SWIMMERS will get an extra eight weeks of outdoor pool time in Warrnambool during the warmer months ahead.
AquaZone is testing an extended season, with a four-week “shoulder season” to be introduced in October and into April.
Warrnambool City Council recreation and culture manager Russell Lineham said feedback indicated the public wanted more pool access.
The “shoulder season” pilot program will involve the outdoor pool opening for three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening, with opening and closing times yet to be announced.
“The outdoor pool will be open to the public on October 20 and will provide morning and evening swimming for four weeks before the full season commences on November 17,” Mr Lineham said.
The pool is traditionally open for 17 weeks from November to March.
Another change to the pool’s opening times will be the end of noon closures on weekdays.
“The pool will remain open right through from 6am to 7pm on weekdays (during the full season),” Mr Lineham said.
“During the development of the AquaZone strategy, the feedback we received from the community was that the pool should be open for longer.
“The shoulder seasons and increased hours will be ideal for those keen to swim laps, have a dip at lunchtime or simply have a recreational swim on a warm day.”
The council will review pool usage at the end of the season in April to determine whether the new hours are viable.
The public consultation was part of the AquaZone 2025 Strategy, which will assess and plan for the fitness centre’s future.