Parry Spearheads Community Swimming Pool Revolution

Total Swimming is the UK’s leading private sector swimming business, founded by Olympic swimmers Steve Parry and Adrian Turner.

Former Olympic medallist and director of Total Swimming, Steve Parry is looking to tackle the shortfall in the provision of swimming facilities for schools and communities by supplying temporary swimming pools and learn to swim academies.

Most recently, the Total Swimming team installed a 25m temporary swimming facility in Dumfries, in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council. The new pool follows the temporary two year closure of the highly-publicised DG One Leisure Complex for essential remedial work. Housed on an ice rink car park near to the existing facility, the five lane, 25m pool is 1.2m deep and can accommodate up to 60 swimmers at any one time. Equipped with a range of ancillary services including changing rooms, a reception area and toilets, the new facility ensures Dumfries and Galloway council’s service provision can continue with a seamless transition.

“I’m very proud to have completed our second 25m pool installation for Dumfries and Galloway Council,” says Steve. “The pool will serve as an integral part of the council’s local leisure facilities over the next two years.”

The new temporary pool is already being used for public swimming, lessons and club and school sessions ensuring continued revenue generation. The exterior housing unit has been constructed in partnership with temporary building specialists, Spaciotempo. The pool’s steel framed building contains PVC coated walls and coupled with their thermo-envelope translucent roofing system the temporary structure boasts an efficient, environmentally-friendly and cost effective heating system.

Steve comments: “Pool closures, which can be disastrous for the local community in accessing a key form of activity and exercise, also result in considerable revenue losses for local authority leisure centres through cancelled swimming lessons and club usage. “Being able to swim is a key life skill, both in terms of safety and providing an option to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Our temporary pool solutions and swimming academies significantly improve the opportunities for local schools and clubs.”