If you love to swim, you are in luck because you will find a lot of great places for swimming in Singapore. There are lots of public pools in the city where you can take your daily laps. These public pools vary according to crowd, size, and quality. The trick is to be able to find one with an adequate pool size and one that is clean, not too crowded, and accessible.
There are large, open-air public pools all over Singapore, most of them measuring 50 meters or even more. To help you find one nearest you, you can check out Singapore Sports Council’s list of public pools. The average entrance fee for these pools are $1 to $1.50 only, and most of them are open every day. Try not to go on a weekend, though, because they are often packed on weekends.
You must keep in mind that these public pools are not for lounging under the sun on a lazy day. They are for leisure swimming, for really enjoying the water or swimming as a form of workout. If you are looking for a place where you can recline on a lounger and stay out on the sun, then it would be best for you to head out to the beach or check in at a resort-type accommodation. Not all the beaches in Singapore are good for swimming. In some areas, the water is dirty and not suitable at all for any kind of water sport.
The best beaches for swimming in Singapore are found in Sentosa Island and East Coast Park. There are three beaches found along the 3.2-kilometer white sand shores of Sentosa Island. These are Tanjong Beach, Palawan Beach, and Siloso Beach. Tanjong Beach is relatively quiet, so this is the perfect place if you are seeking solitude. Palawan Beach is great for family outings. One attraction of Palawan Beach is the suspension beach that connects it to Asia’s southernmost tip. Siloso Beach is for those who love sports and social activities, as it has a number of volleyball courts and bars. East Coast Park has 15 kilometers of coastline that is ideal for different kinds of water sports as well as other sports activities.
If you are longing for some good swimming for a refreshing cardio workout, one of the best places to go swimming in Singapore is SAFRA public pool. SAFRA is a recreational and sports club with an Olympic-sized pool. It also has a small wading pool for children. Lifeguards are always on standby so you don’t have to worry about safety. The facilities in SAFRA are clean, and compared to other public pools, theirs can actually be considered as “business class” standard. The pool is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 9:30pm and every Monday from 11am to 9:30pm. Entrance fee is $2.20 to $3.30 only.
Another place where you can go swimming in Singapore is Wild Wild Wet, a water theme park featuring giant water slides, a tidal wave pool, the Shiok River, a raft slide, and many other rides. Considering its facilities, the entrance fee of $16 is not bad. Jurong East Swimming Complex is also a theme park. Here, you will find the Lazy River, a wave pool, a competition pool, three water slides, and a jacuzzi. There’s also a small fun pool for children. The entrance fee for Jurong East Swimming Complex is unbelievably low – just $1.50 during weekdays and $2 during weekends.