“First Paddle Pool to the United States” – get your facts straight, dip shits. Los Angeles has had one for almost a year now.
Here’s the press release going around Philly:
Main Line Health & Fitness
The Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival
To Bring the First Paddle Pool to the United States
High Performance Training Center
To Open this Spring
Roger Schwab, Director of Main Line Health & Fitness has joined with the Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival to bring the first paddle pool in the United States to Philadelphia.
Slated to open in early spring 2010, the High Performance Training Center will open at the Main Line Health & Fitness facility located at 931 E. Haverford Road in Bryn Mawr, PA.
In response to the desires of locally based dragon boat teams to train year-round, Schwab is creating an indoor paddle pool training facility that not only will allow dragon boat paddlers to hone their paddling skills, but will also provide overall fitness and SPECIFIC dragon boat strength training programs for teams as well.
The Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival has grown in size and scope over the past eight years; and together with the teams that participate in the Festival and the many competitive dragon boat teams that train and compete locally, nationally, and internationally, Schwab believes “there is a need for a year-round training facility in our region. This paddle pool will be a tremendous training tool which will service the dragon boat teams in the tri-state area.”
Schwab, who appreciates the importance of strength training and practice to the success of a dragon boat team continues, “Philadelphia has become a true hot-bed of dragon boat racing. Our natural resource – the picture-perfect Schuylkill River race course – and the many groups and organizations that bring this sport to the region have made Philadelphia a premier destination for strong dragon boat competition. As such, the teams that hail from this part of the country deserve a state-of-the-art facility in which to train.”
Used in Canada by many dragon boat teams (see photos of a paddle pool at Canal Fitness Gym and Fitness Center in Montreal, Quebec: http://canalfitness.ca/?q=en/photos ), paddle pools allow teams to simulate on-water practices by offering a stationary paddle environment utilizing water in a long narrow pool. The indoor facility will enable teams to practice during off-season months, and more often, since the paddle pool does not require a boat, river-time, a steersperson or drummer; and practices can be held during any kind of weather condition. Of course the facility also will be available for individual exercise activity.
For more information on the High Performance Training Center, contact:
Here’s a picture of what the US’s “first” paddle pool will look like:
Here’s a picture of the SCDBC’s paddle pool that has been around for quite some time.