YMCA pool takeover a success
Friday, 7th December, 2012
By Ben Sheffield
The YMCA says that its takeover of the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic centre management has been a success.
The organisation, which is the largest provider of swimming lessons in the country, took over the pool management on December 1.
Broken Hill City Council had previously run the facility, but outsourced the Aquatic Centre management as a cost saving measure.
BH Regional Aquatic Centre Manager, Shane Simmons, said that the changeover between Council and the YMCA had so far gone smoothly.
"The transition from Council to YMCA management has been well received by existing and new users of the facility," he said.
"The Y is committed to creating a more sustainable, vibrant and connected community through our quality programming and services."
Mr Simmons said that the YMCA had engaged with the pool users to determine what they wanted to see happen with the facility.
"The team have already fielded a range of feedback from members and the community in relation to the implementation of innovative programming and services.
"We encourage all points of view (and all) suggestions, and we are urging users of the facility to complete a feedback form which is located at reception."
A number of the promised aquatic programs, such as learn to swim are set to be rolled out in the coming months.
"We have had strong interest in our aqua safe program and have begun laying framework for that to roll out in early 2013," Mr Simmons said.
"This program will provide quality and affordable aquatic education for those aged six months and up.
"We also plan to offer adult learn to swim as part of our learn to swim program."
The weekend was a baptism of fire for the new managers, with a major swimming carnival, involving more than 150 swimmers, taking place on the first two days of the new management.
"The weekend was a tremendous success and we received some great feedback from those involved," Mr Simmons said.
"We look forward to maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the local swimming clubs."
Mr Simmons also said that a lot of members who had previously used the Council smart card system are choosing to convert to the YMCA Family Pool Membership Offer.
Among the other programs to be offered by the YMCA in coming months are aqua aerobics, seniors wellness program PrYme Movers and 'dive in movie nights', where movies will be shown on an inflatable viewing screen.
Broken Hill Council's Manager of Infrastructure, Paul DeLisio, recently stated that Council expected approximately 90,000 visitors to the pool in the coming 12 months.
Such an attendance would be a significant increase on the record attendance of 66,000, which was reached in the 2009 calendar year.