Outdoor Swimming Pool Season
Our aquatic facilities are almost ready for you to make a splash this summer! Our pools will be open between Saturday 4 December 2021 and 14 March 2022. We can’t wait to see you there!
You may notice a few changes at our pools this season. One change is the Victorian Government’s mandate that all pool patrons aged 12 years and over must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. You can show this on your phone, the Service Victoria app, a printed immunisation history statement or eligible proof of vaccination exemption. Vaccination requirements don’t apply to people using swimming pools for essential medical care, however you will need to show proof of a medical exemption.
Our hours have also changed slightly this year due to a sector-wide shortage of aquatics staff. We are aiming to make the opening hours suitable for family and recreation use and will continually review and assess the hours throughout the pool season and extend these where we can.
Can you help? We are continuing our recruitment drive in the hope that we can extend pool operating times. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our Aquatics Team, read about the available positions and apply now!
Pool opening hours
Swimming pools are open:
· Saturday and Sunday – 2pm to 6pm
· Monday to Friday (during school term) – 3pm to 7pm
· School holidays and public holidays – 2pm to 6pm
· Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
· Creswick Splash Park is operation between 9am and 8pm every day.
Any changes to the planned hours will be advertised on our Facebook page. Operating hours may also be impacted by our weather policy – see below.
Pool entry is free once again for the 2021/2022 season.
Fees apply to group bookings or activities using lanes or the entire pool.
Pools will be closed when the air temperature forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4:00pm for the next day is 21 degrees Celsius and below.
Pool opening hours may be extended when the air temperature forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology at 4:00pm is more than 30 degrees Celsius that day and is also dependent on the number of patrons. This decision is at the discretion of the Senior lifeguard in conjunction with the Aquatics Officer.
- To allow for the difference in climate across the Shire, the air temperature for Daylesford and Trentham pools is based on the forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for Ballarat and the air temperature for Clunes is based on the forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology for Bendigo.
- Extended hours will be determined by the Aquatic Facilities Coordinator who will ensure appropriate staff are available.
- If there are less than 10 patrons the Aquatic Facilities Coordinator may close the pools after 7pm regardless of temperature.
- Early opening or late closure may occur during special events.
- Prescheduled activities, e.g. VICSWIM, may operate regardless of temperature.
- Any changes to the planned hours will be advertised on our Facebook page.
Hazardous conditions – Early Closing Policy
Outdoor pools may be closed at any time for safety reasons, these include if weather poses a hazard to patrons and staff.
All pools will be closed in the event a CODE RED Day is declared by the CFA.
Pools may also be closed if there are inconsistencies with chemical levels or for hygiene reasons to protect the health of our swimmers.
We have pool rules displayed at each pool to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the pools and the grounds in a safe and happy manner. Our Lifeguards are charged with the safety of all users and will enact our discipline policy when the rules are not followed. View the discipline policy here.
All Council outdoor pools are actively involved in Life Saving Victoria’s Watch Around Water pool safety program.
- Children Under 5 must be accompanied in the water by a parent (or carer) or person over the age of 16, remaining within arm’s reach.
- Children under 10 must be clearly and constantly visible and remain directly accessible.
- All children must be actively supervised at all times. Unsupervised children (of any age) will be removed from the water if the lifeguard is concerned for their safety.
For more information go to www.lsv.com.au/pool-safety-services/watch-around-water/