Olympic and World Champion, Adam Peaty recently joined the growing list of athletes to find ways to train while pools remain closed. Peaty, along with other members of Great Britain’s national team, partnered with Bedfordshire Hot Tubs Limited as well as the Jacuzzi brand to receive Swim Spa’s, a flume pool similar to those made by Endless Pools.
The partnership was facilitated by Peaty’s training partner and former Youth Commonwealth Games Champion, Edward Baxter. Baxter, through his connections with the owner of Bedfordshire Hot Tubs Limited, and with the help of Mel Marshall, the coach he shares with Peaty, was able to secure eight pools to be temporarily installed at the homes of members of the English National Team.
In addition to Peaty, Anna Hopkin, who made waves this year in the NCAA swimming for Arkansas and is now training with Loughborough, Ben Proud, James Guy, marathon swimmer Jack Burnell, Luke Greenbank, Sarah Vasey, and Tom Dean all received pools installed at their homes. This puts them among a small group of swimmers in Great Britain able to secure water time, as the country remains in lockdown.
While Swim England has yet to establish a set time table for the reopening of pools, it appears as if it may not be in the near future. Richard Lamburn, Swim England’s Head of Facilities, said that it would take roughly 3 weeks to get pulls across the country operating again once they are able to begin working on them.
Great Britain isn’t the first country who’s athletes have made use of unorthodox pool space. Many of Australia’s top athletes have made a return to the water using tether systems and endless pools.
While other countries struggle to find access to full-size pools, club teams in the United States are in the process of returning to the water. Beginning on May 1st teams such as the Mission Viejo Nadadores made a return to the pool, albeit under strict guidelines. The team is only swimming one athlete to a lane, meaning only 18 swimmers are able to train at one time.
England currently has roughly 125,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, with just over 25,000 casualties attributed to the virus.