Behind the Scenes at Atlantis – week 36

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Building Improvements – Gym Transformation

This month the gym has undergone a complete makeover with reconditioned flooring, lighting improvements and a paint refresh. The air conditioning system has also had a full health check and is now blasting out fresh cold air to keep you cool during your workout.

Social Enterprise Academy

Atlantis was one of many local social enterprises that were picked to be included in a two-week field visit for a group of Oban High School pupils. The 15 pupils have been learning all about social enterprise on a special programme organised by the Social Enterprise Academy. It was a brilliant opportunity to welcome them into the Centre, share how Atlantis operates and explain how we interact with and support our local community.

Staff Development 

All of our duty management team will be undergoing pool plant refresher training this month. This is really important regular training that ensures everyone has the appropriate knowledge and skills to make sure the pool is sparklingly clean and safe.

Oban Swim School

This month, 16 of our Oban Swim School Level 2 Instructors spent a day with a Scottish Swimming Tutor.  They learned new skills and techniques from someone with extensive experience. In particular, the group came away with new tips and tricks for teaching front crawl, breaststroke and butterfly.

Rebecca Mackinnon, our Swimming Development Officer, will be running a Level 1 swimming course this month ensuring we have teachers for the future.

Summer Swimming Lessons Programme

For the first time, swimming lessons were provided over the summer holidays, in response to customer feedback. We were delighted to have 135 junior swimmers join us during the holiday period. We’re looking forward to more of the same for future holidays.[a]

Ben Moves On After 13 Years at Atlantis

Ben Pollock, perhaps known better by all the children simply as ‘Ben from Atlantis’ is leaving the business this month. Ben has been accepted into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to train to become a firefighter. This is a long-held ambition of Ben’s and we’re delighted to see him achieve his goal. Ben leaves a fantastic legacy of fun kids activities, community events and an experienced and well qualified team who he’s been instrumental in training up to carry on where he has left off.

Ben, Good luck with your three-month training in Glasgow starting later this month.

Kevin Keen was appointed as a sports coordinator to make sure everything runs smoothly going forward.

Improvements coming this month – new flooring

Our 20-year-old flooring around the reception and the soft play area will be receiving some long overdue attention in September. New flooring will be laid in the next couple of weeks and we’re really excited for the fresh lift this will give these important areas of the building.

Events this month – Our 25th Anniversary Celebrations Reach Top Speed!

Atlantis is hosting Oban Health Fair on the 1st of September and there’s an exciting Evening with Susie Wolff and Friends at the Argyllshire Gathering on the 28th September. Details from reception.