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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class venue where you can swim in a safe, stimulating environment and have fun while keeping active and healthy. View our group fitness timetable and membership options for these programs.

We offer:

Aqua classes and deep water running

Deep water running and aqua aerobics classes are available at our centre.

Deep water running: participants wear buoyancy belts and try to maintain a vertical position while running in the deep. Deep water running uses every major muscle group and is a fantastic cardio workout.

Aqua aerobics: this water workout focuses on endurance, resistance and fun in shallow water.

Mature and determined (M.A.D) aqua aerobics: a low impact and gentle water exercise program, designed to strengthen muscle groups and reduce stress on the joints.

Active and Healthy classes: low cost, introductory aquatic classes subsidised by Active Parks Gold Coast. Come and see what the water workouts are about and add something unique to your exercise routine.

View our timetable. Find out about our fees and charges for aqua fitness.

Group fitness classes

More motivating than working out alone, enjoy the energy of one of our group fitness classes. With forty-five sessions to choose from, classes cater for the young and the young at heart regardless of fitness levels.

Our experienced, fully certified and helpful instructors will encourage you to achieve your fitness goals. We pride ourselves and always focus on proper form and technique. Try one of our excellent group fitness classes today and turn fitness into a social event and you'll be reaping the benefits in no time.

View our group fitness timetable.

Learn to swim

Limited spots available! Our swimming classes provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We cater for all ages and swimming needs and offer a range of options:

  • water awareness for infants
  • learn to swim for pre-schoolers
  • learn to swim for school age children
  • learn to swim for teenagers
  • learn to swim for adults
  • private swimming classes
  • special needs.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre provides fitness classes for children from six months old through to adult swimmers.

We also provide a structured squad program for non-competitive and competitive swimmers of all ages and abilities. We are Austswim recognised and all our instructors are Austswim qualified and CPR certified.

Our program is designed not only to teach swimming but to also encourage safe water practices. Lessons are offered all year round in the mornings, afternoons and on weekends. Class sizes are kept small to ensure our students receive quality tuition. View Learn to Swim for further information and bookings.

Learn to dive

Learn to dive classes at the Aquatic Centre are an exciting, fun and memorable experience.

Children of all ages can learn to dive and develop their skills at a world-class diving facility, under the expert supervision and guidance of experienced coaches from Paradise Diving Club.

Lap swimming

Lap swimming is a great way to keep active and healthy. Lap lanes are available during opening hours in both the competition and training pools.

For enquiries please contact the centre.

Synchronised swimming

Synchronised swimming is one of the best ways to advance your fitness and flexibility. There is no age limit to join the club. We offer simple fun and creativity for very little mermaids, progressive development for junior level, professional training for elite athletes and different way of swimming that will help you to improve body awareness, breath control and fitness level regardless of your age.

For club enquiries or more information contact the centre.

Swim proficiency testing

Swim proficiency testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and 2pm. Cost $20.

For enquiries, or to book a spot, please contact the centre.

School swimming events

Are you looking for somewhere to host your annual swimming carnival or next swimming event? Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will assist you to deliver a quality swimming event.

We provide event packages that have been designed so that most, if not all, the equipment and resources you require is available.

We offer:

  • Exclusive use of the 50 metre competition or 50 metre training pool, seating and pool concourse
  • Exclusive use of change facilities
  • Shade structures
  • Use of a meeting room for carnival officers and teachers
  • Table and chairs for carnival officials and marshalling
  • Set up/pack away completed by Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
  • PA system and roaming microphone
  • *Electronic timing equipment
  • *Automatic scoreboard
  • Use of world-class international standard (FINA approved) starting blocks
  • Backstroke flags, 15 metre false start ropes lane ropes and 50 metre anti-wave lane ropes
  • Lifeguard supervision
  • Accessible bus access and egress points
  • Spectator seating to accommodate 1500+ spectators/participants
  • Café service provisions and catering upon request
  • Use of first aid room for designated first aid officer
  • Free entry for timekeepers, parental assistants and official delegates
  • Free admission for teaching staff and nominated officials

A school will require 200 students to book an eight or ten lane carnival. Smaller schools or groups are also able to hire lanes within the 50 metre pool for non-exclusive access to the Centre. We can arrange for hire of meeting room, table and chairs and an equipment package.

*school must have ©Meet Manager (HY-TEK Sports Software products) available to activate timing equipment or electronic scoreboard.

Please contact the centre for further information or to book your next school event.

Sporting club pre and post training

Pre, during and post season training and recovery space for your club recovery sessions and high intensity training sessions.

