ended up going to an outdoor pool - the hydrotherapy pool at Bicton Pool. The pool is heated to a toasty 35-36 degrees using geothermal energy from an underground bore. It is about the size of a backyard pool but it is reasonably deep at up to 1.5 metres, so big enough to move around in if there are no others in the pool. There are currently around six pools in Perth utilising geothermal energy to heat the water, but the Bicton Pool seems to be the only public one at the moment that is using it to create a warm water hydrotherapy pool. The main pool at Bicton is also outdoors and is geothermally heated as well, but only to around 27 degrees because it is used for competition water polo. Anyone who has played water polo knows that when a pool is too hot you usually end up fainting or throwing up from overheating if you are playing to win, so I am glad they have not overheated this one.
Perth's Warmest PoolSwimming Pool Temperature
Bicton Pool Hydrotherapy Pool35C  /  95F
Perth's Warmest Indoor Pool:
The warmest indoor swimming pools in Perth are heated to 34 degrees and include the hydrotherapy pools at Aqua Jetty, Aqualife Centre, Bayswater Waves and Riverton Leisureplex. Access to these pools is included in the swimming entry price for all except Bayswater Waves and Riverton Leisureplex, who slug you a hefty fee to use these pools and effectively force you to choose whether to use the hydrotherapy pool or the lap pool, but not both. Where access is included in the entry price, these pools are 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). This excludes spas, toddler pools and shallow leisure pools. This list also includes some outdoor pools that are geothermally heated and open to the public all year round.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Pool at Venue
Bicton Pool*35C   /  95F
Aqua Jetty (Rockingham)34C   /  93F
Aqualife Centre (Victoria Park)34C   /  93F
Bayswater Waves (Embleton)34C   /  93F
Riverton Leisureplex34C   /  93F
Fremantle Leisure Centre33C   /  91F
Wanneroo Aquamotion33C   /  91F
Leisurepark Balga33C   /  91F
Beatty Park Leisure Centre (North Perth)32C   /  90F
The Swim School WA (Merriwa)32C   /  90F
Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre (Inglewood)31C   /  88F
Leisure World (Thornlie)30.6C   /  87F
Bold Park Aquatic (City Beach)*30C   /  86F
South Lake Leisure Centre29.5C   /  85F
Altone Park Leisure Centre (Beechboro)29C   /  84F
Ballajura Aquatic Centre29C   /  84F
Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Craigie Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Claremont Aquatic Centre*28C   /  82F
HBF Stadium (Mt Claremont)27C   /  81F
Leisurefit Booragoon27C   /  81F
Swan Park Leisure Centre (Midvale)27C   /  81F
    *outdoor pool
Perth's Warmest Lap Pool:
Perth's warmest lap pool is shared by the 25 metre pool at Beatty Park Leisure Centre and the 20 metre pool at The Swim School WA's Merriwa pool both of which are operated at a cosy 32 degrees. The Merriwa pool is primarily for swimming lessons. It only opens to the public at restricted times on weekdays and is only a few lanes across, so make sure you check the lap swimming page for opening times and/or give them a call before you go. The Beatty Park Leisure Centre also has an indoor leisure pool and three outdoor pools, so there are a few more options there if it gets crowded. 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. This list also includes some outdoor pools that are geothermally heated and open to the public all year round.
Indoor Pool VenueTemperature of Warmest Lap Pool at Venue
Beatty Park Leisure Centre (North Perth)32C   /  90F
The Swim School WA (Merriwa)32C   /  90F
Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre (Inglewood)31C   /  88F
Leisure World (Thornlie)30.6C   /  87F
Bayswater Waves (Embleton)30C   /  86F
South Lake Leisure Centre29.5C   /  85F
Fremantle Leisure Centre29C   /  84F
Altone Park Leisure Centre (Beechboro)29C   /  84F
Aqualife Centre (Victoria Park)29C   /  84F
Ballajura Aquatic Centre29C   /  84F
Aqua Jetty (Rockingham)28C   /  82F
Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Craigie Leisure Centre28C   /  82F
Leisurepark Balga28C   /  82F
Riverton Leisureplex28C   /  82F
Wanneroo Aquamotion28C   /  82F
Claremont Aquatic Centre*28C   /  82F
Bold Park Aquatic (City Beach)*27C   /  81F
Bicton Pool*27C   /  81F
HBF Stadium (Mt Claremont)27C   /  81F
Leisurefit Booragoon27C   /  81F
Swan Park Leisure Centre (Midvale)27C   /  81F
    *outdoor pool

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. Entry times at Bicton Pool are restricted to morning weekdays and a short window on Saturday afternoon.

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 Perth's beaches ranges from 19 degrees in winter to 23 degrees in summer. Your internal body temperature is around 37 degrees. Most hot spas in public pools are 36 degrees or above.
Comments:
Here's what one swimmer had to say about one of the warm water pools in Perth:

"I have been going to Wanneroo Aquamotion for a number of years now. In fact I have just come from there. The warm water program pool is now used primarily as a child's learn to swim pool. The few times set aside for hydrotherapy are usually fully booked." - Nicole from Wanneroo, 25 May 2015.

My response: I checked with the venue and they confirmed that you have to book 2 weeks in advance to access the program pool in the few time slots available, which is impractical for most swimmers.

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