Pool Closure

The pool will close its doors on Friday 20th March 2020 at 7pm.

Following the government announcement of school closures, in order to slow the spread of the virus, plans to stop the lesson program at the pool have been brought forward by a week.

Attendance at the pool for all activities has dropped dramatically following Government calls for social distancing.

It seems right that the pool should now join that effort to encourage social distancing and allow our staff the time to support their families.

All lessons missed will be automatically marked as absent to be made up on re-opening.

There will be no direct debits until further notice.

Be assured, when the storm passes the pool will be ready and waiting to welcome you back.

Thank you for the fantastic support that you have shown the pool and the staff. Take care, hope to see you soon.

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Lessons stopping

At this time all the staff are well, the pool water is in great condition and there have been no reported cases of illness from our customers.

However, the government request to stop unnecessary travel and adopt social distancing would seem to indicate an imminent closure of schools and public places, as has taken place in most other European countries. It would appear that families (and family run businesses) are being asked to make their own judgements.

All lessons at Shirley Swimming Pool will phase out over the next two weeks.

The direct debit due at the start of April will NOT be taken.

Please do not cancel your direct debit. When lessons resume you will have ample notice.

Effective immediately, if you prefer not to attend your remaining lessons, let reception know and these will be held on credit until the lesson program resumes.

The pool remains open for lane and recreational swimming at this time.

Contact reception by email:

Please clearly state swimmers name, class, day & time.

By text: 07934 384515

By telephone: 02380 781901. Option 1 for absences.

It is anticipated that the last lessons will take place on Tuesday March 31st. Any update on government guidelines will be adhered to.

By coincidence, the new management team at Shirley Pool, due to take over on April 1st, had been conducting due diligence and discovered a leak in the small pool. A joint decision to close and repair the leak had already been taken. The transfer to the new company will be postponed until the lesson program resumes.

Thank you for your custom and support. We all wish you good health and look forward to safely welcoming everyone back in the near future.


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Saints Swim Club spring programme

Week Commencing Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
16th March 1 2 3 4 5 6
23rd March 2 3 4 5 6 7
30th March 3 4 5 6 7 8
6th April 4 5 6 7 8 9
13th April 5 6 7 8 9 10
20th April 6 7 8 9 10 1
27th April 7 8 9 10 1 2
4th May 8 9 10 1 2 3
11th May 9 10 1 2 3 4
25th May 10 1 2 3 4 5

Session 1 – Butterfly – Drills and aerobic fitness                                                            

Session 2 – Backstroke drills and aerobic fitness

Session 3 – Breaststroke drills and technique     

Session 4 – Frontcrawl drills and technique

Session 5 – Water Polo                                                                                                

Session 6 – Butterfly and Backstroke speed and sprints

Session 7 – Breaststroke and frontcrawl speed and sprints    

Session 8 – Strength and circuit training

Session 9 –  Aerobic stamina                                                     

Session 10 – Lifesaving/Coaches choice

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Swimming and Coronavirus

The latest information for the leisure industry is that the swimming pool is safe as the chlorine in the water deactivates the virus.

The pool water is constantly tested and a minimum level of chlorine is always maintained, meaning there is no possibility of waterborne contamination.

All necessary steps to ensure that we protect against the risk of Coronavirus are being taken in accordance with government guidelines. This includes regular and thorough disinfection throughout the changing rooms, reception and doorways. Hand sanitiser is on on the reception desk and at the sinks in the changing rooms.

However, if you or the children are feeling unwell, please use our “make up policy” and let us know that you are staying home.

Reception will help you with re arrange all make up lessons when you return.

Staff and swimmers should follow the NHS guidelines and ensure that all pool users shower before and after using the pool.

The pool managers will continue to closely follow the advice of Public Health England and will adhere to any recommendations the government may make regarding the best practice for the health of the community.

NHS Guidelines

Technical advice from SPATA

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Friday Adult Beginner Lessons

Due to the high popularity of our adult lessons, we are launching an extra adult beginners class from Friday 24th April.

6.30pm-7.15pm with Alisha

Call or email us today to secure your Free Trial for April on 023 8078 1901 or

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Sunday Parent & Baby Lessons

From Sunday 26th April 2020 we shall be introducing new Parent & Baby lessons into our small pool, which will run between 9am – midday.

Our current morning baby splash & public swimming sessions in the small pool will to a later time, after our lessons.

Call our friendly reception team today for further details and to get your name on the list on 023 8078 1901

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Telephone Lines

Our telephone lines are currently down.

If you need to call us please call or text us on 07934 384515 or email us at

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

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Christmas Party Week 2019

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Mental health and swimming

In a recent report commissioned by the National Governing body for Swimming, exercise in water and swimming in particular, is proved to have a positive effect on mental health.

