The Lighthouse Community Pool by SOS Velsen, Adopt Sri Lanka and Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel and Spa was declared open by Julian Bolling as a tribute to those who lost their lives during the devastating Tsunami of 2004.
Four entities with one common goal teamed up soon after to decide that they had to do something for the future generations to prepare them should a similar situation arise.
Swim Lanka headed by Julian Bolling, a former Sri Lankan Olympic Swimmer had the expertise and the technical know how to get such a programme going – to teach the village children and adults alike to swim.
Thus came together a team of people, institutions and sporting academics to mute the idea of a pool for the community – the funds from Adopt Sri Lanka and SOS Velsen, the technical know how from Swim Lanka and Christina Fonce and the land, the construction and the continued maintenance and sustaining of the pool, the coaches and the facility itself by Jetwing Lighthouse.
The design and the architecture in keeping with the hotel was a contribution by Channa Daswatta, a prodigy of the legendary Geoffrey Bawa. The result was a spectacular modern day swimming pool with changing rooms, an administrative facility and even a viewing gallery for parents to watch.