HEALTH UPDATE
Tuesday 13th October 2020

The Splash Zone and the toddler pool will reopen on October 24th 2020!

Splash Zone Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Weekends: 8am – 1:00pm

Please note that a small section of this will be closed off due to needed repairs.

Monday 12th October 2020

NEW OPENING HOURS

We are excited to share that our opening times will change as of October 19th 2020.

The new hours will be the following:
Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 7:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 7:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesday 7th October 2020

THE 50M POOL IS OPEN! 

As of Wednesday, 7th October our 50m pool will re-open to the public. As the installation of the outdoor lighting is complete this pool will close at dusk, at 6pm on weeknights.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday 23rd september 2020

See the latest update on the 50m outdoor pool!

  • Blocks have been installed.
  • Broken tiles replaced.
  • Now to clean and commission the pool
Thursday 17TH september 2020

The 50m pool project is progressing swimmingly! See below the latest works that are happening on site:

  • Pool tile patch up nearing completion.
  • Expansion joints removed and in process of being replaced.
  • Blocks are ready for installation
  • Foot valves removed and cleaned up.
wednesday 9TH september 2020

The works have begun! The 50m pool will be closed from Monday 24th August till 15th October for some impressive upgrades.

The following are the current works that are in progress right now:

  • Damaged tiles are in the process of being removed.
  • Hob and old dive blocks removed.
thursday 27TH AUGUST 2020

The works have begun! The 50m pool will be closed from Monday 24th August till 15th October for some impressive upgrades.

The following are the current works that are about to happen:

  • Replacement of broken tiles
  • Removal of deep end dive blocks and hob and installation of FINA approved dive blocks.
  • Core drilling and assessment of the structural integrity of the 50m pool.

 

We are excited for what’s to come!

FRIDAY 17TH AUGUST 2020

Gladstone Aquatic Centres Exciting Upgrade

We have fantastic news to share with our Gladstone community!

Gladstone Regional Council will commence works on an exciting upgrade to the Gladstone Aquatic Centre, investing $1.3M to deliver a new and improved facility for the region. Upgrading our popular community asset has been partly funded by the State Government through their valued Works for Queensland program and supported by Council’s aquatic centre management, BlueFit.

The Gladstone Aquatic Centre Rejuvenation Project incorporates the following elements:

  • 50m Pool Investigation and Minor Works: Core drilling to determine the condition of the pool (to inform future improvement works); minor tile and crack repairs; installation of FINA approved starting blocks.
  • Filtration Plant Upgrade for 50m pool
  • Installation of a new palisade boundary fence
  • Electrical upgrade to the facility switchboard
  • Upgrade to outdoor and indoor amenities, including an upgrade to disabled change facilities in both areas
  • An upgrade to the 25m pool enclosure
  • Replacement of aquatic play equipment and the surrounding concrete finishes

An upgrade of this nature will require temporary closure of some areas and both Council and BlueFit are committed to reducing inconvenience as much as possible and appreciate the community’s patience and cooperation as we rejuvenate the Gladstone Aquatic Centre.

The first component of the project is the 50m pool investigation and minor works, which will require the draining of the pool, and as such the 50m pool will be closed from Monday 24 August to Thursday 15 October 2020.

Gladstone Regional Council together with its aquatic centre management, BlueFit, are committed to keeping the community informed on this project and will provide monthly updates as the works progress.

If you would like further information on this project, please email info@gladstone.qld.gov.au or contact 4970 0700.

MONDAY 10TH AUGUST 2020

Mount Larcom Re-Opens 19th September

We are excited to announce that our Mount Larcom Swimming Pool will re-opening its doors in the warmer weather on September 19th 2020.

Opening hours:

Monday – Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday – Thursday: 12pm – 6pm
Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

More details will be released closer to opening.

thursday 9th July 2020
Our Pools & Learn To Swim Lessons Resume at Gladstone:
Pools Re-Opening:

We are excited to finally announce the official re-opening of the pools at Gladstone Aquatic Centre on Friday 17th July. To ensure we comply with government restrictions, the following measures will be in place:

  • Aqua Classes will also be available from Friday 17th July.
  • Outdoor 8 Lane 50m Pool & Indoor 6 Lane heated 25m pool will be open.
  • The Splash Zone will be closed.
  • Swim School will also return on Friday 17th July. Further information about swimming lessons will be sent to our learn to swim customers. 
  • Indoor change rooms and toilets will be open.
  • Only outdoor toilets will be open, with outdoor change rooms and showers to be closed.
  • Free entry for over 60’s during this time only: 7:45am-8:45am Monday to Friday.
  • Strict social distancing & hygiene measures must be adhered to.
  • During this period we are operating with winter opening hours. See below our current hours of operation.


Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 6:30am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am-10:00am

If your membership is on suspension and you would like to return early, your membership will be reactivated once you scan your card. 

