Aquarun pool fun
The main pool at Whanganui’s Splash Centre has become home to a large piece of inflatable plastic engineering known as an aquarun.
It is a floating obstacle course designed for two people at a time and has been purchased for the centre by Mitre 10 Mega.
“We’ve always had an aquarun, but it was time to get a new one,” says Splash Centre manager, Dave Campbell. “We approached Mitre 10 Mega and Hayden [Gibson, Mitre 10 Mega owner] was generous enough to buy us one.”
“It’s good to get kids out and off the couch and doing something,” says Hayden. The 20m-long aquarun is in the black and orange colours of Mitre 10 Mega.
The inflatable course is constructed in detachable segments, allowing individual parts to be removed if in need of repair, without withdrawing the whole thing from service.
Dave designed the aquarun and it was produced by Canvasland in Levin.
“We went to them with some ideas and told them how deep the pool is from start to finish. They gave us four or five options and ask us what colour we want it.”
The aquarun will be set up on the pool during weekends and is available for anyone to use.
To prove how much fun it is, Hayden and Dave changed into swimming togs and competed against each other, vying to beat the other to the end of the inflatable course.
“The objective is fun . . . and beating your mate to the end,” says Dave, who lost to Hayden in two attempts.
“And being confident in the water,” says Hayden.
Mitre 10 Mega owner Hayden Gibson completes the obstacle course after putting Splash Centre manager David Campbell (right) into the water.