The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool is Officially Open

The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool at Monash Sport, Clayton, was officially reopened this week by Executive Director, Campus Community Division, Vlad Prpich after four months of refurbishment works.

During the opening, Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale, announced that thanks to Monash University SSAF funding, Monash Sport’s Water Wise Program - a program teaching beginner adult learn-to-swim classes - would be free to all Monash University students.

(L-R): Director of Monash Sport, Brett Lavale and Executive Director, Campus Community Division, Vlad Prpich
“The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool provides significant benefit to students, as well as members of the broader community, through a range of innovative programs and services. It is part of a truly world class sporting precinct at Monash University, Clayton campus,” Mr Prpich said.

“The University has recognised the significant importance of this facility to the campus experience - [the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool] is a wonderful University asset.”

The essential refurbishment works have replaced the roof structure, retiled the 25 metre Variable Swimming Pool, upgraded the air-handling systems and installed acoustic wall panelling to create a greatly improved aquatic environment and ensure future use.

The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool was built in 1982 and is named after the late Doug Ellis, the former visionary Director of Sport and Recreation Association. Thirty-two years on, the pool continues to be an important community asset for Monash.

A canoe polo demo at the opening
 Mr Lavale said at the opening that more than one million sets of feet each year made their way through programs, events, services and facilities operated by Monash Sport.

“Our recent analysis shows that Monash University students who engage in sports, fitness, aquatic or recreation activities at Monash Sport have a higher average course completion rate than the overall student cohort,” he said.

The Doug Ellis Swimming Pool has one of the largest learn to swim programs in Victoria and in 2014 taught 500 adults to swim, as well as imparting essential water safety knowledge and skills.

A Swim Fit demo at the opening
The Doug Ellis Swimming pool also employs approximately 50 Monash students as swimming instructors, lifeguards and customer service officers.

Earlier in the year, the pool concourse and change room facilities were refurbished.