With a cool sniff of autumn in the air, Hong Kong’s swimming pools are once again beckoning us to get some exercise in. But while you’re splashing in the cool water, it’s important to keep in mind that the water needs to be kept clean and hygienic as well.
A pool can be a great way to keep cool during the summer, but it is also a good place for kids to burn off energy and get some vitamin D. However, there are many rules and regulations to follow when using a public pool in Hong Kong.
The city’s largest public pool complex, located in Causeway Bay, boasts a main indoor pool with a diving and leisure area, two teaching pools and a Jacuzzi, plus an outdoor pool with three fountains and a children’s splash pool. The pool is very popular among families with lots of water slides, sprayers and floor fountains to entertain the little ones while parents can enjoy some time to themselves.
Whether you’re looking to swim laps or just lounge around, the pool at Kerry Hotel will make for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The 25-metre pool is surrounded by tropical plants and sun loungers with an outdoor Jacuzzi offering sunset views of Victoria Harbour. You can sign up for the annual wellness membership and receive 12 complimentary day passes upon registration that gives you full access to the pool, fitness centre and other wellness classes.
Another popular choice for a luxury pool experience is W Hong Kong’s outdoor pool. Perched on 76th floor of the hotel, the pool offers breathtaking views of the iconic skyline and stunning Victoria Harbour. It’s a popular spot for tourists and locals to snap a few Instagram photos of the beautiful surroundings.
While some private dog pools claim to provide healing treatment for the pooches that come to swim in their facilities, it’s important to note that none of these have been transparent about their hygiene standards. The Hong Kong Consumer Council has conducted investigations into 12 pet pools and found that they were not open about the pool’s water temperature, cleanliness or depth – information that can affect the health of dogs.
To keep the waters clean, swimmers are required to wear appropriate swimwear at all times and not bring in clothing that can damage or clog the filtration system. Moreover, cut-off shorts and other frayed materials are not allowed. Additionally, anyone who is incontinent or cannot swim must wear a proper swim diaper or use a plastic bag to contain their urine. To maintain a healthy and clean environment, only certified lifeguards are allowed to supervise the pools during swimming hours.