Orcas Swimming Club unveils state-of-the-art swimming pool in Makeni

A swimming pool with a domed roof that helps control temperatures during the cold season is about to open in Makeni township in Lusaka.

The unique swimming pool by Zambian standards, measuring 25 meters by four lanes, is an indoor facility for the Orcas Swimming Club.

The pool built at an estimated cost of US$85,000 is intended to help develop the sport of swimming in the country.

Orcas Swim Club owner Joseph Weltin said the pool was meant to help swimmers improve their skills.

“You remember Tonia, our daughter, is a personal trainer and her focus is on swimming. The total cost to get everything in place is US$85,000. The Orcas de Tonia club has a good number of swimmers who have been able to obtain scholarships in the US and UK on their swimming records registered with FINA. At present she has trained a group of children to learn to swim and the most talented will then follow training programs with the club if parents are interested in spending time for the benefit of their children’s athletic development” , said Weltin.

His daughter Tonia, who also serves as a coach, said the facility which is not yet open to the public has not yet been accredited for official competitions.

“It is not fully ready for public use as we are still in the process of accrediting it for official competitions as it requires eight lanes to comply with international swimming body FINA regulations. swimming pool already helps swimmers to train before international competitions,” said Tonia.

“The main value of the sport is that it is a year-round training facility. From Monday we will start the junior development groups and we hope to have a good number of swimmers.

Tonia recently had her basic competitive group training over the winter in Spain.

FINA is an international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the administration of international water sports competitions.