10 Stunning Public Swimming Spots You Never Knew Were Tucked In The Heartlands

12 minutes reading time (2378 words)

Seek the sun at these swimming spots

 

Besides amazing hawker food and towering skyscrapers, there’s another thing that Singapore has in abundance - Sunshine. Although the scorching heat that beats down on our little island can get rather brutal, it might just be a blessing in disguise. 

Thanks to our government, our heartland estates are peppered with some amazingly-equipped public swimming pools, you’ll be able to have a splashing-good time, while staying free of sand and dirt. The TSL team got to try on Sunseeker’s new collection on our exploration of these 10 unbelievable swimming spots - open to the public, for all water-fanatics out there.

Talk about getting your tan-game on!

 

1. Pasir Ris Swimming Complex

 


The fun pool - complete with splash buckets and mini-slides

Located in the fairly new Pasir Ris Sports Centre, this public swimming complex has a pretty extensive range of water facilities - including a competition pool, a smaller teaching pool, a fun pool for kids, and even a jacuzzi. 

On a bright weekday morning, the competition pool is just the place if you want to knock back some timed laps to improve your stamina, or for a spot of relaxing low-impact cardio. For hardcore swimmers, the competition pool specially opens at 6 a.m. on Fridays, so you can train up even before sunrise.

Don’t miss the 2 water slides just off the competition pool. The red one is a straightforward 1-story slide down, while the yellow tube slide has enough winding turns to whip your head up into a tizzy.

Address: Pasir Ris Swimming Complex, 120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640
Opening Hours: Daily, 7am - 10pm
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Children - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

2. Wild Wild Wet

 

Naturally, we can’t miss out the largest water theme park in Singapore - Wild Wild Wet - on a list like this. Most Singaporeans youths will recall family trips to this water park during the school holidays, where we’d spend the whole day exploring the different attractions and getting soaked to the bone.

Even though we’re a little older now, Wild Wild Wet can still be just as fun, if not more, now that all the “big kid” rides (with the age and height restrictions) are open to us!

Amongst their many water rides, the Ular-lah is one of the most iconic. Experience the heart-stopping thrills and twists with 5 of your most daring friends as you guys shoot down this giant white water raft ride, all the way down to the landing pool below.


Grab onto a plastic donut float… and just relax. 

Take a lazy float down the Shiok River as you absorb the sights in Wild Wild Wet. This 335 meter-long lazy river is the largest in Singapore, and will take you all the way around the theme park.


Designed like a mad scientist’s laboratory, every single bucket, fountain and even water pressure wheel in the Professor’s Playground can be adjusted.

 With all the lightning-fast slides and towering flume rides at Wild Wild Wet, this is paradise for all water-loving daredevils. For the full low-down on the rides they have to offer, click here!

Address: Wild Wild Wet, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Opening Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 1pm - 7pm
Weekends, School and Public Holidays, 10am - 7pm
Admission Fees: 
Off-peak (Mondays to Fridays): Adults - $20, Children - $17
Peak (Weekends, School & Public Holidays): Adults - $24, Children - $17
Full admission details here.

 

3. Tampines Swimming Complex

 

Rounding off our list of swimming spots in the east, is the Tampines Swimming Complex. This swimming complex is a bit more basic as compared to the rest, but its old-school vibes and open layout make it a wonderful spot to relax and get some sun at. 


The wading pool has two slides that take you down from the plant-fringed rock feature. 

This swim spot is comparatively more peaceful - Only small clusters of HDBs surround the pools, and feels a lot more open, with the blue sky above that’s left unobstructed.

The main attraction at this complex is the spacious lap pool. With the wide lanes, you won’t have to jostle for space, or worry about accidentally kicking someone else as you practice your strokes. #awkward

Note: The area around the swimming complex may still be undergoing construction (as of May 2016), so you might encounter some confusion if you’re coming by car or cab. Not to worry, the swimming complex is still open, and can be accessed by the sheltered walkway. 

Address: Tampines Swimming Complex, 505 Tampines Avenue 5, Singapore 529652
Opening Hours: 
Wednesdays to Mondays, 8am - 9.30pm
Tuesdays, 2.30pm - 9.30pm
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Children - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

4. Splash-N-Surf @ Sports Hub

 

Thinking about enjoying the gorgeous Singapore skyline while taking a swim, but don’t want to pay for a stay at MBS to use their infinity pool? Here’s an alternative that’ll give you a view of our cityscape from your pool float, all without that hefty price tag!

The new Splash-N-Surf @ Singapore Sports Hub bring some splashing-good fun to town, with a lazy river, water play area, and even a Stingray surfing facility!

