Don’t have a pool to train in? Find a swimming pool in Manila or in Quezon City

 

One of the best ways to exercise is to swim. It’s a full body workout, it’s easy on the knees, and it’s surprisingly a lot easier to do if you compare it to other common workouts like weight lifting or running because we associate it so much with fun (going to the beach or pool as a kid).

I used to swim a lot back when I was still living in the dorm in college because we had a pool beside Cervini Hall (ADMU). Used to do it almost everyday actually and I always liked it a lot more than running because my muscles would feel all toned after a couple of laps. I also lasted a lot longer on the pool because there was less resistance psychologically. I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s true for everyone but when I run, my mind gives out a lot quicker. I have to force it to keep moving or I have to distract myself with music to get myself to run longer. I don’t know, maybe I just don’t like running. With swimming though it’s easy.

swimming pool in manila

I met up with a couple of my friends recently and we talked about what we were currently doing to stay fit. One of them said he was doing regular swimming at his condo’s pool. That got me thinking about my college days and I remembered how I enjoyed swimming so much. I might see if I can make it a regular thing again but the trouble now is that I live in an apartment in Manila and we don’t have a pool.

So I did some research and found a couple of public pools available in the Manila City (I live in Paco) and the Quezon City Area (I’m thinking of trying crossfit at insurrecto so I might be here a lot). I figured I must not be the only one who’s looked for a place to train so I decided to write a post about the places I found.

Oh and if the map is too small, just click it to see the full sized one.


Find a swimming pool in Manila

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Pool

Address: Pablo Ocampo St. (formerly Vito Cruz St.), Malate, Manila

Contact Number: (02) 525-2171

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is located near the Vito Cruz Station in Taft. That’s the station near La Salle. This is surprisingly close to where I live actually so this’ll probably be the first place I’ll try if I decide to swim regularly again.

According to the Philippines Sports Commission Website, they’re open Tuesdays to Sundays, 8 AM – 11:30 AM and 1 PM -4:30 PM. If you’re thinking of giving them a visit be sure to give call them up first just to be on the safe side.

Rizal Memorial Sports Complex pool

 

Century Park Hotel Swimming Pool

Address: 599 P. Ocampo St., 1004 Malate, Manila

Contact Number: (02) 528-2424.

Pretty large pool. Service is obviously good since it’s in a hotel. The Pool is open from 6 AM to 8 PM so you can got there for an early swim if you need to. The thing with this one though is that it’s a bit pricy for non guests. It was free for guests (when we stayed there before) but I believe the walk in fee is somewhere around 450 pesos.

century park swimming pool

 

Pasay City Sports Complex Swimming Pool

Address: Derham St., corner F.B. Harrison, Pasay City, Philippines

Contact Number: (02) 831-4792

Ok so this isn’t exactly in Manila but it’s close enough to where I live to be feasible. It’s also pretty cheap since it’s a government run pool. For Pasay Residents it’s only 40 pesos and it’s 50 for non residents. It’s an open pool though and given the price for entrance, I’m not sure how crowded this place will be.

Pasay City Sports Complex Swimming Pool Map

YMCA Swimming Pool

Address: YMCA Building, Mayor Antonio J. Villegas Rd., Ermita, Manila

Contact Number: (02) 408309;Β (02) 527- 6982 to 85 (trunk line)

I believe entrance is 100 pesos and you’re free to swim the whole day.

YMCA Manila Map

 

Emilio Aguinaldo College Pool

Address: 113-1117 San Marcelino St., cor. Gonzales St., 1000 Ermita, Manila

Contact Number: (632) 353-4069

Yes, the college allows the public to use their pool. I think the fee is 100 pesos and they only allow outsiders to use it in the afternoon. On Saturdays you can also swim in the mornings and it’s closed on Sundays.

Emilio Aguinaldo Colloge pool map

 


Find a swimming pool in Quezon City

Amoranto Sports Complex Pool

Address: Don Alejandro Roces Ave, Quezon City

Contact Number: (02) 393-4967

This is a pretty cheap pool as well. It’s public so the cost for entrance is around 25 pesos I think (based from my research online). You can find the pool in Don Alejandro Roces in Quezon City.

Amoranto Sports Complex Pool

 

Quezon City Sports Club Pool

Address: E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City

Contact Number:Β  0922-8230086

I’m not entirely sure if the pool here is open to the public or if it’s members only. So you might want to get in touch with them if you’re interested in checking them out.

Quezon City Sports Club Pool

 

Ultra – Philippine Sports Commission Pool

Address: Philippine Sports Commission Administration Building RMSC, Pablo Ocampo Sr. St., Malate

Contact Number: (02) 635-0102

Not in Quezon City but a lot of my friends trained here so I’ve been hearing about it a lot. Figured it deserved a spot on this list. It’s located in Pasig City. Costs about 40 or 50 pesos I think.

Ultra at the Philippine Sports Commission Pool

 

La Mesa Ecopark

Address: North Fairview, Quezon City

Contact Number: (02) 430 4051

According to some light research, entrance is 80 for adult and 40 for kids and the pool goes from 4-8 feet deep.

