One of the challenges at Shoalstone Pool is to manage the lifeguard to swimmer ratio effectively, ensuring that our high safety standards are maintained without spending more than we need to on lifeguard salaries.
We calculate our staffing numbers based on average numbers and weather forecasts at different times of the season, and cannot factor in the unexpected arrival of large groups of swimmers from any single organisation.
We also rely almost entirely on donations to keep the pool running, with a suggested donation of £2 per swim or £5 per family.
With this in mind, we kindly request the following:
Any organisation planning to bring a group of people to the pool should notify us at least one week in advance by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by speaking to the pool manager or their nominated deputy.
Any group which includes children must ensure they are appropriately supervised – under 8s and non-swimmers must be accompanied in the pool by a responsible adult.
Organisations should make an appropriate donation for their size of group to help cover the cost of running the facility. This can be made in cash at the pool, online at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/shoalstonepool or via BACS transfer – please email us for details.
We are very keen to ensure that the pool is available to all who wish to use it, but we regret that if we are not given sufficient notice of your intentions to visit with an organised group then we may need to turn you away.
In addition to the above arrangements for non-exclusive use of the pool, the pool is available to hire for exclusive use for a large group. Please email us on email@example.com if you would like to discuss this possibility further.
We would be grateful if you could pass the following message around children and parents in relation to issues we are currently experiencing at Shoalstone Pool. This follows on from the difficulties we had last season from a small minority of pool users.
We’re very sad to report we’ve had to call the police this week following vandalism and damage to beach huts by children and verbal abuse to our volunteers when asked to stop. Our tenants at Shoals Café are also struggling with kids messing around on the roofs of the café and associated shelters, generally making themselves a nuisance, and the verbal abuse their staff members receive when they ask them to move on. Once again, it is a small minority who are making life very difficult.
This kind of behaviour is frustrating to all who help and work down the pool, the volunteers, the fundraisers and the residents of Brixham who always come out in force to help us keep the pool open. This has been particularly the case this year after the damage by Storm Emma, when we have been overwhelmed by the incredible support we have received as the whole community has rallied around to keep our pool open.
The amount of rubbish, including glass, that is being left is also a problem, and our volunteers and Shoals Café staff are spending considerable time each day cleaning up the poolside and green. Please put litter in the bins provided or take it home with you.
As the season looks to get underway once again, we ask that users please RESPECT the pool and surrounds, and all who work on-site, on poolside and within Shoals Cafe. If we have to continue to pay out for repairs due to acts of petty vandalism and suffer this verbal abuse it puts the future of the pool at risk.
We’re very proud of our lovely pool and would hate to see it close. As we all wish for a lovely hot summer, it is there for the enjoyment of all.
The volunteers at Shoalstone Pool have set up a schedule for cleaning, painting and preparing the pool for the opening on Saturday 26th May. Essentially it’s every day from now to the 19th May. 8.30am start.
The combined forces of Storm Emma, the Beast from the East and very high spring tides unleashed havoc on the night of March 1st, causing a considerable amount of damage to the pool and its surrounds.
As well as destroying the snack kiosk (which is still under the control of Torbay Council) the waves ripped away railings, tore up slabs of concrete and destroyed doors to our storerooms. Much of our kit was washed out to sea and strewn across the bay – and further afield.
Our caretaker has been working hard to make the site safe and calculate the cost of the substantial repairs that are going to be needed if we are going to be able to open on time for the 2018 season. We are exploring a range of different sources of funding for this, including insurance and government winter storm coffers, but in the absence of any immediate answers from these avenues we have decided to set up a crowdfunding campaign so that we can get started on repairing the damage caused as quickly as possible.
You can find out more about our Just Giving campaign here, and we hope that you will feel able to donate and/or share the link to help us reach a wider audience.
Thank you for your ongoing support – we are determined that we will be open this summer as planned, it’s just going to take a little more effort than usual this time round…
Quiz Night at the Berry Head Hotel Friday 9th March 7 for 7.30 pm start. £4.00 per head. Teams of 6/8. Please still come along if you are on your own or as couple we can make a team up when you arrive. You can ring and book a team at Bertie and Crew on the marina 858118 or myself 855115. Alternative just turn up on the night you can pay then. We had a good turn out the last quiz at the Berry Head so hopefully it will be just as successful.
An update on fund raising events we have planned so far for 2018.
FRIDAY 9th MARCH QUIZ NIGHT AT THE BERRY HEAD HOTEL. Teams of 6/8 £4.00 per person.
SATURDAY 17th MARCH COFFEE MORNING IN THE COMMUNITY HALL FORE STREET. 10am to 12.00.noon.
FRIDAY 13th APRIL CONCERT AT THE BERRY HEAD HOTEL TICKETS £6.00. More information to follow.
At the last meeting it was decided that the 1st April will be when memberships of £5.00 will be due. Some members have already sent memberships but if you still want to support the Friends please can you either send a cheque (if you still have a book!) to 59 North Boundary Road Brixham TQ5 8LH or pay in to our account at HSBC sort code 40- 15- 01 account number 81238051. Your continued support is essential to keep the pool open. Thank you.
We are going to be advertising for lifeguards in a few weeks time. We’ll be looking for a Pool Manager, Senior Lifeguards and Lifeguards. Our season starts in late May and runs to early/mid September.
We will pay at least the 21-24 aged National Living Wage (more if you’re 25 or over) rate of £7.38/hour (plus holiday pay). So if you’re under 21, you’ll still get this rate. The Seniors and Manager will get more.
We understand that you might be at school or university or looking for short term employment…we will take all variables into account. You will need to have a current NLPQ (or equivalent) and be DBS checked.
Interviews currently planned for Saturday March 10th for manager and senior lifeguards; 13/14th March (5-7pm) for other lifeguards.
Watch this page and other outlets (for example our Facebook page) for the advert in a few weeks time. Or message us with your email if you want an application pack when it comes out.
The Directors of SPCIC are all volunteers, so you may need to exercise patience and empathy during this recruitment process!
The Friends of Shoalstone Pool fashion show was a great success, raising over £1600. This is the biggest amount we have ever raised in a single event. The Friends would particularly like to thank the many people who helped make it such a success – the models, hairdressers, makeup, compare, DJ, and “Missin Tackle” who sang for us. And the stall holders who exhibited their wares for people to see in the interval.
The raffle was a great success with 13 prizes worth up to £100. Those who won were highly delighted. Our thanks for these prizes goes to the proprietor of the Regatta Shop in Fore Street whose clothes was also modelled; and Bertie and Crew situated on the Marina.
The Friends biggest thanks goes to Nicola from Bertie and Crew who organised the whole event with her band of helpers. A lot of time and hard work goes into organising these fund raising events and this is where Brixham scores with people coming together as a community to give their time which in turn benefits the town e.g. Shoalstone Pool. We are most fortunate now to have Nicola on our small committee – so look out for other fund raising events (Christmas beetle drive at the rugby club!). Finally we mustn’t forget the Berry Head Hotel who let us use the Mulberry Room free of charge and all those all bought tickets and supported us. Thank you one and all.