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The AquaClimb Europe team was contacted by the city of Alsfeld looking to install an AquaClimb at their indoor facility.  The city of Alsfeld saw the AquaClimb at the Aquanale show in Cologne.  TUV provides certification for products in Germany for safety and engineering requirements....

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to start getting the pool ready for its Memorial Day debut.  Paint, check.  Pressure washer, check.  Maintenance work, check. Lifeguards hired, check.  New pool feature, whoops.  Today, pools are no longer allowed to be just pools. ...

3 meter diving stands, and particularly the ladder on a 3 meter dive stand, pose serious dangers. [caption id="attachment_754" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Safe or Not?[/caption]  3 meter diving stands, while not near as numerous as a few years ago, still exist at recreational pools, where they may not...

By Brittany Petrillo The Western Courier | October 11, 2013
Those looking for a new total body workout can now visit the Donald S. Spencer Recreation Center and try to tackle the new 16 feet tall AquaClimb poolside wall.  Pat McGrath, assistant director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits at the rec said he encourages students to take advantage of the aquatic recreational challenge. WIU metalic custom“It‘s kind of the new trend in aquatic features for recreational facilities,” McGrath said. “There haven’t been any advances in play areas for pools since pretty much the water slide came out probably 50 years ago, so it’s kind of the newest, biggest thing.”  The wall was installed in early August, and it has since been featured on the cover of a few different magazines for recreation industries. McGrath said he and his colleagues were looking to enhance the recreational swimming opportunities at the rec.  “We have a great lap-swimming contingency; lots of people come and swim laps, but we don’t have as many people just playing around on inner tubes,” he said.  “And there’s tons of options up there we just need something really to draw people in, and so far it’s really helped with that.”

With the outdoor season behind us, the focus moves to indoor facilities.  There are many ways to increase you chance of success. Your pool can be a revenue and/or membership generator, with the proper programming. Understand the basics [caption id="attachment_700" align="alignleft" width="194"]WIU Introduces Their Indoor Climbing Wall WIU Introduces Their Indoor Climbing Wall[/caption] Before designing classes or events around your pool, understand what your members want and when. Scot Hunsaker, from the aquatics consulting firm Counsilman-Hunsaker, St. Louis, Mo., offers some tips on how to figure out what type of aquatics programming is right for your fitness center. Types of programming. The four types of programming for your pool are competitive, recreation, lessons, and fitness and therapy. What type you offer may already be decided by what kind of pool you have. Competitive swimming requires the pool to be cool and deep. The others require the pool to be warm (78 to 82 degrees) and shallow (5 feet or less). For most fitness centers, recreation and fitness are a good combination, if managed properly. Know your market. Is your culture competitive or more of a neighborhood pool? Will non-members be allowed to use the pool? If you don’t know what your market wants, conduct an email or telephone survey of your members. Or, create a member advisory board that represents a good cross-section of your members, and consult them about programming ideas. Know the ages of the people who will use the pool, and the number of people. Also, know the times that they will most likely use the pool, the days of the week and the time of year.

It was quite an honor to be featured in the August, 2013 Athletic Business Magazine.  The honor was eclipsed by hearing that the AquaClimb Sport was going to be featured on the cover.  To read the entire article click Here In order to have a project...