12 Facts about Australian Swimming & Pools

  1. Only 11.7% of Australian homes have pools!
  2. The states and territories covering Australia’s north had the highest proportion of households with swimming pools: Northern Territory 28.9%, Queensland 17.9% and Western Australia 15.4%. The southernmost state, Tasmania had the lowest proportion of households with swimming pools (3.8%).
  3. Above ground pools 9.8%, in ground pools 2.0%.
  4. Only 2.4% of Australian homes have an outdoor spa.
  5. The Australian swimming season averages around 8 months long. It begins with the September school holidays and ends after ANZAC Day (April, 25th).
  6. Australia has 47 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  7. Swimming is what Australia’s do best. Our most Olympic medals come from Swimmers: Ian Thorpe with 9 medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) and Leisel Jones with 9 medals (3 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze).Australian Lifesavers
  8. Swimming is one of the best ways to keep fit. It strengthens lungs, and can exercise almost all of your body. It is also recommended for people who are recovering from injuries as it is has low impact levels.
  9. An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories. It burns off more calories than walking or biking.
  10. Australia’s has voted the Bondi Icebergs as the best public pool in Australia.
  11. Swimming was a popular activity in sea baths on Sydney Harbour from about 1830, but men and women were not allowed to swim in the pool at the same time.
  12. Surf lifesaving originated in Australia, but both Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club and Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club claim to be the world’s first.

3 Non Australian (but very interesting) Facts

  1. The highest dive from a diving board is 53.9, by Olivier Favre (Switzerland) at Villers-le-Lac, France on 30 August 1987.
  2. The bikini swimsuit was named after a U.S. nuclear testing site in the South Pacific called Bikini Atoll.
  3. The world’s biggest pool is in The San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile. It is over 480 meters long and took almost 5 years to build.

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