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Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre

Our recreation centres offer great facilities to help you and your family keep fit, healthy and active. See what we have to offer at our recreation centre in Bairnsdale.

80 McKean StreetBARCext.jpg Bairnsdale
Phone 03 5152 5710
Postal Address - Po Box 1618

Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
6.00 am – 9.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday
9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Public Holidays
9.00 am – 6.00 pm
(closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Hours vary on Anzac Day.)

 

*The pool area closes 15 minutes before closing time.

 

Centre redevelopment

The centre is currently undergoing a $6.55 million redevelopment of the pool, café and foyer areas.

 

This redevelopment has been funded through $3 million from the Victorian Government and $3.55 million from council's capital works program.

 

The works are expected to be completed in April 2019.

 

If you would like to stay up to date on the progress of the redevelopment please subscribe to our mailing list or follow the project on Your Say East Gippsland.

 

Some facilities closed

Due to our current works, these areas are closed:

  • Toddler pool
  • spa
  • sauna
  • café
  • foyer

 Entry to the BARC is through the Forge Theatre.

 

Watch Around Water

East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for children when they are in or near the water. To promote the active supervision of children the Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool is an accredited Watch Around Water facility.

 

Our sole aim is to have zero fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents in our aquatic facilities.

 

To achieve this we cannot rely only on our Pool Lifeguards. We kindly ask that parents/guardians follow our Watch Around Water guidelines.

 

Children under 5 years old

Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised during recreational play within arms reach.

Parent / guardian must be in the water with their child.

All children under 5 years will be given a yellow wristband upon entry. This will assist lifeguards to identify children that should be within arms reach from their parent / guardian.

 

Children under 10 years old

Must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible parent / guardian and must be constantly and actively supervised.

The parent / guardian must be positioned to have a clear view of the child with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child / children. Parents must be prepared to get into the water if needed.

 

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Entry prices

Current from 1 July 2017

  

 Entry Type

 Adult

Concession 

 Child

 Wet Area

$6.70 

$5.40

$5.10

(3-under 10)

Free entry for children under 3

Aqua Aerobics 

$14.50

$12.30

NA

 Family Aquatic

 $15.20

 NA

 NA

 Health Club (Peak Periods)**

$16.70 

$14.20 

$8.00

 (Teen Gym) 

 Health Club (Off Peak)**

 $12.00

 NA

NA 

Group Fitness Class 

$14.50 

$12.30 

NA 

 Living Longer Living Stronger

 $7.00

 NA

NA

**Off Peak times are 8am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday and all weekend.

 

Memberships

Did you know we have no joining fees on all of our memberships! A new, easier to understand, membership model is now available. 

 

We believe exercising is more fun with friends, so if you're an existing direct debit member who refers a friend to join one of our direct debit memberships you will BOTH receive a FREE fortnight if your friend is still an active member in 90 days!

 

Join in on our FREE Members Breakfast on the first Friday of the month commencing at 6.30am until 9am.

 

 

 Membership Type

 Full

Direct Debit per Fortnight

 Concession

Direct Debit per Fortnight

 Gold - Full facility access

$38.60 

$32.80 

Dry - Health Club and Group Fitness 

 $32.00

$27.20

 Wet - Pool area and Aqua Aerobics

 $27.60

$23.50

 Off Peak - Full facility access*

 $27.00

 NA

Junior - Restricted facility access**

 $13.00

NA

*Off Peak times are 8am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday and all weekend

** People aged under 13 have unlimited pool access, 13-17 year olds access to Health Club during specified times.

 

Corporate memberships are available for employees from some large employers.  Please contact a member of our Customer Service Team to find out if your employer has an arrangement with us. 

 

To cancel or suspend your membership please complete our online form.

Fitness

Our large, fully-equipped and supervised Health Club offers a range of equipment to meet all fitness needs.

