SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre – Marion
Formally known as the The AquaSplash program, the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre has a WIBIT – the giant floating inflatable obstacle course made up of different modules for balancing, climbing, jumping and sliding.
WIBIT is for individuals aged 6 years and older who are competent swimmers and is situated in their 3-metre deep water pool. A parent or guardian may be required to accompany children onto WIBIT depending on the child’s ability/mobility, at the discretion of the supervisor.
Online pre-bookings are essential with WIBIT 45-minute bookings commencing on the hour. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your booking start time to check-in, organise your life jacket and to be directed to the WIBIT start area. They recommend arriving ready to swim.
No other pool or area is included in this booking and for dates and times please refer to WIBIT page here – (WIBIT is not available on all dates and times).
AQUASPLASH REVIEW 2013
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 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 & Leisure Centre has 2 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.
Please be aware that all riders must be 120cm or taller, 10 years or older and competent swimmers.
Note: November 2021 – The Outdoor Waterslides are unavailable for use due to being closed for maintenance.
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 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.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre website.
What: SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Review
When: Open 7 days a week
Where: SA Aquatic Centre | 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park
Who: All ages
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: Play & Go 2013
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