Frequently asked questions
What is the supervision like?
Pool operators tell us that WATERCLIMBING is easier to supervise than a diving platform.
It tends to be less dangerous because, compared with a diving board, “making-nonsense” does nearly not happen.
Furthermore the transparent climbing panels simplify supervision.
What do I need an encapsulated service system for? Isn’t an adaptive service system enough?
The encapsulated service system (integrated as standard, patent pending) enables pool operating personnel to access the water side of the climbing area. It is used for the regular inspection of the climbing holds required by DIN EN 12572 and DIN EN 17164 and for cleaning the climbing surface.
Easy and cost-effective operating of a poolside climbing wall is only possible because of the integrated encapsulated service system – otherwise a lifting platform would have to be provided every time.
The encapsulation is important to protect the service system from the weather and harmful UV radiation.
An adaptive service system would not be an effective option, since the rope has to be re-attached for every service. Given the height of the climbing wall, this would mean both considerable additional effort and a safety risk for the pool operating personnel.
What is the frequency of use?
Approx. 60-70 people per hour, depending on the height of the climbing wall.
That might be significantly more than you expected.
Here you can watch a film, that a visitor uploaded to YouTube. Based on the timeline, it is easy to understand that it takes about a minute to fully climb a 6m climbing wall (WS600) including swimming out of the safety zone.
Which climbing wall height should I choose?
The height determines the fun factor.
With increasing climbing height, adrenaline levels, fun and challenge rise disproportionately. If the appropriate water depth is available, we recommend installing the highest possible WATERCLIMBING wall.
The maximum falling height corresponds to the system height (height above water) minus 2m.
A 7m high climbing wall corresponds to the falling height of a 5m diving platform. A 5m high climbing wall corresponds to a 3m diving platform.
See the example in the picture on the left:
Overall height: 6m
Highest climbing hold: 5m
Max. falling height (feet): 4m
Our model series WD is a special case. Due to the kinked construction, the climbing route length is roughly comparable to that of a 6m high climbing wall.
Why are different slopes (angles) of the climbing area important?
Attractive and varied climbing routes require different steepnesses of the climbing area – otherwise it quickly gets boring!
This applies in particular to relatively small climbing walls, such as those used at swimming pools. Because here the greatest possible variety within the climbing routes must be created in a small area. This is done primarily by using different angles or slopes.
Only WATERCLIMBING walls combine different slopes in one and the same poolside climbing wall. All of our climbing walls are either curved or segmented at different angles, thus promising a varied climbing experience.
What water depth does my pool need?
Minimum 1.8 meters
The installation of a WATERCLIMBING wall is not only limited to diving pools, but is also possible for almost all sports pools.
What are the operating costs?
The running costs are extremely low and can be compared to those of a diving platform.
Can WATERCLIMBING systems be retrofitted?
Are WATERCLIMBING systems compatible for all pool types?
Yes. (Concrete, tiled concrete , foil, stainless steel, natural pool …)
Indoor pool, outdoor pool, swimming lake …
Are there different climbing routes? What are the difficulties of the routes?
As standard, WATERCLIMBING walls are equipped with four color-coded climbing routes of different levels of difficulty. These are defined by climbers and are characterized by attractive sequences of movements.
They cover the UIAA levels of difficulty 3-8. Therefore, there is a suitable route for everyone – from beginners to passionate athletes.
The scope of delivery includes additional handles for changing the routes. This ensures long-term attractiveness.
With which climbing grips are the walls equipped?
In cooperation with a well-known climbing grip manufacturer, we have developed grips exclusively for WATERCLIMBING that are specially optimized for climbing with wet hands. They are less rough and still have a high grip. In addition, they remove moisture more quickly and are shaped to protect the joints.
Isn´t that dangerous?
In design, we have focused on the greatest possible level of passive safety. As with diving platforms, the climbing areas are offset inwards from the pool wall into the pool. This prevents collisions with the pool wall.
To date, not a single accident has been reported to us on a WATERCLIMBING wall.
Can multiple climbers climb at the same time? Does a wider climbing wall make sense?
A clear no twice. Climbing at the same time would be too dangerous, since after falling underwater you can dive away in an unpredictable direction. When used at the same time, you could dive below the neighbors’ drop area.
As with diving platforms, a horizontal minimum distance between two users must therefore be maintained (min. 5m).
Even a much wider climbing wall could only be safely operated with a single climber for the reason mentioned above. The wider climbing wall would then take up an unnecessarily large amount of water space as a safety area.
The better choice is to set up two narrow climbing walls with the appropriate distance.
How long does the installation take?
2-4 days, depending on the effort.
How long are the delivery times?
12 weeks after order.
Can the climbing wall be installed under a diving platform?
The ideal locations at a diving pool are on the long side or opposite the diving platform.