Supplement Feature - February 2012
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The ABCs of Aquatic Design

An Alphabetical Stroll Through the Latest Trends

By Dawn Klingensmith


W

West Morris Area YMCA. This Y branch in Randolph, N.J., encourages aquatic exercise and therapy by design. The warm-water pool is shallow enough for water walking and aqua fitness classes. It is equipped with ballet bars, parallel bars, strength training equipment and an underwater bike.

X

X Generation. Members of Generation X are in their 30s and 40s—of the age when they and their children are target markets for aquatics facilities.

Y

Young children. Although not as impressive as thrill rides, activities and attractions for the "48 inches and under" set are a must, including kiddie slides, spray-and-play features, wading pools and comfortable, shaded seating nearby for their adult supervisors.

Z

Zero-depth entry. Also called beach entry, it describes a pool with an edge or entry that gradually slopes from the deck into the water, becoming deeper with each step, in the manner of a natural beach. There are no stairs or ladders to negotiate, so this type of gradual entry assists older people, young children and people with disabilities.