AS the weather continues to heat up and Orange finally turns its back on the worst of winter, Orange City Council is expecting more and more people to make use of its new pool facilities at the Orange Aquatic Centre.
Orange City Council spokesperson Allan Reeder believes the notion of swimming being solely a summer sport in Orange has somewhat held ticket sales for the new pool back, but he expects that to turn around quickly.
“There’s a long established edict in Orange that swimming is a summer sport only, not all year round. We’ve only really had swimming enthusiasts at this stage,” Mr Reeder said.
“But it’s going well so far. Swim school participation is up over 200 at the moment, and that’s learn to swim classes of all shapes and sizes.”
Reeder said the ‘mums and bubs’ classes as well as stroke work were some of the more popular lessons being booked.
Since the indoor pool’s opening on September 1, the pool has sold 30 adult season passes, 12 family tickets, 131 multi passes and 15 child concession season passes.
The multi passes have proven to be a hit, giving swimmers 10 tickets to enter the pool at a 10 per cent discount.
Mr Reeder said council was happy with the way ticket sales were going.
“It’s off to a good start,” he said.
“People are taking their first dip in the pool. We expect it to pick up even more as we move into the warmer months.”