Hong Kong Pools – The Best Places to Cool Off This Summer

The summer heat is back and a dip in the pool can be one of the best ways to beat it. Swimming provides a low-impact workout while also calming the mind and relaxing the body. It’s also a fun way to spend time with loved ones, or even enjoy some solo time. But with a shortage of lifeguards, some public pools are only partially open, and the number of licensed private pools in Hong Kong has been reduced to around 1,371. That means that some swimmers will have to find another swimming destination this summer.

According to a report by the Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union, about 20 public pools have informed their swimming clubs that they cannot operate as usual this summer due to staffing issues. Several pools have already closed lanes or facilities reserved for swimming instruction, causing concerns that class cancellations are on the horizon. The HKRSPGU warned that this will affect the development of the city’s sports industry, as well as swimmers and beginners.

Located in the heart of the city, this family-friendly pool is perfect for young children and adults. There is a main pool, teaching pools and leisure pools, as well as water slides for older children and teenagers. The pool is surrounded by tropical plants and the pool deck offers plenty of loungers. There is also a whirlpool to ease the muscles after a workout and stunning views of Hong Kong’s verdant hills.

The Kowloon Park Swimming Complex opened in 1989 as part of a larger redevelopment of the Kowloon Park area. It features two indoor and two outdoor pools and is the largest of its kind in the city. Designed by Derek Walker Associates, the complex was built with the sponsorship of the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. The facility was the first of its kind in the city and attracted a great deal of interest from both local residents and tourists.

Aside from offering the standard water sports activities, this pool also has a scuba diving tank and a fitness centre. It is accessible to the public and has a range of membership options from daily to annual. Upon registration, members are given 12 complimentary day passes.

Aside from their breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, this pool is known for its beautiful mosaic wall. This is the highest rooftop pool in the city, and it is certainly not to be missed. Located on the 76th floor of the W Hotel, this pool is called WET and is sure to take your Instagram game to new heights. Non-hotel guests can purchase WET Everyday Passes or WET Deluxe Passes to access the pool and FIT gym.