Pool im­prove­ment

Bruce II gifted 117K anti-slip treat­ment.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROS­ALYN ROY Ros­alyn.roy@gulfnews.ca Twit­ter: @tyger­lylly

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – A sim­ple con­ver­sa­tion last year re­sulted in a ma­jor up­grade for the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre this sum­mer, par­tic­u­larly in the pool area.

On­tario res­i­dent Garry Beach, owner and in­ven­tor of SafeGard, has been vis­it­ing New­found­land for over 25 years and last sum­mer he hap­pened to pass through Port aux Basques.

“Some­one asked what I did,” said Beach about a sim­ple din­ner con­ver­sa­tion that ini­tially trig­gered his de­ci­sion to do­nate over $100,000 worth of time and prod­uct to the pop­u­lar sports fa­cil­ity.

Beach is a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer who in­vented a slip- re­sis­tant treat­ment for ce­ramic, porce­lain and enamel, which he even­tu­ally turned into an in­ter­na­tional busi­ness op­er­at­ing as SafeGard. At one point SafeGard had over 100 em­ploy­ees through­out Canada, the United States and Europe. He has since sold the Amer­i­can di­vi­sion.

“I still main­tain the Cana­dian op­er­a­tion on a se­lec­tive ba­sis,” said Beach. “When I want to do some­thing I do it.”

Ac­cord­ing to Beach’s wife, Ca­role, usu­ally that some­thing is a do­na­tion, of­ten to a fa­cil­ity that is reg­u­larly ac­cessed by chil­dren, such as the Bruce II.

“It’s im­por­tant for the ath­letes and the chil­dren,” says Ca­role about her hus­band’s rea­sons for do­nat­ing his safety treat­ment.

The com­pany has proved pop­u­lar with sports fa­cil­i­ties around the world, ap­ply­ing their prod­uct to most Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Dal­housie and McGill, and even Olympic fa­cil­i­ties. Its anti-slip treat­ment is typ­i­cally found in hos­pi­tals, schools, restau­rants, naval ships, mil­i­tary bases and ma­jor league sports venues.

Orig­i­nally from New Glas­gow and now re­sid­ing in Oshawa, Beach still loves to visit the east coast reg­u­larly and has worked with many fa­cil­i­ties in the prov­ince, in­clud­ing a St. John’s area hos­pi­tal.

Af­ter his chat with a lo­cal who sug­gested he con­tact the Bruce II, Garry sent some in­for­ma­tion about the com­pany, which even­tu­ally landed on Robyn Nose­wor­thy’s desk. Nose­wor­thy is the recreation di­rec­tor and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager of the Bruce II.

“He said that he was will­ing to of­fer us a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion to­wards the pool treat­ment of anti-slip pro­tec­tion on our ce­ramic tiles,” Nose­wor­thy said.

Af­ter do­ing some re­search on the com­pany, in­clud­ing a thor­ough check of ref­er­ences from pre­vi­ous fa­cil­i­ties to which SafeGard had cho­sen for do­na­tion, Nose­wor­thy picked up the phone and reached out to Garry.

“He de­cided he was go­ing to come in and do this do­na­tion for us, which was re­ally great,” says Nose­wor­thy, who was thrilled to have the Port aux Basques fa­cil­ity se­lected.

The treat­ment it­self is not top­i­cal and will not wear off, says Nose­wor­thy, who is hav­ing all of the re­place­ment tiles treated as well. And the treat­ment also ex­tends be­yond the pool floor and the pool deck.

Although the treat­ment comes with a 10-year war­ranty, in its 32 years of op­er­a­tion SafeGard has never had to hon­our a war­ranty sim­ply be­cause the prod­uct is so re­li­able.

“It’s gone through our main lobby in the pool area. It’s also gone through our change rooms,” says Nose­wor­thy. “Our guard of­fice, our guard change rooms, the en­trances and our hot tub. So we’ve got our full aquatic side of the build­ing com­pletely anti- slip treated through SafeGard.”

In ad­di­tion to do­nat­ing the ex­ten­sive treat­ment SafeGard also cov­ered the cost of the five pub­lic swims for the pool’s re­open­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 5.

Nose­wor­thy hopes the im­proved safety features of the pool will draw more swim­mers.

“Hope­fully they’ll see a great dif­fer­ence in it,” she said. “I know that I have.”

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the ster­il­iza­tion and anti-slip treat­ment ap­pli­ca­tion, the Bruce II even opened the pool for a dog swim, a pop­u­lar prac­tice in larger cen­tres prior to a clean­ing. As part of the treat­ment process the pool tiles have been thor­oughly scrubbed and some of the prior stain­ing has been re­moved, giv­ing the pool a brighter, cleaner look.

“We’re very pleased with the out­come of the work that has been done and we’re very ap­pre­cia­tive of and so grate­ful for the of­fer that he has given us,” Nose­wor­thy said.


The newly resur­faced Bruce II pool slowly re­fills af­ter re­ceiv­ing the anti-slip treat­ment. The pool re­opened on Sept. 5 to a day of free pub­lic swims, also cour­tesy of SafeGard.


Bruce II Sports Cen­tre recreation di­rec­tor and fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Robyn Nose­wor­thy with SafeGard in­ven­tor Garry Beach, who re­cently do­nated $117,000 worth of anti-slip up­grades.


Garry Beach ap­plied anti-slip treat­ment to ex­tra pool tiles, which are kept in re­serve should tiles need re­plac­ing due to reg­u­lar wear and tear or un­ex­pected dam­age.


The SafeGard anti-slip treat­ment has been ap­plied not only to the pool area, but also to the en­tire aquatic side of the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre.

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