This was also where the swimming events of the IGLA 2000 World
Championships took place and it is classified as one of the three best places in Paris for
lap swimming, with the other two being the Piscine
Pontoise and the Piscine Suzanne Berlioux.
Situated in the 20th Arrondissement of Paris, this
swimming pool is absolutely great for the more serious swimmer, but because it is very
popular it does get rather crowded on the weekends and in the summertime.
This pool was built specifically for the 1924 Olympic games and many people will know the
name Johnny Weissmuller, who was famous for playing the film role Tarzan, but he also
broke numerous swimming world records including one for the 100 metres at the Olympic
Games held at this venue.
The pool itself is 50 metres in length and 21 metres in width and has 8 lanes, which are
usually divided up to provide 37 metre lap swimming area and a 13 metre free swim area and
the temperature in here is usually kept at around 27 degrees Celsius and it is deeper than
a lot of other pools.
There is a sliding roof that means in the summer it is open air swimming but even when the
cover is on it creates a nice atmosphere and looks similar to one of the old style train
stations that have those curved roofs.
After the improvements and renovations that were conducted around the 1989, you will find
that there are now spacious locker rooms and it is the first swimming stadium in France to
have a pit for synchronised swimming, which is 3.10 metres deep and a state of the art
giant scoreboard and electronic timing for swimming competitions.
Other improvements included the sound system in the place and the seating for a capacity
of 1500 spectators and there are numerous competitions and events held at the Stade
Nautique Georges Vallerey such as the French Swimming Championships, which is held here
As with most swimming pools and sports stadiums in France, it is compulsory to wear a
swimming cap and you must wear proper swimming trunks or bathing suits and you are not
allowed to wear swimming shorts.
The time and dates of the venue vary on opening hours, due to the fact that there are
several competitions held here, so it is advisable to contact them and get the most up to
date information available.
Address and Contact Details:
Stade Nautique Georges Vallerey
148 Avenue Gambetta
Telephone: 1 40 31 15 20