Chlorine-free system creates healthy water for swim school

Monday, 04 December, 2017 | Supplied by: Waterco Limited

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Swim school owner-operator Margie Thorpe (not related to swimming star Ian Thorpe, but clearly they share a similar passion!) is a long-term resident of Mareeba in Far North Queensland, having lived in the area for 30 years — 20 of those teaching youngsters to swim, ranging from babies aged as young as four months through to early primary school-aged children.

In 2011, after years of working in backyard pools, Margie and her husband Shane decided to build their own pool on a 2.5 acre parcel of land. The key feature of Margie’s Swim School is a purpose-designed, 12 x 6 m indoor heated pool to cater for the “very young, easily distracted and special needs” customers. It includes a shallow area for toddlers and fearful learners to experience the fun and safety issues of being in and around water.

Qualified by AUSTSWIM in Swimming and Water Safety and Infant and Preschool Aquatics, Margie is also a licensed Swim Australia Teacher of Swimming and Teacher of Learners with Disability.

Her pool offers a private and safe environment, with small classes allowing individual attention. Only one lesson is conducted at a time, so there are no distractions — for Margie or her young students.

Chlorine is notorious for its side effects — and for Margie, who spends up to seven hours a day submerged in chemically chlorinated pool water, that meant losing all of her body hair.

“I didn’t even have eyelashes,” she said.

Margie believes the combination of corrosive pool chemicals and the fumes produced by the heated water in the enclosed space not only caused significant hair loss, but potentially triggered the two bouts of pneumonia she has suffered from since building her swim school pool.

“I constantly smelt like chlorine and I do think it was getting into my lungs, because I’ve had pneumonia twice in three years,” she said.

After installing a saltwater chlorinator in her custom-built swim school pool, Margie’s husband Shane read an article about Hydroxypure in a trade magazine.

“Shane spent years researching different systems and he kept insisting that Hydroxypure was better than all of the others,” she said. “He was constantly looking because, as the pool is basically in a large tin shed, he wanted to preserve the shed as well as me.”

Instead of spending most of the day in chlorinated water, Margie is now able to teach her young students in an aquatic environment free of impurities and the side effects associated with chemical sanitisers. Not only is Margie’s pool water sparkling clean, it is also enriched by the extra oxygen molecules generated by Hydroxypure’s hybrid ozone technology.

“The most pleasing aspect of this installation has been the multiple problems that Hydroxypure has solved for the owners at this site,” said its inventor, Nick Briscoe.

“These problems are common within most swim schools. Many operators are not aware that there is an alternative to chlorine now that is proving that they no longer must be subjected to an uncomfortable environment to work within an industry that they are passionate about.”

Since Hydroxypure was installed at Margie’s Swim School in April 2016, Margie says that not only has all of her hair grown back, she has also had positive feedback from her clients.

“I teach a six-month old infant who has dreadful eczema, the poor thing, and the mother told me that she doesn't have to apply any medication for two days after swimming in Hydroxypure,” she said.

Margie teaches many children diagnosed on the autism spectrum and, interestingly, she says they are fascinated by the texture of the water.

“The ozone that’s coming into the pool produces tiny bubbles, and the kids are fascinated by the texture of the water and how soft it makes their skin feel,” she said. “It shimmers like silver.”

Margie’s Swim School has received rave reviews from parents and invigorated its owner-operator. When asked what inspires Margie to wake each morning to teach kids to swim, her answer is simple: “Their smiles.”

“I am now teaching the children of the children I once taught — that’s two generations of swimmers in the one family,” she explained.

“One of the joys I get from my work is seeing the mums, dads and grandparents spending one-on-one time with their young children and grandchildren, without worrying about the daily duties that come with parenting. Seeing their smiles is why I wake up every morning.”

Image credit: Ross Brown for Waterco.

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