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The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department is not only keeping its indoor swimming pools open this winter, but is finding new ways to open more pools during a time of water scarcity.Read more below:

‘The City will ensure that our indoor swimming pools will remain open not only to casual bathers but also to the many clubs and potential Olympic swimmers who use our facilities to train throughout the year,’ said the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.

‘The pools will remain open to enable casual bathers to continue with their programmes without interruption. It has also been important for us to recognise the needs of organised aquatic clubs who have established relationships with the City, and who need to use the facilities after hours to train for professional swimming and underwater hockey,’ said Alderman Smith.

The City has also reiterated its commitment to saving water.

‘All our indoor pools have retention tanks where rain water is harvested and is used for topping up if it’s needed. It is however noted that, due to the cold weather, very little or hardly any evaporation takes place and very few back washes are done. This means that topping up is minimal,’ Alderman Smith explained.

In the unlikely event that the pools run out of rain water, water will be sourced from the Bellville swimming pool and Newlands diving pool.

The Department took delivery of two new 10 000l water tankers recently which are in use for transporting water to these facilities.

The Sea Point swimming pool is currently the only City-owned facility that uses salt water. However, this will change soon as four more coastal pools are targeted to become salt water pools as part of the water resilience initiative.

‘Budget has been made available to start the process for the conversion of the coastal pools following the completion of a feasibility study. We will continue with the next stages of the project which will include costing and implementation processes in the new financial year,’ said Alderman Smith.

The four coastal pools targeted for conversion are the Strand indoor pool as well as the Mnandi, Monwabisi and Muizenberg swimming pools.

‘The City is taking the lead in being water warriors, yet at the same time we aim to provide quality facilities year-round. Our swimming pools are popular and well-used recreational facilities for young and old, and we want to ensure our residents are able to use them knowing it’s being done in a responsible way,’ said Alderman Smith.

The following indoor swimming pools and the Sea Point swimming pool are open during winter. Opening times will be revised again in September 2018, in preparation for the summer season.

Swimming Pool Facility Address Opening times
Blue Downs Indoor Hindle Road, Blue Downs Friday

13:00 – 16:00


Saturday and Sunday

10:00 – 16:00


Long Street Indoor Long Street, Cape Town Monday – Friday

07:00 –  16:00


(*Note that Tuesdays from10:00 – 14:00 are reserved for women only)


Saturday and Sunday

10:00 – 16:00


Retreat Indoor Cnr 7th Avenue And Concert Boulevard, Retreat FridaySaturday and Sunday

10:00 – 16:00

Strand Indoor Beach Road, Strand FridaySaturday and Sunday

10:00 – 16:00

Sea Point Pavilion (Outdoor pool, using sea water) Lower Beach Road, Sea Point Daily (Monday – Sunday)

09:00 – 17:00

Life guards will be on duty at the pools to ensure the safety of bathers.

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