Swimming pool stories

...Dip into tales from all over Australia

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Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools
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Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool
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Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools
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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool
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Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths
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Farewelling a farm pool with a fabulous view
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Two good men, a long friendship and Friday night swims at Tattersall’s pool
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Novel experiences of pools
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A bubbly birthday soak in the Ivo Rowe Rock Pool
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From Lockhart to Lameroo: nine country pools in NSW, Victoria and South Australia

Red and yellow and purple and blue: celebrating the cap swimmers at ocean pools

  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanYellow cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue, black, white caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanPurple cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRainbow cap, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • Malabar Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanRed cap, Malabar Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Edithburgh Tidal Pool, photo by Therese SpruhanWhite cap, Edithburgh Tidal Pool, Yorke Peninsula, SA.
  • Bronte Baths, photo Therese SpruhanFrilly cap, Bronte Baths, NSW.
  • Wylie's Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanLight blue caps, Wylie's Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, photo Therese SpruhanWhite and blue caps, Ross Jones Memorial Pool Coogee, NSW.
  • McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, photo by Therese SpruhanRoyal blue cap, McIver's Ladies Baths Coogee, NSW.
  • Werri Beach Rock Pool, photo Therese SpruhanLime green cap, Werri Beach Rock Pool, Gerringong, NSW.
  • Newcastle Ocean Baths, photo Therese SpruhanBlue cap, Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.
  • Wombarra Ocean Pool, photo Therese SpruhanBlack cap, Wombarra Ocean Pool, NSW.
  • Mahon Pool Maroubra, photo Therese SpruhanNo cap, Mahon Pool Maroubra, NSW.

 

Scenes from the morning steam at Leichhardt Pool

I was about to drive to my local indoor pool this morning but at the last minute I changed my mind. I wanted to swim outdoors and so I headed down the road to Leichhardt Pool where I had the most beautiful swim in the perfect water temperature among the steam!

  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan
  • Leichhardt Pool, 29 June 2018, photo Therese Spruhan

Gold Coast dreaming of swimming pools

On the Gold Coast last week to go to the Commonwealth Games, I was 10 again and in seventh heaven spotting pools from our hotel balcony on the 22nd floor. When I cooled off in the Avani pool, the lights reflecting gold across the water, I was 13 and reliving my excitement the first time I[…]

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An end of season ode to Petersham Pool

Since you closed yesterday for the winter months, I have been thinking about the things I will miss like walking towards you through Petersham Park, past the camphor laurels where the butcher birds sing. The ‘good mornings’ from fellow regulars, Peter, Gerard, Roger, Nick, Hugh and Michelle, and random chats at your shallow end. Being[…]

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Walking and swimming at Oatley Park and Baths

  • Angophoras at Oatley Park Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Oatley Park and Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Park, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Races at the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Amateur Swimming Club races, Oatley Baths, 18 Feb 2018 photo Therese Spruhan
  • Blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Dressing sheds, Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018
  • Concrete blocks at Oatley Baths, Sydney, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 February 2018
  • Pontoon at Oatley Baths, photo Therese Spruhan, 18 Feb 2018

Pink-orange Angophora trees twisting and turning like ballet dancers above a river of blue-green, pathways of sandstone, the sweet smell of the Sydney bush, the camaraderie of the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club, bodies diving off the concrete blocks, retro change rooms, sausages and tomato sauce, a salty taste on my tongue, sand and mud between my toes, the swish of the water, the flow of the tide and the heat of the summer sun.

