Increasing accessibility for patrons with a disability was a key outcome for the recent gymnasium upgrade at AquaZone Aquatic Leisure Centre in Warrnambool.
The upgrade included 14 pieces of Pulse Fitness pin loaded weights machines, which includes a range of features to increase patron accessibility. Developed in collaboration with the UK-based IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) the Pulse intuitive biomechanical approach means that all of the pin loaded range can be used by both able and non – able-bodied users with key features including:
- Single handed swing away seat for easy wheelchair access
- High Visibility and large raised iconography for visually impaired users
- Easy to use including single finger adjustments and gas assisted seats
- Low starting weight from just 2.5kg
- Extensive range of safety features including contoured seat pads, neoprene multi position handles and centrally located seat height and position adjustments.
“The decision to choose accessible equipment aligned well with the Warrnambool City Health and Wellbeing Plan, where older people and people with a disability were identified as areas of focus” said Ray Smith AquaZone’s Service Manager.
“The choice of equipment also made good business sense as it increased the size of our market and was also able to be used by our able bodied members as well” commented Ray.
Another factor in the decision on accessible equipment is the recent partnership AquaZone has developed with Warrnambool’s two primary health care providers, to develop a transition for clients from primary health care programs to community facilities.
“Clients transitioning from primary health care programs still have a number of special needs and limitations, which the new equipment helps to cater for” said Ray.
Background on Pulse:
Pulse is an active associate of the UK based IFI research and development programme which is a steering group that discusses the fitness equipment requirements and leisure facility needs to meet and appeal to an inclusive member. It is this active involvement with IFI which has led to Pulse supplying numerous UK based Leisure authorities and military facilities, most recently even supplying the UK tri-services rehabilitation centre in Headley Court.
‘We are delighted to be partnering with Ray and the team at Aquazone with our ‘inclusive and accessible’ range of strength equipment – Inclusivity is at the heart of the Pulse design process which has also been taken across to the cardio range to deliver a truly inclusive design across all aspects of the gym’… said Nick Aspinall, Sales and Marketing Director, EYE Fitness.
For more information on the accessible range of cardio and strength equipment from Pulse use the enquiry form below.