Our Aquatic Centre consists of a 25 metre multi-lane indoor pool, combined with a shallow learning pool. This roof top venue offers panoramic views from Kowloon Tong across to Hong Kong Island and is an all-weather venue which operates all year round.
The centre is heated and the large percentage of glazing and windows allows for good ventilation and abundant sunlight. Students enjoy swimming as part of their PE and sport lessons at schedule times during the year and you can choose to join training as part of our ECA program or Learn to Swim lessons which are supplied by an outside provider. Details of these programs are outlined below.
Early Childhood Swimming
The Early Childhood Swim Program is a five-to-six week, two sessions per week, ability-based program to teach water safety, survival and awareness and develop correct stroke technique.
The Early Childhood Swim Carnival encourages house spirit, pride, teamwork and good sportsmanship. Individual races are offered according to ability level and range, for example 5, 10, 15, 25 and 50 metre races in freestyle and breaststroke. Novelty races encourage greater participation and a sense of fun, while freestyle relays are for the more competent swimmers. House points are given out for individual place getters (1st–3rd), all relays, team cheering and spirit, and a house cup is awarded to the winning house. All students receive a participation ribbon at the end of the carnival.
In Primary the swimming program is aligned with the Australian ‘swim and survive’ model. Students receive ten lessons during PE & Sport sessions over a five week period and is co-ordinated by the PDHPE Department. The Primary Swimming Carnival is held later in the year and every student participates in several races and events.
Our PDHPE Department co-ordinates and runs our curriculum-based swimming program. Students swim during the year as part of their Physical Education lessons and for sport. They also take part in a Swimming Carnival once each year, in their relevant year level band, where they compete amongst their peers and bolster House Spirit.
Swimming is an integral part of student fitness and an excellent leisure activity. To encourage more students to try competitive swimming, the school has established a number of ways for them to improve their technique and have their performances registered for consideration. Please note the following avenues for selection to AISHK’s Representative Squads:
- Student performances in our Primary and Secondary Swimming Carnivals and time trials
- Student times recorded at ECA and outside training venues that they may be involved in
- Time trials at the school’s pool (permitted on a case-by-case basis)
Representative team selection is undertaken by the Director of Sports and Activities and the AISHK Swim Manager. There may be occasions where there is a special scheduled training session organised prior to a swimming meet.
Outsourced Swim Classes
Our learn-to-swim provider offers lessons from babies to pre-squad. Lessons will be available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00pm to 5:45pm and Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm. You can access the information on lessons provided via their link below.
Hong Kong Hurricanes
Hong Kong Hurricanes offer their own ‘learn to swim’ program and squad classes that are held at our Aquatic Centre. You can contact them directly for enrolment via their website: www.hkhurricanes.com
Aquatic Centre Rules
Students using our pool must follow these rules to ensure a safe, clean and enjoyable swimming centre for everyone:
- No swimming is permitted without a life guard present.
- Follow instructions from Aquatic Centre staff or lifeguards at all times.
- Children must be closely supervised by a responsible adult.
- No running, pushing or other rough play in the pool area.
- Beginner swimmers must remain in shallow water.
- Diving from starting blocks is only permitted under direct supervision of a qualified coach.
- No ‘bombs’, ‘dunking’, and ‘flips’ or ‘back dives’. Surface dives only are permitted.
- If the emergency signal (three long whistle blasts) sounds, exit the water immediately and move away from the pool edge. Follow the instructions of our staff.
- Regular emergency drills will be carried out.
Aquatic Centre Health Policy
Students who have diarrhoea or are vomiting must not swim until all symptoms have been gone for at least two days before their lesson. Plantar warts must be treated and covered.
Students with flu-like symptoms are advised not to go swimming. If a student has been unwell they should be ‘fever free’ for 24 hours before returning to the pool. Aquatic Centre staff and life guards are permitted to check swimmers’ body temperatures at any time.
Students with uncovered open sores, conjunctivitis, red eye or similar conditions will not be allowed to use the pool.