#WAHC2018: Insider's Tour
Explore Three Different Charleston Aquatic Facilities
It's time to spotlight the #WAHC2018 Insider's Tour, a fan favorite for pool operators, facility managers, and builders of all kinds! It's your chance to learn how some of Charleston, South Carolina's facilities operate on a day-to-day basis. Arrive a day early to the World Aquatic HealthTM Conference and you'll have the opportunity to take the Insider's Tour on October 10, 2018 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Lunch and transportation are included in the ticket price.
What Can I Expect?
You'll get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a downtown pool in the middle of renovations that will take it from seasonally to always operational, an indoor heated facility that hosts (among other things) underwater hockey, and a new attraction at a beloved local waterpark. Also, you'll learn about amazing county parks initiatives to bring water competency to rural communities in need.
Martin Luther King Pool
The first stop on the tour is Martin Luther King Pool, a 50 meter, eight-lane pool in the heart of downtown Charleston. It was opened in 1973 as a seasonal facility and fitted with an bubble about 20 years ago, to make it year-round. MLK is home to the Southern Marlins Racing Team (SMRT) year-round swim team, SMRT Masters, lap swimmers, recreational swimmers, year round swim lessons, and swim meets. As one of only five year-round aquatic facilities in the Charleston area, it is being renovated to better serve our expanding population.
The bubble is erected in November each year, and removed in March. Removing the bubble requires draining the pool. The pool must then be refilled and chemicals rebalanced. MLK pool renovations are scheduled to include upgrades in electrical systems, replacement of some existing mechanical, and most visibly, a new, permanent structure to replace the existing bubble. The new structure will have glass sides to allow for greater visibility and light. The roof will be retractable, and open over the pool water to allow patrons to still experience outdoor swimming during the warm months.
The renovations will begin in August and be completed in November. At the time of the Insider's Tour, the renovations will still be underway, presenting attendees a perfect opportunity to see a project of this scale in process. Site managers will be on hand to answer questions and give more detailed information about the variety of projects underway.
St. Andrew's Family Fitness Plus
You'll then move on to tour the aquatics facility at St. Andrew’s Family Fitness Plus, which maintains an indoor heated pool measuring 25 yards x 25 meters. There are eight lanes for lap swimming and a 75 foot x 28 foot instructional area for swim lessons, water aerobics, water walking, and birthday parties. The pool temperature is regulated year-round. St. Andrew’s Family Fitness uses the pool for a variety of activity, including water aerobics classes, private swim lessons, adult swimming lessons, youth swimming lessons, water discovery for infants and toddlers, lifeguard training, underwater hockey, and lifeguard careers.
Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark
The last stop on the Insider's Tour will be Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, where Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) will highlight a new ride at the park and show off the pump room. Finally, you'll move into a conference room for a presentation on two exciting CCPRC initiatives: a portable instructional pool and the first public pool in Hollywood, SC.
You'll learn how CCPRC partners with a local nonprofit and the local school district to teach 400 kids basic swimming skills each summer at four locations throughout the rural parts of Charleston County, using a portable pool.
Then, you'll learn about one of the fruits of that outreach: the interest generated by the portable pool visit to Hollywood led to demand for a facility in that community. CCPRC will present mockups of the very first public swimming pool in Hollywood, SC, which CCPRC and The Parklands Foundation broke ground on in August of 2018. Built at the future location of Town Hall in Hollywood located off of Highway 162, the $3 million outdoor pool will be 25 yards, approximately 2,400 square feet, and will accommodate about 128 people in the pool at one time. The Foundation expects the construction of the pool to be completed in the spring of 2019 and will offer swimming lessons and water safety classes to the community.
How Will This Fit My Schedule?
Arrive a day early to #WAHC2018, and you will be on your way! The Insider's Tour will take place Wednesday, October, 18, beginning at 9:00 AM sharp, and will conclude around 2:00 PM. Check in at the registration desk in the Charleston Marriott lobby before 9:00 AM. Don't miss your chance to explore some of Charleston's vital aquatic efforts!
Sign Me Up!
Purchase your $65 ticket at thewahc.org and like our facebook page: facebook.com/thewahc. Also, feel free to tweet this blog and use our #WAHC2018 to help spread the word on this great learning excursion!