Crescent Beach is a popular swimming spot for people of all ages.

Cool down from the summer heat

There’s nothing better than taking a refreshing dip to cool off on a hot summer day.

Luckily, for residents of the Semiahmoo Peninsula, one doesn’t have to venture very far to retreat to their nearest watering hole.

South Surrey and White Rock boast some of the best beaches and most popular public pools around, most of which are suitable for all ages and swimming capabilities. Here’s a look at what’s offered:

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach, situated on the eastern shores of Boundary Bay, is a relaxing, low-key alternative to the hustle and bustle of nearby White Rock Beach in the summer.

Whether the tide is out or in, one will find a whole host of activities at their fingertips.

It’s a great place for playing on the beach, kite flying, ice cream, kayaking, a picnic, searching for crabs and is undeniably one of the best swimming beaches in the region.

A lifeguard is on duty from July through August to keep an eye on swimmers in the roped-off area.

Another perk for visitors: free parking.

White Rock Beach

Thousands of visitors from all over flock to White Rock Beach every summer to dive from the pier, take dips in the ocean and sun bathe.

Named after the large boulder deposited on its shoreline, this charming, oceanside community is located along an eight-kilometre stretch of sandy beach.

The beach is always bustling with activity and excitement, especially around Marine Drive, where the sounds of music and laughter echo from the restaurant patios filled with patrons.

At low tide, children build sandcastles, play frisbee and explore the marine life lurking below the seaweed.

Swimmers note: White Rock Beach does not have a lifeguard on duty at any time throughout the year.

Make sure you have a credit card or change to pay the parking meter.

South Surrey Indoor Pool

If seaweed, sand and seawater aren’t your cup of tea, perhaps you should venture to a pool to keep your cool.

Year round, the South Surrey Indoor Pool, measuring 37-metres in length, is a popular hotspot for swimmers of all ages and experience levels. With admission one has access to six 25-metre lanes, a dive tank and two diving boards.

There’s also a children’s pool, a whirlpool and two dry heat saunas.

All swim sessions are fun-filled and interactive.

The staff members lead activities and games throughout the afternoon and evening, and public sessions are sure to leave you with a big smile on your face.

Visit www.surrey.ca for admission rates and swim schedules.

Sunnyside Outdoor Pool

As soon as the sun begins to really sizzle on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, the Sunnyside Outdoor Pool on 26 Avenue and 152 Street in South Surrey becomes a haven for many.

The gates open for public swims from mid-May to Sept. 1.

Admission is always free.

Swimming lessons take place at the pool throughout the summer from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Crescent Beach Swim Club

The Crescent Beach Swimming Club offers a broad aquatic program with opportunities for all family members at all levels.

The pool and signature salt water tank have been a part of local swimming heritage for many years.

The club is proud of its ability to serve the swimming community with programs including synchronized swimming, triathlon, water polo, family and medal swims.

Visit www.cbswimclub.ca for more information.

South Surrey Athletic Park: Kids Water Park

Swimming pools and salt water aren’t the only ways to stay cool. For the kiddies, the water park located at South Surrey Athletic Park on 148 Street and 20 Avenue is always a barrel of fun and frolic. Best of all, it’s always free. Washrooms are on site as well as a picnic area with shelters.

Tong Louie YMCA

This family-friendly facility – located at 14988 57 Ave. – boasts a 25-metre pool and large on-deck whirlpool. There is also a teaching pool with moveable bottom that raises from a depth of six feet to deck level, allowing for a wide range of uses and providing easy access for all.

A variety of aquatic programs are offered at the Tong Louie YMCA – visit www.vanymca.org for more info.

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