Dry gym for divers requested at Moana

Diving Otakou committee member Alison Derbyshire asked for dry diving training space to be added...
Diving Otakou committee member Alison Derbyshire asked for dry diving training space to be added to Moana Pool yesterday at 10-year plan hearings. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Dunedin could play host to international diving competitions if it built a dryland gym practice facility at Moana Pool.

Diving Otakou committee member Alison Derbyshire said the pool already had acceptable diving pools.

"We have a new facility ... which is ideal to be hosting some competitions from an international standard."

In its submission to the Dunedin City Council’s 10-year-plan, Diving Otakou said the facility would need diving boards with either a foam pit or crash pads, trampolines, and a conditioning area.

"Ideally drylands is used immediately before the pool so you warm up, you practise your skills in the dryland facility then you move immediately to the water."

Divers were warming up at poolside in potentially dangerous conditions.

"At the moment they are running up and down the slippery gallery stairs, and skipping ropes on the wet pool surface."

Cr Jules Radich asked if the facility would be useful for other pool users.

Other groups would be interested in the facility and the foam pit in particular, Ms Derbyshire said.

"The gymnasts in particular really want access to a foam pit ... [and] the trampolinists would really appreciate something like that."

Diving Otakou approached other pool user groups to check requirements, and said the Swim Coaching Board said it would need space for 30 people to do warm-up exercises.

Diving Otakou asked for $60,000 for a feasibility study and consultation with pool user groups to ensure it met their needs.

- By Andrew Marshall

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