September 20, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Kelowna, Beaches & Swimming
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H2O is somewhat of a clichéd name for a swimming complex but also rather cool at the same time (yes, I am aware that this is a total contradiction). My designer side thinks that naming a water complex ‘H2O’ is rather obvious – but I also feel that the name will really resonate with the target audience. It is also a short and easily branded name which is cool.
My design ramblings aside, the pool was BRILLIANT. It was costly at $19 for two adults, but you could stay in there for hours.
They had two large swimming pools (one which was reserved for lane swimming), diving area, three slides (one of which was in total darkness which was lots of fun) and an adult- only hot tub.
There was another hot tub reserved for families; a kids slide and play area; a wave pool and a large strong-current section.
My favourite ‘attraction’ at H2O was the surfing ‘pool’, where people could surf a man made wave. It was great watching people with all levels of ability from the super- tanned buff guys standing up on the board to some larger heavier males pulling some quite clever tricks on the body board.
Upstairs there is a gym which overlooks the whole water complex and there is a juice bar and snack area too.
On the way back to the car we also noticed that the exterior lighting around the building utilized solar panels to gain their power, a really eco-friendly system to recommend.
Was it worth $19, well if you are used to paying $12 for two then the little extra is definitely worth it especially for the occasional visit.