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Won’t an indoor pool make more money than an outdoor pool because it’s open year-round?
Unfortunately, no. Even though an indoor pool has a longer operating season, it typically experiences lower attendance levels and higher operating costs such as heating, cooling and staffing. Besides the higher annual costs, the capital costs for an indoor pool are also much higher than an outdoor pool.
Why should we have so many features? Why not just build a traditional pool?
Patrons today demand exciting and fun features, and although swimming lessons are still very popular, it’s important to add modern features to your facility to encourage repeat customers. What’s more, a variety of features will provide patrons of various ages the ability to participate in your pool. For example, shade can be used by both older patrons watching children in the pool and younger families needing a break from the hot sun.
How will we know what to include in our new aquatic center?
There are many programming activities that can only be conducted under certain conditions, and many features can only be placed in certain areas. For example, an indoor facility may want to conduct diving or scuba classes, or may want to start a competitive swimming club, and will need deep water and regulation swimming lap lanes. On the other hand, your facility may really want to include a lazy river, which needs a great deal of space and special equipment. An aquatic consultant will work with you during the planning process to determine what programming and features are most important to you and will help you determine what to include in your facility.
Should we drink the water in the pool?
Absolutely not! Pool operators work hard to maintain safe water in the pool, but there are types of microorganisms resistant to typical chlorine levels that you may contract even in treated water, such as cryptosporidiosis. In order to protect yourself, you should not drink the water in pools or other recreational water venues.
How long should a pool last?
Typically, pools are constructed to last an average of 30 to 40 years or more. In our experience, we have evaluated aquatic facilities that have reached 70 plus years and still operating. The bottom line: if your pool is designed, constructed and maintained properly, it should provide your community with many decades of recreation.
We have an old pool; does it have to be replaced?
Maybe, maybe not. Many pools around the country are simply outdated and in need of a facelift, but are still in good shape. If you have an older pool and you’re thinking about making some updates, start your project with an evaluation of your pool to determine its overall condition. By beginning the process of updating your aging facility with an evaluation, you will have a clear course of action for your facility in the form of consultant recommendations for renovation, enhancement, or replacement.
Can we build a “green” pool?
Sure! Many items included in indoor and outdoor aquatic centers can be planned to be “green” and friendly to your environment. Some ideas may include choosing more efficient overhead lights, low VOC paint and floor coverings, selecting natural landscaping to reduce irrigation and designing your facility to take advantage of natural lighting, heating and cooling benefits.