AQUATIC CENTER

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The Aquatics Center is a purposely designed all weather facility. Construction of the facility started in May 2012; it took 7 months from start to completion and was officially opened on 30 November 2012, which marked the 30th anniversary of AISJ. This aquatic facility has won architectural awards in both South Africa and the United States. Special design features that take environmental as well as operational and economical concerns into account include the erection of the tensile structures, mechanical louvers at the facade, solar panels on the roofing structure and a hybrid solar and gas heating system for the change rooms.

The tensile structures facilitate natural light and airflow through the building and are complimented with the horizontal mechanical louver system to provide additional airflow and light into the interior. The pools have a heating facility with 38 solar panels - heating to the equivalent of some 270 kW. Automation controls allow the facility to provide differential heat to the two pools.

The Aquatic Center contains two swimming pools. These pools are based on FINA standards, constructed from shutter concrete and finished with imported European tiles.

The main swimming pool is half the measurements of an Olympic-sized pool with the dimensions of 25 m x 12.5 m and a water depth of 1.4 m which is more than half the depth of the Olympic pool, and 430 000 liters capacity. The Learn to Swim pool is a 12.5 x 9 m facility with 2 levels of 1 m and 1.2 m respectively and 120 000 liters capacity. The water is circulated through two separate industrial water treatment plants with multi-bed filter systems, which purifies the water through 6 daily cycles.

Both pools incorporate the latest flush deck spill over technology with underground sumps for automatic water replenishment as well as underground ducts where all services are fully accessible for maintenance purposes.

Each of the pools are heated with heat pumps to extend the swimming season into the cooler months and 38 solar panels were installed to take advantage of the sunnier months and reduce running costs while still maintaining comfortable temperatures.

The temperatures of both pools are set and will remain constant throughout the year.

The temperatures are:

  • 25m pool: 26 degrees Celsius
  • Learn to Swim pool: 29 degrees Celsius

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.


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