New $9.3 million learn to swim and hydrotherapy pools for Hutt

The $9.3 million extension to Lower Hutt's Huia Pool includes a hydrotherapy pool, learn to swim pool and a new gym.
Nicholas Boyack

The $9.3 million extension to Lower Hutt's Huia Pool includes a hydrotherapy pool, learn to swim pool and a new gym.

It should be a lot easier for anyone wanting to learn to swim in Lower Hutt.

The long awaited $9.3 million  extension to the Huia Pool opens next week, featuring a hydrotherapy pool, purpose built learn to swim facilities and a new gym.

With more and more schools no longer having their own pool, Swim City has struggled to keep up with the demand for learn to swim programmes.  Now the council contractors  will be able cater for an additional 1500 children by the end of 2018.

The new pool features a  purpose built hydrotherapy pool.
Nicholas Boyack

The new pool features a purpose built hydrotherapy pool.

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Mayor Ray Wallace said  New Zealand  was a nation surrounded by water and the community  was increasingly recognising the importance of practical water survival skills.

The council would now be much better placed to meet the demand from parents and schools for learn to swim facilities.  

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, left, and Deputy Mayor David Bassett, at a ceremony to break ground and start construction ...
Simon Edwards

Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, left, and Deputy Mayor David Bassett, at a ceremony to break ground and start construction of the Huia Pool extension.

The new hydrotherapy pool effectively replaces the Hutt Hospital's pool, which closed in 2015 and was outsourced to an Upper Hutt pool.

It officially opens on Monday July 24 and there is an open day on Sunday, which includes tours of the new facility plus entry to the existing pool for a gold coin donation. All proceeds go to Te Omanga Hospice.

So what do Lower Hutt ratepayers get for their $9.3 million? 

* Two 25m by 10m pools with a shared accessibility ramp and chair lift. One pool is designed for hydrotherapy and the other for learn to swim, however both pools can be used for either activity. 

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* The water temperature will be about 33C. 

* The rehab pool ranges in depth from 1.2m to 1.4m making it ideal for water walking and exercising, as well as for swimming lengths. It has a seated area with massaging jets, handrails to provide support while exercising and specialist water exercise equipment. Aqua-jogging will continue to be provided in the current deep water pool. 

* The rehab pool will be available for casual public use and by Hutt Hospital, which will hire it out. Rehab groups and the public will be able to use it at the same time 

* Changing rooms, shower and toilet facilities will be provided close to poolside and are designed to be easily accessed. 

* The teaching pool will have portable teaching platforms, roll out channels and ledges. Up to 12 teaching spaces can be accommodated within this pool allowing lessons for up to 60 children at a time.

* At peak times, 3-6pm weekdays and 9am-noon at   weekends, both new pools will be used for swimming lessons accommodating more than 100 people. 

* Moving lessons to the new pool allows the current learners pool to be used by the public. Some lessons may continue in the deep water pool for older children and adults. 

* The 400sqm gym is above the new pools and will be accessed via stairs and a lift.

 - Stuff

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