The Lazy River grants you full view of the Kallang and Marina areas of the city. Admire the iconic buildings and skyscrapers from your pool float as you drift on by.


You’re never too old to splash and slide

The bright yellow and orange water play area adds a splash of colour to the concrete-grey Sports Hub, and is a great way to cool off from the blazing heat.

Address: 1B Stadium Walk, Singapore 397690
Opening Hours: Daily, 8am - 10pm
Admission Fees: 
Water Play Area & Kids Pool: FREE
Lazy River: $2 per entry
Stingray®: Per Hour - $35/hour, $90 per 3-hour block, Weekdays (8am - 6pm), $40/hour, $105 per 3-hour block, Weekends (6pm -10pm)

 

5. SAFRA Yishun

 

The Yishun SAFRA is truly the hidden paradise of the North-East. Their gorgeous pool space exudes beach chalet-vibes, with rows of lush hanging greenery, rows of deck chairs and of course…


The stunning cerulean swimming pool! 

The full-sized lap pool is just as stunning on a sunny day in real life, as it is in photos. This isn’t a trick of the sunlight. Hashtag: #nofilter 

If you thought the crystal-blue pool was pretty, well, it's only going to get better. 

Splash it out with your best friend by the rock features and built-in slides, next to the lap pool. With the breathtaking 25-metre outdoor rock-wall from the SAFRA  Adventure Sports Centre looming in the background, it’s hard to remember that you currently aren’t in a resort.

The ingenious layout of the pools result in almost all the different water sections being connected by water linkways. This means that you don’t have to deal with scorched feet, or hopping across the burning hot tile floors, in order to reach the next pool. 

Thank you, SAFRA. 

Note on SAFRA Pools: You’ll need to have at least one friend who is a SAFRA member to sign you in as a guest. Each SAFRA member can sign in a maximum of 3 people at a time.

Address: SAFRA Yishun, 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore 769027
Opening Hours: 
Mondays, Wednesdays to Fridays, 7am - 9.30pm
Tuesdays, 11am - 9.30pm
Admission Fees: 
SAFRA Members: FREE
Guests: $2.20 (Weekdays), $3.30 (Weekends and Public Holidays)

 

6. Sengkang Swimming Complex

 

The North-East certainly has its fair share of swimming pool hidden gems. Not many people outside the area have been to, or even heard of , but North-East-siders who frequent the swimming pools here will agree that this place is amazing!

The 8 water slides will keep you entertained for the whole afternoon. Kids, teens and adults alike will love them all the same.


The fun pool area has a giant bucket that tips a tsunami of water out every couple of minutes

Here’s something for the serious swimmers out there - Sengkang Swimming Complex has not one, but two huge Olympic-sized swimming pools!

With so many facilities for every kind of swimmer, a trip to Sengkang Swimming Complex is a sure-fire way to brighten up your afternoon. 100% worth the travel time.

Address: Sengkang Swimming Complex, 57 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 544964
Opening Hours: 
Tuesdays to Sundays, 7am - 9.30pm 
Closed Mondays
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Child - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

7. SAFRA Toa Payoh

 

The SAFRA @ Toa Payoh hides a splendid swimming spot for you to spend the day in. The expansive layout and cool-blue tiles give this SAFRA pool some super chill vibes! 

Splash it out in the knee-high wading pool, which has a trio of adorable-looking water cannons set up in the middle. They might look cute, but be warned, they’re pretty powerful. Perfect for launching a sneak attack on your unsuspecting friend.

The rubber-floored water play park has all kinds of funky fountains and water-spraying features to keep you cool in the blistering heat.

Address: SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Singapore 319387
Opening Hours: 
Mondays to Sundays, 9am - 9pm 
Admission Fees: 
SAFRA Members: FREE
Guests: $2.20 (Weekdays), $3.30 (Weekends and Public Holidays)

 

8. Jurong East Swimming Complex

 

Westies, there’s no need to lament over the length of a cross-island trip to Downtown East if you’re looking for a waterpark adventure - just head on over to Jurong East Swimming Complex for an equally awesome fun-filled time!


Even better than Wild Wild Wet?

Boasting not one, not two, but THREE super-fast water slides, you could make trip after trip and never get bored.

The Yellow slide might be the shortest, but it involves a super-sharp plunge right at the start. For those who prefer something a little less scary, try the Red Slide instead, for a gentler (but just as thrilling) slide down. These are most definitely not for the faint of heart. 

And if thrills and possible spills don’t sound like your thing...


Check out the AMAZING wave pool!

