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.
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.
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.
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.
YMCA Swimming Pool
Address: YMCA Building, Mayor Antonio J. Villegas Rd., Ermita, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 408309; (02) 527- 6982 to 85 (trunk line)
I believe entrance is 100 pesos and you’re free to swim the whole day.
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.
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.
Quezon City Sports Club Pool
Address: E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City
Contact Number: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philippine Army Wellness Center
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).
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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