I'm kicking around an idea for a health club focusing on swimming and fitness, but using endless pool type pools instead if your typical multi-lane pool.
The main reason for this would be not needing as much physical space as olympic size pools require, which comes at a premium in Brooklyn, NY. I partly got the idea from all the gyms that open up in spots usually taken by small boutiques and shops. And by requiring less space, the hope is that a location could be open in a convenient spot for some of the wealthier residents to sign up.
I haven't done much research into the available options as far as swimming, pricing, or what problems people have with the existing places. What I am trying to figure out is the scheduling of customers.
Say I'm able to install 6 such pools, each taking a single customer. How would I handle 8 customers wanting to swim at the same time? It wouldn't be like a gym where you just resign to use whatever machine is available if it is crowded. Would some sort of a scheduling system be the best -- or even only -- option?
What about limiting the amount of time an individual customer can continually spend in the pool. They can get out of the pool, get in line, and use it again once their turn comes. The idea would be not to have "hogs", and to allow some turnover so that without a scheduling system, someone could show up and have a decent chance of getting into a pool if they wait a few minutes.
Interested to hear others' ideas.