Maitland Aquatic Centre to reopen for summer 2016/17 on Saturday, September 24

Keen swimmers will be able to splash into Maitland Pool from 7am this Saturday.

The aquatic centre will reopen for the warmer months just in time for the start of the school holidays.

Construction of the new 25-metre indoor pool will continue, but is not set to interfere with use of the existing facility.

Last season more than 144,000 people visited Maitland and East Maitland pools with similar numbers expected this season. 

A new addition to the pool this year is the ‘Keep Watch at Public Pools’ policy.

Under the new rule, a wristband will be provided to children aged younger than six, which must be worn at all times while at the pool.

Parents or carers will be responsible for ensuring the child has the wristband on at all times.

Maitland City Council recreation planning coordinator Kate Harris said there needed to be a focus on preparedness, proximity, attention and continuity for effective supervision to take place.

“Unfortunately, the majority of deaths and serious incidents involving young children almost always happen in those short time periods where supervision is absent so that’s why we are implementing these measures,” Ms Harris said.

In addition to the general public, the pools will again host a number of swimming clubs and cater for swimming carnivals and fun days for local primary and high school students.

Learn to Swim school also returns, along with AquaFit and SwimFit classes.

Ms Harris said the pool reopening for a new season was an exciting time of year.

“It means the weather is warming up and many people in the community will be looking forward to cooling off with a swim,” she said.

East Maitland Aquatic Centre will reopen on Saturday, October 8.

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