 

With a significant replacement of equipment occurring in December 2017 our Health Club now offers an extensive range of equipment from industry leading brands Precor and Life Fitness. We are also now home to East Gippsland's only Queenax functional training system which provides an increased number of training options meaning you will be able to add some variety into your training program. 

 

Ongoing programming and support are all part of our standard Health Club memberships however if you're after a more personalised approach Personal Training sessions are available from qualified staff.

 

Group Fitness 

 

We offer over 20 scheduled classes a week catering for all abilities and fitness levels.

 

We also offer classes designed for older users or those recovering from heart surgery or other serious illnesses. Please come in or call one of our professional fitness staff for advice. 

   

 Time

 Monday

Tuesday 

 Wednesday

 Thursday

 Friday

 6.15am  Spin  Strength Effect

 Rush Hour

 BodyBalance*

 Rush Hour

 8.00am    

 Yoga*

   
 9.15am  BodyPump  

 Body Pump

Aquacise*

 Body Pump

Aquacise*   Aquacise*
 9.30am   Aquacise*       
 10.30am  Pilates*  BodyBalance* Zumba Gold*    
 11.30am          
 5.30pm  Zumba  Pilates*

 Boxing

 Spin

 

 Aquacise*
 5.45pm    

 

   
 6.30pm  Boxing

 Zumba

   

 7.30pm

 

     

* Classes designed for older adults                                                                                        

 

If you would like to know more information about our classes please read our Group Fitness explanations.

 

 

Pools

We are redeveloping our pool area. The 8 lane, 25 metre pool is still available for patrons.

During the construction period the pool temperature will be increased to 32oC each Saturday to cater for infant swimming lessons and those wishing to enjoy the warmer water.

 

Learn To Swim

The centre delivers the Royal Lifesaving 'Swim and Survive' program. Our program is based on making learning fun while teaching water safety and swimming skills. This is achieved by using only qualified instructors teaching small groups to maximise the amount of time your child spends learning. 

 

If you want to know more, see our Frequently Asked Questions?

 

If you would like to enrol please complete our online enrolment form.

To make any changes to your current enrolment please complete our change of lesson form.

 

Childcare

Occasional Care

Our childcare service is in a purpose built facility within the Centre. Whilst your children are in care you are welcome to either use the Centre or leave to catch up with friends, get your haircut or attend an important meeting.

Occasional Care runs Monday to Friday for three hours 9.00am - 12.00pm.

 

Download further information on our Creche.

 

After School Care

We offer a fun and exciting After School Program for primary school age children between the ages of 4 and 13 years.

Our programs run each day of the school year through the school term (excluding public holidays) in a supervised, relaxed, safe and fun environment.

Our program provide positive social opportunities and cater for the children of parents who work, study or have other commitments.

Activities include structured and unstructured indoor and outdoor games, art, craft, cooking and special events.

We offer a healthy afternoon snack.

 

Holiday Program 

We look forward to seeing you during the school holidays for more adventures, excursions and holiday fun!

The program caters for children that currently attend Primary School.

What to bring: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Plenty of extra snacks, refillable water bottle and sunhat.

Children must wear: Sleeved shirts, Sunscreen, Broad brimmed hat, Covered shoes and Runners (no thongs).

 

 

All Abilities Program

This is an inclusive activity based program for kids aged between 13 and above.  The program suits all ranges of abilities and runs each school term.  

 

If you would like to enrol your child in the program please download our registration form  and drop it off in person or post to PO Box 1618, Bairnsdale VIC 3875.

 

 

Stadium

 

The three court, wooden floor, multi-purpose stadium is a wonderful place to practice as a team or come down with a couple of friends for a game of basketball, futsal, netball or volleyball. Please call the centre for court availability and costs.

 

The stadium is also available for hire for larger events or sports competitions, if you would like to make a booking please complete and return our booking form  and a staff member will contact you about your event.

 

 

Customer Feedback

We value the feedback of our members and guests. If there is an issue you would like to bring to our attention or you would like to say thanks please complete our customer feedback form.

 

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