Kapiti’s Aquatic Splash

Aquatic Centre opening fun in the programmes pool85,000 take the plunge in new swimming pool

By Alan Tristram

Since it opened on August 10 this year, 85,000 people have visited the Coastlands Aquatic Centre.

This is six and a-half times the number of people who visited the now-closed Raumati Pool at the same time last year. 

“We are delighted with the response we’ve had from the community,” says Aquatic Facilities Manager, Alison Law.

“We’ve worked hard to meet the needs of our broad range of users, so it’s fantastic to see so many people coming through the doors.” 

Later opening

In response to customer demand, the Aquatic Centre is now open until 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. These extended opening hours will be trialled until 30 June 2014 to see if enough users swim at that time in the evening to warrant the facility being open later. 

A deep water aquafit class, on Thursdays from 8 – 8.45pm, has also been made available during the week. 

“We have been listening to our users and making changes if we are able to,” Ms Law says.

Disabled happy

“Although now we’re past the ‘bedding in’ process of the early months, we’re getting overwhelmingly positive feedback. This has included quite a few comments from people with disabilities who have been impressed with our staff and the facilities.”

Disabled Kāpiti resident Caren Ashford says she has found Aquatic Centre staff extremely helpful since she has been coming to the pool on a regular basis.

“They help me use the hoist to get into the pool, then they make sure I have all the items I need by the side of the pool for my work out,” she says. “I find they pre-empt me now– it’s excellent service.”

The 100,000th person through the doors of the Aquatic Centre will receive a prize package, including a month’s entry pass into the facility.