Splitting the difference

Monday, 27 May, 2019 | Supplied by: S.R.Smith

Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (CARC) prides itself on being unlike anything else in Perth, WA. Comprising nine water areas, three waterslides, a six multi-use court stadium, fitness studio and health club space, the centre has been enjoying high demand since opening in May 2017.

Higher than projected attendance numbers for the aquatic centre resulted in CARC management investigating options to improve space efficiency in the pools. The centre contracted S.R. Smith to install a SwimWall Systems structure at the centre, giving management the flexibility to alter the pool configuration to meet differing demands.

SwimWall is an inflatable structure that is permanently fixed to the floor of the centre’s outdoor 50-metre pool. When filled with air, the structure moves into a vertical position and forms a wall that is designed to fit around lane ropes. It effectively splits the pool in half and takes only a couple of minutes to implement the configuration change.

Installation of SwimWall at CARC gives the operational team a number of configuration alternatives that can be changed to meet the differing needs of bather groups:

  • Fully inflating the wall splits the space in half, effectively turning one 50-metre pool into two 25-metre pools.
  • By half-inflating the wall, four pool lanes can remain at a full 50 metres while four are reduced to 25-metre lanes.
  • Fully deflating the wall delivers the standard eight-lane 50-metre configuration.
  • Air is pumped into SwimWall from the pool deck. Full inflation takes only seconds to achieve and lane lines remain in place throughout the process. SwimWall is secured via a large stainless steel pin to a locking mechanism on the pool wall. When no longer needed, retracting the pin pushes the wall to one side and replaces the air with water, submerging it on the pool floor where it remains when not in use.

The SwimWall system is completely customisable, allowing aquatic centre management to segment pools into multiple smaller areas, catering to a wide variety of aquatic activities and maximising space efficiency and offering more opportunity for revenue.

Online: www.srsmith.com/au
Phone: 07 3812 2283
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