Hello and Welcome to The Wendover Swimming Pool website.
We're temporarily using this legacy Wendover Swimming Association website, whilst we work on getting our new website up and running (there's so much to do...).
To keep everyone safe, we have to limit the number of people in the water. The maximum number of people in the water is dependent on the number of lifeguards that are on duty. All our lifeguards are volunteers.
We use a system of wrist bands to control the number of people in the water. At busy times, you may be asked to leave the water for a short period.
If it's a nice day, we will probably open the roof. Please be sure to bring protection from the sun (or the cold, depending on the British weather...!)
Our lifeguards are there to ensure everyone's safety, but we cannot admit unaccompanied small children. All children under six, and all non-swimmers (regardless of age) must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. All children under thirteen must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who must remain at the pool (but not necessarily in the water).
Did you know we have free WiFi Internet access at the pool? Catch up on your work whilst your children swim!
WSA is working with local swimming schools to provide swimming lessons.
Please contact the swim schools directly for details.
FlipperFeet: FlipperFeet is a new swim school founded by former Team GB Olympic swimmer Marc Spackman and Team GB coach Bill Elgar, with an emphasis on teaching children good technique in a fun environment. Tuesdays 4.30-5.30 (two half hour lessons) and Wednesdays 4.30-5.30 (two half hour lessons).
FlipperFeet's website is www.flipperfeet.co.uk and their email is email@example.com. Contact Bill Elgar on 07732 278 265 for more details.
Fastwater: Fastwater Swim School are running lessons for beginners and improvers at the Wendover Pool every week on Thursday between 4:00pm and 5:30pm. Contact Larissa Evison on 01296 427 067 or 07930 914 744 for further details.
Fastwater's website is www.fastwaterswimschool.org.uk and their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
SwimKidz: SwimKidz are running baby, beginner and toddler lessons every Sunday (from 10:00am to 11:30am) and Friday (from 11:00am to 12:00am) and Monday (from 4:00pm to 6:00pm). Contact Tracey Paterson on 07889 905 678 for details.
SwimKidz' website is www.swimkidz.co.uk, and their email is email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Reid: Stephanie Reid offers classes for children on Fridays (4.45-5.45) and also teaches adults (contact Stephanie for details).
Stephanie's email is email@example.com and her phone number is 07971 496230
Puddleducks: Puddleducks are running swimming lessons for pre-schoolers (0 to 5 years) every Saturday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm and Thursdays between 11:00am and 1:00pm. For details contact Beccy Stenson on 01666 577 377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Puddleducks' website is www.puddleducks.com and their email is email@example.com
AND NOW, A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Wendover Swimming Association is a voluntary community organisation and our aim is to promote swimming in the local community. The Wendover Swimming Association is funded by annual membership fees and charges for swimming and it uses those funds raised to contribute to the costs of the pool but all the services are provided by unpaid volunteers.
Originally, many years ago, the volunteers of the WSA provided an open air pool on the Wendover schools campus using money raised by the Wendover Carnival. Swimming was restricted to the summer months and swimmers only had the use of a temporary cabin for changing in.
In 1997 with funding from local sponsorship, the Wendover Trust and The Lottery Fund, a retractable roof was fitted and purpose built changing rooms were added to allow swimming all year round and from that time the Pool has been operated by the John Colet School.
In 2013 the John Colet School asked WSA if the local community would take the Pool back and operate it as a community facility. The Pool is open on a Trial basis until 31st December 2013 while WSA works closely with the School to examine whether it would be feasible to do this.
Members, please read this...
We're another step along the way!
April 2014 - Swimming as usual
Swimming continues as usual and memberships extended to the 31st of May 2014
Wendover Swimming CIO (the orgainisation picking up from where the WSA leaves off) has entered into a management with the John Colet School to manage the pool. The management agreement is a temporary arrangement until we are able to take on a proper lease.
