Aquarun pool fun

Wanganui Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL BROOKS

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.

PIC­TURE / PAUL BROOKS

Mitre 10 Mega owner Hay­den Gibson com­pletes the ob­sta­cle course after putting Splash Cen­tre man­ager David Campbell (right) into the wa­ter.

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