AFPCOC Swimming Pool

5 Public Pools in Manila Where You Can Train

If you are looking for a full body workout to keep you physically fit, diving into the pool is a great idea.

Swimming, whether done for competitive purposes or general fitness, has a lot of benefits such as enhancing cardiovascular and muscle endurance, as well as improving one’s posture and flexibility.

This activity is also perfect for athletes who are recovering from injuries, being a low-impact sport that could help them with their active rest.

Whether you are a competitive swimmer, a triathlete, or a fitness enthusiast, finding a lap pool that is open to the public is a primary concern. Here are some public pools in Manila where you can train:

1Makati Aqua Sports Arena

Situated in the busiest city in Metro Manila, Makati Aqua Sports Arena (more popularly known as MASA), is an excellent training and workout venue especially for those who want to de-stress after work. The eight-lane 50-meter pool is great for those who are doing laps.

Open from 8 am to 12nn, 1 pm to 8 pm every day except Sunday.
Rate: P150/head, discounted for Makati residents
Address: J.P. Rizal Extension, West Rembo 1215 Makati
Contact details: (02) 881 5941

2AFPCOC Swimming Pool

For runners, Camp Aguinaldo is a perfect spot for training since the track oval is open to the public. There are many trees and few cars inside the compound making it an excellent training venue for athletes. Near the track oval is the AFPCOC Swimming Pool, a 25-meter lap pool which is open to everybody.

Since the pool opens early, the place is very suitable for those who want to take a dive into the pool before going to work. Those who are working in Ortigas, Eastwood and Cubao area may also find going to this pool convenient after work.

Open from 6am-9pm every day except Mondays
Address: AFP Commissioned Officers Club, De Jesus Avenue, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact details: (02) 911 6001 Loc 8537

3Ateneo Grade School Swimming Pool

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts from Quezon City need not to go as far as Makati or Camp Aguinaldo to train during weekends, as the Ateneo Grade School Swimming Pool is also open to the public during weekends. If you are still new to the water or if you think you still need someone who can train you, you can approach the caretakers of the pool as they also do swim sessions for a fee.

Open from 9am-11:30am, 1pm-6:30pm during weekends
Rate: P50/head
Address: Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights Campus, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

4Amoranto Swimming Pool

Amoranto Swimming Pool is very well-known especially for those living in Quezon City. The Olympic-size swimming pool offers people enough space to train and do laps. Among all the public pools in Manila, Amoranto offers the cheapest price. The place is perfect for those who are looking for a 50-meter pool at a very low price.

Open from 9am-11:30am, 1pm-6:30pm during weekends
Rate: P25/head
Address: Don A. Roces Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

5Marikina Sports Center Swimming Pool

One of the better known public pools in Manila, the Marikina Sports Center Swimming Pool offers a spacious Olympic-sized pool for those who want to do laps, especially on the 50-m pool.

Open from 8am-11:30am, 1pm-4:30pm
Rate: P40/head
Address: Sumulong Highway corner Shoe Avenue, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila
Contact details: (02) 682 9573

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