Problem Solver - August 2011
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Outfit Your Pool for Fun

In these times of budget shortfalls and number-crunching, you are surely looking for new ways to bring additional revenues into your aquatic facility. In order to bring in new revenue, you need to bring in more fee-paying swimmers. But that can be difficult to do in an existing pool.

The good news is, even if you're limited to a rectangular swimming pool without slides or sprays, you can make simple, relatively low-cost additions that will increase the fun factor, attracting more swimmers. What's more, there are options that will require no additional construction or renovation on your part. Consider these simple additions when you want to build excitement and attendance—and revenues—at your pool.

Q: We have an older pool, and have been faced with declining interest and attendance as newer, flashier facilities have been built in the surrounding area. Is there a fun element we can add that might attract swimmers back to our simpler facility?

A: Even if your pool has a slide and a diving board, those can only go so far when you're competing with lazy rivers, beach-like entries, splash play areas and other, waterpark-like amenities. But you don't have to go back to the drawing board and renovate your facility to bring the swimmers back to your water. A simple solution will do the trick.

You can find safe modular sports inflatables that are simple to set up. These add a new, fun and sometimes even competitive element to your pool that will draw your swimmers back—with friends.

A complete line of modular, interlocking commercial-grade swimming pool inflatables is available that will enable you to turn your plain pool into a venue for a fun and friendly sporting competition. Made of seamed, welded 32-ounce PVC, the inflatables don't even need continuous airflow.

What's more, a wide array of configurations is available, so it's easy to mix and match the modular elements to create a new experience every week.

Q: How can we use inflatables to encourage more people to visit the pool? And what can we do to keep them interested once they've tried them?

A: Modular sports inflatables can be used to turn your plain old pool into an exciting circuit or arena for a competition that will be fun for participants and viewers alike.

Your guests will enjoy competing on the water. The only downside to losing is taking a dunk in the pool. Viewers will love watching the competition, as well as the ensuing splashes.

Elements can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways to create a championship course. Participants will enjoy sliding, traversing a balance beam, climbing, jumping and much more. There is an element that requires patrons to duel above the water's surface. Or use inflatable kayaks to outfit a team for a race or an exhilarating game of kayak polo.

Combine more than one element to allow patrons to compete in an endless variety of ways. Set up a team competition, or allow birthday parties to pay a fee to rent the space and use the inflatables outside of regular pool hours.

The options are truly infinite. Provide programming, complete with medals for winners, or just let the competition flow at its own pace.

Q: Is it safe?

A: Look for modular sports infltables that are certified for safety. You can find an option certified to comply with strict European standards.

The modulars are made to be used with pools of a specific depth, so you'll need to make sure you maintain the correct water depth. On top of that, you'll need to ensure adequate distance between the inflatables and the pool's edge.


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