Please note that the learn-to-swim/hydrotherapy pool is currently closed due to maintenance work. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
The lap pool remains open, and all swim school lessons are still going ahead.
The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre – opened in 2010 after extensive redevelopment – is a state-of-the-art aquatic complex and high-quality leisure facility located in Enmore Park.
For information on memberships and activities, visit www.akac.com.au.
Open all year round.
The new aquatic centre includes:
The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre is located within Enmore Park, which has playground, picnic and BBQ facilities. The Centre includes a café/kiosk and accessible public toilets, available to both facility users and to park users.
The Transport Access Guide linked below shows you how to get to the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre by walking, cycling or using public transport as part of an active and healthy day out.
Swim Champs is our swim school program especially designed for people with disabilities. Our team of Learn-to-Swim Instructors and Swimming Coaches strive to make every lesson fun and to ensure continual progression in accordance with our course structure, based on Swim and Survive from the Royal Life Saving Society (Australia).
Swim Champs operates on weekdays between 12pm and 3pm, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon between 12.30pm and 5pm. Other times may be available upon request outside of regular swim school times. Classes are designed to suit individual needs.
Lessons run during school terms, with a mid-term education session for the parents, a safety week for the students, and a small end-of-term get-together and certificate presentation.
Swimming can be beneficial for children with special needs for several reasons – including greater muscle strength and physical endurance, increased flexibility, more self-control, and safety in water.
Children with special needs can potentially be over-confident around water, as they can lack an understanding of the dangers present in water environments. Swimming lessons can provide important skills to help with minimizing these dangers. Swimming is a great leveller, and can help children with special needs have fun in a non-competitive environment.
Group lessons are good for the development of social skills. We aim to have a maximum of 3 children per class with an Austswim-qualified instructor, and we aim to group the students with similar disabilities. Group lessons are a great way for students to participate in a lesson with friends, or to make new ones.
The Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre is one of the most ecologically sustainable aquatic centres in Australia, after the installation of the cogeneration unit. AKAC is the first aquatic centre in Australia to have a cogeneration unit connected to the local electricity supply grid with any surplus energy generated to be supplied back to the grid. The cogeneration unit has the capacity to produce 350 kilowatts of electricity.
In addition to the energy saving technology of the cogeneration unit an array of 160 photovoltaic solar panels has been installed on the roof of the Centre. The solar panels provide 30 kilowatts of additional power, giving Marrickville Council an enormous solar generation capacity.
Other sustainable features include automatic roof vents for natural ventilation controlled by a weather station, special daylight controls, high capacity insulation and double-glazing, high quality water treatment systems and substantial rain water collection tanks.