The ladder of a rock pool in Wollongong frequented by elderly swimmers has been labelled "dangerous and unsafe". Andrew Conacher, who swims most mornings in the heritage listed Gentleman's Pool near Wollongong's Continental Pools, has noticed the ladder deteriorate badly over the years. "It has never complied with the Australian Standard AS 2818- 1993 for safety and is currently missing the top tread. Other treads are loose also," Mr Conacher said. Read more: A tour of the Illawarra's rock pools, from Coalcliff to Kiama "This ladder has previously been the subject of maintenance concerns from pool users and presents a hazard, especially the elderly. "It always gets the rough end of the stick when it comes to funding. "This ladder has been a problem for years. Now that there is a step missing, it is worse than it has ever been. "The pool is entering it's peak usage period over the summer holiday. Repairs to the existing ladder are mandatory and a second standard complying ladder would be a good idea." A Wollongong City Council spokesperson said the council was aware of a broken rung on a ladder into the Gentleman's Pool. "Council has plans in place to fix or replace the ladder in the coming week. Community members can also consider swimming at the nearby Continental Pool," the spokesperson said. The Illawarra Mercury newsroom is funded by our readers. You can subscribe to support our journalism here.