17 Sep AquaClimb Helps Keep Military Agile and Fit
Staying fit and agile are top job requirements for the men and women in the U.S. military. In the army, for example, all soldiers take a fitness test (known as the army physical fitness test or APFT) twice a year which scores a person’s ability to complete push-ups, sit-ups, and a two-mile run. These scores allow superiors to gauge whether or not the service member is fit enough to safely carry out assigned tasks and are taken into consideration when promotions are determined. The critical importance of fitness has led the military to look for new ways to encourage physical exercise and one of those exciting ways is the AquaClimb.
U.S. military bases around the world are realizing the incredible fitness and agility benefits offered by the sport of aquatic climbing. It’s an intense physical activity that develops coordination, strength, and flexibility. The mental benefits of aquatic climbing are just as important as the physical ones. Because aquatic climbing requires strategies and focus, it reinforces the mental agility needed to concentrate and persevere, essential skills that keep service personnel safe. Because of the physical and mental benefits of aquatic climbing, the AquaClimb walls have proven to be a great addition to many military aquatic centers. AquaClimb walls are in use at bases from Guantanamo Bay to Pearl Harbor.
“The AquaClimb was a hit this summer! We would like to add another AquaClimb wall to our indoor facility,” says Stephanie Whipple, MWR Fitness Coordinator, NAVSTA Rota, Spain.
Laura Grandner of AquaClimb explains another big reason why the walls are becoming so popular on US military bases. “The government looks for wise spending and, when it comes to an AquaClimb, they know the longevity of the product outlasts the investment.”
There is a long list of bases where you’ll find AquaClimb, including:
- Bolling AFB, DC
- Ft Sam Houston, TX
- White Sands, NM
- Pensacola, FL (Has 3 AquaClimb walls)
- Tyndall AFB
- MCConnell AFB
- Fort Huachuca
- NAS Key West MWR
- Peterson AFB
- Dover AFB
- Anderson AFB
- Lackland AFB
- Charleston MWR/New Wave Aquatic Center
- Camp Lejeune
- Fort Rucker
- El Centro NAF Pool
- Pearl Harbor-Hickman Joint Base
- Pensacola, FL CRS MWR Pool
- Tinker AFB
- NAVSTA Rota, Spain
Service men and women find that working on their fitness and agility is also a lot more fun with the AquaClimb. An innovative and new activity, it allows people to climb without feeling like they’re “working out” and without realizing just how much beneficial movement they are actually getting. Because the AquaClimb curves and hangs over the pool, natural re-entry into the water is feet first and the descent is away from the pool wall and edge. People line up to try it and keep coming back because it offers the challenge they want, in a forgiving and fun setting. The only thing you’ll hit is water if you fall and that can actually be one of the most enjoyable parts of the climb.