Always avoiding the pool because you never learnt the right strokes at the right time? Hey – we’re not here to judge; we’re here to help! Hence the round-up of classes that can take you from ‘hell, no!’ to pro!
Just Keep Swimming: 8 Places To Check Out For Classes In The City
Pacific Sports Complex
Located in Andrew’s Ganj, this huge pool has eight lanes and at max it is 6.5 feet deep. The pool opens from 15th March on all days and anyone is allowed to use the pool at a charge of INR 500 per hour per person (this includes coaching). We hear they have both male and female certified trainers, so feel free to ask them about that. The seasonal 3-month package is for INR 6000. They have also opened another branch in Rohini recently.
Price: Starting at INR 531 for one workout session, per hour per person.
Chilla Sports Complex
Chilla Sports Complex has an Olympic size swimming pool as well as a toddler’s pool and you’ll be provided coaching by experienced trainers for INR 800, provided you become a member. Membership at Chilla Sports Complex is open for all, so go and enroll yourself ASAP.
Timings: 6 AM - 10 AM and 3 PM - 9 PM. (Closed on Monday).
Price: INR 1,375 for membership; INR 4,200 for swimming per month.
If you’re over 6 years old, then you’re most welcome to come and learn at the well-maintained YMCA pool between April to September. Located in Connaught Place, this pool is 25 X 15 mts with a maximum depth of six feet and the coaches will make sure that you learn well how to handle yourself in water. Their classes take place thrice a week for a reasonable charge.
Price: INR 2,800 per month (approx.).
Yamuna Sports Complex
Being one of the venues for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the facilities here are outstanding. You need to be a member to gain access to their gigantic pool. Try for their temporary membership which is on first-cum-first serve basis, or the casual membership, which is valid for a single day. We’d recommend this one mostly for adults.
Gulmohar Park Club
Located near the Green Park metro station, the swimming pool at Gulmohar Park Club is very popular for training. They have spacious changing rooms and the space is open till September 30. The pool itself is not very big, but it has a shallow end and they make sure to keep the pool clean. If you’re a non-member, their charges are on a per hour basis that have not yet been determined. To know about the coaching charges, you need to call them up.
Note: The slots for their swimming classes will open from April 1 onwards.
Dwarka Sports Complex
With one of the best swimming pools in the vicinity, it is better to enlist for a temporary membership for which you need to call them up and inquire about the process. They are open from 6am to 9pm, with a pool cleaning break between 11am to 3pm. The pool is closed every Monday. They've even got an hour for only women from 3 PM to 4 PM.
Price: Starting at INR 500/month for six classes per week (for members). The swimming classes will resume again in the last week of April, so be sure to give them a call then for the finalised rates.
Khazan Singh Swimming Academy
Located near the old JNU campus, this academy pays homage to the sports hero Khazan Singh. Here, they assist all swimmers – no matter what level of competence. We hear, they also have good changing rooms and lockers. Last we checked, coaching came starting at INR 2,000 or at an hourly basis of INR 150.
Price: Starting at INR 2000 (one hour each on all days except Tuesday).
Rohini Sports Complex
North Delhi has its own eight-lane-and-enviable swimming pool at the Rohini Sports Complex. Their membership rules are a little tricky, so pay attention to them. If you’re under 21, you need to apply for a lifetime membership under your head-of-the-family’s name. If you’re older, apply for a membership under your own. Once you’re a member, feel free to dip into the pool anytime you want. Their pool will open in April for a period of six months and they’ll charge you an extra INR 900 for coaching.
Price: INR 900/hour