Summer changes

We are looking forward with cautious optimism towards the final lifting of lockdown restrictions, proposed for July 19th. We have made a staged plan for a return to our pre pandemic programme.

From July 19th, our teachers will be back in the pool with the kids, doing what they do best. There will be an awards testing week, where all levels will be trying out for some new badges and certificates.

This date will also be the end to restricted numbers in the public and lane swimming sessions.

July 26th will be a fun week, where the children will have a chance to learn through play and even try their hand at the inflatable obstacle course.

August 1st is the date from which the lesson programme will revert back to 30 minute lessons. The lesson times will be kept as close as possible to the current times, but will differ slightly. Be sure to check with reception for your new lesson time, and feel free to alter as necessary.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Bank Holiday Closure

Just a reminder that Shirley Swimming Pool will be closed on both bank holidays in May on Monday 3rd, and Monday 31st.

The reception team are busy issuing make up token to all of the kids in lessons on these dates, so you should be able to book you make up lessons online shortly. Booking can be made by logging into our self service website.

If you’ve forgotten your username or password, drop us an email at and we will send you a password reset.

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Shirley Swimming Pool will be reopening

Following on from the government update on the next stage of the road map, we can confirm that the main pool and learner pool will be open from Monday 12th April.

All swimming lessons will resume as will adult lane swimming sessions, which can be booked now.

Adult swimming lessons, as well as aquafit will resume in the next stage of the roadmap, on May 17th.

Additionally, we have family bubble swimming sessions available for your household or support bubble, through the week from 12th April. Just £25 for members, you will have access to a section of our main pool for recreational swimming for 45 minutes, for up to 6 people. Booking now!

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Swimming Pools have a date

The government has released a four step roadmap to the reopening of all businesses and education settings through the spring and into summer.

As an indoor setting, Shirley Swimming Pool will be allowed to reopen in the third wave, no earlier than the 12th April 2021.

Calls have come from Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, to stop swimming pools being pushed back in the case of rising infections.

“Pools are so valuable. They teach us how to be safe in and around water and help us protect others who may be in danger. They give families the perfect opportunity to enjoy getting active together in a way that very few other indoor sports can and they help those battling with a range of debilitating health conditions which helps save the NHS and social care system more than £357 million a year.”

You can support the petition to reopen our pools by clicking the link in the Swim England Article.

There is, however, light at the end of what has been a long and often dark tunnel. With vaccination levels continuing to rise, it is likely that as the weather warms up, there will be a local swimming pool on hand to cool off in.

All members will receive an email in the coming weeks, with further details of the reopening of the pool and the restart of memberships and swimming lessons.

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Latest closure information

On Boxing Day, Southampton along with the rest of Hampshire, was placed into tier 4 of government covid restrictions. This requires the closure of all indoor sports facilities, including swimming pools.

Shirley Swimming Pool will remain closed until the restrictions are reviewed, or Southampton returns to a lower tier.

Stay safe, and hopefully we will see you soon.

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Boris backs swimming pools

Following the government announcements on Monday, we can confirm that Shirley Swimming Pool will be open on Wednesday 2nd December from 0730.

The latest government advice is that leisure centres and swimming pools will be allowed to remain open in all of the three proposed tiers.

All baby, preschool and after school lessons will continue as before, with the same covid measures in place.

Lane swimmers can start booking in for sessions now through our online booking site. Any problems with logging in, the reception team will be on hand to pick up emails next week.

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Pool Closure

Following the new national restrictions brought in on 05/11/2020, we have been required to close until further notice. We aim to reopen when the proposed easing takes place in early December.

All members that have paid their membership fees for November, will have nothing to pay when we reopen in December.

Any lane swims that have been booked will be put back onto your account to be used in the future, and all lesson absence make up’s will be extended through December.

Thank you for your continued support through these ongoing challenges, and we hope to see you really soon for some festive swimming!

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Family Bubble Swimming!

We have finally launched sessions for you and yours to come for a relaxing dip on your own terms.

‘Family bubble’ sessions are available from Monday 12th April, through the Easter half term, from 9am onwards, in 45 minute slots. For just £30, you will have your own exclusive section of the pool to enjoy with up to 6 members in your bubble.

There is an exclusive rate for members of £25.

Follow the link below and use the ‘Filter’ to select ‘Family bubble swimming’ to see all of the available sessions throughout the week.

Book here for Easter half term sessions

Full details and terms and conditions are available to view before booking.

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Pay online to book Adult Lane Swimming & Aquafit

If you’re looking to come along for the odd lane swim or attend one of our Aquafit classes, we’ve made booking even easier for you.

Click on this link and login if you’re a member, or register if you’re not. Select the session you want on the calendar, where there’s a space, and book your place and pay online with a credit or debit card buy ‘selecting a package’ for the option you’re choosing (lane swim or Aquafit).

Nice and easy, takes just a few minutes to do.

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Storm Ellen strikes Shirley Pool

If lockdown, Covid -19 and socially distanced changing rooms weren’t enough to cope with, throw in a tropical storm. Storm Ellen swept through Shirley yesterday, upending the recently constructed Pool marquee.

Friendly neighbours Jenny and Francis Gallagher were woken by their dog, Odie, as he heard Storm Ellen pick up the pool marquee and send it crashing around the car park. The Gallaghers’ were quickly up and over the road, dismantling the flying tent. “At one point it was in the road and then on the roof of the pool” said Francis, “Who knows what damage it could have caused”

Luke surveys the wreckage of the outdoor reception area.

Pool boss Luke Perry was relieved that the damage was limited, ” I’m really grateful for such great neighbours, that marquee takes four men to lift and it was flying around like a Millets play tent by all accounts.There is a big juicy bone on its way to Odie”

The marquee had only been up for a week and was being used as a temperature testing area for children coming to swimming lessons. It also provided a dry waiting area for parents.

A rude awakening for Tara the early morning lifeguard

“I think that is the end of the party tent. For years it has been used to host the staff party in the garden with bands like Dead freights and The Black Cat Boppers” said Luke, ” We will have to buy some new gazebos. Not sure about the Christmas party …”

The Storm is the latest blow to the popular Shirley Pool as they struggle to cope with re-opening under the strict Covid restrictions. With limited changing room space, lesson sizes have been reduced to just 4 children per teacher, limiting the number of spaces available.

Originally built in 1974, the pool has survived several recessions and been rebuilt twice. ” It is the only purpose built teaching centre of its kind in the country”, said retiring owner Dave Perry, ” We have survived all sorts of turmoil over the years, a little wind won’t bother us”

The party marquee in happier days.
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