The National Aquatic Centre is under the remit of the National Sports Campus Development Authority and is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of the NSCDA.
In 2011 over 823,000 people used the facilities of the Centre. It is, Ireland’s 3rd most popular fee paying attraction. It houses Irelands biggest individual Swimming Lessons programme (over 2,300 participants weekly), has over 5,400 Members and has won numerous major Awards over the last 3 years.
In 2012 it hosted pre-Olympic training camps for teams from 13 different countries, including the Water Polo Champions Hungary and the synchronised Swimming team from the USA.
The Centre was officially opened on Monday, 10 March, 2003. It successfully hosted the swimming events of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the first time this event was held outside of the United States. It also hosted the European Short Course Swimming Championships in December 2003.
Swim Ireland officially launched a High Performance Unit in April 2010 and conducts training camps for elite swimmers at the Centre.
The National Aquatic Centre is one of the world’s largest indoor water centres. It comprises:-
- A 10-lane 50 metre x 25 metre international standard swimming pool with two moveable floors which will allow it to be reconfigured for other uses;
- A 25 metre international standard diving pool/warm up pool;
- Seating for 2,500 spectators;
- Extensive leisure waters (AquaZone) including adventure water rides, with children’s play pool and wave pool;
- A fitness centre (ToneZone);
- Café and Reception Area.
The capital cost of the National Aquatic Centre was €62.5 million and the project was delivered on time and within budget.