From 1st April 2017 Santa Marta Service took over the responsibility of the pools from the gardeners. Santa Marta are responsible for maintaining the correct chemical levels and maintaining pool motors and equipment. During July and August the pools will also be checked on Saturdays and Sundays
How many pools do we have?
There are 6 swimming pools – one large and one child pool at the back of blocks 2, 4 and 8.
What hours are the pools open?
Residents are kindly requested not to use the pools before 9am. The pools should not be used after 9pm in the summer months and not after dusk in the winter months.
During the summer months chemicals are added to the pools at 8am and therefore it is unwise to swim before 9am. During the winter months the chemicals are added at 5pm.
Swimming after 9pm can disturb residents and swimming in the dark can be dangerous.
As none of our pools exceed 200sq meters the information we have received is that a lifeguard is not required.
For the comfort and safety of all residents we would request that the following rules be observed:
· No ball games
· No dogs
· No glass
· No music
· No inflatables
· Shower before entering the pool
· Put rubbish in the bins
· Supervise children at all times
· Return sunbeds to allocated covered area after use
During the summer months, June, July and August the pools are tested by an outside laboratory every two weeks and a full report sent to the administrator
Padel Tennis courts are a familiar sight on the Costa del Sol and La Cala Hills Phase 1 has two padel tennis courts of its own – one of which has floodlights for use in the winter months.The Spanish version is similar, but not the same as Paddle Tennis which is widely played in the USA.
Padel Tennis is of Mexican origin, a direct descendant of tennis, but played with a paddle rather than a racquet and on a court much smaller than a tennis court. The main difference is that in Padel Tennis players are surrounded by solid walls or Perspex panels and the game allows the ball to be played off the wall much like in squash. The ball used in Padel Tennis is the same as tennis.
Padel Tennis was invented in 1969 by Mexican, Enrique Corcuera who modified the existing tennis court at his Acapulco home. The sport first spread to Spain and then Argentina and Brazil.
Padel Tennis is primarily a doubles game and the net is set lower than in standard tennis. Scoring is the same as standard tennis and matches are played over three sets.
It is a game that can be played at any age or level of fitness.
Equipment and Rules
The community of La Cala Hills Phase 1 has two padel tennis courts for the use of owners and visitors.
Paddles (Racquets) can be rented from the concierge hut and cost 3 euros each per hour to hire including a ball.
Paddles cost from 40 euros to buy and the hire charge is to cover the cost of the initial purchase.
Currently, one court is reserved for children to play football or other ball games. Ball games are not permitted in any other community areas.
Players are advised that they play at their own risk.
If your ball goes over the fence please do not walk down the banks to retrieve it.
Game rules in Spanish can be found here.