Farewelling a farm pool with a fabulous view

Back in the 1970s, when my sister, brother and I were kids, we spent many years presenting compelling arguments to our parents why we needed a pool in our backyard. We were always hopeful but they never gave in. Their view was we didn’t need one as we had Northbridge Baths down the road.  When[…]

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Two good men, a long friendship and Friday night swims at Tattersall’s pool

At the funeral today of our Dad’s great friend Tony, his daughter Philippa spoke about her father’s love of swimming and his special affection for Clovelly where he was always on the lookout for the blue groper. She talked about his involvement with many organisations including Friends of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Rostrum and Apex,[…]

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Novel experiences of pools

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been collecting passages from novels I’ve read that capture the bliss of being in water on a stinking hot day, the joy of swimming or serendipitously stumbling upon a beautiful  pool. My most recent find was in the pages of Kent Haruf’s Benediction recommended to me by my[…]

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A bubbly birthday soak in the Ivo Rowe Rock Pool

Last Sunday, when we arrived at South Coogee for my traditional birthday, salt water swim, the sea looked like it was pumping a big swell. As we walked towards the pathway above the coast, I expected to look down on a submerged Ivo Rowe Rock Pool. But happily we found an almost tranquil scene, despite the[…]

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From Lockhart to Lameroo: nine country pools in NSW, Victoria and South Australia

Travelling to Adelaide through south-west NSW and the Mallee country in Victoria and South Australia over the past couple of days we stopped by nine country pools – Lockhart, Urana and Jerilderie in south-west NSW, Swan Hill’s Richards Swimming Leisure Centre, Sea Lake Pool, Underbool Pool and Murrayville Pool in Victoria and Pinnaroo and Lameroo swimming centres in South Australia.

Built between 1955 and the mid-1980s, they were typified by vast expanses of lawn, simple amenities buildings, quirky signs, 33-metre and wading pools, surviving springboards, slides, retro-style seating and plaques commemorating the official opening of the pools.  If they’d been open I would have loved to have swum at each one but especially I would have enjoyed bouncing off the diving board into the L-shaped Lameroo Pool.

  • The 33 metre pool at Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, August 2017Lockhart Pool in south-west NSW.
  • Plaque at the Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, September 2017Plaque at Lockhart Pool commemorating its opening in 1956.
  • Quirky sign at the Lockhart Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, September 2017Quirky sign at the Lockhart Pool.
  • Urana War Memorial Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Urana War Memorial Pool in south-west NSW opened in 1967.
  • The 33-metre pool and grounds at the Urana War Memorial Pool, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Sunlight shines on Urana's 33-metre pool.
  • Jerilderie Pool in south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Blossom, lawn, babies and middle-sized pools at Jerilderie Swim Centre, south-west NSW.
  • Jerilderie's 25 metre pool with slide, south-west NSW, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Striped shadecloth and slippery slide in Jerilderie's 25-metre pool, south-west NSW.
  • Deniliquin Swim Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Cleaning time at the 50-metre pool at the Deniliquin Swim Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Empty 50-metre pool at the Deniliquin Swim Centre, south-west NSW.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, opened 1984, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill, Victoria.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, opened in 1984, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Diving boards at Swan Hill's Richards Leisure Swimming Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Diving boards at the Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill, Victoria.
  • Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre Swan Hill, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Richards Swimming Pool Leisure Centre, Swan Hill.
  • The 33-metre pool at Sea Lake, Victoria, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Gazanias and the 33-metre pool at Sea Lake, Victoria.
  • Underbool Pool opened in 1977, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Victoria's Underbool Swimming Pool opened in 1977.
  • Underbool Pool opened in 1977, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017The empty Underbool Pool, Victoria.
  • Murrayville Pool Victoria, opened in 1955, 25-metre pool, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Victoria's Murrayville Pool was opened in 1955.
  • Murrayville Pool in Victoria opened in 1955, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017.Large lawn areas typify the pool at Murrayville, birthplace of Australian basketballer Rachael Sporn.
  • Duck swimming at the Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Lone swimmer in the 33-metre Pinnaroo Pool in South Australia.
  • Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Aqua blue at the Pinnaroo Pool, South Australia.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Not only the birthplace of Julie Anthony, Lameroo has one of very few L-shaped pools.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Retro-style at South Australia's Lameroo District Swimming Centre.
  • Lameroo District Swimming Centre with silos in background, South Australia, photo Therese Spruhan, Sept 2017Silos, shadows and starting blocks at the Lameroo Pool.

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