The Pool Maps

These are living, breathing things. Each pool shimmers as I swim across it, then settles and stills. I pop a blue porpoise on it and bid it farewell for, as you well know, I rarely return. The maps are simple to read. Here’s what the colours refer to:

Porpoise blue for mapBlue porpoise = conquered pool

Porpoise red for mapRed porpoise = unconquered pool

Porpoise black for mapBlack porpoise = a deceased pool,
i.e, one that is conquered, but no longer exists. Tragic, no?

Porpoise purple for mapPurple porpoise = a Top 5 pool

Porpoise brown for mapBrown porpoise = a Not Top 5 pool

Porpoise gold for mapGold porpoise = one of the Top 5 unconquered pools in the world (found on the International map)


Where it all began (and still continues, obviously)

New South Wales

Naturally, includes my hometown, Sydney – surely the swimming capital of the world with over 130 spectacular ocean pools, harbour pools, river pools, land-lubbing chlorine and ozone pools, indoor and outdoor.

But there’s plenty more in this state to consider. A great pool-building craze swept our country after the war and practically every town in NSW has a pool. One by one, they will be mine.


A huge state with a ton of pools in some of the most isolated towns in Australia.

Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are packed full of pools and I’ve made a decent slog at them. The Gold Coast is already conquered (I like visiting the place, you see) and Brisbane is slowly succumbing. As for the rest of the state? Well, I’m a determined man but …

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The nation’s capital with just over a dozen pools. No ocean pools, obviously, or river pools and none in the lake yet. Thankfully.

Canberra is the home of the deceased pool. I’ve swum 2 and know of a 3rd. It’s an odd thing; you can swim a pool in Canberra and then come back a year or two later to find can Aldi supermarket on the site. Tragic, no?

NSW pools - link 1000pools

SE queensland pools - link - 1000pools

Canberra pools - link - 1000pools


From sea to shining sea

Every state in is my sights. They all have pools and I am a determined man.


Too many countries, languages and cultures to count. But all I care about is the pools.

The rest of the world

A fairly broad category, I acknowledge. Currently, not impressive at all, but wait. Just wait.

USA state by state link - 1000 pools

Porpoise - mini pool

nb: New York City has another icon: the rare blue and yellow porpoise. These denote mini-pools – city run pools that are often situated next to a basketball court, or playground, and are really only for kids and their parents. A serious lap swimmer wouldn’t consider using one, but they’re there and they’re swimmable, and I have three kids, so … I regret to say I never swam one.


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