In his letter (Support for climbing wall, Coast Reporter, July 6), Rand Rudland is distressed at the possible demise of the climbing wall at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre.
As one who has attended the deep-water aqua-fit classes since their inception when the pool opened, I support the decision to remove the wall from its present location. The placement of the wall hampers the enjoyment, safety and effectiveness of the deep-water classes. The wall forces the excellent instructors to move and change position frequently and often obstructs a clear line of vision for participants and instructor. The position of the wall means that there are few places in the pool providing an unobstructed view of the instructor and hampering effective engagement between swimmer and teacher — an important element in any fitness class.
Those who share my opposition to the wall feel that this expensive addition to the pool was installed suddenly, without consulting with pool users and disregarding their long established routines. Though apparently in the original design for the aquatic centre, the wall is the only piece of equipment which presence is an impediment when not in use.
The deep-water aqua-fit classes are frequent — several per day, six days a week. They are well attended, available to all ages and stages of fitness, and they contribute greatly to the health of the community. The climbing wall can only be used during recreational swim times and when a staff member is available to supervise its use.
No one could possibly disagree with Rudland’s wish that the pool and its amenities should be promoted to a broad segment of the Sunshine Coast users. Moving the climbing wall is hardly an exclusion of anyone from the excellent programs and facilities already available at the Sechelt Aquatic Centre.
Rosemary Bates Terry, Sechelt