The Norman Kirk Memorial Swimming Pool is a memorial to former Prime Minister Norman Kirk, who was born in Waimate. It was opened in November 1978 and is located at the south end of Queen Street.
It is a six-lane pool, and is 33.8 metres long. It is open-air and coal heated to an average temperature between 24°C and 29°C.
The pool is open from Labour Weekend until Mid-March.
Number of visits range from 10,000 to 12,000 annually.
The pool is well supported by the Waimate Swimming Club who teach children to swim. They also organise competition swimming. There are a number of Swimming Carnival competition days, including swimming clubs outside Waimate. A number of groups of social clubs and organisations hire the pool from time to time.
Friends of the Pool are a group of people who make use of the pool most days of the season, and donate equipment.
The pool complex offers plenty of seating, a grassed area, barbeque area, shaded paddling pool for toddlers, and a shop.
During the holidays the pool runs fun days for the children.