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Old 08-06-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Default Olympic Size Swimming Pools in Austin ?

Hello, everyone,
We are excited to move to Austin first; and I am a swimming-maniac. So could you please tell me where I can find some year-round Olympic-size swimming pools (55 yards long, and 25 yards wide), and what are the rates? Last time, I didn't find any when I was visiting.
Thanks a lot!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Check out the public pools here:

City of Austin - Austin Parks and Recreation Department Aquatics
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Nitro Swim center
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:47 PM
 
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Thanks for your responses, Scopro and FalconheadWest.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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An Olympic pool is 50 meters long, not 55 yards.

There are four pools 50 meter pools open (nearly) year round:

UT - world class indoor pool
Nitro Swimming - two indoor pools, one in Cedar Park, the other in Bee Cave.
West Austin Aquatic Club - outdoor 4 lane pool, open most of the year, but not the dead of winter.

The city pools are not open year round.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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Thank you, Hoffdano,
I am from CA, and a lab swimmer. Could you please tell me how much they charge for a yearly pass? Also as you know, I would like the water temp on the cooler side, so which one of the four do you like the best? (things like: not too much chlorine, clean, not full of kids, not crowded all the time). I searched on line a little bit, and some say the UT Gregory Gym is for students and faculty only, is it true?
Thanks!
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hoffdano View Post
An Olympic pool is 50 meters long, not 55 yards.
Close e'nuf for gub'ment work, I reckon.

50 Meters = 54.68066491688539 Yards


"Why can't your nose be 12 inches long?"

Because it would be a FOOT!




Said Aunt Millie at the annual family reunion: "Why Little Johnny, I believe you've grown a FOOT since I last saw you!"

Little Johnny replied: 'Um, no Ma'am. These are the same feet I had last year!'
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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The UT pool is called the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. You would have to join their master's team (Longhorn Aquatics) in order to swim there, it is not open to the public. I have spent many hours there with my age group swimmers and I can attest to the fact that it is a great facility!
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:13 AM
 
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Excellent, cinnamon_toast,
I swim like 2 miles a day, 5 to 6 days a week right now in CA. If my life permits in Austin, I would like to keep the same. I am OK to join the program at the UT pool, but I would really like to keep my own schedule and work-out plan. Is it fine with them? (I am no Michael Phelps, but already know all the technique basics.)
As I mentioned, I really need to know the price for a yearly pass due to how often I swim. I checked the West Austin Aquatic Center, and their individual membership is $540/per year per person; Ouch! that is a little more than I expected. Currently, my pass costs me only 50 cents per visit, and my pass only gets charged if I go swim there.(Unbelievable? but is true.) The pool is new and fabulous. I don't expect to find so great a deal in Austin, but I just wish I can find a great olympic size pool for serious lap swimmers with a reasonable price. I am asking too much, aren't I?
Thanks.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Austin
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When I moved here, I stopped swimming because I couldn't find a place nearby that was reasonably priced. In Dallas, I paid $65 a year, yes a YEAR!! Nothing compared to that. The "cheapest" I found was $75 a month, and that wasn't worth it to me.

The new Nitro Swim Center just opened outside my community, but they aren't doing open, lap swim until after summer, and it's about $5 a swim if you get a punch card.
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