Our Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art swimming complex that houses a 25-metre multi-lane indoor pool, combined with a shallow learning pool. The roof top venue offers panoramic views from Kowloon Tong across to Hong Kong Island and is used day and night throughout the year.
The entire complex is heated, while the large percentage of glazing allows abundant sunlight and heat to enter the building during the winter months thus reducing the amount of energy needed for lighting and indoor heating.
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. The Primary Swimming Carnival is also great fun for the students and shows what great athletes we have at AISHK.
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 are special scheduled training sessions organised prior to a swimming meet.
Outsourced Swim Classes
Platypus Aquatics 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.platypusaquatics.com
Torpedoes Swim Club
Each Sunday the Torpedoes Swim Club meets for a competitive afternoon of races. Available to AISHK families only, swimmers of all ages compete in handicapped events over a three hour period. The Club is a social, family run, swim club that caters to all abilities. Refer to our school website for further details.
You can download the Torpedoes Swim Club flyer here downloadable pdf
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.
- In case of difficulty in the water:
- keep calm, do not panic, conserve energy and breathe normally
- try to tread water, or float on your back
- raise one hand
- shout for help
- Children who are not toilet trained must wear an aqua nappy, for example Huggies Little Swimmer.
- No paddle-swimming is allowed without permission in the learner pool.
- No shoes (including thongs, sandals or flip flops) are allowed on the pool deck—bare feet only.
- No food or drink (other than water in a plastic spill-proof bottle) is allowed in the Aquatic Centre.
- Swimmers must get changed in the changing room.
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.