News that all pools can reopen from Monday came as a surprise to private pool operators when it was announced by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet on Thursday morning.
Susie McKeon, of McKeon's Swim School, said the announcement came as a big surprise and it may take a week to get everything fully up to speed.
"We will certainly open the doors on Monday but possibly not for lessons until the week after," Mrs McKeon said.
"We will open on Monday for our squads, junior squads and rehabilitation clients who desperately need the pool.
"They have struggled for four months not being able to do it.
"Often the warm water is the only exercise they can get. So we will definitely open for them on Monday.
"But we are still looking at all the logistics for the actual lessons."
Mrs McKeon said casual staff who worked as instructors already knew they would be coming back on the 18th. So it was only a matter of a week until all lessons will resume in a COVID safe way. She said it was exciting news for everyone after nearly four months of lockdown.
Wollongong City Council and Kiama Municipal Council are reviewing what the plans are now for their swimming pools from Monday and will announce those on Friday.
Meanwhile Shellharbour Council chief executive Carey McIntyre said the Oak Flats 25m and 50m swimming pools reopened on October 2 and the latest change to the Public Health Order means their capacity will increase from Monday.
"Online bookings are essential and pool visitors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the COVID measures in place before they visit the pools," he said.
Shellharbour council's Albion Park and Warilla pools will re-open on November 1, in line with their usual annual reopening schedule. Thy will also operate under the Public Health Orders.
"The council anticipates regular changes to the PHO as restrictions continue to ease under the NSW Government roadmap for easing of COVID-19 restrictions," Mr McIntyre said.
"Council's highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of the community, customers and staff. Council will continue to comply with the Public Health Orders and asks for patience as staff work through the changing requirements."