Velachery Aquatic Complex
Chennai (Madras), INDIA

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The Basics
Facility Name Velachery Aquatic Complex
Web Address http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velachery_Aquatic_Complex

Street Address Velachery Road , Velachery , Chennai (Madras) , INDIA (Postal Code: 600 032)

Telephone (044) 2235 4381 for the pool; 28364322 or 28360226 for the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.

Admission
Visitors (adult) Single-swim admission is not available to the traveling general public.

Membership Info Call for membership information.


Pools and Boards at Facility
EquipmentDescription 
Pool 150m x 25m, 10 lanes, 7½f depth, outdoors, heated, water temperature not reported
Pool 225m x 18m, ~20f depth diving pool, outdoors, heated, water temperature not reported
Pool 325m x 20m, 4½f depth, training and warm-up pool, outdoors, unheated, "cold in the mornings"
Diving Equipment1m and 3m boards; 5m, 7.5m, and 10m platforms. Use of the boards is restricted to divers under a coach's supervision.


Locator
County or Region Tamil Nadu

Latitude, Longitude 13.00582, 80.21969

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Teams that Use Facility
We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.
Notes
The complex was purpose-built for the 1995 South Asian Games and is maintained by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDATS). It includes a fitness centre (with separate admission and membership rates.)
Although we don't have precise water temperatures for the pools, we are informed that the "warm up" pool is considerably cooler than the main pool. And the diving pool is used only for coach-supervised activities.
There are certain times reserved for women, when men are not allowed (however, the local maintenance guys do hover around…)
In April, 2013, we were informed that the club is no longer open to the public, unless a membership is purchased.
NOTE: We receive requests for information about signing up for membership or enrollment in swimming instructions at this pool almost every day. As we are not connected with the pool in any way, we are not in a position to respond on behalf of the pool or its management. Please refer to the "Important Notice - Please Read" link above the "The Basics" section of this (and every other listing details) page. Three telephone numbers have been provided, above; we respectfully request that interested parties use them.
Facility Reviews
Yikes! I went to this pool 2 weeks ago. The water was scary murky. I don't recommend it except for the most hardy of swimmers. I didn't dare put my head in the water, and I've never felt that way before.
I visited it today and found it tolerably clean. [May, 2009]
My colleagues and I joined the swimming classes at aquatic club last month. The coaches are very good and helpful. We were able to float, swim crawl and back stroke, and dive from 3m board and the 5m platform in a span of 12 days. It’s a good place to learn! [April, 2013]
I recently participated in a 12-day swimming course at the complex and have mixed reviews about this place. The pool is maintained with high levels of chlorine, so make sure you carry goggles and caps.

The 50m pool [Pool 1] is heated and the water is definitely far better than the warm-up pool. Its only downside is that it might get a bit crowded, sometimes.

The warm-up pool [Pool 2] isn't heated, feels cold in the morning, and the water is poorly maintained. There are unscrewed plates underwater and a shaky pool ladder.

The diving pool [Pool 3] is also heated and water feels the best here, perhaps because not many use it. The pool tiles definitely need some upkeep.

The dressing room is OK. There are no latches in the changing booths. The lockers don't come with locks, so take one if you are worried about your belongings. The showers work intermittently, but still do the job. [June, 2013]

The water could be maintained better and staff could do a better job enforcing the rules for showering and spitting. [October, 2013]
Source of Data
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