Instructor Demi Asleson hangs out with her Sunfish swim students at the aquatic centre at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Pool celebrates 20 years

On Saturday and Sunday, admission will be rolled back to $2 and there will be games and prizes for kids Sunday.

The Vernon Recreation Complex is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the aquatic centre.

On Saturday and Sunday, admission will be rolled back to $2 and there will be games and prizes for kids Sunday.

“In 1994, the aquatic centre reopened with a new look that included a tropical-themed oasis with a waterslide, lazy river, hot tub, sauna and steam room situated beside a 25-metre competition pool,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the City of Vernon’s communications co-ordinator.

Since 1994, the centre has had more than 4.5 million visits from regular and drop-in users.

The swimming instructors have taught more than 200,000 water safety lessons and the aquatic fitness staff have offered more than 26,000 hours of fitness programs.

And Aqua Awareness staff have provided encouragement and a helping hand to more than 5,000 people who need a little extra assistance in and around the water.

“The aquatic centre also hosts some of the top-rated aquatic sport clubs in B.C.,” said Laing Gahr.

“The Vernon Kokanee Swim Club has a longstanding reputation for being one of the best swim clubs in the area. The Vernon Silhouettes are currently among the top-ranking synchronized swimming clubs in the Interior. The aquatic centre is also a regular training center for Vernon Special Olympians.”

There have been several improvements to the facility over the years such as the addition of a rope swing, rock climbing wall, an expanded weight room, flooring and updated showers.

“There have also been many updates that are less noticeable but have helped increase comfort and safety for staff and clients: new boilers, a new roof, improved lighting, waterproof electrical panels and a dehumidification system to improve air quality,” said Laing Gahr.

 

 

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