Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center's renovated pool a swimming sensation, instructors say
Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:50 pm
OCEAN CITY — If anyone got the best look at the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center’s refurbished and recently reopened pool, it was scuba instructor Randy Moore.
Moore taught an open-water certification course in the shallow end Sunday morning and had a very good view of the pool floor.
“They did a really good job this time,” said Moore, who works for American Diving Supply and taught 11 beginner divers to breath and move underwater in wetsuits, gear, flippers, and goggles.
The Olympic-sized indoor pool and the pool room reopened earlier this month to a refurbishment design by Garrison Architects of Marlton.
They had been closed since early August for repairs and renovations, including resurfacing the pool floor, replacing the building’s roof, and installing new windows.
The ongoing renovations at the Aquatic & Fitness Center are the latest piece to the Ocean City Community Center on Simpson Avenue, a massive expansion and renovation project during the past four years.
The center houses the library, historical museum, senior center, arts center and fitness center, as well as a cafe.
“It was the final piece of the multimillion-dollar puzzle,” Ocean City Council President Michael Allegretto said.
“It’s just another aspect to the town. We’re excited, and we hope it attracts more people,” he said.
The pool is used by school swim teams and for lap swimming, recreational purposes and adult fitness classes, among others.
For three months the pool was closed, everything form scuba to water aerobics classes had to be held elsewhere or not at all until the pool reopened.
Debbie Tweed, a part-time lifeguard who teaches swimming and water fitness classes, said she was able to conduct some exercise classes at the Flanders Hotel’s pool.
Tweed, who lives in neighboring Upper Township, said she appreciated the renovations at the Aquatic & Fitness Center.
The pool area looks fresher and brighter, she said.
“It’s a really well-used place,” she said.