Jurong East Swimming Complex
Jurong East Swimming Complex is one of Singapore's largest public swimming complexes. It's competitive pool aside, there are other attractions available such as the Lazy River and the Wave Pool, where at certain times a stimulated storm effect sweeps through the pool, sending floats and swimmers alike scattering. Although the entrance fee is slightly higher than other swimming complexes, the value for fun is definitely worth it.
I remembered when it first started. I was pretty crazy over it and so were the many other Singaporeans that came and added on to the crowd every weekend. It was a nice place to hang out with friends and family. The wave pool was the in thing back then, and i guessed it still is right now, though i have not been there for a long time.
I remembered that you could borrow the ring floats from the counter and start paddling in the wavepool waiting to be the next great surfer or just laze it away in the lazy river. It was always even better to go up to the slides and start the excitement from the 3 different slides available. I was always wondering what would happen if someone tumble out of the float while in the middle of those tubes.
For those who just wanted to swim, there is also a full size pool by the side for that. and of course lounge chairs for all who just want a nice tan. And for those hungry after a swim, KFC and Pizza Hut is just available above.
This place isn't just a swimming pool, it is also a place for indoor sports with their multipurpose hall and track and field events such as running and football. For a place where so much fun can be obtained the few dollars for the entrance tickets is really worth the paying for. But for all drivers, beware of the "fatimahs" as it is a popular place for summon tickets :)
The more famous attractions of Jurong East Swimming Complex are its wave pool and lazy river - a long and fascinating journey around the water park. The water speed is also a lot faster than the leisurely pace of Adventure Cove’s lazy river, so for those seeking a bit more speed, this is the place to go. Apart from that, it also has three giant slides of increasing height, with the tallest one requiring patrons to climb about 6 storeys high. The downhill journey makes it worth the effort though, and it gives your thighs great exercise too.
It’s recommended to rent a float if you’re in a more leisurely mood and just want to chill and prop your legs up. The float can be used on slides, the lazy river and the wave pool as well. There’s also a kiddy playground with water features for the little ones to play in a safe environment. This swimming complex also offers value for money that the larger water parks in Singapore simply cannot beat - just $2 per person per entry!
All in all, it’s a great place for a family outing. Highly recommended to families seeking a cool day out.
Swimming can help strengthen and release the tension in your muscles after a long day. Do some stretching before going for swims to avoid cramps. The depth of the competition pool is rather deep and it will not help if you have a cramp halfway through. There are however at least one lifeguard on duty at all times. I must say that they are very observant and to those who do not adhere to the rules, you will hear their whistle.
You can rent floats at S$2 each, which is not too much to pay, compared to the entrance fee of the other water theme parks. Floats will be useful when you get to the Lazy River. Just sit on top of the float and allow the water currents to take you for a ride. I noticed that there are one or two chipped tiles on the flooring at the Lazy River. Just be careful.
Lockers are available to store your items as well. Try to avoid weekends especially in the evening. The Wave Pool can get so crowded and with all the floats, your experience might just not be an enjoyable one. Other than that, for S$1.50, I would consider it a very affordable place to visit regardless if you are looking for a swim or just some fun.
We did found our-self hungry but was satisfied with the choice of KFC or Pizzahut just next to the entrance (eventually went with KFC, who doesn't like chicken, hahaha).
Although it is not that of what you find in Wild Wild Wet or Adventure Cove, still it offers so much variety for so little. You only pay the same rate as another complex pools, it is really worth it.
I would recommend you to go as a family or a couple or even with friends as it is a good place to spend the day at once in a while.
In my opinion, the slides are the most fun. There are three different heights, the tallest on about 3 stories high. It will provide you with an adrenaline rush as you swoosh down the dark slide on the float. You can feel the air pressure pushing against your face and you begin the descent. And then suddenly, you see a glimpse of light and the next moment, you feel the cool water. Most people, after all this excitement, will take a short rest, but then climb back up again for another ride. Yes, it is that fun!
The other attractions are brilliant as well. The lazy river has a mild current that pushes you along. Along the way, there are 'surprises', such as bursts of water from beneath and a dark misty cave. The river is a never-ending loop, so you can go around and around for as long as you like. The wave pool is also not to be missed. Every 20 minutes or so, man-made waves will appear at the pool. It is quite like the sea, the deeper you go, the stronger the current is, so it is advisable not to go too deep if you are not a proficient swimmer. But do not worry, the attractions all have trained life guards, so if something happens, they will be there to help.
Overall, if the weather is hot and you are longing for a swim, Jurong East Swimming Complex is the place to go for hours of good cheap fun.
Not only was the location convenient in the sense that it was accessible via public transport, the entrance fee was affordable. The wave pool was one of my favourites in the Jurong East Swimming Complex - the simulation of the waves are similar to that of the sea.
Renting a float to enjoy yourself in the little current pool is definitely a plus for me who wanted to just relax and bask in the sun as I cruised along in a slightly more than leisurely pace through the tunnels. The floats were also needed to ride on the slides which were higher up, and though it seemed intimidating on the first try, it is a definitely a must-try.
There is also the wave pool, where every ten to fifteen minutes or so, large waves will buffet you up and down in the deep pool. It you aren’t very proficient at swimming (like me), you should stay near the shallow end. :)
Then, the pool with lots of slide tubes looks amazing but quite scary up close. Without a float, you can only try the shortest slide of all, the yellow coloured one. I enjoyed it tremendously, as it was fast and exhilarating. The ones that require a float are not that fast, from experience.
I am glad that I had a chance to have fun in Jurong East Swimming Complex, but I don’t think I’ll be going again, not because that it has a bad quality or something, but because going again might seem a bit dull.
The lazy river is one where I could always catch up with friends over the latest happenings in our life. And the wave pool was a place in which I was subjected to numerous embarrassing but thoroughly memorable underwater pranks. Like me, I am sure this will be a place where special life stories amongst you friends can be created.
Many years later when I had my children, I finally found a reason to visit this swimming pool. I finally knew why there was the spray of water. It was really the artificial wave in the wave pool. I was not sure whether the spray of water was just to inform other pool users that the waves were coming or it served some other purpose in generating the waves.
Comparing this wave pool to that of Wild and Wet, I found that this was more fun because the waves were not so choppy and so the children would be safer.
I enjoy the wave pool because the makeshift currents come at stipulated intervals and they're really huge! (unlike the ones we get at our shores -_-) I like plopping myself on the float while the waves just come crashing. And there's the lazy pool for people to 'let the water take them wherever' after a good few hours of sliding and swimming all over.
Will definitely get friends and family to go to Jurong Swimming complex. Such a place requires you to bring more friends along. The more the merrier!
My favourite is the wavepool. I really liked hanging on to my float and bobbing up and down along with the waves with my brother. I would imagine that I was in the middle of the sea lost and scared. Well, I was only 10 at that time.
Now my family hardly spends time together, i would really like it if we could all hangout there again together as a family and just enjoy a whole day of fun-filled wetness and sunshine.