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Feature Article - June 2018

Aquatics

A Look at Trends in Aquatic Facilities


Aquatic respondents from Ys are more likely than others to provide learn-to-swim programs for children, learn-to-swim programs for adults, special needs aquatics programs, leisure swim, water safety programs and lifeguard training.

Aquatic respondents from schools and school districts are more likely than others to provide youth swim teams, school or collegiate swim teams, swim meets and competitions, and diving or diving teams.

Aquatic respondents from health clubs are more likely than others to offer aquatic exercise programs, lap swimming, and aqua-therapy programs.

Finally, aquatic respondents from colleges and universities are more likely than those from other types of facilities to provide adult swim teams and water polo programs.

The percentage of aquatic respondents who plan to add new programs at their facilities over the next few years grew from 18.3 percent in 2017 to 19.6 percent in 2018.

Aquatic respondents from community recreation centers are the most likely to be planning to add aquatic programs at their facilities. Some 25.8 percent of community centers with aquatics have such plans. They were followed by health clubs (22.9 percent), Ys (20.6 percent), parks (20.5 percent), schools (18.2 percent), and colleges and universities (17.8 percent). Respondents from camps were the least likely to report that they have plans to add aquatic programs, with 13.3 percent indicating they would do so.

The top 10 planned program additions include:

  1. Special needs aquatic programs (planned by 33.1 percent of those who will be adding programs)
  2. Aquatic exercise programs (25.8 percent)
  3. Learn-to-swim for adults (23.9 percent)
  4. Aqua-therapy programs (20.2 percent)
  5. Water safety programs (17.8 percent)
  6. Adult swim teams (17.2 percent)
  7. Learn-to-swim for children (16 percent)
  8. Lifeguard training (15.3 percent)
  9. Youth swim teams (12.9 percent)
  10. Water polo (11.7 percent)

Aquatic respondents from schools are more likely than other facilities to be planning to add learn-to-swim programs for children, learn-to-swim programs for adults, adult swim teams, school and collegiate swim teams, aquatic exercise programs, and leisure swim.

Aquatic respondents from community recreation centers are more likely than other facilities to be planning to add special needs aquatic programs, lap swim, diving and diving teams, and water polo.

Aquatic respondents from health clubs are more likely than those from other types of facilities to be planning to add aqua-therapy, water safety programs and lifeguard training.

Finally, aquatic respondents from Ys are more likely than others to be planning to add youth swim teams and swim meets and competitions.

Facility Enhancements

The percentage of aquatic respondents with plans to build new facilities or make additions or renovations to existing facilities changed little from 2017 to 2018. While 71.6 percent of aquatic respondents in 2017 had plans for construction, in 2018, that number grew slightly to 71.8 percent. Aquatic respondents are more likely than those without aquatics to be planning constriction. Just over two-thirds (67 percent) of non-aquatic respondents said they have plans for construction.

Aquatic respondents are more likely than those without aquatics to be planning changes at existing facilities, while those without aquatics are more likely to be planning new construction. More than half (54.3 percent) of aquatic respondents are planning renovations and 31.4 percent are planning additions, compared with 47.4 percent and 26.9 percent of non-aquatic respondents, respectively. And while 28.4 percent of non-aquatic respondents are planning to build new, 27.8 percent of aquatic respondents are planning new construction.

Aquatic respondents' average budget for construction decreased by 3.1 percent from 2017 to 2018. In 2017, aquatic respondents were planning to spend an average of $4,776,000, while 2018 respondents are planning to spend $4,630,000. This is still 19.3 percent higher than the average construction budget for non-aquatic respondents in 2018, at $3,880,000.

The top 10 aquatic features covered by the survey that are most commonly found among aquatic respondents' facilities include:

  1. Automatic chemical feeders (found among 73 percent of aquatic respondents' facilities)
  2. Pool lifts and accessibility equipment (69.2 percent)
  3. Diving boards (47 percent)
  4. Zero-depth entry (41.2 percent)
  5. Waterslides (39.4 percent)
  6. Water play structures (36 percent)
  7. Splash pads (24.7 percent)
  8. UV disinfection systems (22.7 percent)
  9. Lazy rivers (13 percent)
  10. Poolside cabanas (12.8 percent)
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