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Layton's 'ocean waves' keep rolling

Article Published 05/23/2013
  Layton City’s own “ocean waves” are still rolling strong after 28 years. Opened in 1985, the Surf-N-Swim, at 465 N. Wasatch Drive, continues to thrive as a 500,000-gallon water attraction.
Surf-N-Swim, with its 10 minutes of ocean-like wave action, followed by 20 minutes of calm water, is still unique to Davis County.
   There are only three other such wave pools in the State of Utah, according to Josh Dukes, aquatics manager for Layton City.
(That’s Seven Peaks Salt Lake, Seven Peaks Provo and Desert Wave pool in Price.)
   A hallmark of the Surf-N-Swim is that it offers a sloped, zero depth   entry that's great for young children and goes to 8-feet-deep. For lap swimming, the Surf ‘n Swim has 8 lanes.
  With the winter bubble now removed, the facility is open again and its open use hours are noon-3 p.m. and 6-8:45 p.m. weekdays; and noon-6:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
   The summer season officially begins Monday, June 10. Open wave for public use starting then will be daily from noon-6:45 p.m.
   Admission for open wave is currently $3 a person, but will increase to $4.50 starting June 10.
In the summer season, the150,000-gallon outdoor pool is also open and has a diving board.
   Dukes notes that in the past 6 years, a variety of improvements have been made to the facility, including: a new bubble cover, installation of a new ultraviolet (UV) sanitation system – the best way to kill bacteria, like crypto – and also to remove chloramines and the chlorine smell in the water.
   In addition, all the facility’s original heaters were replaced, to be more efficient and ensure the water temperature remains approximately 84 degrees in winter or summer.
   Plus, a new storage building was constructed to the north of the Surf –N-Swim, to store the bubble and accompanying equipment more safely and securely. The building also stores pool cleaning equipment and other items.
More recently, the Surf-N-Swim purchased a new membership cash register to allow point of sale and accurately track attendance. It also allows patrons who have purchased a pass to swipe a keychain barcode to gain admission to the facility.     
   In addition, the little pool’s pump was renovated and all cast iron piping has been replaced with PVC piping; energy efficient LED lighting was installed under the water in the wave pool. The older halogen lights used 500 watts of power and had to replaced yearly. The new lights only use 70 watts of power and last 7 to  ten years.
   Finally, a family changing room was built in place of the steam room.
   Dukes said the Surf-N-Swim has never failed any spot inspections from the Health Department.
   He also said the wave pool has a capacity of over 800 people in the summer and the little pool’s capacity is 150 people. So, Layton can host almost a thousand people during the summer time. 
   “In the six years I have been here the facility has never reached capacity, however we have gotten close on a few occasions,” Dukes said.
   The two pools can also be rented out for private events.
Dukes said during the winter months (Sept. – May) the wave pool can be rented out on Saturday evenings from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at a cost of $400 for the 3 hours. 
During the summer months (June – Aug.) either pool can be rented out, individually or together any evening of the week from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at $400 for the wave pool and $200 for the little pool.

 Call 801-336-3939 for more details.