With the crazy tube slides, beautiful wave pool, a kids play area, and even a lazy river that winds around the different pools, Jurong East Swimming Complex has almost all the things that Adventure Cove does, at a mere fraction of the admission price!

Address: Jurong East Swimming Complex, 21 Jurong East Street 31, Singapore 609517
Opening Hours: 
Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am - 9.30pm
Closed Mondays
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Children - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

9. Jurong West Swimming Complex

 

Another superb swimming spot over in the west side of Singapore is the Jurong West Swimming Complex

The swimming complexes of the West have really stepped up their game. Jurong West Swimming Complex has 2 Olympic-sized lap pools, a water feature play area, a lazy river and more!


Source

Most spectacularly, there’s a massive blue tube slide that winds around the ENTIRE complex! You’ll literally be taken for a ride.

The complex features both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, so you can get your laps in, rain or shine! 

With so many awesome swimming spots around, I think it’s high time that us sunseekers make a journey to the West.

Address: Jurong West Swimming Complex, 20 Jurong West Street 93, Singapore 648965
Opening Hours: 
Wednesdays to Mondays, 8am - 9.30pm
Closed Tuesdays
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Children - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

10. Senja-Cashew Community Club (Jacuzzi with Infinity Pool)

 

Located amongst the heartland HDBs in Bukit Panjang, the Senja-Cashew Community Club is one hidden swimming spot that Westies should know about. This is probably the first CC that I’ve encountered that has an infinity pool!

The view from the lap-pool, surrounded by rows of trees, is beautiful on a sunny morning. There’s nothing like perfect weather for giving you that motivation to hit the pool! 

The highlight of Senja-Cashew CC’s pool area is undoubtedly their infinity pool - which even has a jacuzzi in it! After a hard workout at the lap-pool, now’s your chance to have some R&R.

Address: Senja-Cashew Community Club, 101 Bukit Panjang Road, Singapore 679910 
Opening Hours: 
Daily, 9am - 10pm
Admission Fees: 
Adults - $1.50 Weekdays, $2 Weekends
Children - $0.80 Weekdays, $1 Weekends

 

Swimsuit it up with Sunseeker

 

Over the days of exploring all the public swimming spots, we put on these ultra-cute Sunseeker swimsuits for some fun in the sun! Established in 1973, this Australian brand doles out chic and sleek swimwear with a “second-skin” feel - perfect whether you’re by the beach, or at the pool.  Since the sun’s out all year round, you’ll definitely be needing more than just one swimsuit.


On Beatrice: Floral Bikini $105.00
On Alicia: Boho Bohemian Bikini Top $99.00, Bottom $69.00


On Beatrice: Cool Black & White Swimsuit $149.00
On Alicia: Missy Swimsuit $119.00

It doesn’t matter if you’re a two-piece or one-piece kind of girl. Their collections range from classic monochrome colours to all kinds of funky, flirty patterns, so take your pick from these designs. 

We’ve splashed, swam and slid down more slides than we can count, so no worries - all these swimsuits are incredibly comfy, and 100% slip-proof.


On Alicia: Basic Stripe 2-piece Bikini $105.00

In Sunseeker’s new range of bikinis and beachwear, you’re sure to find something that’ll suit your sunny mood. Sunseeker’s collection can be found at Sun Paradise outlets around the island like Junction 8, Nex, Plaza Singapura, and Takashimaya - so head down ASAP to find your perfect fit! You can find the full list of outlets here.


On Beatrice: Nautical Swimsuit $119.00
On Alicia: Festival Swimsuit $115.00


On Beatrice: Solid Reversible Top $99.00, Bottom $69.00
On Alicia: Basic Stripe Bikini $105.00


On Beatrice: Cool Black & White Bikini Top $99.00, Bottom $69.00
On Alicia: Solid Reversible Bikini Top $99.00, Bottom $69.00

Follow Sun Paradise on Facebook for more updates and promotions!

There’s no need for private swimming pools, executive condo access cards, or expensive country club memberships. Forget jostling with the crowds in Orchard Road and heartland shopping malls for that bit of air conditioning to stay cool. If you take to water like a fish, and are drawn to the sun like bees to honey, make this list part of your summer-splash plan. Time to get out your sunscreen and swimsuits for a healthy dose of Vitamin D. 

No worries, you’ll have plenty of time to check out all these awesome public swimming spots. Because in Singapore, it's summer all-year round!


This post is brought to you by Sunseeker.

15 Legendary Hawker Stalls Your Parents Loved That...
10 Photographs You Can Take In Singapore To Bluff ...