Mt Larcom Swimming Pool will open as scheduled on the 19th of September for the school holidays.

We believe leisure facilities play an important role in the health and wellbeing of the community. We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

Learn To Swim Resumes:

We hope you have been keeping well and have found our online swim resources via BFit@Home useful in keeping up to date with your skills.  We are excited to now announce that Gladstone Aquatic Centre is now open and Learn to Swim lessons will recommence on Friday 17th July. 

As a critical part of our re-commencement, we have implemented measures to ensure the safety and health of both our students and instructors are at the forefront of your return. Minor changes may have been made to the lesson programming, as we continue to deliver safe and high-quality lessons. 

For existing families with a booking when we closed in March, we have held your same spot without charge for the break. All lessons will now re-commence Friday 17th July, with the first debit on Friday 17th July for the 2 week period following. Any credits owing have been applied to those customers affected by the early closure of the facility. 

If you are not ready to return just yet, please click here to complete your cancellation request. Please note, If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are returning in July when we re-commence. 

For more information about our COVID safe policies please see the video below.

FAQs:

Monday – Friday: 6:30am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am-1:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am-10:00am

All lessons will now re-commence Friday 17th July, with the first debit on Friday 17th July for the 2 week period following. Any credits owing have been applied to those customers affected by the early closure of the facility. 

We have updated our makeup policy to allow 12 makeups per calendar year, simply login to the parent portal to mark your absence.

If you aren’t ready to resume your lessons just yet that’s ok too, simply cancel your enrolment through the parent portal.

The centre for disease control confirmed Chlorine is effective against a broad range of viruses and there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to through the use of pools.

We pride ourselves on our water quality and continue to perform regular pool checks throughout the day.

We recommend only 1 parent per child for spectating. During this period we ask that where possible, only students and one guardian attend the facility.

Only Outdoor toilets will be open, with Outdoor change rooms and showers to be closed.

Please come dressed for your lesson. Ensure you have warm clothes for when you exit the pool. We recommend a robe, hoodie, trackies, warm slippers or ugg boots and a beanie.

BlueFit Swimming students have free access to the pools every day during the week. This amazing benefit will continue but in line with government restrictions.

We have made slight modifications to our teaching techniques to protect our students and teachers. This includes using a doll when demonstrating activities and skills during infants classes.

  • Reduced equipment within infant & preschool lessons to increase student safety.
  • Only performing manual manipulation in the water when it is safe for both students and teachers
  • Ensuring teachers instruct from the side or behind the student to reduce face to face contact.
  • Replacing hi 5’s with the Bluey Bump at the conclusion of the lesson.
  • To reduce equipment sharing we now have BlueFit Swimming Kickboards, Swim Caps and goggles available for purchase on the BlueFit Swimming website and in the facility.

For the full details on the changes to our lessons click here.

wednesday 20th may 2020
FACILITY UPDATE

Although government restrictions have been lifted for public swimming pools in Queensland. The outdoor pool at Gladstone Aquatic Centre will remain closed.

It takes up to two weeks to heat the pool at a significant cost. Given only 10 people are allowed at a time, it just isn’t feasible to reopen it yet until we’re at Stage 3 and we can have gatherings of up to 100 people, unfortunately. Thank you for your interest and your patience on this matter. Until then, stay safe!

friday 20th march 2020

As the COVID-19 situation progresses, our priority remains the safety of our staff and patrons. A decision has been made this morning by the Gladstone Regional Council to close the Gladstone Aquatic Centre & Mt Larcom Pools at the end of trade today (Friday 20th March).

If your child is currently enrolled in the learn to swim program, you will not be charged for lessons during the closure. Your spot in the program will remain secure for the reopening of the facility and we will communicate along the way. Credits will be applied for this week’s lessons paid for in advance.
For those with visit passes, we are extending the expiry date of your passes by one year so you can use the remaining visits when the facilities reopen.

All event bookings paid for in advance will be refunded.

Annual passes will move to a free suspension period for the duration of the closure.

We’d like to take the time to thank our patrons & staff who have been extraordinary through this summer. We hope to see you all soon.

If you have specific questions regarding this, please email us at gladstone@bluefit.com.au

Stay safe,
The BlueFit Team

WEDNESDAY 18th march 2020

Extension of Visit Pass Expiry:

Dear Patrons,

During these unprecedented times involving coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that many of you may be choosing to self-isolate and therefore unable to attend the facility.

To help make this time easier for you and ensure your visits don’t go to waste, we have made the decision to extend the visit pass expiry on current passes by one year.

All extensions will automatically be applied to your account.

We look forward to seeing you at the facility soon!

