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“A missed opportunity to surpass the old Olympia”
Review of New Olympia Centre

New Olympia Centre
Ranked #29 of 103 things to do in Dundee
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

I'll start by saying that the kids loved it and it was for them that we made the trip.
However as an adult here is my opinion:
- good parking in adjacent multi storey means not having to wear lots of jumpers/coats, especially in winter
- good viewing of some parts of the pools if you are not swimming
- Lady in cafe was very helpful and smiley

- no signposting whatsoever. If I hadn't had a child in the car who had been before I'd have no idea where it was.
- leisure pool very small so it's like human soup
- all the pools are in the one place so I imagine when swimming galas are on in the main pool, the noise will be a nightmare and wonder how the competitors will hear what's going on
- if there is a gala on then the diving part of the pool becomes unavailable, squashing even more people into the miniscule leisure pool
- fixed seats and tables in viewing area, can only seat two so I had to sit at a separate table from my two friends
- one way system to enter pool area which is separated by the reception desk. I was there with a pile of kids so as I was directing them upstairs to my husband for some nosh, the door closed and I had to go right out past the main reception before I could get back in, running a risk of losing a child in those few seconds
- small cafe with appalling food choice. I thought leisure centres were supposed to promote healthier lifestyles. Apart from the lunchbox, the three choices of kids meals were hotdog, burger or chicken nuggets, all with chips. No pasta, no pizza, nothing remotely healthy. Very bad show. Even beans on toast would have been easy.

Missed opportunities
- In Old one the pools were vast. The main leisure pool was about three times the size of the new one. The main swimming pool was separate from the leisure pool, diving pool and flumes so all this would still be available if there was a gala on
- the cafe offered more food including daily specials. There was much more space even if a little tatty round the edges. And the views were nicer
- Lots of glass so I imagine that on a hot day this place feels like a hot house - it was hot enough the day we visited and it was cloudy then
- why, why, why do we even need a coin for the lockers? No one is going to nick a locker like they would a shopping trolley. Surely the incentive to get your clothes and belongings back is enough to not have to rifle around in your pockets for nine pound coins!!!
- why are lockers always tall and narrow? You can fit sod all in them - short wide ones would make much more sense (they do exist, I saw them once in Auchrannie Spa resort - no coins required either)
- the reception desk in the changing rooms is positioned so badly that the poor person on reception cannot get a clear view of who is coming through the door and the signs stating which colour you have to use is behind him so no-one ever sees it. The guy had to holler at everyone running past - green, green, you're all on green
- toilets on reception would have been good

I try to give an honest review, if you look at my others you'll see that I praise the good as well as slating the bad but it really is a shame when so much is invested in a new place and it's nowhere nearly as good as the old one in terms of practical use. Could have saved £30m by giving the old one a decent paint job and a makeover!

3  Thank suduperth
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

It was my first visit to the new Olympia and i took my 2 year old toddler and i must admit i was a but aprehensive after reading all the reviews but we had a great time! We got there early (10am) and it was empty, we practically had the toddler fun pool to ourselves. The interactive water fountains were great fun and my daughter squealed with delight each time she passed one! The waves came on a few times during our time but proved a little too strong for a 2 year old but she did enjoy "jumping" the waves :) The lifeguards were very friendly and helpful given their task of clearing the area after the fire alarm was activated! Nothing was too much for them, even offering thermal blankets for the little ones, which turned out to be great tents, hide & seek and picnics blankets to keep the little ones amused. I found it great value for money and will definitely be back again! Oh and i found the changing rooms to be very clean and even spotted an attendant spraying each locker to ensure the level of cleanliness is maintained. Well done everyone involved and boohoo to all the complainers - typical of some dundonians really!

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Dangerous slippy tiles in swimming pool, two of the adults in our party badly injured slipping in the water - back and hip!. Another two with bleeding needs and stubbed toes from the slippy floors and 1m depth of rapids. The changing rooms were dirty and had rubbish and dirty nappies in the cubicles. The assistances were unfriendly and unhelpful and constantly blew their whistles would go as far as to say the attendants were down right rude. The pool was so small and very cramped and you only get to swim for an hour! Not enough for even our youngest kid. The majority of the pool was either for diving or lane swimming then an empty area that looked as though it might open up for longer lanes but was covered.will not go again. no where to leave buggy had to leave at the end of the lockers, not even allowed to leave at reception or behind desk.

7  Thank joannamumof3boys
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Pool is to small and not nice! Im am very disapointed. Even i live in dundee probably i will visit perth rather then olympia. To busy to go there with baby.

6  Thank karinad92
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Haven't been swimming in years, so decided to head to the new Olympia and see what dundee city council have came up with! As a new build I expected a clean and tidy changing room which I got, I then headed to the main pool, I was like a sardeen in a tin, could I swim? NOT A CHANCE I couldn't believe what i was seeing, the old Olympia was massive compared to this and I must say so much better. The new Olympia is about 1/4 the size of the old baths! Out of all the areas to build a new swimming why on earth did they decide to put it there is madness! Sad to say but open up the old olpmia please or put £10 of fuel in the car and head through to Perth!!! Yet again Dundee city council f*** it up, congratulation

11  Thank Burlyburly
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