Velachery Aquatic Complex

Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, INDIA

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Velachery Aquatic Complex
Address
Velachery Road, Velachery
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu 600 032
INDIA
Telephone
(044) 2235 4381 for the pool; 28364322 or 28360226 for the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu.

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
INR 100 per hour. [April, 2015]
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Membership Info
1/3/6/12 month memberships INR 2,500/4,000/5,000/8,000. [May, 2017]

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 25m, 10 lanes, 8f depth , outdoors , unheated , range of water temperatures not reported
Pool 2
25m x 18m, ~20f depth diving pool , outdoors , unheated , water temperature not reported
Pool 3
25m x 20m, 8 lanes, 4½f depth, training and warm-up pool , outdoors , unheated , "cold in the mornings"
Diving
1m and 3m boards; 5m, 7.5m, and 10m platforms. Use of the boards is restricted to divers under a coach's supervision.

Location

County/Region
Tamil Nadu
GPS
13.00582, 80.21969

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

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. Then, in April, 2015, someone sent us the single-swim admission price shown above. If you're thinking of dropping in, a telephone call in advance of your visit would seem to make a lot of sense...
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 "Facility Overview" section of this (and every other listing details) page. Three telephone numbers have been provided, above; we respectfully request that interested parties use them.
"Pool 3", above, is located under the viewing stands for the 50 meter pool and cannot be seen in the aerial photographs - but it is there.

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]
The showers are not working properly; and the maintanenace of the bath room and dressing rooms is poor.
[April, 2014]
The actual Total Dissolved Solids in the main pool is more than double the recommended 1,500 ppm, so the water is always turbid.
The actual pH value is 6.8, whereas it should be between 7.3 and 7.7.
There is a bit of foul smell, too, indicating staleness and the probable presence of bacteria and harmful microbes beyond the permissible limit.
Pool chlorination is performed improperly, with a daily top-off, but without a partial draining being done, first.
The maintenance equipment does not seem to be in proper, working condition.
[April, 2015]