Safer swim school

Monday, 22 October, 2018 | Supplied by: Sport + Venues (Australia)


Shawn’s Swim School operator Shawn Read had been searching for a floor covering solution for some time. He and his team were tiring from the daily grind of cleaning heavy poolside matting designed to reduce slipping on the concrete surround.

The loose-lay matting required constant attention and costly replacement every few years. Visually, it did nothing to enhance the established learn-to-swim school based in the rapidly growing outer Melbourne suburb of Hoppers Crossing.

Read spotted Life Floor at a trade show and realised he may have found a solution to his problem.

“I specially attended the SPLASH! show to search out flooring suppliers. When I watched the Life Floor sales guy drop an egg and saw it bounce without breaking, it got my attention,” Read said.

Life Floor is a tile flooring system designed especially for aquatic applications where people are barefoot. Thanks to its foam rubber construction, the non-abrasive tiles are soft underfoot. Manufactured in the United States using an EVA closed cell polymer, Life Floor is antimicrobial and impervious to just about anything.

Before: the unsightly matting was heavy and required constant maintenance.

After a four-month trial in a small change room, Read was convinced of the flooring’s suitability. He elected to install around 200 m2 in total, completely covering the concrete floor around the school’s 25 m four-lane indoor pool.

Installation was carried out over the school’s summer holiday closure and overseen by an authorised Life Floor staffer shipped in from the US, who also trained a number of local installers while here. The tiles are affixed to the floor using a proprietary waterproof contact adhesive product and there is no requirement for grout.

Read opted for a simple offset pattern using the highly slip-resistant ripple texture tile in blue and grey, with a black wet edge pool tile and die-cut depth markers.

“After examining flooring options, speaking with industry colleagues and based on my many years of experience in the learn-to-swim sector, I concluded that Life Floor offered a innovative solution to my issues,” Read said.

Cleaning and maintenance has proven straightforward and Read appreciates the durability of the product.

“We have had to keep an eye on anyone entering the pool deck in work boots or high heels as it likely the tiles could be scuffed, but that hasn't been issue at all.

“The visual transformation has been fantastic and it’s great to eliminate lifting and hosing those heavy mats every day. Life Floor is less slippery, softer on the feet and a much safer floor solution — particularly for youngsters. Everyone loves it, because it’s so nice to walk on and the cushioning and grip are amazing,” he said.

Top image: Life Floor’s foam rubber tile flooring system improved the visual appeal of the pool deck and made it safer.

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