The Charleston County Recreation Department's Portable Swimming Pool Program is in full swing - this summer being its inaugural launch.
This summer the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Department began the first ever Charleston County Portable Pool Program in South Carolina at Jane Edwards Elementary School on Edisto Island and recently moved to its third location at Angel Oak Elementary School on Johns Island. Watch this video and see how their program helps children in local rural communities overcome their fear of water through being taught water safety and learning how to swim, a lesson that could save their life one day.
This swimming pool program was initiated by Steve Austin of Community Services of Edisto. He partnered with Aqua Blue Pools who is a licensed South Carolina swimming pool contractor and the contractor of record for this project. They provided design assistance, prepared documents and submitted the application to DHEC for construction and operation. Additionally, they designed and installed the pool's operational equipment and hydraulics. Charleston Country Parks and Recreation Department owns the portable pool and is responsible for setting up the swimming programs and mobilizing the pool - getting it ready for swim lessons. The swimming program is designed to help under-privileged children learn how to swim who otherwise cannot gain access to a swimming pool and instructors. According to the CDC, drowning statistics are exceptionally high for elementary age African-American children, especially in the Southeastern part of the United States.
Design and Construction Details
The dimensions of the pool are 24 ft length x 16ft width and 3ft deep and holds approximately 7200 gallons of water.
The construction consists of a stuctural steel frame that is bolted together, plywood sides, vinyl liner, end-mounted kick bars, a pump and filter, and formed structural metal panel lockable safety/security cover.
Ancillary equipment consists of a life guard platform/chair, entrance ladder, open shower, foot bath, walkway mats.
Set up assembly and breakdown is required at each location where the swimming lessons are held. Set up and breakdown requires a crew of five and they fill the portable pool with water and have it ready for lessons in a time-frame of 4-5 hours. Since all individual components weigh less than 200 lbs. each, no material handling equipment is required for assembly/takedown.
Operations use a five-person crew. One on the life guard station, three in the water and one directing participant traffic. This crew has a capacity of 100-200 lessons per day (9:00-4:00). This crew also is responsible for set-up and take-down on a two to four week stay per site schedule. Transporting the portable pool is done by others.
If you want to learn more about this project or other innovative projects by Aqua Blue Pools, you can call Andrea at 843-767-7665, press 0 and she will assist.
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