Swimmers at the Mariner Centre will be able to make a big splash from next week.
The pool at the Camelon sports centre is due to reopen on Saturday, March 28, after a four-week closure for upgrading.
Part of the £160,000 project includes installing a state-of-the-art wave machine. It replaces the existing equipment which is almost 30 years old and hasn’t worked for the last 12 months as parts needed for repairs were not available.
The new machine gives a number of different wave patterns depending on who is using the pool at the time – small, gentle parallel waves of around 60cm are used with young children but, for older groups, waves of approximately one metre can be generated.
As well as using compressed air to make the waves, the operator can control the type of waves created by a series of ducts, valves and rams.
Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, which operates the centre on behalf of Falkirk Council, said: “The Mariner has always been popular with locals and visitors alike and this enhancement will ensure that it will continue to provide a centre for leisure and sports for many years to come.
“We have seen our numbers slightly dip because of the lack of a wave machine but we are aiming to see numbers rise with the replacement wave machine.
“This year we are hoping to see 220,000 visitors to the centre as a whole and we are confident that the new machine will help us toward achieving this target.”
The existing water slides will also be replaced and new interactive water features added during the upgrading.