Swimming Halls in Helsinki

Stadium Swimming pool

Stadium Swimming pool (c) by ptrktn

The city of Helsinki’s sports department operates four swimming halls year-round. There are also outdoor pools for refreshing relaxation during the hot summers. These public swimming pools are open to residents as well as tourists. Each swimming hall has something that makes it unique. Below are brief overviews of each swimming hall and their regular hours of operation.

Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall

Opened in 1928, Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall was Finland’s first public indoor pool. The building is architecturally significant and a stunning example of the classicism movement of the 1920s. While the building was completely renovated in 1997, the original appearance was preserved. The Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall offers separate swimming hours for men and women. Bathing suits have only been permitted since 2001, and guests are allowed to swim without one if they prefer.

Women’s Hours:

Monday- First Floor: 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Second Floor: Closed
Wednesday and Friday- First Floor: 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Second Floor: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday*- First Floor: 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Second Floor: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

*With a swimming card for the disabled, the first floor is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Men’s Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday- First Floor: 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Second Floor: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Saturday- First Floor: 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; Second Floor: 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Sunday- First Floor: 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with a swimming card for the disabled; Second Floor: Closed

Helsinki Swimming Stadium

Helsinki Swimming Stadium is an outdoors swimming venue open during summers from the beginning of May to the end of September. It’s very popular and can is crowded especially on the weekends. The Stadium has three pools: a 50 metre exercise swimming pool, a jumping pool and a children’s pool. There’s also a small wading pool for small children.

The area also has a gym, a water slide,  a basketball field, a table tennis table, a volleyball field,  and a café.

Hours of Operation:

Monday to  Saturday 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Itäkeskus Swimming Hall

This building has facilities on two floors and has a maximum capacity of 1,000 visitors. Nearly 400,000 people visit Itäkeskus Swimming Hall each year. The building is quarried from solid rock and can be converted into an emergency shelter. When used as an emergency shelter, the building has space for 3,800 people.

Itäkeskus offers 6 saunas, cold water pool, jacuzzi, a big and a small water slide, diving stages 3 metre board and 5 metre platform and massage services.

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday- 6:15 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Thursday- 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Saturday- 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Sunday- 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Jakomäki Swimming Hall

There are two pools at Jakomäki; one is 25 meters long and eight meters wide and the other is ten meters long and four meters wide. Guests can choose from a variety of entrance passes, ranging from one visit to a card valid for the entire season. Parking for Jakomäki Swimming Hall is located in the school’s parking lot.

Hours of Operation:

Monday and Tuesday*- 6:15 a.m. until 7:15 a.m.
Wednesday and Friday- 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Thursday- 6:15 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday- 11:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

*Women only on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Pirkkola Swimming Hall

There are several facilities available at Pirkkola Swimming Hall including a large pool, a learner’s pool, a children’s pool, a waterslide, a solarium and sports events. Pirkkola also offers four electric saunas, one private sauna and a sauna reserved for the use of disabled guests. Visitors can park at any of Pirkkola’s three parking lots.

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday- 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday- 7:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday- 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m

Swimming Courses

Helsinki’s Urheiluhallit offers swim lessons to people of all skill levels. Baby swim lessons are offered to infants between the ages of two and five months. Family swim courses and private lessons are also available. Payment and registration is required in advance for all of Urheiluhallit’s swim courses.

More information on the courses can be found on Helsinki’s Urheiluhallit website.

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