The Swim England report goes on to say  “ research reveals that 1.4 million adults in Britain felt that swimming had significantly reduced their symptoms of anxiety or depression. Swimming is also associated with improved sleep and improved quality of life in people with long-term conditions”

John Hill learnt to swim when he retired

The YouGov poll, commissioned by Swim England, reveals that as a direct result of swimming: 492,000 British adults with mental health conditions have reduced the number of visits to medical professionals regarding their mental health and have reduced or no longer take medication for their mental health.

As a form of physical exercise, swimming is hard to beat. However, in addition to all the obvious physical health benefits, there’s something mentally therapeutic about being near or in water that’s much harder to put your finger on. If you’re a regular swimmer, you’ve no doubt experienced it yourself.

Once you overcome the barriers that stop two thirds of the country ever getting wet, the feeling can become addictive. According to writer Mike James the benefits are enormous,

“Regular swimming, even just half an hour at a time, is known to be effective for lowering incidences of depression and anxiety and improve sleep patterns. Swimming releases endorphins, the natural feelgood hormones that lead us to experience a greater sense of happiness and wellbeing.

Swimming is a fun and effective way to relieve stress, possibly more so than other type of physical exercise. Being in contact with water, by itself, can help to loosen up both body and mind. Better still, being immersed in water while swimming, playing close attention to your technique as you practise the regular rhythm of your swimming strokes can have a very relaxing, almost meditative effect on the mind.

What’s more, scientific studies in rats have shown that swimming can help generate new brain cells in those parts of the brain where chronic stress has led to cell deterioration – it’s a process called hippocampal neurogenesis. While the research has not progressed far enough to be able to make any firm predictions for humans, it is just possible that swimming might enhance our ability to process stress more easily.

While 1 in 6 people in the UK suffer from depression, physical activity such as swimming can lead to a 30% improvement in self-worth, increasing general satisfaction in life. In research carried out with the participation of 4,000 swimmers across the world, ¾ agreed that water based activities helped release tension, while 68% of people felt being in the water made them feel happier in themselves

“For adults living with conditions such as dementia, swimming is a great way to improve memory, focus and concentration. A recent study showed that being immersed in water boosts the blood flow to the brain. This increases the supply of oxygen, glucose and nutrients which would suggest a positive impact on brain health.

Ashley Christopher, teacher at Shirley Pool, in training for the English Channel

Blue is abundant throughout the natural world – it’s associated with water, the colour of the vast ocean and the endless sky. The human body is made of about 70% water – no wonder, then, that many people feel drawn towards water and that being near the sea has a soothing influence on the mind”

 Shirley Pool Timetable

Learn more about adult learn to Swim Now      Book a free trail adult lesson

Read more on the benefits of swimming

Read about the middle aged Dad who decided to have lessons at Shirley Pool and has now swum the Channel

Swim England Report

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1 in 3 adults can’t swim

In a recent report published by Swim England it was revealed that as many as one in three adults in the UK cannot swim 25m (14 million).

However, that should not stop adults going to the swimming pool!

The report goes on to show the overwhelming benefits of regular exercise in water, not just swimming.

“With 70 per cent of the NHS budget being spent on chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, regular physical activity like swimming can reduce occurrence of these conditions by 20-40 per cent. One million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025, and this will increase to two million by 2050, costing £26 billion a year in the UK.

Open water swimming is one of the Uk’s fastest growing activities

 Participants in Swim England’s Dementia Friendly Swimming project identified improvements in their wellbeing, including pain reduction, balance, functional capability and fitness as well as improvements in their mental health, mood, confidence, ability to concentrate and reduced anxiety.”

Walking lanes have become a popular activity at the Shirley Pool with a dedicated lane every morning and evening. Combined with the daytime Aquasize session (Tuesday’s 11am), there are more sessions than ever for those who want to take the weight off their feet.

 Swim England: “Due to the unique properties of water, swimming can help people with long-term health conditions to be more active. The buoyancy supports those with balance problems and helps to reduce the risk and fear of falling.

Water-based activity also places less stress on the joints and makes exercise more comfortable and practical than on dry land. This benefits people with musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis. Musculoskeletal conditions affected an estimated 18.8 million people across the UK in 2017 and accounted for more than 22 per cent of the total burden of ill health (morbidity) in the UK.12 The Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines highlighted the importance of daily, moderate-to vigorous intensity activity, including strengthening activities, with additional requirements for balance and flexibility activities for older adults.

The Health Commission’s Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report also recognised the important role that water plays in providing an environment where these strengthening, flexibility and balance exercises can be undertaken”

Read more about the man who couldn’t swim, came for lessons at Shirley Pool and has now swum the Channel.

Read more about adult lessons at Shirley Pool

Book a free trail lesson for adults

Look up the pool timetable

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