I am looking for ideas/tips/programs that help increase (or maintain) numbers at the pool during the Fall/Winter season. Do you offer an aqua winter camp? Different water fitness classes? Programs that tie in with businesses in your community?I'd even like to hear ideas you have thought of but have not tried yet. Thanks!
Every fall when our #'s dwindle, we hold a cardboard boat regatta. Advertising for it, in effect, advertises the rest of our programs, and we have maxed out w/ our #'s of entrants for the last three years. We've also consistently had 100-150 spectators. Afterwards, the participants get to swim for the rest of the programmed time.
Last year we had a real problem getting prize donations, but in years past we've had local business donate prizes and enter themed boats; such as the pizzeria that built their boat entirely from pizza boxes (clean, of course).
I love that idea - thanks for sharing!
This sounds like an interesting idea! What were the perimeters that people used to build their cardboard boats? Size, allowed materials, etc.
Thanks! This is an awsome idea, we have a highschool across the street that uses our rec center for their physical education.. I can see this as being a fun alternative to the usual laps and h2o basketball that they do in the pool. Combines a bit of physics too!
The scuba shop we are partnering with is really getting in to it. They are building a sleigh that Santa and the child will both be able to sit in for the picture. The scuba shop is providing the sleigh, Santa, his suit, camera, etc. We are going to just upload the pictures to Flickr and direct people through our website to go download their own pictures (so we don't have to track who gets what pic). We will have other games and activities going on at the same time in other parts of the pool. Then a float in movie, Disney's Santa Paws will follow.
Sure, our evnet will be held on December 10. I will jump back on here and put up a link afterward.