Problem Solver - August 2014
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Find Effective Lane Line Storage

From lane lines and starting platforms to pool lifts and more, aquatic facilities have a lot of amenities to manage. Some items need to be moved into and out of the water. And equipment that can be removed from the pool or deck when not in use can create storage challenges. The most ideal solutions will enable you to maximize your deck space while minimizing your storage footprint.

Q: Our facility is used for competitive swimming and lap swimming, as well as recreational free swim. We have lane lines that we move into and out of the pool when needed, but have a hard time storing them when not in use without taking up a great deal of deck space. What should we look for?

A: Facilities with an eight-lane, 25-yard or meter pool, a fairly standard size in the United States, often need to store lane line reels on the pool deck, creating a more crowded situation and leading to less usable deck space. But solutions are available that can provide much more efficient storage solutions for lane lines.

Look for a lane line storage reel that features an extra-large capacity that can hold more than other storage reels. Even if you have large diameter (6-inch) lane lines, you can use just one of these storage reels to carry all of your lanes for an eight-lane, 25-yard or meter pool.

Q: What else should we know about lane line storage reels?

A: Look for lane line storage reels made from powder-coated stainless steel to resist the corrosion typical in the pool environment.

Be sure to consider the needs of staff, as well. You also should look for products that are easy to maneuver to simplify the process. Heavy-duty locking casters that can swivel 360 degrees will make it easier to get lane lines in and out of the water, and will help keep staff safe.

If your pool is outdoors, you might also want to consider purchasing a cover for your lane line storage reel to protect the reel and lines from the elements.


S.R. Smith LLC

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