How to Buy Wetsuit for Children

Your child’s attention span will become shorter if he/she is feeling cold in class, and if this occurs frequently, your child may become reluctant to go for class. As a parent, you can play your part by getting your child the right swimwear.

Types of Wetsuits

There are 2 types of wetsuits that are commonly seen here in Singapore – the Full Suit, and the Shortie.

The Full Suit will cover the entire arms and legs of the wearer, and can offer more protection against the cold as compared to a Shortie, which ends above the elbows and knees. However, for the purposes of swimming lessons, a Full Suit is not recommended as it can restrict the movement of your child. The Shortie can keep your child warm, as long as the next 2 sections are taken into consideration.

Thickness of Wetsuits

Wetsuits come in a range of thickness, commonly between 1.5mm to 6mm. There are 2 things to note about the thickness of the wetsuit:

  1. The thicker it is, the better it is at keeping your child warm
  2. The thicker the wetsuit, the less flexible it becomes

The thickness to get for your child would depend on your child’s ability to withstand the cold. Generally, you would not want to get anything more than 3mm for a child as it can restrict the range of movements of your child.


A wetsuit is completely useless against the cold if the fit is not right. That is because the water will get into the suit from the various openings. As such, when selecting a wetsuit, get one that is a snug fit for your child.

Of course, children tend to outgrow the wetsuit fairly quickly. There are 2 things you can choose to do here – buy a cheap wetsuit that fits snugly, and change it frequently OR get a wetsuit that is slightly loose. Do note that wetsuits tend to stretch with use, so do not get one that is too loose initially.

Keep the points above in mind when getting your child the right wetsuit, and he/she will stay nice and warm while learning to swim!

Singapore Swimming Complex Closed

Why Is The Pool Closed On A Sunny Day?

Have you ever been to the nearest swimming complex on a bright and sunny morning, only to find that it is closed? In this blog post, you will find 3 possible reasons for the swimming complex being closed.

Operating Hours

The first possible reason for the swimming complex being closed would be that you arrived at the complex outside of its operating hours. Some swimming pools are closed on certain weekday mornings for pool cleaning, and will only open from 2.30pm onwards on that day. Featured pools such as Jurong East Swimming Complex and Pasir Ris Swimming Complex are closed for the whole day for pool cleaning.


Swimming complexes may also be closed for an extended period for renovations. For example, Clementi Swimming Complex is closed from 1 Feb 2016 to 14 May 2016 for the replacement of metal roofing.

For the above 2 reasons, SwimInSG is here to help! Simply refer to our website here to check the operating hours of the swimming complex.


The public swimming complexes in Singapore will not allow the public to enter its premises when the pool is closed temporarily due to lightning activity in the area. While it may look bright and sunny at the swimming complex, ActiveSG’s protocol is to close the swimming complex when there is lightning activity within a few kilometres. This radius has been increased in the past few months for the safety of the public, resulting in increased occurrences of pool closures.

Now that you know what are the possible reasons for a swimming complex to be closed, be sure to check the pool operating hours as well as the lightning activity before heading down!

The Swimmer’s Guide to Hair Protection

Does your hair feel dry after your swim, even after washing it under the tap? This is due to the chlorine in the swimming pool which removes the sebum from your hair. Sebum is essential for beautiful, glossy hair as it protects your hair from damage. Without the protection by sebum, your hair gradually loses its natural sheen and could potentially develop split ends. Here are some things that you can do to protect your hair and still enjoy your swim.

  1. Use a Swim Cap
    The idea is to avoid getting water in contact with your hair. Therefore, use a silicon swim cap instead of the cloth ones. Yes, silicon swim caps can be a tad warmer but if you keep your head underwater, it should help with the heat.
  2. Rinse it out!
    Head to the showers right after you exit the pool and rinse away the chemicals.
  3. Anti-Chlorine Shampoo
    After giving your hair a good rinse, give it a good wash with anti-chlorine shampoo. This will help in reducing the amount of the damage done by the chlorinated water.
  4. Use Conditioner
    After you have removed the chemicals from your hair, it would be wise to apply conditioner to counter the effects of chlorine.

Do you have other tips on hair care to share with us? Leave a comment below and spread the love 🙂

Singapore Swimming Complexes

Swimming Pool Closure – S.E.A Games Special

Singapore will be hosting the S.E.A Games 2015. It is indeed exciting for us to be able to see our athletes battle it out with the best of the best in South East Asia right here on Singapore soil. However, due to limited resources, each of us will have to do our part to support this major event. Selected sports facilities and Sport Singapore staff members are required to support the S.E.A Games 2015.

As such, members of the public, such as ourselves, will have to do our part by going to other swimming pools for our daily swim should our nearby pools be closed. In order to help you plan your swimming schedules, here are the days of closure for pools and our recommended nearby pools.

Swimming pool closures from 2 to 16 June 2015
Nearby pools
Sengkang, Serangoon
Pasir Ris, Bedok
Yio Chu Kang
Ang Mo Kio
Yio Chu Kang
MOE (Evans)
Toa Payoh
Ang Mo Kio, Kallang Basin
Yishun, Choa Chu Kang
Kallang Basin, Geylang East
Bukit Batok
Jurong East, Choa Chu Kang
Kallang Basin
Geylang East
Jurong East, Bukit Batok
Yio Chu Kang
Yishun, Ang Mo Kio
Geylang East


Swimming Complex
Closed from
Re-opened on
Nearby Pools
28 May 2015
15 June 2015
Ang Mo Kio
Jalan Besar
31 May 2015
12 June 2015
Kallang Basin

Please note that the closure dates do not take into account the weekly pool maintenance closure dates. You can download our mobile apps for Android and iOS for details on regular pool opening timings and weekly pool maintenance dates.


SwimInSG hereby wishes Singapore great success at the upcoming S.E.A Games 2015 ^.^v