We will be installing a swim wall in the 50m pool so that the pool can be set up in 25m configuration.
Due to the higher than expected demand on the aquatic facility, Cockburn ARC has been looking into options to improve the efficiency of the use of space in the pools. As a result of our investigations we have decided to install a swim wall in our 50 metre pool.
What is a swim wall?
A swim wall is an inflatable structure that is permanently fixed to the bottom of the 50m pool. By filling the wall with air, it moves into a vertical position forming a wall that is designed to fit around lane ropes, and splits the pool in half. It only takes a couple of minutes to change the configuration.
This means that we will have the ability to configure the 50m pool in a number of ways:
- The whole pool can be split in half, providing the equivalent of two 25 metre pools
- The swim wall can be inflated to just half of the pool so that 4 lanes can remain as 50 metres, and 4 can be set as 25m lanes.
- At many times, the pool wall will be deflated and the pool will remain with all lanes as 50 metres.
The benefits will be most felt during the summer months, when the swim wall can allow us to accommodate recreation swimmers, inflatables and lap lane swimmers. It will also allow us to have the indoor 25 metre set up more often in the more desirable 8 lane configuration which means lane ropes align with the pool markings.
In order to install the swim wall, we will need to close the 50 metre pool for three days. We have scheduled this work to occur in a cooler time of the year to impact as few patrons as possible. The pool wil be closed from 7am on Wednesday 16 May and will reopen on Saturday 19 May 2018
We will also need to move our Deep Water aqua class into the 25 metre on Thursday 17 May, and our Wednesday evening Aqua Energy class will have reduced numbers as will only be held over two lanes.
We envisage the 25 metre pool will be busy during this time, and while there will be no recreation space, we will have some limited lap lane availability. Please check the website during this time.
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What is a swim wall?
The swim wall allows for greater flexibility in pool programming, by separating a 50m pool into two 25m pools. The swim wall is permanently fixed to the bottom of the 50m pool. By filling the wall with air, it moves into a vertical position forming a wall that is designed to fit around lane ropes and spitting the pool in half.What is the swim wall made of?
The swim wall is made of a glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and a process of resin infusion that provides excellent strength to weight ratio.When will the swim wall be installed?
Works begin as of 7am Wednesday 16 May 2018- The swim wall will take approximately three days to install. No public access to the 50m pool will be available at this time.Will there be public swimming space during the shutdown?
The Centre has made every effort to ensure public swimming space is available during the shutdown. However as there will be very limited pool space available, we recommend checking the website lane availability prior to visiting.Will there be disruptions to other areas of the centre during installation?
The Centre has made every effort to minimise the amount of disruption to members and customers. It is unlikely there will be any impact to other areas of the centre other than the 50m pool. Our alerts section on website will be updated regularly to keep members and customers informedwill there still be 50m lanes available after the swim wall is installed?
Yes, the swim wall has been designed in such a way that that we can operate both 25m and 50m configurations at the same time. This may vary throughout the day, and as such we recommend you check the website for more details.