Supplement Feature - February 2012
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The ABCs of Aquatic Design

An Alphabetical Stroll Through the Latest Trends

By Dawn Klingensmith


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 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.


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.


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.