Remember those last couple of days in December, as the new year was coming around, you probably made a new year’s resolution to learn to swim. You didn’t think it through, but you figured you’ll find a way to make it work. Well, now couldn’t be a better time to strike that wish off your list. It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s the perfect time to beat the heat, and get a lesson in. With tons of places across Goa that offer the use of their pool in exchange for a nominal fee, we’ve narrowed it down to the 5 best options with lessons.
Sodders Gloria Anne, Candolim
If you’re going to learn to swim, you may as well learn from the best. Kelvin Hatton, a PADI certified diver with close to a decade worth of experience is conducting classes for women and kids all of April. Priced at just 1500 per student (for basic instruction), you can avail of 10 sessions of an hour each. By the end of the month, you may not be as awesome as Kelvin, but you’d probably swim a lot better than before.
For details, call 9850473505
Campal Swimming Pool, Panaji
Campal Swimming Pool is probably one of the most popular public swimming pools in the state. Featuring a couple of pools with varying depths, the main Olympic sized pool features ramps of varying heights, in case you’re training to be a high diver. With extremely affordable pricing, the pools are open for public use, however, if you’re looking to learn how to swim, coaching classes are available all year round, regardless of age or gender.
For details, call 7350738988
Peddem Swimming Pool, Mapusa
Similar to the Campal Swimming Pool, are the facilities offered at Peddem. The complex which was recently renovated on account of the Lusofonia Games a few years ago, boasts a massive Olympic sized pool, and multi-levelled diving boards. If you’re looking to learn, coaching classes are available at very reasonable rates. (We do need to mention that in the years since the Lusofonia Games, the pool has not been as well maintained as the others on this list. While it is still functional, it’s not in the best shape.)
For details, call 8552976751
Ponda Swimming Pool, Ponda
Attached to the Goa Swimming Association, the Ponda Swimming Pool is beautifully maintained. Encouraging people of all ages, the instruction offered here is among the best. Strict rules with regards to timing and safety are in place, with patrons needing to submit a valid ID card and valid medical fitness certificate before entering the pool. Take up lessons here, and who knows, in a few months from now, you could be competing in one of their many competitions!
For details, visit www.tsag.org
Norbert’s Fitness Studio, Dona Paula
If you’re looking for something a little more private and offering you more than just swimming, then look no further than Norbert’s Fitness Studio in Dona Paula. One of many fitness studios from Norbert’s, this flagship facility is the only one that boasts a swimming pool with instruction, in addition to martial arts training, indoor games, and of course, Norbert’s award-winning fitness programs. If you fancy a more ‘fun’ workout, Norbert’s in Dona Paula also offers dance and Zumba sessions!
For details, call 8432775757