Posts tagged ‘Sungod Recreation Centre’

February 19, 2013

#404 – Swimming, Noise and Earplugs

One of the myths about hearing loss is that you lose your ability to hear all sounds. In my case, I am not clearing hearing high frequency sounds, such as s, t, f, and I also miss out on some mid-range sounds such as sh, ch, g.

This means that when I don’t wear my hearing aids, I have to work harder to hear, also the sounds I do hear seem considerably louder (and more annoying).

I love everything about swimming at The Sungod Pool, except for one thing. The volume of the music.

I believe that part of my hearing loss has come about because I have spent many years working in noisy environments, such as swimming pools. Not only am I concerned personally, but I also care about the hearing of the people who spend time in that facility. Hearing aids are costly, and they certainly don’t make-up for lost hearing.

To be fair, when I ask, most guards will turn the volume down. I’m sure that they’re rolling their eyes when they see me coming. Needless to say, it gets tiresome being the noise police.

So, $68.00 later, I decided to purchase custom-made earplugs. They’re not perfect; when the music is loud, it still is loud. They’re certainly not attractive, but at least they stay in my ears—sort of—unlike the commercially purchased ones, which tend to slip out of my narrow ear canals.


But now that I’m wearing earplugs, I notice that a number of patrons and lifeguards doing the same. That is telling!

Last week, before the volume increased when another guard decided that it wasn’t loud enough, I actually was able to have a conversation with the people in my lane. Normally, people have to shout to be heard, and then say “Pardon?” a number of times. One of the benefits of exercise is that it increases social interaction, this is definitely hindering it. It takes way too much effort to communicate. Even when I talk to the guards, they’re saying pardon. What happens if someone gets into trouble in the pool? Will the guards even hear the cry for help?

The pool is a noisy enough environment without the blaring music. With lessons on-going in that pool, I feel badly for children and adults who may have some sort of hearing deficit. Bear in mind that I’m not asking for the music to be turned off completely, just that some sort of guidelines be established to save our hearing. Perhaps adjusting the volume according to the number of swimmers?

Now you can bring your own decibel reader into public places—not just swimming pools—but food courts, classrooms and libraries, just so you can be aware of what is happening to your hearing.

I’m curious. Do you have RA and hearing loss? Do you find that the music is too loud in your pool or exercise class? What about in other environments that you frequent?

On Hear! Hear!, a guest post I wrote for Great Supplies, I talk about the similarities between stress and hearing loss.

September 9, 2012

#356 – Grab Bars – Not Just for Home

The suggestion box is one of the many great things about the Sungod Recreation Centre. From my experience, the administration appears to take legitimate comments seriously.

I don’t know whether my suggestion helped, but I was pleased to see that grab bars were installed in the shower area after a summer shut down one year.

Sometimes a few minutes of time, can make a big difference to many, often in ways that you may never know.

May 16, 2012

Benched: Height Matters

Once again, kudos go to The Corporation of Delta for the thought that was given to the benches in the women’s change room at the Sungod Recreation Centre.

Before the renovation, the benches were quite low. (You can see the old one in the background, to the left.)

The renovation that was done to the facility included adding some taller benches.

Why a facility should consider having higher seating options:

  1. For someone who struggles with rheumatoid arthritis, it is difficult to get up from low seating.
  2. Since swimming is excellent therapy post hip replacement, you want to ensure that your patrons are safe. For three months post-surgery, you are not allowed to exceed ninety degrees. If the benches are low, a patron may choose to stand while changing. This could increase the risk of fall.
  3. Many patrons use swimming as therapy for an injury. Dependent upon the injury, they may find that a higher bench helps, and even encourages them, to get in the swim. If it is so daunting to get changed, they may become discouraged before they even start.

If your facility doesn’t have benches of varying heights in the change room, perhaps it’s time to write a letter, politely making that request for inclusion and safety, not to mention fitness; for all bodies and abilities.

What are the benches like in the change room at the facilities you frequent?

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March 9, 2012

The Dirty Down Low

Some gyms have ’em, others don’t. The ones that “don’t” are doing a disservice to anyone who has trouble getting on or off the floor to exercise. It could be the young or old, wheelchair-bound, joint-replaced or not, arthritic or . . . .

As a new-hip owner, bending more than ninety degrees at the hips is verboten. As a person who lives with rheumatoid arthritis, getting down low is a challenge and with prosthetic hips, not recommended.

The City of Surrey in British Columbia has provided the Guildford Recreation Centre with a raised stage area upon which to do floor exercises. There is also a similar set-up in the gym at the Sungod Recreation Centre in North Delta. As far as I know, this is not a standard feature across all the recreation facilities in both municipalities, but it’s a start.

There is a big push for accessibility and fitness in many Canadian municipalities. Both these two municipalities have taken it to the next level 🙂 with the addition of this piece of equipment/furniture.

Small changes, big results: in accessibility and improved fitness!

Do any gyms in your community have this feature?

Perhaps this post could be used as an example to encourage your gym to make it more accessible.

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