Our facility will cater to a variety of demographic user groups, such as:
- Recreational Community
- Registered swim classes for a variety of age groups
- Fitness classes for men and women of all ages
- University teams and clubs
- Novice programs
- Master’s programs for swimming, diving, artistic swimming and water polo
- Accessible aquatics and fitness services and programs
- High-performance training (Junior and Senior competitive programs)
- Local community events/competitions
- Provincial and National events/championships
- International Events
Facility requirements for international competitions are much more specific and include regulations not only for the pool, but also for sound and officiating equipment.
The pool must be at least 20m wide x 30m long, and at least 2.5m deep. One area, 12x12m or larger, must be at least 3m deep and the sloped area from 3.0 metres depth to 2.5 metres depth should be over a minimum distance of 8.0 metres.
The pool’s water must be clear enough so that the bottom of the pool is visible from above and at least 27°C (80.6°F,) plus or minus one degree. Since goggles aren’t worn in competition, the amount of light underwater is also very important, with a required minimum brightness of 1500 lux.
Light intensity shall not be less than 600 lux or 1500 lux for international events. The light intensity for Water Polo during the Olympic Games and World Championships shall not be less than 1500 lux.
The pool should be able to accommodate up to 600 participants in the pool area, not including stands or spectator areas, for a major event as defined by a minimum of 12 teams competing.
If touch panels are used in competition, then the distance between touch panels should be either 25 or 50 metres, in a 10 lane pool, to qualify for the “Fédération Internationale de Natation” (FINA) recognition. This means that Olympic pools are generally oversized, to accommodate touch panels used in competition.
The NAqC will be built to FINA specifications:
2 x 50 m 10 Lane Olympic and World Championship pools meeting FINA competition standards
- Dimensional tolerances
- Depth requirements
- Wall, rest ledges and gutter standards
- Lane requirements
- Land rope standards
- Starting platforms
- Turn indicators
- Water temperature for competition -26 degrees C, or 79 degrees F, plus or minus one degree.
- Competitive lighting standards
- Officiating equipment
- Competition starting devices
- Touch panels
- Lane markings/required minimum number lane standards
The NAqC will have a Diving Pool that is 25m by 25m, with a selection of 1m, 3m, 5m, diving boards plus 5m, 7.5m, and 10m platforms. Also under review is the inclusion of an outdoor diving tank for a 20m and 27m high diving platform. All pools have adjustable, variable-depth flooring.
Synchronized diving (also known as synchro diving) is when two divers of the same gender perform similar dives at the same time and must be performed on boards meeting FINA standards and specifications
Daily life requires muscular endurance, which is the ability of your muscles to repeatedly contract against resistance for an extended period. From running around managing family errands to participating in sport, endurance training is essential to function at optimum performance levels. Endurance events such as long-distance running and cycling are notable, but other sports such as rowing and rock climbing also require muscular endurance. Improving your muscular endurance will help you fatigue less quickly so you can go the distance.
The NAqC is considering the addition of up to six (6) endless pools, six (6) bike-roller units for street bicycles, and six (6) treadmills where a group of six (6) people could work simultaneously in an hour and a half – rotating each half-hour. This sort of targeted training should be considered to be an example of an essential facility differentiator for the NAqC.
Triathlon is all about wide-open spaces and big water! Putting three of Canada’s favorite pastimes together – running, biking, and swimming – just seems natural. Everyone can do it, and Canada has a long tradition to have athletes among the world leaders in the sport– whether that means aiming for the Olympic and Paralympic podium as the ultimate goal, or just being fit and healthy.
Training for triathlons, marathons, biathlons, or any endurance competition, can use the facilities of the National Aquatic Complex (NAqC). In 12 weeks, you can condition your tendons, ligaments, and endurance so you can enjoy your ongoing training or competitions. If you can commit to training five days per week–two and a half to four hours per week–that’s plenty of time to get in shape. Yes, that’s right, no more than around four hours in the biggest training week.
Endurance training is an essential element of many sports.
Depending on your fitness level, an athlete probably will need at least ten weeks to prepare for a Triathlon, less if you are already fit. Ideally, you will design a training program that works on all three sports, or two if you choose to do an event like Biathlon.
If you are a good biker, you may only need to ride three times a week and focus on running and swimming on the other days.
Weekday workouts need only be 30 to 45 minutes, and weekends to build endurance. A long training, including a bike ride, only needs to be between one and a half to two hours.
Out of the five weekly workouts, to be successful at the swim portions of the competitions, make two of them swim workouts.
Switching up your workout is essential to building endurance and stamina. You need to move the muscles differently so that you don’t develop overuse.
Renderings by Roger Patry
Moveable bulkheads to add smaller pools for classes, training or competitions
Fully para-accessible meeting Paralympic competitive standards, including parking, ramps and lifts, steps, corridors and doors, signage, changing rooms, bathrooms, and toilets.
Underwater access for digital visual coverage as well as sound equipment
Podium for presentations
Corporate sponsor and event signage
Electronic officiating equipment
Ticket office, reception area
High-performance ‘dry-land’ equipment for each of the four aquatics sports (Artistic Swimming; Diving; Swimming and Water Polo) and other pool-using sports (Biathlon, Triathlon, Scuba, Kayak, etc.), including trampolines, dance space for choreography, weight training, gymnastics equipment, and more!
Family changing rooms
Hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms
Hospitality space for events and special receptions
Kitchen facilities for special events and competitions
Track for jogging and walking
Meeting rooms – (from 50 up to a maximum for 500 people)
Room for up to 5,000 spectators