Sharron Davies, Olympic Medallist, to open Shoalstone Pool

Sharron Davies, Olympic Medallist, to open Shoalstone Pool
in Brixham at 12pm on May 25, 2019

Shoalstone Pool – Brixham’s iconic seawater lido – will open for the 2019 season at the late May Bank Holiday, as part of the town’s Brixfest celebrations.

I am delighted to be launching the 2019 season at Shoalstone Pool. I know it holds a special place in Brixham’s history as a beautiful 1920s seawater lido, but Shoalstone is also, first and foremost, a family pool. There are so many parents in Brixham today who remember coming to the pool after school and in the holidays, and now their children are doing the same.”

I started swimming when I was about 6, and was first selected to swim for England when I was 11. Without my local pool in Plymouth and the constant support of my parents my Olympic career would never have got off the ground. So well done Brixham for keeping the Devon swimming tradition going, let’s keep encouraging the youngsters, the next Olympic medallist could be swimming in Shoalstone right now.

Sharron Davies, MBE

Once again Shoalstone is only opening due to the hard work of the local volunteers who have repaired, repainted and cleaned the pool to help it recover from the ravages of a hard winter. Every year the pool is attacked by wind and waves through the winter months and every year it is open to everyone throughout the summer. Last summer was long and hot with record numbers flocking to the lido – we are hoping for great weather again this summer.

Groups at Shoalstone Pool

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 (see our ‘Contact Us’ page), or by speaking to the pool manager or their nominated deputy.
  • Any group which includes children must ensure they are appropriately supervised – under 8’s 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, 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 contact us if you would like to discuss this possibility further.  See our ‘Contact Us’ page.