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The best public pools in Singapore

For just a few dollars, you can take a quick dip (or swim competitively) at these heartland public pools

By Time Out Singapore editors
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It's summer all year round in Singapore so there's really no reason not to pay a visit to one of these public pools – there's basically one in or close to every neighbourhood – for a dip to cool off. Besides lots of fun family-friendly facilities (did someone say jacuzzi?), these pools boast super affordable entry fee that costs less than a hawker centre meal. Who says you need to stay at a five-star luxury hotel or have a fancy country club membership to cool off in style?

Due to safety measures, some of these pools are capped at a maximum of 50 people at a time and require booking beforehand.

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safra yishun
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Swimming Pool @ Safra Yishun

Sport and fitness Yishun

All Safra swimming pools are capped at a maximum capacity of 50 people to ensure adequate personal space among users. Only Safra members are permitted entry until further notice.

Swim with a view at Safra Yishun. Forget booking a chalet by the seaside – the pool space is surrounded with lush greens, furnished with massive umbrellas, deck chairs and structures to mirror one. Squeeze into your swimwear and make a splash at the gargantuan rock with built-in slides by the outdoor rock-climbing wall. With the inter-connected water linkways, you can waddle your way to the lap pool or the next section without having to get yourself out of waters and onto the scorching hot floor.

Sengkang Swimming Complex
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Sengkang Swimming Complex

Sport and fitness Gyms and fitness centres Sengkang

This venue is capped at a maximum of 50 people. Booking is required via the ActiveSG app or myactivesg.com.

Unless you live somewhere along the North-East MRT line, this public pool is a little bit out of the way but it's definitely worth the trek, especially if you've got active kids who love to slide. The most eye-catching feature in this swimming complex is the 8 colourful giant slides – there are both open-top and tube slides – that sends the young (or the young-at-heart) splashing straight into the pool. There's also a relaxing jacuzzi and kiddy pool – fitted with a small slide for the toddlers – to check out. There are two Olympic-sized pools and you can sign up for one of its group swimming lessons conducted regularly throughout the week.

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Tampines Swimming Complex
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Tampines Swimming Complex

Sport and fitness Gyms and fitness centres Tampines

This venue is capped at a maximum of 50 people. Booking is required via the ActiveSG app or myactivesg.com.

Located on the sixth level of Our Tampines Hub, this breezy rooftop facility gives ritzy infinity pools a run for their money. There are a total of six pools: a training pool, a ten-lane competition pool, a multi-purpose pool (you know, for water polo and synchronised swimming events and stuff), a Jacuzzi pool for chilling, an interactive pool, and a wading pool. The last two are meant for the little ones – the garden-themed kiddy pool even has flower pot misting spouts and a kid-sized waterfall to get really drenched in. 

Jurong East Swimming Complex
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Jurong East Swimming Complex

Sport and fitness Gyms and fitness centres Jurong East

This venue is capped at a maximum of 50 people. Booking is required via the ActiveSG app or myactivesg.com.

A perennial favourite among Westies, Jurong East Swimming Complex was the first public pool in Singapore to offer a lazy river (complete with a float, no less), wave pool, and fun slides to the masses. Since its opening in 2000, this swimming complex still hasn't lost its appeal – the tower of three spiraling water slides are perpetually packed, along with the wave pool and lazy river that gently lulls you along the perimeter of the facility. If you're there to do some real swimming, there's also a competition pool somewhere in the complex.

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jurong west swimming complex
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Jurong West Swimming Complex

Sport and fitness Jurong West

This venue is capped at a maximum of 50 people. Booking is required via the ActiveSG app or myactivesg.com.

Relatively smaller as compared to its sister pool – Jurong East Swimming Complex – but all-around great fun, this pool is decked with a water playground that includes a three-storey tube slide, guaranteed to keep the kids occupied for long. For some serious laps, dive into its indoor and outdoor 50-metre pools. Alternatively, have a lazy dip in its jacuzzi or grab a float for a drift down the lazy river.  

Pasir Ris Swimming Complex
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Pasir Ris Swimming Complex

Sport and fitness Gyms and fitness centres Pasir Ris

This venue is capped at a maximum of 50 people. Booking is required via the ActiveSG app or myactivesg.com. 

Slides are always popular with both kids and adult and Pasir Ris Swimming Complex has two of them to play with. There's also a competition pool, a training pool, two kiddy pools fitted with fun water features, and a Jacuzzi where you can park yourself to keep an eye on your kids and yet not miss out on all the fun. Additionally, this swimming complex is one of the 'greenest' pools of the bunch, the entire building is fitted with energy-saving features such as rainwater harvesting system – the collected water is used to water surrounding plants, of which it has many – and even vertical green walls that are as Instagram-worthy as they are practical (it's said to reduce ambient heat gained).

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Wild Wild Wet
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Wild Wild Wet

Things to do Pasir Ris

This venue remains closed until further notice.

From high-speed flume rides to four-storey slides and wave pools, there’s plenty to do at this water paradise. More than just swimming pools, this Pasir Ris must-visit is decked with a plethora of slides, ladders, water cannons and fountains, perfect for cooling off if doing laps aren't your thing. Get your heart pumping with the exhilarating trip down the 'Ular-Lah' raft slide, with its high, banked corners and 360° spins. 

Splash @ Kidz Amaze
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Splash @ Kidz Amaze

Kids Punggol

This venue remains closed until further notice.

One for the kids – make a splash at this indoor water playground (from $8, free for babies below 18 months) that stretches out to 23,000 square feet. It has five slides and eight play decks, all interconnected by climbing structures. Big buckets of water topple at random over a few areas, so expect most children to cluster around that splash pad to get dunked. You probably don’t want to leave your toddler under that waterfall. Head instead to a separate wading area, specially for those aged 18 to 36 months, where water jets gently spray streams at you. 

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Splash n surf Singapore Sports Hub
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Splash N Surf

Sport and fitness Gyms and fitness centres Kallang

This venue remains closed until further notice.

Head up to Kallang Wave Mall's rooftop – and don’t forget your swimsuit and sunblock. While Splash N Surf has a water play area open only to kids, there’s a lazy pool that allows both children and adults to laze in, for a grand sum of two bucks. You and your kiddo can also learn to half-pipe surf at the Stingray and master riding on the boogie board and kneeboard – unfortunately that'll cost you a little more, prices start from $30/hour and up.

Fun in the sun

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