After our winter closure of Newcastle Pools over May to August, we are happy to re-open for the 2019/2020 summer season on 26th August! With Mayfield, Stockton and Wallsend re-opening on September 30th 2019.
So start looking for your towel and bathers so you’re ready to say welcome back and hello to our awesome team at Newcastle Pools. If you’re passing through, don’t regret stopping in to have a splash at this little gem of New South Wales.
To see more information and opening times for Lambton Swimming Pool click here.
To see more information and opening times for Mayfield Swimming Pool click here.
To see more information and opening times for Stockton Swimming Pool click here.
To see more information and opening times for Wallsend Swimming Pool click here.
We all know swimming is a great form of exercise but do we actually know how to turn it into a workout? Is there more to just laps of strokes when exercising in the water? Of course, there is!
Try this workout below and see if it floats your boat:
1. Swim easy, with any stroke for 200m
2. Grab a kickboard with one hand and perform one-arm freestyle with the freehand for 100m (alternating arms every 25m)
3. Move to your back, and do 2 laps of survival backstroke
4. Grab a kick-board or hold torpedo on your back and kick for 100m
5. Do 200m of backstroke aiming to do 50m under 40 seconds
With the winter season coming to an end, it’s time to start looking for fun activities to do to get out of the house. The good thing about swimming is, it’s a sport you can do all year round, and everyone can participate!
So what are you waiting for, grab your bathers and let’s go!
Southern Education is owned and operated by experts in the leisure and education industries! With close affiliations to leisure centres, golf courses and tennis club’s nation-wide, students of Southern Education have access to some of Australia’s best community facilities.
Their mission is to provide our students with industry-leading educational programs using a range of delivery methods.
At Southern, they believe in meeting the needs of students and adjusting delivery methodologies to suit the learner cohort and this is apparent in all of the courses they offer.
They have a talented and highly experienced staff that work face to face as well as online with their students as they complete their courses. They incorporate a blended approach to learning in both a practical and theoretical context.
Are you looking to build a career in the health or aquatics industry? Check out what courses we currently have on offer to extend your qualifications and create a pathway for you in the leisure industry.
Find Southern Education’s course calendar here.
Struggling to think about what to get dad for Father’s Day? We know the feeling, that’s why we created a gift guide for you to find the perfect gift for your old man.
Give your dad the gift of fitness with Newcastle Pools by checking out these offers you can scoop up:
Being a father is a challenging yet massively rewarding job. Come into our site to grab these awesome deals to show your dad how much you love him and appreciate all the effort he’s put in over the years!
As the winter season is upon us Newcastle pools will close for a short time.
Mayfield, Wallsend, Stockton closed from 28th April and will re-open from 30th September
Lambton pool closes on 19th May and reopens from 26th August so make sure you get your last swim in for Autumn!
We recently finished up a program for an organisation called Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARRTS). It is a non for profit organisation that has provided culturally appropriate psychology treatment and support to help people heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia.
The organisation decided to put some of their funding towards swimming lessons for approximately 10 women. We held the lessons at Mayfield and then Wallsend for 8 weeks on a Friday morning 9:30am – 10:30am with all female instructors as requested.
Utilising their interpreter below are their responses from the group evaluation questions we asked on the final lesson.
“Yes, we learnt lots, for some it was our first time and we got to meet up with our friends each week.”
“The teachers were kind, patient and understanding. It was good how the teachers used body language to help us understand when language became a barrier.”
“Yes I now insist my children learn to swim”
“Thank you to Jo, Fatima and the instructors”
Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise as it gives every muscle in your body a workout and you can choose to make it an endurance or sprint training. If you are new to swimming, eating properly and at the right times can help you develop your strength and cardio fitness. It is important to fuel your body the correct way for training for optimal performance.
Now, nobody is the same, everyone will have a different level of comfort regarding eating around swimming, so it is important to trial what works for you. In general, a good rule to follow is allowing 2-4 hours before your swim, after eating a larger meal but 30 minutes – two hours for a smaller snack.
1) Whole grain pasta contains a great substance of carbohydrates and should be enough to give you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Mix some of your favourite vegetables or meat with your pasta to get those extra vitamins and proteins!
2) Bananas are an awesome source of potassium! Plus, they taste so good as well as giving you the boost of energy you need before swimming. Grab a banana on the way to the pool and see the benefits during your swim session.
3) Lean chicken is a good way to get protein without eating all of the saturated fats that are usually in meats. A good idea is to make a salad topped with lean chicken or simply eat the chicken with some brown rice to add whole grains to your meal! Yum!
4) Everybody loves some nice, creamy yoghurt with fruit and nuts. Yoghurt provides a lot of protein, but be sure to look out for those added sugars that make them so sweet. Try opting for some Greek yoghurt or other low-fat, unsweetened products that will give you that essential protein.
5) If you only have time for a simple snack after swimming, you might like the idea of grabbing some protein bars that you can eat on the go!
We hope you enjoyed some of our tips! See you in the pool!
BlueFit is proud to have a dedicated and committed BlueFit Green team. This past year the team has been researching smart energy savings options and practices that will make all our sites in Australia more environmentally sustainable. We are implementing our initiatives in phases to ensure we are finding the best solutions to use in all our facilities.
Some initiatives are visible to customers and staff, such as the reduction of plastic in our cafes and the introduction of more drinking fountains to refill reusable bottles. Other initiatives are happening behind the scenes.
In our plant rooms, we have been installing variable speed drives (VSDs) on our mechanical equipment. These devices can power-down our equipment in times of low centre usage and power-up the equipment only when it is necessary – during peak usage. Our lights look the same, but many have already been replaced with LED fixtures. These fixtures are now significantly reducing our energy demands!
BlueFit Green’s next initiative is to introduce our own BlueFit “Keep Cup” and recycling bins throughout our centres. We are looking forward to seeing BlueFit blend more green in our surrounding environments, are you?