It’s going to be a long, and by current temperatures, a very hot summer. Popping into fancy star hotels for a swim every other day, may not be very smart on the pocket. Luckily, there’s other options if you’re looking to splash about every day. And if you’re planning to learn how to swim, then these are the ideal places for you. With certified coaches, tie-ups with private swimming pools across the vast city and charges to keep you happy, here’s the LBB pick of public pools to fight the rising mercury with.

Swim Life

The main centre of the Swim Life Swimming Academy, not only can you learn this life skill {all the coaches are Karnataka Swimming Association approved} but if you’re already a pro, then it’s great to just jump in and cool off. What is great about this one is that if you live in a different area from the academy {St Josephs Indian High School, Vittal Mallya Road}, they’ve tied up with over twenty private enterprises with swimming pools. So if you become part of Swim Life, those options open up instantly Find the entire list of pools for you to use here.

Where: # 43, 12th Cross, Ram Mandir Road, SR Nagar

Check out their schedule and prices here.

Contact: +91 9845192047

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Sastha Pools Swimming Academy

Started by international swimmer Ratheesh Raveendran, you’re in good hands when it comes to learning how to swim at any of their centres. Headquartered at the Dream Meadows Club House in Brookfield, they too have various centres you could learn or lounge at. They even do aqua aerobics and you can host a pool party at their associated venues too!

Find your closest Sastha Academy pool and their schedule here.

Contact: +91 88800 71000

Price: INR 2,000 upwards

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Zela Luxury Health Club

Focusing more on the health aspect of swimming (and why not!), Zela is for swimming and not really the recreational aspect of it. Using an ozone system of filtering and not chlorine, it’s great if you have sensitive and can’t really swim elsewhere. And we know you’re not looking for warm waters, but just as an aside, it’s a heated pool so let your passion for splashing about continue when the temperatures drop too.

Where: Vaishnavi Residency, 133/1, Ground Floor, Residency Road

When: Mon to Sat 6am-10pm, Sun 8am-6pm.

Contact: 080 43347001

Price: INR 1,000 per day.

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Basavanagudi Aquatic Centre

Possibly the oldest pool in this old-town area, or even in the city, this one’s been home to our competitive swimmers including Rehan Pocha, Aaron D’Souza and Olympian Nisha Millet. Not fancy but functional, they have two pools that are 50m and 25m respectively. Plus, a wading pool for learners and kids and a diving board if you’re looking to go pro.

Where: Pampamahakavi Road, Sankarapuram, Basavanagudi

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 6am-10am, 12.30pm-3.30pm (only men) and 3.30pm-4.30pm (ladies only).

Contact: 080 26916696

Price: INR 25 a session

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Global Swim Centre

With trees and old bungalows for company, the Global Swim Centre {formerly and better known as the KC Reddy Swimming pool} is the ideal picture of a public pool. With a diving board at one end, this one has its share of serious and superficial swimmers. And by that we mean those training and those simply floating about or happy just cannonballing off the diving board. If you have a little one around, there’s a toddler pool to relax in too. Plus, coaching classes too. Find the schedule here.

Where: 3rd Main Road, Kodandarampura, behind Sankey Tank, Sadashivnagar

When: 5am-8.30pm

Contact: 9483506966

Price: INR 25 per session

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Patels Inn

Smack in the centre of RT Nagar, this resort hold the honour of being the only on in the city. More like a club with memberships for adults, families and children on offer, it’s a great place to escape to from the madness of the city. Their pool, under some breezy trees, makes it seem like you’re on holiday, a win-win situation at any rate.

Where: # 1, 15th Cross, 2nd Block, Govindaraj Garden, RT Nagar

When: 6am-2pm and 3pm-8pm. Closed on Mondays

Contact: 080 23337575

Price: INR 22,000 per year for the family

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