Life Saving Victoria and Williamstown Swimming and Life Saving Club launched an inflatable pool into Williamstown waters this week, testing the portable pool for a VicHealth funding program pitch which could result in a grant of up to $150,000 being awarded.
The inflatable pool is custom made to bridge the gap between pool swimming and open water swimming. It contains inflatable dividers for its six lanes by 25 metres, a walkable platform around the pool and a fine mesh net underneath.
Life Saving Victoria’s General Manager of Education and Sport, Kate Simpson said the portable pool can be moved into a range of suitable open water locations like the beach or inland waterways like lakes and rivers.
“We want to see more people be active and we want to see more people enjoying our beautiful waterways. The aim of the inflatable pool is that it could be anchored into a range of suitable open waterways whether that be the coast, rivers or lakes,” Ms Simpsons said.
“Once anchored we see great opportunities for engaging target user groups in education programs, swimming lessons, open water swimming, helping people achieve their goals whether that be to complete an open water swim or perhaps a triathlon.”
The inflatable pool project has been submitted into VicHealth’s Innovation Challenge which awards a total of $500,000 worth of grants to Victorian councils and sporting bodies whose innovative ideas aim to increase levels of physical activity in their community.