Huntsville Aquatic Center’s competition pool now open

July 7, 2017 by  

The latest step in the $22m Huntsville Aquatic Center (HAC) renovation was officially completed with the opening of the competition pool yesterday.

The HAC used to be the Natatorium and is made up of the original legacy pool from 1974, attached to a new lobby. Beyond the lobby a walkway connects to the new competitive pool, which is seven feet deep. Additionally, the Center holds a newly opened instructional/therapy pool.

Each of the Center’s pools are Olympic size and will be used during the USA Swimming Southeastern Championships that will take place July 20-23. However, this weekend (July 8-9) the first meet at the competitive pool, the 52 Rocket City Swim League City Swim Meet, will take place.

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The HAC has a state-of-the-art Colorado Electronic Timing System linked to the most up-to-date scoring table, as well as two 9 x 15.4-foot video screens. Other features contained in the renovated facility are professional starting blocks and a 1,403-seat stadium.

Both competition and instructional pools are electrically grounded. The instructional pool already has a policy in place to continue operations in the event of lightning storms, but halt swimming should an actual weather warning be issued. It is expected that a similar policy will be adopted for the newly opened competition pool.