Unley Pool Safe

Unley Pool Safe is the headline that counts with today’s health scare. Another way to look at it is it is Crystal clear at the Unley Swimming Centre.


We are happy to report that we have had NO reported cases of Cryptosporidium at the Unley Swimming Centre. This is in response to a media release and conference held by Minister Snelling today you may have caught on Nine news tonight.


With another heat wave on the way we want to assure you that you can safely venture down to your community pool.


A dramatic rise in the number of cases of people contracting a parasite that’s easily spread through swimming pools has prompted an urgent warning from health authorities and Minister Snelling. Just under 400 people have already contracted the diarrhoea-inducing cryptosporidium parasite this year, the highest number of cases since 2007 and up from 201 for the whole of last season.


The Unley Swimming Centre is proactive in our approach to ensuring our pools stay clean all season, so that you can come down and enjoy a swim whenever you like.


Let’s keep it that way!  You can play your part.

Here’s a few tips for helping to keep Unley Pool Safe and clean:


  • People who have had diarrhoea should not use swimming pools or spa pools for 14 days after symptoms have stopped


  • Children who are not toilet trained should wear tight fitting waterproof pants or swimming nappies in swimming pools, and be changed regularly in the onsite change room.


  • Swimmers should shower before using a pool, and wash their hands after using the toilet or changing nappies.


Crypto can also occur from drinking contaminated water, contact with animals, eating uncooked food containing the parasite or contact with infected people, so people should also remember to always maintain good personal hygiene and food safety practices.

Swimming Centre Temporary Closure

In response to increased cases of cryptosporidiosis associated with public pools across South Australia, SA Health has heightened precautionary measures for public pools across Adelaide.


Although there has been no indication of contamination at the Unley Swimming Centre, we take the health of our patrons very seriously and will be undertaking precautionary maintenance of the Unley Swimming Centre overnight 19-20 March 2015.  To accommodate this, the Centre will not be suitable for swimming until 9.00am on Friday 20 March, but due to a school carnival commencing at that time it will reopen to the public at 1.30pm.


The closure will only impact the centres Friday morning trade from 6am to 9am- Centre staff will be onsite to inform any members of the public who arrive unaware of the closure.


If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to call The Pool’s Centre Manager Nathan Byles on 8372 5456.

MS Mighty Swim back this weekend

It is all go in the City of Unley at this time of year. This weekend we see the annual MS mighty swim take place.


MS Mighty Swim

The annual MS Mighty Swim is being hosted this Saturday and Sunday (Starting Saturday at noon and finishing 24 hours later, Sunday noon). This year is  a little special as it marks the events 10 year anniversary. Total funds raised now exceed $500,000. This year’s tally is already nearing the $50,000 mark.

 You can support the centre and the event in two ways- donating online by using the below link. – Team MS is a great team to donate to.


The other way you can support the weekend is by coming down and cheering on competitors- entry to do so is a gold coin donation given direct to the society. Please note the junior pools will also still be open (during regular hours) over the weekend with regular casual entry applying to these areas.

Whilst I fully intend to call in myself don’t expect to see me swimming. I have hung up my trunks after my glorious “non” effort 2 years ago.

The Event will feature other fun activities such as a bouncy castle and live music. If you tune into Channel ten news weather tonight the centre and the event will also be featured.

Please give generously for a great cause and I  hope to see you at the centre over the weekend.

Free Fridays on Again at Unley Pool

As of this week our free Fridays at the Unley Pool are on again.

Casual Entry to the centre will be “free” after 4.30 pm until close at 8 pm ever Friday from this Friday on until the end of the season in May.

This will be the third year we have provided this free entry initiative. It has proved to be popular in both the previous years. We would expect it to be just as popular this year maybe more so as more people learn about it.


It looks like this Friday will be a hot evening to start with so bring the family down for some free entertainment, cool off and start the weekend refreshed.

I Feel like a Swim

It’s been a long time since I have been in a pool and I mean a long time. So it is with some trepidation that I have accepted an opportunity to participate in the MS Mighty swim.

The MS Mighty Swim, as the name implies, is a fund raising even for Multiple Sclerosis. In it’s eight year it will be held (as always) at the Unley Pool at the Forestville Reserve this weekend over the two days.

My contribution in the past has been to donate $ on behalf of one of the regular participants, who I know well. This year I am hitting the pool, along with Mayor Lachlan Clyne, and the Minister at St Augustine’s Anglican Church, the Rev. Peter Chilver.

Hoping I can do it justice.

Funds are needed for Multiple Sclerosis and the City of Unley have not only entered teams in the swim but have helped out with modification sat the pool. In the words of my good friend:

I’ve been training twice a week at the Unley pool and the new hoist to get people confined to wheelchairs into the pool is FANTASTIC – a wonderful venture by the Unley Council with some assistance from the proceeds of past Mighty Swims.  The hoist is so much easier to use, and more importantly, safer, than the old one was.  Congratulations to the Council for their wisdom and support of this initiative!

Glad to help!

Unley Swimming Centre helping disadvantaged children

A clipping from this weeks Eastern Courier says it all.

STATE Swim pools in Norwood and

Unley will offer free weekly swimming

lessons to 40 disadvantaged children,

under a sponsorship program with The
Smith Family. Under the $200,000
program children aged five to 12 from
the Port Adelaide/Enfield area will be

given a weekly swimming lesson for the
next year, as well as goggles and a

swimming cap. State Swim managing
director Paul Mason said every child

should learn to swim regardless of a

family’s financial situation. The program

will be available to 220 children across

the state. For more information, visit

Of course our swimming centre has a history of helping those who have been disadvantaged with the Multiple Sclerosis Society holding an annual mega swim at the pool.

And in an effort to make access easier for those with disabilities the pool has been undergoing renovations including an access friendly admission/exit area and a lift to enable dignified access into the pool itself.