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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:26am

The outside of Selwyn Aquatic Centre as the sun sets

The Selwyn Aquatic Centre just gets more popular with age as it celebrates its seventh birthday.

More than 2.2 million people have visited the Aquatic Centre since it opened in June 2013. The number of people using the centre is growing each year, rising from 258,000 in its first year to 403,088 in the 2018/19 financial year.

The centre was on track to top that number again this year before COVID-19 intervened. Its popularity was proved by a rapid resurgence in visitor numbers after lockdown, with numbers higher than the same time last year and over 1000 people a day coming through during the school holidays.

The swim school has also seen steady growth, from 1,100 children taking lessons each term when the centre opened to around 2,200 enrolled each term for the past two years. Over 5,800 people a year also take part in the centre’s aqua fitness classes.

Over the years the centre has hosted Swim Canterbury swim meets, provided space for scuba diving clubs, sports clubs and teams, physiotherapists and their clients, Burwood Hospital patients, disability groups and regularly hosts social events.