Pool pains for Poseidon
Two-month closure leaves swim team waterless
The planned 10-week closure of the Carbonear swimming pool to accommodate extensive upgrades will force some of its most frequent users to look elsewhere for lanes to swim laps in.
The Poseidon Swim Club, which typically trains five days a week at the pool, is already looking at making alternate arrangements for practicing once the pool closes on Jan. 17.
“It’s a hard time of the year to be shutting down in the middle of the swim season,” says Poseidon coach Junior Somers. “ The second week of March we have our Short Course Championships in Deer Lake, and a lot of the kids won’t get swim time before that meet.”
Coach Somers says the length of the closure was not a surprise. The upgrades to the pool will involve the installation of a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, which will result in the disposal of its inefficient and costly oil-fired boiler.
The team is now looking into renting pools in Conception Bay South and Mount Pearl for possible weekend use. Other swimmers may travel three-to-four times a week to attend practices with the fbers. Swimmers have travelled to practice at other pools during previous closures at the Carbonear pool.
“ We got the OK from the Mount Pearl swim club, so some of the kids will avail of that, and some of them won’t,” says Somers, who was unsure as to how many swimmers may do so.
The closure of the pool also impacts the eastern region Provincial Satellite meet, which Poseidon was scheduled to host Feb. 46. That meet has now been moved ahead by three weeks, taking place Jan. 14-16.
“ We went to SNL (Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador), and they gave us the OK,” says Somers, who adds the change will create some administrative challenges for the club.
The meet is expected to draw over 200 competitors, with 16 locals likely to swim races.