OFFICIAL OPENING: Mayor Peter Maguire cuts the ribbon with Cr Paul Bell, contractors and pool lessees.
EMERALD'S new learn to swim pool opened for business with a splash on Tuesday with children and instructors eagerly diving in for the first swimming lesson.
A commemorative ribbon was cut to celebrate the milestone in the Emerald Aquatic Centre upgrade process, with each student taking home a piece of the ribbon to remember the event.
"We have reached a major milestone on the $10.1 million project with the completion and opening of the learn to swim pool," Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said.
"We are very excited to have this facility open to the public.
"It's so important that children learn how to swim, and this custom built pool provides the perfect safe and enjoyable environment for that to happen."
It is expected that the 50m pool and wet play area (splash pad) will be ready to open in late October, weather permitting.
"The splashpad equipment has been installed and is being tested," Cr Maguire said.
"It's in clear view which I imagine would be making the kids extremely excited."
The Emerald Aquatic Centre will close for the winter season at 6pm on May 31. It will reopen on August 12 when learn to swim classes will also recommence.