I'm interested in finding out what types of aquatics programming you have at your facility. At my current facility we have a ton of programs, but we are always interested in finding new ways to bring in more members and users.
We currently have swimming and diving teams, from both the community and the university in which I work. Other programs we have include a synchronized swimming team that uses our facility, underwater hockey, Red Cross Learn to Swim and Preschool classes, other Red Cross Aquatics courses like lifeguarding, water therapy courses, water aerobics/fitness, and a masters team.
What programs do you offer at your facility? What have you tried that worked well? What didn't work so well? What techniques did you use to get the word out about your programs and increase the amount of users in your facility?
I'm really looking forward to hearing from others about this!
I posted this three years ago and have decided to revisit it. Looking at suggestions, we do have some of these things, but we have groups that reserve space in our facility that host them. For example, we rent space to groups for water polo tournaments and clinics, SCUBA, adapted aquatics, ROTC and lifeguarding courses.
We started offering our own lifeguarding courses, run by our staff, and even got into hosting Battleship. However, when it comes to partnering with a corporation or trying to get on a news broadcast, there's a lot of red tape that makes it very difficult. We routinely offer aquatics fitness courses, but fail to get enough enrollment to actually hold them. Kayaking caused pool cleanliness issues in the past that soured wanting to allow them in the pool again. Our main demographic is college students, so things like dive-in movies aren't well attended.
So, what programs do you have at your facility that are successful? What have you tried that isn't working? Most, if not all, of our facilities will have standard programs like swimming lessons, but what other programs can be offered that we're missing? Do you offer anything that's unique to your facility?