La Mesa Ecopark pool map

click to see full size

 

Find a Swimming Pool in Marikina

Marikina Sports Park

Address: Sumulong Highway corner Shoe Avenue, Marikina

Contact Number: (02) 682 9573

I think entrance costs 40 pesos. It may have changed, best you call them to be sure.

Manila Sports Park Map

 

Find a Swimming Pool in Makati & Taguig

Yes I’m lumping the two cities together lol.

Makati Aqua Sports Arena

Address: It’s in front of the University of Makati. Just check the map below, I don’t really know the full address lol.

Contact Number: (02) 881 5941

I believe entrance is 50 pesos if you’re from Makati and 150 if you’re not. Rates aren’t bad since you get to swim the whole day. They’ve also got lockers there, you can rent one for 10 pesos.

Makati Aqua Sports Arena (MASA) Map

Map is pretty big so I reduced it, but you can click it to see in full size

 

Philippine Army Wellness CenterΒ 

Address: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig

Contact Number: (02)845-5555 loc 6464

It’s 50 pesos for guests but you only pay 25 if you’re from the army or are a dependent (dad/mom is in the army).

Philippine Army Wellness Center map

click to see full size

Well that’s it for this list, hope you found it useful.

If you know a pool that’s great for training feel free to drop the address in the comments section below. Also if you find mistakes in the rates or the numbers on this post let me know so that I can edit them. Thanks and happy training.

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21 Comments

  1. neil maribao 10 February, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Hi Malds, this info is very helpful, specially to pinoy runners who wants to crosstrain for swim. Pasay pool is a bit crowded during weekends and summer. its located near the city hall. you might want to update your map. πŸ™‚

    keep it up!

     
    • Malds 10 February, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      ohh talaga?? Will do that, thanks Neil πŸ™‚

       
    • Malds 10 February, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Just updated the map, thanks again for letting me know.

       
  2. nikko 14 February, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    i don’t think that QC Sports Club is owned by the city government. As far as I know, this one is owned by private individuals and by membership only. Either you are a member or you know a member if you want to use the facility.

     
    • Malds 14 February, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I believe you’re right Nikko. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll have to update this post and add a lot more it seems.

       
  3. ben (@benrsb) 19 February, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Hi.
    There’s a 25 m pool in YMCA at the back of Mla City hall, beside SM Mla. Crowded with students during weekdays and Saturdays.
    The Pearl Mla’s pool is open to non-hotel guests. It’s only 15 m. A little bit short for training and exercise in my opinion.

     
    • Malds 19 February, 2013 at 1:17 am

      talaga? Thanks for letting me know, will add the YMCA pool to the list :). And yeah, medyo maliit nga yung pearl pool.

       
  4. Jill 5 April, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    hi, any update on Rizal Memorial swimming complex? how much is the pool entrance? thanks!

     
    • brythianakathryn 11 January, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Hey! Kinda late but I checked Rizal Memorial around two months ago. Said it was closed to walk ins. πŸ™

       
  5. Jose 3 June, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to write this article…we are moving to Manila in July, and this information has been very valuable…

     
    • Malds 4 June, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      glad you found this useful jose πŸ™‚

       
  6. franco 11 June, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, do you know any pools that can cater to free skin diving trainings? hopefully one that runs 12 feet to 20 feet deep!

     
  7. Lara Neko-Chan 22 July, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Hi there,
    There is a pool over at Tropical Palace near Elgrande Ave in BF Homes Paranaque. That is where I swim in the mornings. Some people who train for triathlons swim here too. Its relatively cheap.
    150/person open from 6:30 am – 5pm. They offer night swimming for 180/person but there has to be a minimum of 10 people swimming.

    Stay Fit,
    Lara Novales
    http://thinspirationaljourney.wordpress.com
    Weight Loss and Fitness Blogger

     
    • Malds 23 July, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks for the info lara πŸ™‚

       
  8. Cat 31 October, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for this list, Malds! I look forward to swimming at MASA or at the Army Gym this week. Medyo mahal sa Ace pasig e πŸ™‚

     
  9. adrian 2 February, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Philippine army now charge 100p for walk ins.

     
    • Malds 3 February, 2014 at 11:13 am

      thanks for the update adrian πŸ™‚

       
  10. drdufus 6 June, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Malds, do you know of any good swimming enthusiasts or clubs in Quezon City? I swam as a kid but I stopped so I wanna do it again. Actually, do you know of any sports enthusiasts/clubs in qc such as futsal, frisbee, etc. Im finding it difficult to find a group of sports hobbyists. Thanks!

     
  11. Mad 5 July, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hi Malds, I’m a PWD that swims regularly in century park hotel for the past 13 years, pricey yes, service getting worst for almost 2 years now, time to look some other place to swim. Your post very helpful thank you

     
  12. Kofi 17 May, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    This post is really helpful. Im planning to go back to swimming for loose some pounds. And eac is now far from my area. Im planning to check masa and philippine army welness center. I prefer indoor pools but its hard to find one.

     

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