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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 18th August, 2011)

The new pool

The new pool
The new swimming pool in the "Wigan Life Centre" taken on 29th July 2011. You can see the section of pool floor that can be raised and lowered to vary the depth of the pool. This is great because the upper section can be raised clear of the water to the same level as the surrounding floor, enabling wheelchairs to be moved onto it then the floor can be lowered into the water once people are ready.

Photo: Dave  (Nikon D700 with Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 AF-S )
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Comment by: Gerald PILKINGTON Canada on 18th August 2011 at 00:23

I remember the old baths, then the new baths, then another new baths, i must be older than dirt.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 18th August 2011 at 10:05

"ditto", Gerald. I remember going with the school to the old baths in the 1950's. What a difference now. We had to have a shower...in cold water back then.

Good pic, Dave.

Comment by: A parr Australia on 18th August 2011 at 10:40

Great shot Dave.To Gerald,join the club.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 18th August 2011 at 12:49

Where's 'Spooner'?

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 18th August 2011 at 14:08

The rising floor seems like an expensive gimmick.I am sure there must be a simpler way for disabled access,time wil tell.Great photo,Dave.

Comment by: Derek Callaghan on 18th August 2011 at 14:42

Crikey Scholes Mac. I remember Spooner. Bet you remember the different coloured clothes baskets. Red White Blue and Green I think. Remember saying "roll on Wednesday", (mixed bathing night). Spooner had his hands full then ha ha. Great times in the old old baths.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 18th August 2011 at 15:35

Yes Dave exactly what I was thinking. How much extra did this facility cost I wonder? And what happens to all the bathers when the cycle of raising and lowering the bottom is happening?

Comment by: Dave on 18th August 2011 at 18:11

The raised floor isn't just for disabled access. For example, it also enables the pool to be split into two sections of different depths. Maybe shallow toddlers group in one half or two ability groups when schools are in etc?

Comment by: John in Bromsgrove on 18th August 2011 at 19:40

The moving floor is a great idea! If they can move it up and down quickly you'd have a free wave machine thrown in aswell, he he!!!

Comment by: Gerald Pilkington Canada on 19th August 2011 at 00:30

OK im not that old, went to the old baths in the sixties. thanks FRED and A PARR from down under. Did you have relative that was a school teacher. Also good shot Dave

Comment by: Robin Leigh on 26th September 2011 at 01:38

There were hot showers, Fred. It was Frankie Balmer who made us use the cold on WGS swimming days.

Comment by: Andyj on 3rd November 2011 at 11:32

I'm disappointed with it. A boring race track with side seats for people to oggle from. Its merely geared up to pointlessly swim lengths in. These days kids are found to learn better, get more enjoyment out of the baths and are more likely to keep returning if it has wave machines, slides and other fun features. There's a better one in Blackburn to take the kids to.

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