Health and wellness

Hong Kong is clearly a poor little rich city for many users of public swimming pools

  • Pity us public swimmers with creaky old joints best suited to keeping fit via the pool
PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2018, 5:04pm
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2018, 5:04pm

Pity some of the public swimmers in our “world city”: those of us with creaky old joints best suited to keeping fit via the pool, the kids keen to start or continue learn-to-swim programmes, and perhaps those who might like an opportunity to try aqua aerobics.

Despite the still-balmy weather, many of the city’s pools shut up shop on October 31 – for five months! I’ve written to lament this for many years now and yes, you guessed it, these laments have fallen on deaf ears.

So, once again I ask: why can't our “world-class city” provide us all with easy, year-round access to indoor and outdoor swimming facilities?

Lifeguard shortage in Hong Kong means public pool closures

Why can't the pools at, say, Sai Kung and Ma On Shan, and the secondary pool at Sha Tin, be converted into indoor swimming and leisure centres? You know, like in other world-class cities? Is it apathy or a lack of funds?

I guess I'll just keep having to find some space in the heavily congested, heated, outdoor main pool at Sha Tin, banging into all those others just trying to keep fit, or learning to swim. Is that healthy? Honestly, does no one in government realise how poor our rich city is?

Barry Dalton, Sai Kung