We visited the SA Aquatic Centre at Marion to try out their AquaSplash program. Big inflatables for climbing, swinging and jumping off, is what it’s all about. And these obstacle courses did not disappoint.
The AquaSplash program is a 3 hour unlimited rides deal. You need to be 10 years or older, at least 120cm and pass the competent swimmer test. This involves being able to swim a length of 25 metres without difficulty, stopping or holding onto the edge. This is necessary because the children will be in deep water and can jump off over 10 metres from the side of the pool. Once you pass the test you will be given a wrist band which allows you to play on the AquaSplash equipment. For safety, only one person at a time is allowed on each inflatable and this is strictly enforced by the staff.
The inflatables used for AquaSplash change around. There is also a large yellow inflatable slide which goes from the 7.5 metre diving board which wasn’t operating on the day we visited.
The AquaSplash program also includes rides on the outdoor waterslides – the Space Bowl and the Aqua Tube.
- The Space Bowl slide is 75m in length and after going through a series of twists and turns it sends you round and round the space bowl before you pop out the bottom.
- The Aqua Tube slide is about speed and for most of the time you are in total darkness with circles of rainbow lighting your way at intermittent times throughout the ride.
Read more about AquaSplash here.
For the younger ones 5 years to 9 years old there is the Junior AquaSplash. The same swimming competency test applies. The Aqua Dash (below) is one of the Junior AquaSplash inflatables and involves weaving through the course and going down the slide into the water at the end.
Nessie the Dinosaur involves climbing over the humps and jumping into the water at the end. Please note that 5-9 year olds must have a parent or guardian actively supervising them at all times in the Centre and this includes when they are on the inflatables. Read more about Junior AquaSplash here.
Over in the other part of the swimming centre there are family pools and other fun things for the kids to play on. This smaller inflatable obstacle course is great for the little ones and is free to use as part of your entry fee. There is always a swim instructor in the water at the end of the course to help kids get back to the edge of the pool if they need it. Another staff member strictly enforces only one child at a time on this as well. The younger Play & Go kids loved this and even the older 8 year olds enjoyed doing this as well.
The water playground area with the big bucket that fills up with water, and then dumps it down on everyone below, is very popular with the kids. Adjacent to this area is a shallow pool for little ones.
The SA Aquatic Centre is a world class facility where champion Olympic swimmers have competed in the pools. You’ll notice it is a big centre. Therefore please be aware that if you have kids of different ages you will need to ensure that you can supervise them adequately. Bear in mind that if you have a child playing on the Junior AquaSplash inflatables, this is in a separate section quite far away from the family pools where you will need to be with a younger child, yet both need to be supervised.
Be prepared to spend a few hours here as the kids will find plenty to do in the water. There is a cafe too for snacks and food.
See the SA Aquatic Centre weekend programs page here for updates on what’s on each weekend. It is best to check this before you go in case the program you are keen to do or the inflatable you want to play on is not operating that weekend.
Currently as of November 2013 there is a Super Slides Sunday Deal. From 12-3pm on Sundays you can ride the outdoor waterslides as many times as you can for just $10!
Please be aware that all riders must be 120cm or taller, 10 years or older and competent swimmers.
What: Splash on Big Inflatables | SA Aquatic Centre Marion | Aqua Splash Review
When: Weekends and School Holidays | See their website here for details
Where: SA Aquatic Centre | 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park
Who: Swimming & Splashing Fans
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