Pupils from Montpelier Primary School helped the leader of Plymouth City Council to test-fill the dive pool with water at the new Plymouth Life Centre.
Councillor Vivien Pengelly and the group of youngsters pressed the switch that will pump 2.2 million litres of water into the dive pool to start the testing process, which sees the concrete lining of the pool is filled with water to check the that it is watertight, beforetiling takes place.
The main swimming pool has already been tested and the water that was used there will be re-used for testing the dive pool.
Due to be completed this autumn, the £46.5 million Plymouth Life Centre’s swimming and diving facilities will offer a family leisure pool with flumes, ‘beach entry’ and a bubble pool. The 10-lane, 50-metre Olympic-size pool will be the only one of its kind in Devon and Cornwall and will feature moveable floors and submersible booms. The dive pool will be one of the top four in the country and there will also be a dry-side training facility for divers.
It will also provide facilities for a wide range of sports including gymnastics, swimming, netball, table tennis, badminton and basketball. It will also boast a large sports hall, fitness centre, multi-purpose studio and climbing wall.