Where to Swim in Hong Kong This Summer

Swimming is a fun and healthy way to beat the summer heat. It provides a low-impact workout while giving you a chance to relax and spend quality time with loved ones or solo. But with many Hong Kong pools undergoing repairs and some even closed for the season, you may be wondering where to swim this summer.

The good news is that some public and private pools have reopened this week. However, some are only partially open due to a shortage of lifeguards. HKFP has learned that the shortage is caused by the government’s refusal to raise the salary of seasonal lifeguards or hire them on two-year contracts, as well as the lack of adequate training for new recruits. In fact, the union has said that around 20 public swimming pools and 1,371 licensed private pools will not be able to operate as scheduled this month, as there is insufficient staff for all operations.

Affected pools will only be able to offer a limited number of services, such as swimming lessons and water sports activities. Some of them will also be forced to close their doors entirely, according to the HKRSPGU. The union said that the situation could worsen as more summer holidays arrive.

It is believed that the HKRSPGU will submit a proposal to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department this week to address the problem. The proposal aims to provide better compensation for seasonal lifeguards and recruit more of them on two-year contracts. In addition, it calls on the government to allow schools and swimming training centres to use their own pool facilities for students’ lessons.

Whether you are looking for a place to splash around with your kids or simply want to cool off, there are plenty of great Hong Kong pool options to choose from. Some of these pools have a scenic view of Victoria Harbour while others are great for lounging and relaxing.

Some of the city’s best hotel pools are perfect for a daycation. Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom has a stunning outdoor pool that overlooks Victoria Harbour, and there are barely any barriers around it so you can enjoy the views without feeling crowded. The pool is located near to the Red Sugar terrace bar so you can grab a drink and relax by the water after sunset.

There are 22 public pools in Hong Kong, which are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. They are usually open from 15th April until the end of October, but some outdoor pools will be closed for maintenance during this period. The entrance fee is HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends, while people above 60 or below 13, or full-time students are eligible for discounted rates. You can find the complete list of hongkong pools here.