Overcoming the challenges associated with opening a new facility
can be tough, but the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, which opened
in July 2010, appears to have conquered all the difficulties that
have arisen thus far.
Considering that the 64,000-square-foot facility includes a
50-meter Olympic-style competition pool, a beach-entry leisure
pool, a heated therapy pool, wet classrooms and dry amenities,
including cardio exercise rooms, that’s been no small
One challenge has been how to conduct the precise training needed
for lifeguards watching a competitive pool that goes from 7- to 17
To allow full rotation across the entire complex, each guard needs
to be experienced in the proper rescue procedures for each pool. As
a result, operators developed an intense in-service training
program and the staff reviews all procedures monthly.
Guards also are trained to provide top-notch customer service. That
has been a priority from day one, along with reasonable prices. CAC
offers annual memberships and daily passes, plus classes and other
educational programs. To date, operators have sold more than 2,300
memberships, in a town of just over 21,000 residents.
In creating CAC, civic leaders heard and answered residents’
pleas for a “swimming” facility. The facility also
serves area students and competitive swimmers through a partnership
with Virginia Tech. CAC hosts the university’s home swim
meets, and there also are plans to host age group championships and
other competitive events. Such functions will bring up to 800
swimmers plus their families to Christiansburg and surrounding
areas, thereby boosting the local economy.