Thames Centennial Pool

*IMPORTANT*  The Thames Centennial Pool will be closed between 19 December 2020 and 26 January 2021 to allow for the main pool to be painted (which is overdue to be done) and re-tiling to take care of many broken tiles.
While we are closed we will also be undertaking other routine maintenance jobs to make the most of the time we won't be operational.
The timing of the shutdown period was chosen to mitigate the risks to an empty pool if the surrounding water table is too high - so winter is not an option.
The pool will be re-opening in time for the Learn to Swim programme to kick off for 2021 and to be available for all the swim meets, school swimming and swimming sports that take place starting in February.
We understand that being closed is an inconvenience for our users, so we thank you very much in advance for your understanding.
We are looking forward to re-opening in what we hope to be a much better new year!

Bookings are still essential under Alert Level 1- please phone the Pool on 07 868 8441.

Learn to Swim lessons with the instructor in the water are cancelled as of Monday 17 August. 

This applies to:

  • Pipi
  • Eel
  • Octopus
  • Snapper

Other levels with the instructor out of the water at the side of the pool are continuing.

This is how the facility will operate under Level 1 as follows:

Public Opening Hours

As of Monday 31 August:

  • Monday 6am to 3pm
  • Tuesday 6am to 6pm - only two public lanes are available from 3pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday 6am to 3pm
  • Thursday 6am to 5pm - only two public lanes are available from 3pm to 5pm
  • Friday 6am to 6pm - only two public lanes are available from 3pm to 6pm
  • Sunday 10am to 4pm

Lane bookings are essential. Please phone 07 8688441.

Entering the Facility

All patrons must enter through the main gate on Mackay Street. The back gate and car parking area is for staff only.

Please do not enter the facility if you are feeling unwell.

Contact Tracing

There is a QR code on the kiosk window where you enter the pool complex, we encourage you to use this. Alternatively when you enter the facility staff will ask you to provide your name and contact details. These must be provided or you will not be allowed to enter the premises.

Lane swimming

Bookings are for one hour slots. Please note that you must be out of the pool and have vacated the facility within that hour.

All seven lanes will be available, please check public opening hours above, and up to three swimmers will be allowed in each lane. You must maintain your distance from any other swimmer in your lane therefore you must not linger at the lane ends or overtake other swimmers.

You will be allocated a lane based on your ability i.e how fast you can swim. If it becomes clear that you are either too fast or too slow for the lane you have been allocated staff will instruct you to change lanes.

Whanau Areas

Bookings are for one hour slots. Please note that your group must be out of the pool and have vacated the facility within that hour.

Change Room  Facilities

Full change room facilities will be available. Please  exercise social distancing and sanitising regimes.

Dome

The dome will not be erected this year. Staff will do their best to keep the water as warm as possible, but it may not be as warm as usual.

Squad Training

Training will continue to operate under level 1 restrictions, as a result the pool may be closed to the public during training.

Learn to Swim

The programme will continue to operate under level 1 restrictions, as a result the pool may be closed to the public during Learn to Swim.

Learn to Swim lessons with the instructor in the water are cancelled as of Monday 17 August. 

This applies to:

  • Pipi
  • Eel
  • Octopus
  • Snapper

Other levels with the instructor out of the water at the side of the pool are continuing.

Aquarobics

Our Aquarobic classes are up and running!

Monday evening  -  6.15pm-7.15pm

Tuesday & Thursday mornings  -  11am-12pm 

About the Pool

The 25m, heated, Council-staffed facility has a growing reputation for producing some of the country’s best competitive juniors with youngsters who’ve moved through the lessons now attending squad training.

Thames Centennial Pool staff are making a huge splash with the facility drawing record numbers of bathers and a contingent of swimmers graduating from the team’s Learn-to-Swim and Academy training into junior national competitions and even on to the Olympic Games.

With alumni like Helena Gasson making waves on the world stage and breaking New Zealand records, it is hardly surprising young swimmers are working hard to swim through the ranks and follow her stellar example.

The facility offers a range of learn to swim and training opportunities as well as ensuring space for relaxation and a bit of fun.

Follow the links below for more information on our Learn to Swim, Academy and Fun and Fitness programmes at the pool.

Learn to Swim

Academy

Fitness and Fun

Swimming NZ Gold Certification

In February 2019, Swimming New Zealand accredited Thames Centennial Pool's Swim Cool Swim School with Gold status, their highest certification.

This means that our pool delivers to the highest possible standards within the Swimming New Zealand structure. Our pool's programmes, regulatory and safety standards are of the highest level in the country. Not every pool that offers swimming lessons has Swimming NZ accreditattion, so this is a positive reflection on the high quality of the swimming instruction.

In late 2018, Thames Centennial Pool reached Bronze certification and soon after the swim school  jumped Silver to go straight to Gold. 

Thames Centennial Pool Swimming NZ Gold Certification 2019

Thames Centennial Pool Swimming NZ Bronze Certification Oct 2018

Our pool also scored a coup in early 2019 with a grant of $8,000 worth of life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand. This gear, including the boat and life vests pictured below, has now been incorporated into swim lessons to teach water safety and life-saving skills.

Thames Centennial Pool staff delighted with life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand.

Photo: Thames Centennial Pool staff, including Katrina Price (far left, front, and Paul Dufty, far right) are delighted with life-saving equipment donated by Boat Safety New Zealand.

Contact us:

105 Mackay Street, Thames, 07 868 8441
Email: customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz

Prices

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST. 

Note: Other charges may be included in the price list throughout the year as new programmes are developed. These can be found on the Thames Centennial Pool website (www.tcdc.govt.nz/swim - Services A to Z - Thames Centennial Pool) and at the Centennial Pool complex.

Swimming Pools - Thames Centennial PoolUnits2020/2021
Admission Fees:   
Adult 1 swim $4.50
Child / Students / Senior Citizen 1 swim $3.50
Pre-schoolers 1 swim $1.00
Family - 2 Adults, 2 Children (children 5yr -15yrs) 1 swim $10.50
Admission Concession Cards:
Adult Concessions:
10 swim concession 10 swims $37.00
30 swim concession 30 swims $102.00
60 swim concession 60 swims $194.00
Child / Student / Senior Citizen Concessions:  
10 swim concession 10 swims $28.00
30 swim concession 30 swims $78.00
60 swim concession 60 swims $148.00
SWIM ALL ACTIVITIES YEAR ROUND*
(*Excludes all levels of LTS, Squad,
Lane/Pool hire).
Unlimited use $1,000.00
Learn To Swim (LTS):
Fees for LTS must be paid in advance and are non-refundable.   
One child 10 lessons $75.00
Two children 10 lessons $140.00
Three children 10 lessons $200.00
Intensive Holiday Block Lessons
8 lessons (to be confirmed)
$60.00 (to be confirmed)



Aquarobics:   
Aquarobics per person 1 session $4.50
10 sessions $40.00



Pool/Lane Hire:   
Lane Hire 1 hour $50.00
Pool hire. - (Non-school) ½ day (up to 3 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
$180.00+
$1.00
1 day (up to 8 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
$350.00+
$1.00
Pool hire. - (School) ½ day (up to 3 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
$160.00
1 day (up to 8 hours)
Entry fee per swimmer
$310.00
Hire: Pool Toy (includes Lifeguard cover) Flat rate - up to 3 hours $220.00
Flat rate - up to 8 hours $400.00

 

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