I love swimming and there’s this one place I wanted to go to which I haven’t until yesterday. The National Aquatic Center which was home to the Sea Games swimming event is one of the public swimming pools that is simply stunning. Newly renovated,with an Olympic size pool (50m x 25m x 2-3m), a training pool (20m x 50m x 1.8m), and a diving pool its simply enough for all your water activities. Now for me I guess I will only use the pool after office hours in the weekdays in session 4 to do my standard 1000m a day swimming.
Located in the heart of the sporting events at Bukit Jalil there’s a few way to go about here, from Lebuhraya Bukit Jalil or Lebuhraya Sungai Besi or Lebuhraya KL-Seremban or Lebuhraya Shah Alam are the major roads to the location. The facility itself is well developed but a bit confusing on where to go to initially to the showers or changing room. Even getting the finding the entrance and entrance ticket too I got confused. Only after watching where and what other people did I found out what to do. They will give you this wrist band that you need to wear while swimming.
Too bad though the main Olympic pool can’t be swim in and we are allowed to swim in the training pool and that alone was crowded. There’s about two to three people sharing the swimming lanes when I was there in Session 4. So there’s a lot of maneuvering to be done and if there’s a very slow swimmer which I came across, either we have to cut the lane if there’s no one coming the other way or swim just as slow behind the slow swimmer.
The showers are aplenty but to small for me to hook my bag as well as taking a shower. It’s possible can place some bench outside the showers to put our bags while we take a shower like some other swimming facilities but well it’s just a thought. Just adjacent to the shower room is a row of rooms for changing clothes I guess? There was just too many rooms there but I guess it was necessary during the Sea Games and all.
There are 5 sessions for swimming as follow:
- Session 1: 08.00am – 10.00am
- Session 2: 11.00am – 01.00pm
- Session 3: 02.00pm – 04.00pm
- Session 4: 05.00pm – 07.00pm
- Session 5: 08.00pm – 10.00pm
As for price, it’s as follows:
- Adult (Above 12yrs) – RM 6
- Child (5 to 12 yrs) – RM 4
- Child (below 4yrs) – FOC
- Seniors (55 yrs & above)/ OKU (with OKU card) – RM 5
My thoughts: If you are okay to swim in a row with three to four people after office hours then this is the place to go. I swam 1000m in 31 minutes just to make sure I didn’t get in anyone’s way plus the pool closes by 7pm. It’s a shame they allow the main pool for swimming lessons but not actual swimming since that’s the highlight of why I want to swim there in the first place. So for RM6 to swim in a training pool, its just not worth it for my take. There’s better options out there for a cheaper price.
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