You can select from the following options:

  • Group fitness classes - including spin, boot camp, etc.
  • Fitness assessments
  • The latest InBody body composition analysis – body fat per cent and muscle weight assessment
  • Gymnasium – Gold Coast Aquatic Centre provide pin loaded and free weights, a diverse range of cardio equipment and functional training areas
  • Foam roller and stretch area
  • Dual 50m pools – lap swimming
  • 33 metre dive pool - deep water running (belts provided)
  • 25 metre pool – 1.4 metre ideal post recovery session space
  • Hot and cold recovery baths
  • Classroom space

For further information or to make a booking please contact the centre.

Hot/cold recovery pools

Hot/cold recovery also known as hot/cold therapy is commonly used after training sessions or races.

How it works

The cold pool/immersion causes the blood vessels to constrict or vasoconstriction. The hot pool/immersion causes the blood vessels to dilate or vasodilatation.

The repeated change from cold to hot means the blood vessels dilate and constrict, one after the other during the immersion period creating a pumping or shunting effect which helps to collect and then clear the waste products from the muscles and pump them back to the heart for oxygenation.

Less waste product pooling in the muscles means improved recovery meaning you will be fresher and ready to start your next session.

When to use hot/cold recovery therapy

The hot/cold recovery method will always be more beneficial than no recovery at all, but will be especially effective after hard training, races or swimming sessions whereby you accumulated a lot of lactate.

User requirements

User requirements will vary. Please consult your coach or trainer before using the hot/cold recovery baths as part of a training program.

Recovery pool guidelines

  • Shower before and after session
  • Use the toilet before entering the pool.
  • No food or drink permitted in the recovery area.
  • Correct attire (swimmers/bathers) must be worn. No other clothing or nudity permitted.
  • Remove strappings before entering and dispose of correctly.
  • It is recommended that hot pool use does not exceed 15 minutes at a time.
  • Certain medical conditions may produce adverse effects. Please consult a medical professional before use if you have any concerns.
  • Children under the age of 16 are not permitted unless under direct supervision.
  • Unsupervised use of the recovery facilities is not permitted.

Do not

  • put your head under the water
  • use the recovery pools if you have a cold, virus, diarrhoea, open wound, bruising, recent injury, heart conditions, under the influence of drugs and alcohol or if pregnant

School swimming programs

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre offer AUSTSWIM qualified Swimming Instructors to facilitate swimming and water safety lessons for primary and secondary students.

School swimming program activities

We strive to provide students with water safety skills, personal aquatic survival skills as well as developing proficiency in all four competitive strokes. The program is based around our mainstream Learn to Swim school levels, with the added flexibility to incorporate a wide-range of skills and ability levels found amongst individual school groups. Our swim school coordinator will monitor the program and provide any necessary feedback to our teachers.

Program style

Program can be tailored to suit:

  • Term program (once a week for the length of a term) or
  • Intensive program (five or 10 days in a row)

Program times

  • Programs are available between the hours of 9am and 2.30pm (dependent on day required)
  • Sessions can be tailored in duration to suit the needs of the school
  • Session times and bookings are subject to instructor and pool availability

Student numbers

Student numbers can be tailored to suit school requirements but we recommend a maximum ratio of 10 students to 1 instructor to ensure that the student receives the maximum benefit from their lesson.

Please contact the centre for further information or to book your next school swimming program.

Squad training

Squad training is a comprehensive program that has been developed to prepare swimmers for competition at all levels. Squad training is also beneficial for those wanting to maintain fitness. Our squad levels focus on developing individual competition skills while maintaining and improving technique.

View Southport Olympic Swimming Club for more information about squad levels and fees etc.

Underwater hockey

You can play underwater hockey today at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. We are welcoming new members now.

Underwater hockey is a non-contact sport in which two teams compete to manoeuvre a puck across the bottom of a swimming pool into goals. It will improve your ability to move and work efficiently under water.

Underwater hockey is a great sport for all ages, shapes and sizes.

For further information please contact the centre.

Water safety courses

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre provides basic water safety courses in the comfort of function rooms and heated pools.

Junior Lifeguard program

The junior lifeguard program is an alternative to the traditional aquatic programs that focuses on water safety, fun and aquatic skill development.

Bronze Star program

The bronze star program is for older children who have completed all levels in the junior lifeguard program.

First Aid training course

Our first aid training course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to administer first aid to a victim of illness or injury until the arrival of professional medical help.

Resuscitation

Resuscitation can mean the difference between life and death and early intervention with cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can and will save lives. By taking the time to learn about resuscitation, you can save a life.

Bronze medallion

The bronze medallion course aims to develop the level of judgement, technique and physical ability required to safely carry out water rescues, assessments of first aid and CPR on manikins.

Important information for high schools

First Aid, Bronze Medallion provides one (1) Queensland Certificate of Education point for high school students.

Please contact the centre for further information or to book a water safety course.

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