Lap swimming

Lap swimming

Lap swimming for your swimming ability

Lap swimming at Macquarie University Sport is offered across our two on-site pools. Please read through the information below to learn about our pool facilities, current news and events, lap swimming availability, lap swimming feeds and charges, our pool rules, which lanes to use for your swimming ability, our ramp lane notice, as well as our walk/run lane notice.


Macquarie University Sport has two pools on-site, both available for lap swimming.

Our 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool has 8-lanes, is heated at 25-degrees year round and is located outdoors, meanwhile our 8-lane 25m pool is heated 31-degrees year round and located indoors.

Before you prepare to enter the water, make sure you've done the following things:

  • Showered
  • A wearing appropriate swimwear
  • Brought a towel
  • Brought your goggles
  • Have a change a clothes following your swim

Our pools are monitored by qualified Lifeguards at all times, please seek them out for assistance, guidance and general information.

News and Events:

Water Polo Matches

Please be advised that Macquarie University Water Polo matches will take place in the 50m pool between 7:45pm–10:00pm on the following dates throughout 2018. Please check here regularly, as the table will be updated with any future bookings.

We thank you for your understanding.

May22, 23, 30
June5, 6, 12, 19, 20, 26
July4, 24, 31

Lap Swimming Availability:

If you're interested in using either one of our pools for lap swimming, please click through to the following page to view lap swimming availability.

Please be aware that our peak swimming times are Monday – Friday 5.30am – 9.00am, and 3.30pm – 6.30pm; and 7.30am – 12.00pm on the weekends. There may be less space available at these times, but we’ll try to provide a minimum of three available lap lanes at these times.

Our 25m pool is not available for public lap swimming on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7.30am – 12.00pm due to our highly popular Learn to Swim program. There will be lap lanes available in our 50m pool at this time.

Lap Swimming Fees and Charges:

Access to our pools is an inclusion of membership, however, if you're visiting us casually, make sure you click through to view our fees and charges. All payments are made at the front desk before entering the centre.

Pool Rules and Which Lane to Use:

Pool Rules

We ask that you please select a lane that will be best suited to your ability or stroke and to be mindful of other patrons in your chosen lane.

When swimming, keep left at all times; this will allow an even flow within the lane, unless overtaking where you’ll need to move to the right side of the lane.

If you need to pass a swimmer in your lane, make sure you won’t affect other swimmers. Complete any passes before the end flags at each end of the pools and try not to stop or interfere with other swimmers in your lane.

This information and more are detailed in our pool rules, which can be found here.

Which Lane to Use

When selecting your lane, we ask that you choose one best suited to your ability or stroke. Below is a table that highlights the best lane for you based on your personal ability/stroke.

Slow Lane

Laps slower than 60-seconds.

Medium Lane

Laps slower than 45-seconds.

Fast Lane

Laps faster than 40-seconds (no breaststroke, please)

Ramp Lane Notice and Walk/Run Lane Notice:

Ramp Lane Notice

The ramp lane in the 25m pool is not for recreational swimming and must remain clear at all times to allow swimmers to enter or exit the pool. Lifeguards will be monitoring this area to make sure the area stays clear.

Our pools abide by the 'Keep Watch' policy, which means:

  • Children 0 – 5 years and non-swimmers must be within arms reach of a parent/guardian at all times
  • Children 6 – 10 years must have constant supervision by a parent/guardian
  • Children 11 – 14 years must have a parent/guardian regularly checking up on them.

As a parent/guardian, make sure to bring your swimwear to enter the water with children aged 0 - 5 years or weak swimmers. Lifeguards will ask any unsupervised children to leave the pool and may move weaker swimmers to the indoor pool if required.

Walk/Run Lane Notice

To assist all members with their exercise needs, we’ve allocated a walk/run lane in the 25m pool from Monday to Friday at 9am – 12pm. This will be located in lane five (5) next to the recreational swimming lane.

Keep Watch Policy:

Macquarie University Sport follows and enforces the strict guidelines of Royal Lifesaving NSW 'Keep Watch Policy'.

Both pools at Macquarie University Sport are  actively monitored by qualified Royal Lifesaving NSW lifeguards. We ask that you work cooperatively with them to ensure that the Keep Watch Policy, detailed below, is adhered to:

  • Children 0 – 5 years and non-swimmers must be within arms reach of a parent/guardian at all times
  • Children 6 – 10 years must have constant supervision by a parent/guardian
  • Children 11 – 14 years must have a parent/guardian regularly checking up on them.

The safety of our patrons is our priority.

Contact Us About Lap Swimming:

Have a question or query you feel hasn’t been answered? Would you like to know more? Contact us on 9850 7636 or send your enquiry to this page. Need an answer right away? Why not try the LiveChat feature in the bottom right hand corner of this page. We have a representative on standby ready and willing to help!

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