The 50 M pool at the Aquatic
Call us at the Aquatic Centre any day at 246-429-7946, fax 246-436-2272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve pool space. A history of our pool follows should you want to know more about us. Join the many teams who train at the Centre. Following is a list of some of the teams recently training at our Centre.
OUR SINCEREST THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO:
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY & many, many more teams who
OF THE AAQUATIC
uilt by a team of enthusiastic Masters swimmers on land leased by the Government of Barbados and funded entirely by the private sector of Barbados the Aquatic Centre threw open its doors on September 29th 1989 and became a reality after many years of careful planning. The 1986 dream of our visionaries of providing a facility in which aquatic activity could develop and flourish after the pool at North Point Surf Resort in the northern end of the Island and many other private pools dotted around the Island proved inadequate to harness the fast growing momentum which the sport was gathering, and became a reality after they ‘put their money where their mouths were’ to coin a popular vernacular.
Built at a total cost of approximately Bds$1,500,000 by
Construction Engineer Angus Edghill, who was also the
leading masters swimmer in
Shortly after the Centre was opened, parents and other well
wishers staged “SPLASH” a remarkable presentation around the pool combining water
ballet dancing and other performance on a stage that had been erected on the
western side of the pool. This effort raised approximately Bds$100,000. The
Government‘s schools’ learn to swim programme
generated additional income. The loan was repaid in full by the
The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association is therefore very proud of what it has been able to achieve since the opening of the Aquatic Centre in 1990 and wishes to thank all of its many volunteers, swimmers and sponsors without whose help none of this would have been possible.
Age Group Swimming:
In 1985, before the Centre was opened the Association had a
registered number of approximately 100 age group swimmers. At the opening of
the Centre with several of the age group swimmers present, Mr
Maurice Foster, one of the main driving forces behind the building of the
Centre, shared his vision on how the opening of the Centre would impact on the
success of the sport: “When at some future Olympics”, he stated, “we hear the starter say ‘swimmers take your
marks’, and we see one of these young swimmers standing on the starting blocks,
we will watch with excitement and pride, knowing we have played some part in making
it happen.” In 1966 at the
The age group swimmers tally doubled after the opening of
the Centre. The Centre facilitated a high level of training which enabled its many
swimmers to make the national cut for higher level competitions. Barbados has been represented at the following
international meets since 1990: Carifta Swimming Championships, The Caribbean Islands
Swimming Championships, The Central American and Caribbean Swimming
Championships, the PanAmerican, Central American and
Caribbean, Pan Pacific and Olympic Games, The World Swimming Championships -Short
and long course. From among our top swimmers have come a number of
Perhaps the Aquatic Centre’s
greatest achievement is its contribution to the youth of this Country.
Presently, more than 40 schools use the pool every week where almost 1000 young
children are taught how to swim through the National Sports Council Sports programme. Interschool swimming competition and house
sports is also among the activities taking place at the Aquatic Centre.
Approximately 20 schools now participate in the
The Aquatic Centre is home to approximately 300 swimmers and waterpolo players from across 8 clubs. These swim clubs have been involved in the development of swimming for many years and have contributed admirably to the positive outlook of the sport: The Pine Hill Alpha Sharks Swim Club-40 years; Sagicor/Sprite Pirates swim Club-30 years; Stingrays Swim Club-20 years; Sunsplash Splash Swim Club (formerly Combined Schools) -19 years; Silver Fins Swim Club-16 years; Heatwave Aquatics-13 years; Atlantis Seafoods Dolphins -6 years.
Waterpolo was returned to vibrancy in the year 2002 with synchronised swimming now in the embryonic stages of its rebirth. The Synchronised Swimmers achieved a bronze medal competing at the CISC Championships during the time it was at its peak. Masters Swimming is alive and healthy at the Centre.
Over the past 18 years the Aquatic Centre hosted many regional
and international events. It has been the venue for 7 celebrations of the Carifta Swimming Championships-1985, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000,
2002 and 2006- one
The Aquatic Centre has played its part in promoting sports
tourism on the
The Barbados Amateur Swimming Association in its bid to maintain the pristine conditions for which the Centre is known, continues to seek assistance from the Private sector through the sale of advertising sign boards to be mounted on the fence surrounding the facility.
Opportunities abound for sponsoring the various events hosted at the Centre. At present our sponsors include CAVE SHEPHERD & CO LTD, SCOTIA BANK, THE BARBADOS SHIPPING & TRADING, BANKS HOLDINGS, PINE HILL DAIRIES, RMJ AGENCIES, CGM INSURANCE CO LTD, PURITY BAKERIES LTD, GUARDIAN LIFE INSURANCE and many more.
With the help of the Community at large, The Barbados Amateur swimming Association will continue to contribute, not only to the advancement of the sport and the development of the youth, but also to the economic development of Barbados.