Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center welcomes swimmers to try out blow-up pool toys

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - The new pool toys at Mt. Hood Community Colleges Aquatic Center include an inflatable obstacle course.Calling all swimmers: Test your agility and swimming ability on Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center’s new pool toys — an inflatable obstacle course.

The blow-up, bounce-style play structure is already up and running.

It will float on top of the water for an hour and a half every day during the pool’s open recreational swim hours from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Because the obstacle course runs along the aquatic center’s 50-meter outdoor pool, it is restricted to those who can pass a swim test.

“It’s really for swimmers of all age,” said Bob Morgan, employee at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.

There are two different style obstacle courses, smaller and larger, with one in use per day.

Up to four people can maneuver through the course at one time.

Swimmers start on a floating platform and must barrel through inflatable pillars, climb up and over a bridge ladder and jump through more giant, towering pillars, finishing with a victory slide into the water.

Lifeguards tested the courses out last week, and apparently they had a lot of fun, Morgan said.

Former director Steve Hula was the man behind the blow-up toys, the idea being to increase the open recreational revenue for the community college aquatic center.

To use the inflatable play structure, swimmers must pay an additional $2 to the regular pool entrance free, which is $3.75 for youths and $5 for adults.

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