The whistle wasn’t blown for summer’s official start as a child until your mam unearthed the paddling pool from the shed, and set about covering last year’s holes with masking tape and plasters.
And while sitting in a semi-deflated rubber contraption in front of our neighbours doesn’t exactly entice right now, there is a lot to be said for being able to cool down after spending time with clammy commuters during the current heatwave.
If you’re a step away from doing the Ice Bucket Challenge without a nomination, then it’s high-time you check out the waterparks and swimming pools in your locality.
And we've taken a look at our top five!
1. Leisureland, Co Galway
With three swimming pools to choose from, swimmers of all levels will be guaranteed a good time at one of Ireland’s most famous water and fitness centres.
From lane-swimming to water slides, there’s a reason we spent our childhoods begging for a weekend in Salthill.
2. Funtasia Waterpark, Drogheda
Located just two minutes from the M1 motorway, Funtasia Waterpark is super easy to reach for Dubliners in need of a cool-down during the heatwave.
And if slides and water activities are your thing, then a day spent at Funtasia is exactly what you’re after.
3. National Aquatic Centre
While a host for international, national and provincial competitions, the NAC is also open to casual swimmers in dire need of a splash.
The AquaZone is considered one of the most technically innovative water parks in Europe and boasts a whole host of attractions including the Wave Pool, Lazy River and Flow Rider.
4. Splashworld, Tramore
Whether it’s a wave machine or water park you’re after, this leisure centre has it.
Located in the sunny south-east, Splashworld is heaven for anyone who’s mad for a dip but has no intention of venturing into the sea.
5. Benone Complex & Strand
If an outdoor heated plash pool sounds like heaven right now, you may want to earmark a weekend in Co Derry.
The Benone Complex & Strand in Limavaddy is just a stone's throw from one of Ireland's longest beaches, and is the place to go if glamping and swimming is your thing.