Tahlia Sutton takes a splash with instructor Andrew Macpherson.
Tahlia Sutton takes a splash with instructor Andrew Macpherson.

Swimmers flock to pool

AS the mercury soared past 28 degrees last week, hundreds flocked to the Gatton Pool to take a dip.

Manager of Gatton Pool, Trish Reinhardt, said their season usually lasted from the beginning of September to April, because they were an outdoor pool.

“The 50m outdoor solar heated pool is in a beautiful spot, and we have been leasing it from council for about 10 years,” Mrs Reinhardt said.

Trish's husband, David, said the secret to Australia winning so many gold medals at swimming events at the Delhi Commonwealth Games was our enviable weather.

“It is our way of life as we are a water-orientated country,” he said.

“We are lucky enough to have the sun and surf.

“Australians tend to have a good knowledge of the water.”

Mrs Reinhardt said it was on for young and old at Gatton Pool and they cater for ‘nappies to nationals' plus everything in between.

“A lot of elderly people exercise for cardio, joint freedom and exercise.

“They come in when it warms up and we teach and coach.

“We have babies from six months and their parents come in as well.

“We have 100 kids in training at the moment and we have produced two national swimmers.”

Mrs Reinhardt said they did get a lot of international visitors and it was important to communicate to everyone how to stay safe in the water.

“We encourage floatation devices.”

She said some basic rules for pool safety to remember included staying in the shallow end if you are not a confident swimmer and being sensible by not running.

Mrs Reinhardt said it had been great to get people back in the pool after the wettest September on record.

“It has knocked us around a bit and we had 10 days with zero attendance.”

Instead of paying for every visit, Mrs Reinhardt said people had been opting to purchase a season pass.

“It is for the whole family and it gives them unlimited entry,” she said.

For more information contact David or Trish on 5462 1689.

TAHLIA SUTTON TAKES a splash with instructor Andrew Macpherson.


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