Sydney Pools – Iconic Landmarks For Families With Children

In the early 19th century, few Sydneysiders regarded the surf coast as a recreational space, but by 1901 the surfside suburbs of Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Shellharbour had ocean pools. They were gender-segregated in accordance with prevailing notions of respectability and allowed men and women to bathe at different times (as at the Bondi and Bronte pools) or in separate pools (as at Wollongong, Kiama and Coogee).

Ocean pools are still abundant along most Sydney beaches. They are free, open all-year round and serve as both public pools and beach safety measures. While they allow waves to wash in, their walls exclude large sharks and – most importantly – prevent the dangerous rips that occur along most surf beaches, accounting for many of Australia’s surf rescues and coastal deaths by drowning.

Designed to be safe and attractive, with a wide range of amenities, the Sydney pools have become iconic landmarks in their own right. In addition to their aesthetic value, the pools have also served as important community hubs, providing a place for local residents to gather and socialise.

They are also important water-based recreation areas for families with children. While it is true that drownings do happen at public pools, they can be avoided if parents and caregivers practice active supervision of children in, on and around the water. This means focusing all of your attention on your children at all times, especially when they are in or around the water. It requires a level of commitment and attention that can be difficult for some parents, but is essential to keeping your kids safe in, on and around the water.

This is why the NSW Government has been working with local councils and other stakeholders to support the development of a National Swimming Infrastructure Plan. This will be a comprehensive national strategy that includes funding and delivery mechanisms, as well as an evaluation framework to measure success.

A big part of the plan is to encourage a holistic approach to aquatic management, which will focus on community needs and the wider environmental and economic benefits of the water sector. Ultimately, the plan aims to create the best possible outcomes for our waterways and marine environment, with the highest level of public participation and engagement. This will be achieved through collaboration, partnerships and consultation with stakeholders, local communities and industry. The plan will also be backed up by research and evidence. To learn more about the plan and to have your say, visit the NSW Government’s website. This article was originally published by The Conversation AU.