THE BEST OCEAN POOL IN THE WORLD: ICEBERGS BONDI, AUSTRALIA
On weekends I can be found swimming at some of Sydney’s best ocean pools. Yes you read correctly, ocean pools. For me, there is nothing more calming on the mind, and strengthening on the body. My favourite ocean pool has always been at Icebergs in Bondi, mostly for the fact that it’s close to where I live, the water is always crystal clear and there is plenty of room to lounge like a lizard around the pool with friends after a swim. It’s worth mentioning the following: ocean pools are not heated, therefore any water temperatures below 20 degrees will require a wetsuit at a minimum. A lot of the older guys at Icebergs are tougher than most and swim in basic swimmers, however I would not recommend you try it. I never swim with a swimming cap but in temps less than 20 degrees, even in a wetsuit, I’ve experienced dizziness when I get out of the water due to the cold temperatures. If you want to avoid this, I would suggest wearing a cap.
Icebergs Ocean Pool, Bondi The ocean pool at Icebergs has been a swimming institution for over 100 years. There are two pools; an Olympic 50m pool or a wading pool which is perfect for the little ones. Icebergs is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Sydney’s CBD depending on traffic and is located at the south end of Bondi Beach. The pool is open from 6am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 6.30am to 6.30pm on weekends, and is closed on Thursdays for cleaning.
There are four lanes at the 50m pool, and as a regular I know that the lane closest to Icebergs is best for beginners, the next one over is for slow swimmers, the next lane is best for the medium paced swimmer and the lane closest to the ocean is for fast swimmers. This usually applies when the tide is lower, however when the tide is high and waves crash into the pool many fast paced swimmers move into the medium lane as vision is reduced significantly when the waves crash in the pool and the swell can get a really bouncy making swimming quite difficult.
Pool entrance is really cheap, which is brilliant given you are swimming at an ocean pool with one of the most views in the world. For a single entry fee, it costs $5.50 for an adult, $3.50 for a child and $3 for a spectator i.e. Bondi hipsters who want to be seen at the pool but won’t actually get in the water. This always mystifies me! As I go often, I invested in an adult 25 visit pass which cost $105. And don't worry if you you forget to bring a towel, you can hire one for only $3.50. Nifty. For those who want to focus on building up their speed in the water, there are a number of squads at the pool throughout the entire year. To find out more, just get in touch with the pool’s reception.