Richmond Recreation - image of patrons by the poolCouncil is committed to delivering a superior aquatic service and has been recognised for having safe and high quality pools.

All Yarra Leisure centres in recent years have won the ARV ‘Metropolitan Facility of the Year’ awards.

Council also has a partnership with Lifesaving Victoria and participates in the Platinum Pool Safe Awards which is a 200 point audit carried out by Lifesaving Victoria with a pass rating of 85%.

Whatever is your preferred swimming environment or activity Council has something to cater for everyone, including outdoor pools, indoor lap pools, as well as spas, saunas, steam rooms, water aerobics and squad training.

Collingwood Leisure Centre

Collingwood Leisure Centre features modern aquatic facilities following a $7.8 million redevelopment. The revamped aquatic area opened in January 2012.

The new aquatic facilities include:

  • A seven lane 25-metre lap pool
  • Learn to Swim pool
  • Toddlers pool with ‘beach’ (gradual) entry
  • Upgraded sauna and spa area
  • Refurbished change rooms and new accessible and family change facilities.

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Fitzroy Swimming Pool

The Fitzroy Swimming Pool offers a great range of aquatic facilities that will help keep you fit, healthy and help you get the most out of your life.

Winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Facility of the year, Fitzroy has one of the best Pool’s in Victoria and is open all year round!

  • 50m outdoor heated pool 
  • Outdoor toddler pool with sun smart shade cloth
  • Spa, sauna and steam room

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Richmond Recreation Centre

The heart of the Richmond Recreation Centre, the 50-metre indoor heated pool is perfectly suited for lap swimming and training.

It is popular training area for professionals, recreational swimmers and school groups. In 2006, athletes competing in the Melbourne Commonwealth Games used the pool as a training ground.

Toddler and learner pools are located next to main 50-metre lap pool. These provide a safe and comfortable environment where young children and first-time swimmers can become familiar with water.

The Richmond Recreation Centre also offers spa, sauna, and steam room facilities.

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Updated lane allocation policy

Yarra Leisure is implementing some changes and has altered some internal processes in regards to our lane allocation policy. The changes implemented are in order to assist us to maximise the lanes between the programs and public use.

We are committed to providing a quality experience for program participants, members and patrons. Our intention is to monitor more closely the usage levels of the lanes, particularly during peak periods where both programs are running and lap swimmers are in high numbers. In order to facilitate this Lifeguards and Duty Managers will complete head counts on 15 minute intervals between 6:00am and 7:30am in the weekday mornings.

The following changes will take place at Richmond Recreation Centre:

  • The morning Yarra Triathlon Squad sessions will all be allocated three lanes at the beginning of the session
  • There will be a change to the location of the allocated Yarra Triathlon Squad lanes (now lanes 6, 7, 8). This change is being undertaken solely to group the public lanes together, aiding swimmer transitions between lanes as their speed/stroke changes over the course of their swim.
  • The ability for the Yarra Triathlon Squad to gain a fourth lane is left to the discretion of the Duty Manager, to consider; participant numbers in the Yarra Triathlon squad session, participation levels in the public swimming lanes as well as participation levels in other programs that may be running concurrently. We have asked that the swimmers, coaches, Duty Manager and Lifeguards communicate and work together to ensure decisions made, are aimed at maintaining maximum quality for the maximum amount of aquatic participants overall.

The following changes will take place at Fitzroy Swimming Pool:

  • The Duty Manager will no longer be able to allocate a fifth lane for programming purposes. This is due to a long standing agreement with community groups that tables our commitment to provide six lanes at all times to the community.
  • If you are unsuccessful in gaining a ticket for a Yarra Triathlon Squad session, the staff at reception are logging turnaways which may assist programming decisions for the future.

How can you pro-actively assist with the management of the lanes?

  • Ask yourself; what type of swimming am I looking to complete during my swim? In doing so, consider the most appropriate lane for your speed and stroke, this may mean changing lanes if you are changing to a slower or faster stroke for more than a single lap.
  • Swimming to the hard left of the lane will allow faster swimmers to safely overtake and ease lane congestion. If a swimmer is coming up behind you closely, it is courteous to stop at the end of a lap and let them overtake you at the wall.
  • If you have any concerns at the time of your swim, please alert a Lifeguard to the matter, who may be able to assist on the spot. The Duty Manager can be called by the Lifeguard for assistance with concerns that require a longer period of time to work through.

We encourage users and members to provide feedback via the customer feedback forms or by sending an email to

We appreciate your feedback on an ongoing basis so that we can continue to provide the best program and user experience.

Further information
Yarra Leisure
9205 5032

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