In response to Where are the numbers for the new pool?

Dear Beagle Editor,

Re: Where are the numbers for the new pool?

Reluctant as I am to respond to an anonymous letter, I feel that I must come to the defence of your “bob up and down” brigade, of which I am an enthusiastic and energetic member.

This group comprises over 100 members and, depending on the weather, up to 50 at a time attend the FOUR sessions held each week. We pay a little extra for the one- hour sessions, conducted by a very competent, qualified and caring instructor, who provides a well- balanced programme. She ensures that individuals exercise at their own level, avoiding strain and injury.

Numbers swell in January when holidaymakers realise they can continue their aquaerobics while away from home.

Most sessions we utilise 2 – 3 lanes of the 50 metres (sometimes sharing an area with learn to swim classes etc.). Far from “bobbing”, some of our exercises are invigorating, utilising different muscles.

Incidentally, I also generally swim several laps at the conclusion of each session.

Many of the participants have difficulty exercising on land. For them, exercising in water provides the toning and cardiovascular benefits of exercise on dry land with less strain and stress on muscles, joints, and bones. The natural resistance and buoyancy of water means workouts are low impact and less painful. For this reason, water aerobic exercises may prove a safer alternative for the elderly, pregnant women and those with back problems or arthritis. Local doctors, physiotherapists and other health providers are extremely supportive of the indoor aquatic centre, including a hydrotherapy pool. Many participants in the aquaerobics programme have told me how much benefit they have obtained. We have a “wake” at the end of the season, and look forward to regrouping six months later.

Advertising of the classes has been poor, a situation that can be rectified by the new management. Currently most newcomers find out about the sessions by word of mouth. An indoor centre, with a separate hydrotherapy pool, will have an increased patronage year round.

Some of the reasons people do not go to the private hydrotherapy pool in Moruya include:

  • Distance

  • Lack of public transport

  • Session timetable does not suit

  • Cost

  • The smaller pool, which I understand is 20 m x 13m, does not allow for stretching out, but is useful for certain people requiring hydrotherapy in warmer water.

As regards “where are the numbers….” an indoor aquatic centre is a totally different story from an aging outdoor pool with unreliable solar heating. On nice days when a portable jumping castle is utilised, child numbers swell. The new aquatic centre will include a waterslide and leisure pool, and provide an attractive venue in all weathers.

Having year round swimming lessons and squad training will allow children to see the benefits and enjoyment of swimming, and increase their safety in the surf. Hopefully, it will also encourage them to join local Nippers Clubs, thus ensuring a future supply of lifesavers.

Jennie Hapood

Batemans Bay.

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