Pool pod makes a splash in Wex­ford

FA­CIL­ITY IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN IRE­LAND

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

SWIM­MERS of all lev­els of mo­bil­ity can now en­joy a splash at Wex­ford Swim­ming Pool, fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the multi-award win­ning pool lift, Pool Pod.

This is the first PoolPod to be in­stalled in a pub­lic swim­ming pool in the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

The ul­tra-mod­ern fa­cil­ity of­fers high level of in­de­pen­dence for per­sons with mo­bil­ity is­sues, pro­vid­ing them with a sim­ple and dig­ni­fied method of ac­cess to and egress from the Wex­ford pool. The PoolPod, it­self an in­no­va­tive pro­to­type, was de­vel­oped around very spe­cific ac­cess needs at the Lon­don 2012 Olympics and Par­a­lympics.

The PoolPod is now a per­ma­nent fa­cil­ity at Fer­ry­bank pool and it of­fers swim­mers of all ages and all lev­els of mo­bil­ity a dis­crete, safe and east to use op­tion when us­ing the pop­u­lar swim­ming pool.

Wex­ford Swim­ming Pool and Leisure Ltd, who op­er­ate the leisure com­plex on be­half of Wex­ford County Coun­cil, said the ini­tia­tive came about as a re­sponse to a drive and com­mit­ment to ad­dress real is­sues of pro­vid­ing ease of ac­cess to the pool.

The PoolPod is not just for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity - it will ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity and re­flects an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the increasing num­ber of swim­mers with re­duced mo­bil­ity, a num­ber set to in­crease in line with an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

In supporting the ini­tia­tive Wex­ford County Coun­cil has sought to re­spond to sug­ges­tions from mem­bers of the pub­lic and from mo­bil­ity/ dis­abil­ity groups re­gard­ing in­clu­sive ac­cess at the pop­u­lar venue.

The en­tire state-of-the-art leisure com­plex at Fer­ry­bank in­cludes a 25m pool and chang­ing rooms to­gether with an ul­tra-mod­ern and very well equipped gym over­look­ing Wex­ford Har­bour.

See www.wex­fordswim­ming­pool.ie for full details, in­clud­ing pro­mo­tions, lessons, rates, open­ing hours etc.

Swim­mers test­ing out the newly in­stalled Pool Pods at Wex­ford Swim­ming Pool.

The new Pool Pod at Wex­ford Swim­ming Pool.

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