Fremantle Leisure Centre registers record number of summer users


Fremantle Aquatic Centre lifeguard Chloe Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson d479641
Fremantle Aquatic Centre lifeguard Chloe Brown. Picture: Jon Hewson d479641

DESPITE a mild summer and the opening of the Cockburn ARC a record number of visitors have swum their way into the Fremantle Leisure Centre.

With an increase of 13,000 visitors, centre manager John Eastsaid it was the centre’s best summer ever.

“This time last year we had 265,000 people and now we have 278,000,” he said.

“I think many people are becoming aware of the importance of personal wellbeing and people are discussing health issues like type 2 diabetes and obesity.”

Mr East said he thought many people came to the centre because itwas a safe place to workout.

“The swimming pools are safe as there are no animals to contend with like stingers and it is always guarded,” he said.

“We have ‘learn to swim’ classes where parents can bring their kids so they can learn to be comfortable around bodies of water.

“The gym is also manned so we have people keeping an eye out on people ensuring they do exercises correctly and no one is behaving in an inappropriate way.”

Palmarya resident Marika Coghill said she enjoyed using the centre.

“I come down because the location is great,” she said.

“It’s five minutes away from me, the kids creche is very good and the pools are really nice and heated.

“It’s all the factors of cost, location and having a creche which is why I pick it; I come here around once a week in the summer.”

Retiree John Brooker said the centre was a great way to keep fit.

“I walk down from Hamilton Hill and do my swimming around four times a week,” he said.

“It’s a good way to keep myself fit as I get older.”

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