Behind the scenes at Atlantis

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The nights have drawn in and the vibrancy of summer may have died down but winter is no less a busy time at Atlantis – so here’s a recap of another busy month.

Going greener

It’s good, green news on the energy front at Atlantis. Following many months of hard work and negotiation with suppliers and contractors, we have managed to get our air-source heat pump back up and running.

The pump suffered a major breakdown earlier in the year which took some time to diagnose and implement a repair. Fixing the pump will help minimise the amount of CO2 we release, while also helping keep the pool hall warm for the lowest possible cost.

Changing rooms

We have had a setback in our drive to upgrade the wet and dry changing rooms and back studio. Competition for the Garfield Trust fund was extremely high with 2,500 applicants and we were unsuccessful in our application, despite many hours of work by staff and volunteers.

Getting funding is always tough, but especially so for refurbishment projects; funds which support this type of work are few and far between. If you know of any sources of appropriate funding, or have any other fundraising ideas, please get in touch. The total project cost has been quoted at £380,000, so we need all the help we can get.

Les Mills GRIT class

One of the many benefits of partnering with Les Mills fitness is that we get access to their newest and most advanced products to keep Atlantis at the cutting-edge of modern fitness provision. Next month, our team will complete the qualifications needed to deliver GRIP – a new HITT training product from the Les Mills team. GRIT is due for launch from January 2019 so keep your eyes peeled!

Equipment upgrades

We want every visit to Atlantis to be fun and to help towards your fitness, health and social goals but we also want to be able to offer access to specialist equipment and resources.

That’s why we happily spend time and resources making sure existing equipment is as up to date and relevant as possible. We’re also always on the lookout for new, exciting products and are currently planning which pieces to invest in so as to enhance your visits next year.

Some of the new equipment we are considering include new gym equipment, a new pool vacuum to keep the pool floor spotless, a spine board for pool rescues, new HD CCTV and gymnastic equipment.

Colourful new matting will be arriving for the gym this week which will enhance and freshen up the stretching and personal training area. We have also invested in a new chilled/filter water dispenser which fits your water bottle in the free weights area.

Price increase

Our prices will be going up by three per cent in January, in line with the retail price index. We don’t take decisions like this lightly but recognise that it is necessary to allow us to maintain the quality of Atlantis’s provision.

We have also made the decision to commit to meeting the Living Wage requirement recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. Increasing our membership prices for the first time in three years will help us to meet this increased cost.

The Atlantis team

Most of you will know Gregor Brydon, our resident tennis coach and pool lifeguard. It’s been a very exciting time for Gregor as this month he jetted off to the US on the next stage of his tennis career.

Gregor has joined the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas where he will teach tennis professionally for the next 18 months. We’re all really excited for what’s in store for Gregor and wish him the best for the immediate future.

Gregor joins a growing list of professional athletes nurtured in Oban and continuing their sporting careers on the international stage – so it’s important we recognise the fantastic achievements of our town.

Back at home, Charlie Scott takes over from Gregor. Charlie was supported by Atlantis to pass her pool lifeguard qualification after attending a Social Enterprise Academy course. Charlie is eager to further this kind of training in future by pursuing her interest in coaching gymnastics.

Donna Moore has started her Level 3 GP referral training so she can help the Healthy Options team provide support to clients referred by GPs later next year. It is essential that we keep upskilling the team and continue to offer training and opportunities for personal development.

This approach particularly pays off at Healthy Options where we’re experiencing an increasing number of clients with special needs and chronic illnesses.