Problem at pool

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The lap pool at Queenstown’s new $18.5 million Alpine Aqualand was closed until further notice on Thursday morning following a technical problem.

It is believed that bubbles had appeared on its floor – leading it to be shut from 10am.

“The pool has been closed temporarily,” an Aqualand spokeswoman says. “Yes, it looks like bubbles but it’s nothing major at this point. It’s an operational thing where one of our pressure systems needs to be checked out.”

General manager Alex Caldwell adds: “The problem was identified this morning and the pool was closed while we consulted with the manufacturer. We are working on the fault and we have started to drain the lap pool.”

Meanwhile, all other facilities at the Aquatic Centre are still open and quick action had been taken to enable lap training for the public to be available in the smaller leisure pool.

“We acknowledge that some people are involved in training regimes, therefore we have been able to install four lanes in part of the 18m leisure pool to ensure those people have a short term option,” Mr Caldwell said.

“Once we have the lap pool drained we will know more but obviously we are hoping to have it fixed and ready to go again as quickly as possible.”

All Aqualand Swim school lessons will be moved from the lap pool to the leisure pool and continue as scheduled, although aqua fitness and master swimming classes had been cancelled until further notice. The hydroslide, lazy river, spa pool and the remainder of the leisure pool are not affected.

A representative from the lap pool liner company is travelling to Queenstown first thing on Friday to assess the situation.