By Chris Rasmussen, Fort Jackson LeaderDecember 2, 2010
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- After being closed for more than a year for renovations, Knight Indoor Pool has finally reopened and is making a splash.
The pool, which opened Nov. 4, closed in October 2009 to allow for a new pool liner, decking and improvements to the changing rooms.
"People were ready to get in the pool when we opened and we have had a lot of great comments since then," said Amanda Orduno, assistant Aquatics Program manager. "People love the new look of the facility and the new pool surface."
In addition to a less-slippery pool surface, a salt-water treatment system was put in to replace the chlorine treatment system.
"When you get in the pool you will taste a little salt, but it is not as harsh on your skin and you don't have the eye irritation you would have with chlorine," Orduno said.
A dehumidification system was also installed to decrease condensation and the temperature inside the building.
"This is a nice pool compared to the one I am used to," said Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Oliver, who injured his knee and uses swimming for physical training. "The lack of chlorine is great. You don't have the smell and taste, which is a big plus."
Knight Indoor Pool, which is typically open year round, offers lap and open swimming, water aerobics, swimming lessons for children and adults, water basketball, water volleyball and exercise equipment.
BCT units use the pool for PT, retirees come for water aerobics and the SKIES children's program offers swimming lessons. The pool will also be used for a Lifeguard Instructor Course next week.
Hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The pool is closed on the weekend.
The facility also has a new towel service that features larger towels than before.
"We also did a lot of cosmetic things like new furniture and benches," Orduno said. "We replaced all of the mirrors, installed new shelving and put in hair dryers in both the men's and women's changing rooms. Just a few convenience things we added to make the facility more comfortable."
In the know
A-A A+- Water aerobics; 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Monday and Friday; 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday
A-A A+- Adult swimming lessons; Dec. 6-30; noon, Mondays and Thursdays
A-A A+- Open swim; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday