Cold weather cramping your freestyle? The dip in temperatures outside doesn't rule out a dive into the heated waters of an indoor pool.
From New Hyde Park to Montauk, swimming facilities are open to the public with the purchase of a day pass. The pools range from Olympic giants to cozy swimming holes at facilities such as municipal recreation centers, hotels and private health spas. Some offer extras such as saunas, steam and spa treatments - even a dash of tropical scenery. With day passes costing as little as $5, you could be swimming circles around cabin fever.
Here are some of the bigger and better-known public pools in our region. -- Jim Merritt
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk: The special Seawater Pool at Gurney's is filled with warmed water drawn directly from Montauk's beaches. Gurney's offers lap training, aquatic yoga and other swimming classes. Those who wish to use the facilities and are not residents of the hotel are subject to a $40 facility fee.
Hilton Long Island
Hilton Long Island, 598 Broadhollow Rd., Melville: The Hilton Long Island is a full-service hotel in the Melville business district. Residents can take advantage of the hotel's heated indoor pool and hot tub. A pool day pass for non-guests is $30.
LA FItness - Farmingdale
LA Fitness, 2110 Rte. 110, Farmingdale: Members can enjoy the fitness club's indoor heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas. Memberships start at $29 per month.
LA Fitness - New Hyde Park
LA Fitness , 1111 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park: This venue has a 25-yard heated pool with five lanes for lap swimming, water exercise and other activities. You must be 18 or older and sign a liability waiver to enter the pool area.
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Nassau County Aquatic Center, Eisenhower County Park, East Meadow: Fitness center with a focus on aquatic exercise and swimming. Lap lanes and diving boards available. Also has weights and other exercise equipment. Resident adult with Leisure Pass: $5; without: $15.
Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood-Grant Campus
Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood-Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood: This heated pool, located on the campus of Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood hosts swimming meets for high schools and other special swimming events. The eight-lane pool is also open to the public. A day pass costs $10. You must sign a liability release form to swim.
Echo Park Indoor Pool Complex, Nassau Boulevard at Roosevelt Boulevard, West Hempstead: Heated indoor pool and fitness complex open to residents year-round. Special swimming sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Residents can access Echo Park's swimming pool for a $7 day pass, and non-residents for $8.