Drone use at Shoalstone Pool

We know that Shoalstone Pool is a spectacular location and is very attractive to operators of drones. However the laws on drone use are very clear:

  • Drones must NOT be flown within 150m of congested areas with lots of members of the public
  • Drones must NOT be flown within 50m of properties or persons whose permission you do not have – this also includes vehicles, public highways and any seagoing vessels

If you wish to use your drone anywhere on the Shoalstone Pool site, you will need to email info@shoalstonepool.com to obtain written permission. We are very happy to hear from professional drone operators who have the appropriate licenses in place.

If you attempt to use a drone without obtaining this permission, you will be asked to stop flying it immediately and will be reported to the police if you do not comply. If you fail to adhere to these rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority you could be prosecuted and fined up to £5000.

Unfortunately this summer we have had a number of incidents where our staff and volunteers have been subject to abuse from members of the public when asking them to comply with drone legislation. This is completely unacceptable and we are working with the local police to avoid incidents like this in the future.

We take our responsibilities for the safety of our staff, pool users and members of the public on the Shoalstone Pool site very seriously, and hope you understand that these rules are in place to protect everybody and keep Shoalstone Pool a safe and pleasant place to be.

Volunteer to host art at Shoalstone Pool

Do you have some free weekends in September?

We need your help to host an exciting arts event happening around Torbay.

The Tale is a guided trail through artworks and performances made for the coast of Torbay. From the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to Berry Head Nature Reserve and Brixham’s Shoalstone Pool.

A collaboration between people and place, ‘The Tale’ is an adventurous arts event for explorers of all ages.

We need passionate people to get involved with:

– Welcoming audiences 


- Supporting artists


– Helping out behind the scenes 

Be part of an exciting event, meet new people and help us bring ‘The Tale’ to life.

Shifts at Shoalstone Pool: 

3 x Volunteer Hosts per performance to help with greeting audience, stewarding and providing information

Shift times: 5 – 8pm

Shift dates:                                    

Weds 6 Sept (briefing)

Fri – Sun 8 – 10 Sept

Fri – Sun 15 – 17 Sept

Fri – Sun 22 – 24 Sept

Hosts can select shifts to suit their availability.

This is an unpaid voluntary position, however Situations can provide a free ticket to The Tale and expenses reimbursed (local travel and refreshments).

 Interested?

 Sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/XyeC9ymdnYMU6g4B2

 For more information contact: deirdremakepeace@btinternet.com

 Website: www.the-tale.co.uk

It’s your pool – come and have your say!

For over ninety years, children and young people in Brixham have whiled away the summer in Shoalstone Pool. Free to use, with decks to lounge on and fifty metres of clean seawater to enjoy: it’s no surprise that it’s a favourite spot whenever the sun begins to shine!

Now, though, we are facing challenges like never before.

Torbay Council stopped funding the pool several years ago, and it is now run by volunteers – supported by our new caretaker and brilliant lifeguard team. We all work extremely hard to find the money to keep the pool open and safe, and we have begun to think about increasingly adventurous ways to do that.

Our main worry is that a big storm could destroy the pool altogether – it is riven with cracks, having not been fully restored since it took a battering in winter weather in the 1970s, and whilst we are managing to keep the pool open for now the day to day maintenance and repairs are getting harder and harder.

These are very similar problems that have been faced by other pools like ours – Tinside Lido in Plymouth and Jubilee Pool in Penzance – and they have been successful in winning millions of pounds worth of grant money to preserve their sites for generations to come.

We want to follow in their footsteps and give our pool the attention it needs and deserves before it is beyond repair – but we need your help.

We are busy preparing a funding bid which, if successful, would not only pay for the full restoration that is needed but would also create sources of income to keep the pool running – and free to swim in – for many more years.

We’re looking at lots of ideas including creating a bigger and better cafe and restaurant, a children’s playground, indoor changing rooms, warm showers, watersports facilities (so we could offer scuba diving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and more), a poolside cinema, hot tubs and saunas – and lots more.

You can find out more on the Shoalstone Revival page.

We need to be able to show the funders that local people of all ages support these ideas, and are enthusiastic about saving Shoalstone Pool for the community.

And if you have other ideas about how we could improve the facility for you and your family and friends then even better!

We are holding a special consultation evening at the pool on Wednesday 9th August between 6pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more and have your say.

If you can’t make it, make sure you add your voice to our consultation before the end of the summer. This is your pool – and with your help we can make it the best that it can be.