We're now responsible for the day-to-day running of the pool, and we'll start to take all of the income - including membership and entry fees - but also all the fees from the various swim schools that we've introduced. At the same time though, we'll also be taking on all of the costs - including chemicals, gas, electricity and water.
We've not increased our prices for several years, and we've extended membership for free for almost a year as we've been working to take over the pool. We've worked very hard to keep price rises to a minimum - and to make it fair and reasonable to all - but they will need to increase a little.
We're increasing the cost of membership - but we're keeping the cost of swimming for members exactly the same. Additionally, we're changing the rules slightly so that you don't need to be a member to swim (but it will cost you a little more). Check out all our new prices on our website.
As an added bonus, we're extending existing memberships for free again! - all the way to the 31st of May! If you're already a member you do not need to renew until then. If you're not a member, you can join now.
9 december 2013 - Latest News on the Pool
Wendover Swimming will take back the Wendover Pool for the community
A new organisation, Wendover Swimming, has been registered by the Charity Commission as an incorporated charity (a CIO). Wendover Swimming CIO has been formed to take over the Wendover Pool and run it on a not for profit basis for the benefit of the community.
An outline agreement has been reached with the John Colet School by which Wendover Swimming will take a lease of the pool and surrounding ground for 30 years, beginning in early 2014.
On 9th December the members of the Wendover Swimming Association resolved to support the outline agreement between Wendover Swimming CIO and the John Colet School and agreed that WSA will transfer its assets and records to Wendover Swimming and then close down.
important announcement - february 12, 2013
The Future of the Wendover Pool
Your committee have been informed by the school that a grant from the County Council, which has subsidised the running costs of the pool in previous years, will be withdrawn this year. This will make the pool unaffordable to repair and run as it stands.
The Governors of the John Colet Academy and the Committee of the Wendover Swimming Association have made the following announcement.
The boilers which heat the water at the Wendover Pool failed last summer which meant the John Colet School had to close the pool in autumn 2012 due to the low water temperature.
The School have made a detailed review of the repairs required including installing new boilers and repairing the air heater. The immediate cost to make the pool usable is approximately £20,000 and the anticipated repairs needed over the next five years are estimated to cost £90,000. The running costs of the pool are around £40,000 per year in addition to this. The Governors and the Committee agree that even if the money could be raised to make repairs this year, doing so would be a waste of the School's and the members' money if the level of running costs and repairs mean that the pool cannot be kept open beyond 2013.
The WSA's contribution to the pool costs and income from swimming clubs amounts to around £12,000 each year. Currently, the School receives a grant of approximately £17,000 per year from Buckinghamshire County Council to assist with the running costs of the pool. However, this grant will cease for all Buckinghamshire schools which have a pool from September 2013 so there will be a shortfall of around £28,000 per year on running the Wendover Pool.
The School Governors add:
Given the withdrawal of the swimming pool grant and with likely further reductions in Government funding in future, it is important that we use school funds to support the curriculum. Swimming is not a compulsory activity on the secondary curriculum; therefore we have to think very carefully about any actions that could be detrimental to the rest of the school. We have fantastic sporting facilities including the multi-use games area, four football pitches and the sports hall, which are available for community use outside of school hours.
We are currently working with the WSA to look at the options for the pool. A conclusion will need to be reached by May half term, as all budgets and curriculum planning needs to have been finalised by then for the forthcoming academic year. We are proud of our strong links with the community and are working hard to reach a workable conclusion.
The WSA Committee comments:
WSA appreciate that the school must prioritise its spending and recognise that the running and repair costs of the pool will become unaffordable once the County grant stops in the autumn. If the repairs are not made, to the boilers at least, then the Pool cannot re-open. This would be an enormous pity, particularly as the Pool was originally built by the community itself. The Governors have asked WSA whether the community could do more to operate the pool and make it significantly cheaper to run and to repair.
So, we are asking the members of the WSA and the wider community what you would like to see happen now. Please contact us with your views, comments, suggestions and any offers of support as soon as possible, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.