No visit to Bondi Beach is complete without going for a swim. There are three options for swimmers; swimming off the beach, swimming in one of Bondi's two ocean pools, and indoor swimming. This guide details the options available to you and our recommendations.
Bondi Icebergs Ocean Pool
The most commonly asked question by those visiting Bondi is; can the public swim at Bondi Icebergs pool? The good news is that they can and it only costs $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children, and $4.50 for spectators accompanying friends or family.
The pool was established more than 100 years ago and features both a 50m lap pool and a shallow kids pool adjacent to it.
A lifeguard is on duty at all times.
The pool is open from 6am to 6.30pm every day except for Thursday when it is emptied, cleaned and refilled. In summer, the pool will often open on Thursday afternoon if the clean is completed in quick time but there is no guarantee of this.
The lanes at Bondi Icebergs pool are actually double the size of a normal lane meaning you follow on black line, on the left hand side, and return on the other line, again on the left hand side as you are swimming.
For more serious ocean swimmers you can access the ocean from Bondi Icebergs through a small gate at the end of the pool. Some people do the 'point to point' swim which is a lap of the beach and back again which is exactly 2km.
If swimming in the cooler months, the sauna provides a great spot to warm up pre and/or post-swim and is included in the price of admission.
There is also a cafe, The Crabbe Hole, which serves a decent coffee and snacks on the decking area overlooking the pool.
For those with young kids and located in North Bondi, the Wally Weekes Ocean Pool is ideal for a splash. This pool resembles a simple rock pool and is great for a quick cool down for youngsters or those who are not confident in the surf.
Swimming at the beach
In summer Bondi is a magnet for beach goers, and with good reason. Bondi beach is relatively safe for competent swimmers and consistently has moderate swell for surfers and body surfers to make the most of.
The two locations for swimming at Bondi beach are between the sets of flags at the far end of the beach in North Bondi or between the flags in the middle of the beach.
There are a couple of good reasons why swimming between the flags makes sense. Firstly, Bondi is known to have rip currents and many people underestimate the power of the surf leading to hundreds of rescues every summer. Swimming between the flags ensure you are being watched at all times and will be positioned in the safest part of the beach. Secondly, there are no surfers allowed between the flags meaning you won't be dodging surf boards which can be dangerous.
We've included some videos below for those who are not confident ocean swimmers giving guidance on how to identify and survive a rip current.
For swimmers who are looking for a more traditional swimming experience they can access the Speedo Fitness Club which has a 25m indoor heated swimming pool and is located on Campbell Parade. If you visit their website you can get a free 1 day trial.