Hong Kong Pools

Leisure and Cultural Services Department manages public swimming pools throughout Hong Kong’s islands, Kowloon and the New Territories – 45 in total! Their task involves overseeing these vast facilities which serve swimmers both large and small simultaneously or offering more focused sessions; there are even outdoor pools which have become very popular with families with kids.

Some pools stand out, offering breathtaking designs that make them must-visits. At The Peninsula, for instance, Roman-inspired columns add statuesque columns for an extravagant palatial feel that makes its pool an incredible sight with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour – making this destination truly remarkable.

Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom has another stunning pool that overlooks Victoria Harbour and makes for an idyllic afternoon of sunbathing, swimming and enjoying drinks from their popular terrace bar. Surrounded by tropical plants and featuring loungers that provide welcome respite from more public pools.

Fanling Pool in Tseung Kwan O is an excellent example of such hidden treasures; for those seeking an escape from crowds of other popular pools. While its water may not be as clear, its serene environment offers the ideal place for lap swimming or reading a book while sipping some coconut juice.

Jordan Valley pool in Kwun Tong is an ideal spot to take the kids, offering small slides, water guns and animal-shaped fountains for them to play on. On Hammer Hill Road is another indoor/outdoor pool which closes every Tuesday for cleaning purposes.

Hong Kong’s pools have become less welcoming this summer due to a shortage of lifeguards. According to Hong Kong’s Union for Recreational and Sports Professionals, 20 public pools out of 45 have informed swimming clubs they could not open fully due to a staffing shortfall.

Problems have been compounded by LCSD’s decision to reduce lifeguard numbers by one quarter, prompting many lifeguards to refuse work and go on strike in response.

LCSD officials claim they are recruiting additional staff, but the union remains wary. No clear timeline or solution have been outlined regarding how long or how it will be resolved; many locals remain cautious until the situation has stabilized itself. Meanwhile, private pools offer additional classes for students interested in swimming lessons, and schools have even opted for instructors with lifesaving certification to teach classes – thus increasing the pool instructor count overall.