Stay Safe.

tuesday 17th march 2020
We believe that swimming is an essential skill for all Australian’s and the government’s decision to keep our schools open is evidence that it is safe to continue with our daily routines, provided we exercise appropriate precautions. This includes:
  • Shower before using the pools
  • Practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and clean your hands.)
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Not attending the facility if you have flu-like symptoms
  • Our facilities will remain open for the foreseeable future and we want to ensure our lessons remain a fun and safe environment for our staff and students.
We understand some families will want to avoid attending temporarily, so we have decided to update our make up policy. We have updated our makeup lesson policy to allow for more makeups in a period and longer notice period on an absence. Further detail can be found below, including login details for the parent portal.
Current Policy
All absences need to be marked 14 days before but no less than 2 hours prior to the lesson. Once you mark yourself absent this can not be changed.To access a make up lesson you must first mark yourself absent.
You are entitled to one make up lesson per calendar month, per booking.
Make up lessons must be booked within 30 days of the marked absence. You will be able to book up a make up 7 days ahead of the class time.
When moving or changing your booking all make ups are reset and any future make ups no longer applicable.

If a make up lesson is missed or not booked in, this lesson will be forfeited. Make up lessons are subject to program availability. We do not guarantee you will be able to book a make up at a time you desire or that a place will be available. Make up lessons are non-refundable and not transferable.
Temporary Policy
Absences can now be marked 8 weeks in advance but no less than 2 hours prior to the lesson. One you mark yourself absent this can not be changed. To access a make up lesson you must first mark yourself absent.
You are entitled to 12 make up lessons per calendar year. This will allow for multiple make ups to take place in the same month.
You will now have 3 months to book your make ups. You will be able to book a make up 2 weeks in advance.

You have the ability to access make ups owing on previous bookings provided they meet the above criteria and your customer account is not in arrears.
This policy remains unchanged.




It is important to note that these changes are temporary as the situation seems to be changing daily. 

BlueFit Swimming has safety as it’s first priority and the employment of our thousands of staff close behind. We ask that families chose to process these additional make-up lessons rather than cancel their lessons. Swimming remains an essential skill and the risks remain low.

Parent Portal Login Details

Username: *|EMAIL|*
Temporary Password: 1234

(If you have logged in to the portal previously the password will be whatever you changed it to)

If you have any issues logging in to the portal please go to “forgot password” and try to reset it. If this does not work please email support@bluefit.com.au

FRIDAY 13th march 2020

Dear members & patrons, 

We understand that with so much information relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19)  going around in the media, you may have concerns about how the situation is being managed at Gladstone Aquatic Centre and Mount Larcom Swimming Pool, as large public facilities.

Please understand that the safety, health and well-being of our customers and staff is always our top priority. Our centre continues to be a public facility and workplace that remains safe to attend. 
At this point we will be remaining open during our regular hours and classes will not be impacted. 
We want you to feel confident when you’re using our facilities. We have and will continue to put in place a number of proactive measures to protect customers and staff well-being:

  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the facility.
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitisation practices throughout the centre
  • Multilingual signage relating to personal hygiene in key areas.

If you are returning from any of the affected countries, you should follow the advice of the Australian Government’s Department of Health as set out on their website.
Regular updates will be placed on this website. 

Latest Update: No staff or customers have been identified as having the virus. The facility remains safe to attend. 

Swimming:

Chlorinated water has a long documented history of preventing the spread of viruses, however it is important to maintain good personal hygiene at all times. This includes:

  • Showering before using the facilities
  • Washing hands after using changing facilities.
Outside The Pool:

It’s important that we all practice safe hygiene practices during this time. This includes:

  • Cleaning your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Practice cough etiquette (keep away from other people, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and clean your hands.)
Respect Those Around You:

We believe our staff and the communities we service are our family and we hope that everyone continues to behave and treat each other with the respect and dignity they deserve. 

What Next?

We are monitoring the situation closely, and should it be necessary to provide members with further communication, we will contact you via email, and if necessary via SMS. We also encourage casual users to visit our website regularly.

A detailed FAQ is available below. If you have any further questions please contact us via email at info@bluefit.com.au

FAQs:

We have and will continue to put in place a number of proactive measures to protect customers and staff well-being:

  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the facility.
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitisation practices throughout the centre.
  • Multilingual signage relating to personal hygiene in key areas.
 

Staff have also been briefed on updated hygiene practices to minimise the risk to themselves and customers.

In the event of a confirmed case within the facility we will be guided by the Department of Health on our next steps. Please click here for regular updates.

If you come in contact with someone who has recently returned from one of the countries identified and you suspect they may have coronavirus we ask that you do not attend the facility for 14 days.

Yes. Chlorinated water has a long documented history of preventing the spread of viruses, however it is important to maintain good personal hygiene at all times. This includes:

  • Showering before using the facilities.
  • Washing hands after using changing facilities.