Swim Guide

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Healthy Swimming

Steps to healthy swimming recommended by NSW Department of Health:

  • Don’t swim if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 2 weeks.
  • Don’t swallow pool water.
  • Do shower and wash thoroughly with soap before entering the pool.


Children who are not toilet trained are most likely to spread germs in the pool. To avoid accidents and pool closures please make sure of the following:

  • Go to the toilet before entering the pool.
  • Wear tight-fitting water proof aqua nappies at all times.
  • Change nappies regularly, not beside the pool but in the change rooms.
  • After changing the nappy, throw out the waste and wash your child and your hands thoroughly with soap before entering the pool area.


Swimming costumes for infants and waterproof aqua nappies are available for purchase at the reception.


Swim Attire

In the interest of public health and safety, only correct swim attire in pools and the following are required:

  • Please be aware that tight-fitting swim nappies are required to be worn by all children that are UNDER 3 years old. If they are 3 years old and fully toilet trained, then they are not required to wear Waterproof Aqua nappies.
  • No underwear, nappies, boxer shorts or cotton outerwear permitted in the water.
  • Huggies (or similar disposable) swim pants must have aqua pants over the top.
  • Board shorts must have a tight-fitted swimming brief underneath. No underwear.
  • All swimwear must be made of lycra/nylon and always worn in the water.
  • All swim attire to be tight fitting. Saggy, loose-fitting garments will not be permitted.
  • If you do not have the appropriate swim wear, you will be asked to leave the water, facility or swimming lesson.


Keep Watch @ Public Pools

Waves Fitness and Aquatic Centre are partnered with Royal Life Saving NSW's Keep Watch @ Public Pools program.

  • 0–5 year old and non-swimmers; a parent or guardian needs to be in the water at all times and within arms' reach of the child. It is best if you are engaging with your child. I.e. playing and talking to them.
  • All under 5's will be issued with a wrist band upon entry, regardless of whether they are attending the centres for Swim School or casual swimming. Wrist bands highlight this age group to lifeguards as high risk and in need of close parental supervision.
  • 6–10 years; constant active supervision is required for children. Parents and guardians must be prepared to enter the water with this age group.
  • 11–14 years; it is recommended that parents regularly check on their child by physically going to where they are in or around the water.
  • Children 10 years and under are not allowed entry unless under active supervision by a person 16 years or older.


Parents and guardians must always actively supervise their children and be dressed ready to enter a pool.


Water Quality

We pride ourselves on water quality! 

All bodies of water including the Splash Pad at Waves have chemical controllers that automatically dose the pools with the required disinfectant chemical and pH balancing chemical/gasses to maintain the pool water balance within the required operating chemical parameters.

Additionally, all indoor pools have ultraviolet light treatment systems which are part of the overall filtration system that controls chloramines which can cause eye irritation and respiratory irritations.  

We maintain our water quality by: 

  • Performing manual pool chemical tests of all our pools.
  • Maintain records of all manual and automatic readings into our records management system.
  • Super chlorinated and backwashed according to a schedule based on pool patronage (bather load), or if contamination occurs (requiring the closure of pools for a period of time).


All pools are independently sampled regularly for Microbiological contamination, including:

  • Heterotrophic plate count (HPC)
  • Escherichgia coli (E.coli)
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa


To be able to assist our staff in achieving the best possible water quality at Waves, we ask the customers to do the following when attending the venue: 

  • Shower before entering the water to remove cosmetics, perspiration, deodorant.
  • Ensure children have regular toilet breaks and wash their hands.
  • Children under the age of 3 or who are not fully toilet trained must wear an aqua nappy as per conditions of entry to the venue.