Supervision of children at Shoalstone Pool

With the summer holidays now upon us, all we need now is some sunshine so that local and visiting families alike can make the most of our beautiful pool!

After the extremely busy period we had with last month’s heatwave, though, we do need to issue a reminder about the importance of parents and guardians supervising their children at the pool.

It is extremely important that children under eight years old are accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Our lifeguards are on duty to ensure the safety of all pool users, but young children understandably require an increased amount of supervision and this is not something that they can provide without your assistance.

There have been a number of cases this year where very young children – non-swimmers – have been allowed to enter the pool alone whilst parents remained on the deck, often with their attention elsewhere. Even when children are wearing floatation devices this is extremely dangerous – in fact floatation devices can give a false sense of security to both parent and child, and should never be a substitute for close adult supervision.

Our new User Code of Conduct clearly states the need for parents to remain responsible for their children at all times, and for a responsible adult to accompany under eights in the water. Our lifeguard team have been asked to take this extremely seriously, and will be required to ask people to leave the site if they do not adhere to this rule.

We are all working extremely hard to make Shoalstone Pool a safe and fun environment for people of all ages, but we need you to help us to make sure this is possible.

Any queries about this rule should be emailed to the directors at info@shoalstonepool.com.

Thank you!

SUP Fitness at Shoalstone Pool

Looking for a new way to keep fit this year? Look no further!

We are very excited to be able to offer a range of Stand Up Paddle Board fitness classes for the first time at Shoalstone Pool this summer – and the taster classes proved extremely popular.

Classes will be running every Tuesday for the next six weeks (and hopefully beyond!) with SUP Fitness Devon. There is a choice of three different groups:

Gentle Seated Yoga 5pm to 6pm

Yoga 6.15pm to 7.15pm

Circuits 7.30pm to 8.30pm

All equipment is provided, with each one hour class costing £15 – £2.50 of which goes straight to Shoalstone Pool.

If you would like more information or to book in for a class then call Sarah on 07724278137.

What better way to get fit for summer in a beautiful location whilst supporting your local lido at the same time?

We are now a Community Interest Company!

Since its inception in 2014, Shoalstone Pool Limited has always operated in the interests of the Brixham community. However as a limited company there have been some people who have been sceptical of our aims, and we have also found it difficult to apply for certain sources of funding.

We are therefore very proud to announce that we have made a successful application to become a Community Interest Company, officially recognising our status as a social enterprise using our profits and assets for the public good.

Our aims have not changed: our activities will continue to benefit the community of residents of, and visitors to, Brixham who use Shoalstone Seawater Pool and its immediate environs.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • Manage all the operations of Shoalstone Pool in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Raise money and provide volunteers to contribute towards maintenance, repairs and other activities, where necessary.
  • Help to update facilities when needed, for example by buying new equipment to further that goal.
  • Promote and protect Shoalstone Pool’s heritage and use as a civic amenity.
  • Promote its use for aquatic sports and the part this plays in people’s health and well being, both in Brixham and among the wider public.
  • Promote and provide educational opportunities for lifeguarding, swimming and other associated activities.

Any profit we make will continue to be used for maintaining the pool and furthering the activities of the CIC.

We are excited by the opportunities this successful application will open up, and look forward to continuing to take the pool from strength to strength.

Thank you for your continued support!

Strange goings on at Shoalstone Pool

If you pay a visit to the pool this week you may be surprised to see some rather unusual characters patrolling the decks…

As part of the preparations for ‘The Tale’, an exciting arts event coming to Torbay in September, artist Ingrid Fiksdal is at the pool from 20th to 24th June. She has travelled from Norway with a group of performers, and will be working with local performers too to create a site specific piece for this very special location.

The performances will be taking place over three weekends in September, with Shoalstone Pool one of ten locations across Torbay selected by innovative arts company ‘Situations’, who say:

A new type of arts event is coming to South Devon this September. The Tale will guide you on a journey of discovery around the coastal area of Torbay – from the streets of Torquay, through hidden coves and historic harbours, to the quarry of Berry Head Nature Reserve.

Along the way, you’ll encounter artworks and performances by artists of international acclaim, made especially for Torbay. Inspired by the ideas of writer Philip Hoare, whose boyhood experiences of Torbay shaped his future, The Tale offers the chance to experience the hidden stories, sounds and dreams of the bay like never before.

This is a really exciting opportunity for Shoalstone Pool and for Brixham, one which will showcase the delights of our beautiful town to a whole new audience from all over the world.

