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Although the swimming pool trade is aware of saltwater
chlorination, it seems that many pool owners are still unaware of STA 2009 conference
its benefits. This could change with the new Ei express salt The Swimming Teachers
water chlorinator from Zodiac, now available in the UK from Association annual conference is
Golden Coast. to be held in Leeds this year. The
Available in three sizes for pools up to 40, 70 or dates for the three day conference
100m3, the Ei is a modern and visually appealing are October 23 to 25 and the
unit that is suitable for new or existing pools. venue is the four star Thorpe Park
Using a ‘quick-fit’ system that requires only two Hotel and Spa.
holes to be made in the filtration circuit pipe For more information about the
work, the Ei unit can be fitted on either vertical conference and to download a
or horizontal pipe work in less than 10 minutes. booking form visit the STA
This unique installation feature makes it ideal as website at
a retro-fit for existing pools.
With self-cleaning electrodes which have
adaptable polarity inversion for very hard New Aussie national
water areas, the system’s programmable body?
control unit has a backlit LCD display The formation of a national body
and includes a timer and ‘low-salt for the Australian aquatic industry
alarm’. In addition, a water flow whose aim will be to lobby the
detector automatically stops the federal Government is making
chlorine release if the flow is insufficient.
progress. The body, drawn from
The entire system is backed by a two year Western Australia’s LIWA
unconditional warranty. Aquatics, Aquatics and Recreation
Victoria and the various Aquatic
and Recreation Institute (ARI) in
other states, will be called the
“It will take 76 years to catch
Australian Leisure Facilities
Association (ALFA).
up with France” claims MP
Its aim will be to lobby and
promote the aquatics sector as
The Government’s free swimming initiative will make little key in getting the community
difference to the shortage of first-class Olympic-sized pools says involved in physical activity.
Tom Brake MP, the Lib Dem Olympics spokesman.
“It allocates £60m for capital projects, £30m for free swimming
for over 60s and £50m for free swimming for under 16s. In a recent Aussie pool market
survey about the free swimming initiative conducted by the Liberal down 18% – it’s official
Democrats, only two councils were planning on opening new pools, Its official – the Australian
while in the last three years, four pools had either been closed or swimming pool market dropped
closure was being considered in other council areas.” 18% in the twelve months to
Mr Brake said that when it comes to swimming facilities, it is said October 2008. Latest pool data
FORMER CERTIKIN that Paris has more 50m than the whole of the UK. reported in Splash, the
DIRECTOR STEVE “Another council estimated they were facing a shortfall of Australian specialist trade
BARKER DIES £110,000 because of the limited capital funding available. Also magazine showed an 18%
Steve Barker who was the age profile the funding is restricted to (the over 60s or under decline in new pool approvals in
Certikin’s Spa and Sauna 16s) does not allow the right group to be targeted in respect of 2008 compared with the
Director from 1983 to the obesity. Additional potential drawbacks highlighted during the previous 12 months.
late 90s has died. survey were that very little thought had been given to providing This confirms anecdotal
A well known personality free swimming lessons; limited plans were in place to publicise evidence suggesting a
in the spa and sauna sector, the free swimming and Primary Care Trust budgets risked being guesstimated 20% decline due to
he was a liked and respected used to plug shortfalls in revenue created by making swimming poor weather and concerns about
figure amongst Certikin’s free for people who were previously paying, thereby diverting the drought, combined with
customers and distributors. money from other important health needs. interest rate problems earlier in
He was later in charge of “It is regrettable that prior to launching this initiative, very little the year, and financial crisis issues
Certikin’s product consultation was carried out with local councils which are later in the year.
development. responsible for implementing the scheme. In London for instance, While the data shows all
Steve bore the multiple only one borough out of three was consulted. Nor was advice markets are down, Western
sclerosis that was eventually sought from the Swimming Teachers’ Association – a strange Australia has suffered the least
to claim his life, with great omission given their key role in providing swimming lessons. setback, down only 8%, while
fortitude and courage. “The local authorities will need to develop any proposals in Queensland is down 13%, Victoria
Certikin’s Spa and Sauna consultation with all the partners involved in swimming, such as down 19%, NSW down 20% and
Manager, Chris Harris, says: local authorities, the Amateur Swimming Association, the South Australia down 23%.
“I was privileged to have Swimming Teachers’ Association, the fitness industry, schools etc. Australia’s pool market has
known Steve for many “Building good quality sports infrastructure will take a lot longer, traditionally been strong
years. He touched us all but if we start now, perhaps in 38 years time, my children will be compared to its population
with his professionalism, teaching their children to swim in an Olympic sized pool just down because of the pool-friendly
dignity and knowledge. Our the road from where they live. It will only have taken us 76 years to climate and Australians’ keen
thoughts are with the catch up with France. interest in swimming – both as a
Barker family.” pastime and a sport.
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