Using the Arena - FAQ's
New Student Members FAQ's
Q. How do I join the Mardyke Arena?
A. Its very simple - just call to Reception in the Arena, present your UCC student card at the registration desk, decide whether you wish to access the Arena using the Fast Access Biometrics system or by using the MIPS access system which requires you to go to Reception before each visit. The staff member at the desk will register you using your chosen access method and you will be given immediate access to the facilities.
Q. How long does my membership last?
A. When you join the Mardyke Arena your membership will run from the 1st October to the 30th September
Q. What do I need to bring with me when I visit?
A. You will need to bring a towel with you whether you are using the gyms/studios or pool or both. All members must bring a clean dry towel with them into the Fitness Gyms/classes for hygiene reasons. Swim hats are required for pool use so you can bring one with you or alternatively we sell them at Reception (three euros). Swim goggles are also available for sale at Reception. Our lockers take one euro coins which are returned to you after use. We would recommend that fitness gym users bring their own water bottles - we have water fountains on-site where they can be refilled. We also have drinks dispenser units at Reception. You must also bring your student card with you to enter the facility through Reception on every visit.
Q. What clothing should be worn when I visit?
A. If you are using the Fitness Gyms or attending Fitness classes then you should wear loose, comfortable clothing (e.g. tracksuits, shorts and T-shirts) and trainers. It is not permitted to go barefoot other than in pool and changing areas.
Pool users should wear appropriate swim clothing - outdoor shorts/T-shirts are not permitted in the pool for hygiene reasons. Remember that you will need a swim hat.
Q. Can I bring a friend to the Arena with me?
A. Yes - you may bring up to 2 non-member guests with you but there is a guest charge (10 euros for Adults and 6 euros for children). You will need to Reception and pay for your guests before using the facility and you must accompany your guests.
Q. How do I find my way around the Arena?
A. Take a look at our virtual tour of the facility -
If you have any difficulty in locating an area within the Arena when you are here - ask a member of staff who will guide you in the right direction.
Q. How do I learn to use the Fitness equipment?
A. The Arena run a Fitness Induction programme for UCC students during which you will be given full instruction and demonstration as to how to use the fitness equipment safely and effectively. Our gym instructors will advise you on Fitness Programmes to suit your individual needs and will monitor your progress over a period of time. Our instructors are always on hand if you need advice or further demonstrations. Please contact the gym instructor to book your place on the induction programme.
Should you miss the induction programme, we ask that you contact the gym instructor on your first visit and they will be happy to schedule an individual induction for you. Your safety is paramount and for this reason we ask you not to use the equipment until you are fully aware of correct usage and safety measures. If in any doubt - talk to the instructor.
Q. Can I pre-book Fitness classes?
A. No - in the interest of fairness to all members the classes are available on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
Q. Can I park my car/bicycle at the Arena?
A. Yes, there is a car-park outside the Arena but spaces are limited. You may park free (subject to spaces being available) for a maximum of 3 hours after which you will be charged. Only members using the indoor facilities may use the car-park. Anyone found to be using the carpark other than while they are in the indoor Arena may have their membership terminated. We ask that users be considerate and safety-conscious when using the car-park
There is a bicycle park directly in front of the main Reception area. Please ensure that your bicycle is securely locked when using the facility.
Q. What changing facilities are available in the Arena?
A. There are male and female changing areas for fitness gyms and for pool located on the ground floor and first floor of the complex.
Banks of lockers are included in changing facilities, as are mirrors and hairdriers. Toilets are located throughout the facility.
Pool changing areas - there is a main changing village located adjacent to the pool. Male and female changing rooms and showers are directly off this area (changing only - no showers). Open individual showers are located on the pool deck. Banks of lockers are located in the changing village and in the changing rooms. A hairdrier room is located immediately to your left as you enter the pool changing area. Toilets are located adjacent to the changing rooms.
The use of the indoor changing facilities is strictly reserved for Arena members who are using the indoor facilities only. The use of the indoor changing facilities by students/groups who are using the outdoor facilities is strictly forbidden.
Q. Are there rules for using specific areas of the Arena?
A. Yes - General Terms and Conditions apply to all members which you agree to when you join.
Specific areas have their own User Codes of Conduct which are clearly signed around the facility.
The Codes of Conduct exist in order to ensure that everyone may continue to enjoy a safe, clean and pleasant facility.
Q. Can I get something to eat/drink in the Arena while I am here?
A. Yes - Cafe "Nosh and Coffee" is located to the left of the main Reception area as you enter the facility.
Q. What do I do if I have a problem while I am in the Arena?
A. Talk to a staff member - they will attempt to resolve your problem or will contact a Duty Manager for you if necessary.