Some pools already have lap lanes
I refer to letters from M. L. Yeung, Andrew Ip, and Yvonne White (South China Morning Post, August 25 and 28 and September 4, respectively), concerning the management of public swimming pools.
Running in the area around the pool or jumping into the pool, are not allowed. We have notices at conspicuous locations at our pools advising swimmers that these activities are banned. We have reminded pool staff to step up efforts to prevent this kind of misbehaviour.
Regarding suggestions to provide lanes for lap swimming at public pools, we already do this at the Morrison Hill, Kowloon Park, Tai Wan Shan and Kwun Tong pools and will soon have these lanes at the Tseung Kwan O pool. We shall consider extending this arrangement to other pools should demand arise.
Ms White was concerned, specifically, about operational arrangements and discipline at the Mui Wo pool and about opening hours of our New Territories pools.
To strike a balance between the needs of learners and competent swimmers, we use a maximum of half of the Mui Wo pool for organised swimming classes. The remaining area is for individual swimmers.
A timetable showing the periods reserved for swimming classes is displayed at the entrance of the pool complex. We review usage patterns at the end of every swimming season to meet the demands of different levels of swimmers.
Regarding opening hours, every day before an aquatic centre opens, staff ensure the pool water, pool edge, pool bottom and other related facilities are clean. In April of last year, we introduced a trial scheme. All public pools had two sessional breaks (12 noon to 1pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm) to enable staff to carry out additional cleaning after pools had been opened continuously for five to six hours. Earlier this year we decided to stick with this arrangement.
It keeps the state of the water to the required standard. It also enables swimming clubs to book the 50-metre and training pools that have been cleaned during these breaks and this avoids clashes with other swimmers during normal opening hours.
We shall review this arrangement at the end of the season.
If your correspondents have further queries, they can phone staff officer (aquatic venues) Brenda Ng, on 2601 8873.
for Director of Leisure and Cultural Services