Gloucester's hydrotherapy pool is open to the public

Tad Parish said the pool temperature is perfect and ready for people to enjoy. Photo Anne Keen
Tad Parish said the pool temperature is perfect and ready for people to enjoy. Photo Anne Keen

Gloucester's hydrotherapy pool, sitting at a pleasant 34.5 degrees, has reopened to the public after being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The doors to the much-loved heated facility opened on Monday, June 29, but it's not business usual with strict social distancing protocols in place.

According to MidCoast Aquatic supervisor John (Tad) Parish, a maximum of eight people are permitted in the pool at once with the four square metre distancing rules required.

"People can book in for one hour time slots by giving us a call," Tad said. "It's been well received and we've had good numbers so far."

Normally the Gloucester Olympic Swimming Pool closes at the end of April but due the coronavirus pandemic, it closed on March 27, along with the hydrotherapy pool which normally stays open year round.

Although winter is generally a slow time for the complex, there was a drop in staffing numbers during the closure. Those who stayed on helped undertake a bit of maintenance work on the filtration system, the toilets, flooring and some painting.

With the reopening, staffing numbers are back up and names are already being taken for the indoor Learn to Swim program that starts on July 27.

To book in for a swim or to book a child in for the Learn to Swim program, call 6538 5270.