Olympian Rowdy Gaines Makes a Splash for Orlando Swimmers

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His New Partnership brings Endless Pools' Swim Technology to the YMCA of Central Florida.

The legacy of swimmer Rowdy Gaines has just grown even larger. The three-time Olympic gold medalist and International Swimming Hall of Famer is leaving his impact on Orlando-area swimmers: he just helped to bring an Endless Pools® Elite model to their local YMCA for technique and endurance training.

Gaines has a decades-long history with Endless Pools; he's owned two of their models to help him stay active from the convenience of home. A familiar face to swim fans for his analysis on the ESPN and NBC networks, Gaines also serves as Vice President, Aquatics, for YMCA of Central Florida, which operates 22 locations across six counties.

Said Gaines, "Everyone in the YMCA of Central Florida community owes a great debt of gratitude to the team at Endless Pools. Their top-of-the-line Elite model will put world-class training opportunities within reach for the widest possible swath of Orlando residents."

The partnership between Endless Pools and the YMCA of Central Florida will include live-streaming events; viewers around the world will be able to watch Gaines offer technique training tips using the Endless Pools current. Additionally, Gaines will personally coach young swimmers in the up-close, hands-on environment afforded by Endless Pools' swim-in-place technology.

"Everyone here at Endless Pools shares my admiration and respect for Rowdy," said Endless Pools General Manager, Darren Pearse; "He was an early adopter of our swim-in-place technology and continues to be one of the sport's most ardent advocates. He had an infectious passion for bringing an Endless Pools Elite model to Orlando's recreational swimmers and future Olympians, and we're thrilled to see our joint passion project come to fruition."

The Endless Pools installation resides on the swim deck of the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. Alongside its lap-pool programs, the YMCA will use the Endless Pools adjustable swim current for endurance and technique training. By permitting in-place swimming, the Endless Pools current creates unprecedented opportunities for real-time stroke correction. The pool features an underwater Swim Mirror to help swimmers monitor their hand entry, pull through, and shoulder rolls with immediate feedback.

The Endless Pools Elite model features the company's smoothest current with the fastest top speed. The current adjusts from near-zero speeds for beginners to a challenging sprint pace of 51 seconds per 100 yards. The Elite model has been installed at universities including Penn State, USC, and Auburn as well as at the corporate headquarters of swim gear brands Speedo USA and ROKA. An Endless Pools Elite model is also available for swimmers at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The pool's grand opening will be part of the 2019 Renovation Dedication Celebration on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 10:00 am, at the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando, Florida.

Established in 1988, Endless Pools has served tens of thousands of satisfied pool owners in more than 100 countries. Best known for their adjustable current for swimming in place, the Endless Pools product line features residential and commercial models for recreation, athletic training, family fun, physical therapy, and more. Founded on a belief in the power of water to inspire, invigorate, and rehabilitate, Endless Pools is now part of Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fortune 500 company, Masco Corporation (MAS). For more information on its family of products, visit http://www.endlesspool.com.

The YMCA of Central Florida is one of the area’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 415,000 Central Floridians per year through a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. With a Christian-based mission to improve lives and communities, it operates 22 YMCA locations across Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Marion counties. This mission is expanded beyond the four walls of the Y through community-based programs to combat chronic disease; boost children’s after-school safety and learning; and strengthen fragile neighborhoods. To learn more, visit the YMCA of Central Florida website at ymcacf.org or follow on Facebook or Instagram.


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