Take a look at the website for ‘The Tale’ for more information about the project. We will bring you more details about Ingri’s work at the pool as we have them!

Code of conduct

As custodians of the Shoalstone Pool site, the directors of Shoalstone Pool Limited have a huge responsibility to make sure that everyone who uses the facility is safe and can enjoy their time with us.

Most people are very respectful of the site and the time and energy volunteers put in to keep it running, but there are unfortunately a minority who make our job, and that of our paid staff, very difficult.

With this in mind, we have put together a code of conduct for users of the pool site. This is in addition to the pool rules, and has been drawn up with everybody’s wellbeing in mind.

We hope you understand why these things are so important, and will cooperate with our lifeguard team and the pool caretaker when you visit our wonderful pool. Our focus os always on keeping the pool open, safe and accessible for local people and visitors to Brixham – but we need your help to be able to do that.

We have a code of conduct for staff and volunteers too, which can be found here along with some other key policies.

If you have any questions about this or any other aspects of our operations please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Pool Cleans

One of the wonderful things about Shoalstone Pool is that its water is refreshed by the tide on a regular basis. As regular Shoalstone swimmers will know, there is no keeping the sea out during the twice-monthly spring tides – it laps over the walls, the excess draining out as the tide falls.

This is not enough on its own to keep the pool clean, though.

Every ten days or so during the season we have to drain the pool completely, with our team of volunteers (led by Charlie the caretaker) scrubbing the floor and walls to remove the algae that builds up. We use a minimal amount of chlorine during this process, and this season we are experimenting with some environmentally friendly options which hopefully will cut out the need for that altogether.

These pool cleans are important not just to make sure the water is pleasant and safe to swim in, but also to make sure the water clarity is good enough for the lifeguards to be able to do their jobs! Algae can build up quickly during hot weather giving the water a greenish hue. Whilst this is not dangerous to health, it does make it very difficult for the lifeguards to see what is going on in the water.

There are, given the exposed nature of our site, a number of restrictions on when we are able to carry out pool cleans. We need the high tide to be at least 4.7m in order to guarantee that it will refill the pool, and the timings of the tides ideally need to fall within daylight hours! We also try to avoid weekends when the pool is at its busiest. The weather conditions are also a consideration, but these are a little harder to predict…

With this in mind, we have put together a planned schedule of pool cleans for 2017 which we are going to do our very best to stick to. These are included on our events calendar, but for ease of reference the dates on which we are planning to close the pool are as follows:

Thursday 8th June

Monday 12th June

Thursday 22nd June

Wednesday 28th June

Tuesday 11th July

Monday 24th July

Tuesday 8th August

Monday 21st August

In between these planned dates there will be a number of overnight ‘flushes’ when the pool will be fully emptied and refilled. Whilst we hope to open during our normal hours of 10am to 6pm on those days access might be restricted out of hours whilst the valve is open – please abide by the red flag and any other warnings and do not enter the pool at these times.

There may also be times when we have to close the pool for cleaning unexpectedly, either due to bad weather conditions bringing in seaweed and other debris, good weather increasing the amount of algal bloom, or human factors which have previously led to closures due to dog waste bags or glass being thrown in the pool, for example. We are very aware that last minute closures can cause major disappointment, particularly if the weather is good, but we hope you understand that we never take the decision to close the pool unless it is entirely necessary.

If you have any questions about the pool cleaning process, or you would like to join our team of volunteers working to keep the pool at its best, then please get in touch!

Shoalstone Revival

Thank you to everyone who came to our public meeting to begin the consultation process for the Shoalstone Revival project. It was fantastic to see so many interested people there, with lots of enthusiasm for the future and some great ideas about how we can move things forwards.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, please find below some more details about the project so far:

Shoalstone Revival project proposal Nov 16

Public meeting presentation 9th May 2017

Masterplan v1 Kay Elliott

Whilst we have been working on the vision for a while, we are still at the beginning of a very long process. Before we can apply for funding we need to have a clear idea about what developments we would like to make at the site and how these will provide security for the pool’s future.

As we progress we are keen to communicate fully with the local community – both keeping you in the loop about our thinking, and taking on board your feedback about how we can make it better. We are in the process of collating the ideas that came out of this initial meeting, and will publish those shortly.

In the mean time please do get in touch if you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share – you can email us on info@shoalstonepool.com.

In particular if you feel you have the skills and experience to help us move this project forwards then we would love to hear from you – we are always looking for more volunteers to assist us with the mammoth task of making our local lido the very best that it can be.