In some ways, Maggs Aquatic Facility at Salisbury University has a
During the school year, the facility caters to the University, with
scheduling and programs for students faculty and staff. Special
memberships are also available to alumni, the Institute of Retired
Persons and the President’s Club.
Once summer break hits, the focus turns to meeting the
community’s need for learn-to-swim programs, through the Sea
Gull Swim School.
No matter when they swim, all users are rewarded with an atmosphere
unlike most pools. The 6-lane, 25-meter indoor pool features
abundant natural light. Glass windows have been tinted to reduce
the glare, and patio doors that open onto a sunbathing space, give
it the feel of an open-air facility.
The state-of-the-art fans and ventilation system further help
create a comfortable environment for swimmers as well as those in
the spectator stands.
As with many educational entities in the down economic climate,
Maggs’ budget has remained at the same level for several
years, so finding funding to remain up to date has been
challenging. But the facility has received financial support from
the University Foundation to increase safety and make some general
upgrades. The sun patio also was recently renovated as part of a
larger campus construction project.
Still, money woes haven’t stopped the staff from providing an
optimal learning environment for swim lessons, with an
instructor-to-student ratio of 1 to 5. Marketing happens largely
through special event programming and word-of-mouth. Community
members continually praise the professionalism and positive
approach of the instructors.