The Walpole Bay Swimmers went in for a 12pm New Year’s day dip marking the start of swimming in the tidal sea pool in 2016! Happy New Year Everyone…if you haven’t dipped into the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool why don’t you this year? You will be back for more-for sure. The summer swimming season starts in April.
The Walpole Bay Swimmers met up for a Boxing Day Dip! Well done to all those who attended-you brave souls!
The Walpole Bay Swimmers are taking part in the 2015 Margate Rotary 50/50 Swimathon at Hartsdown Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th October 2015. We have to swim as many lengths as possible in 55 minutes as a team with only one team member swimming at any one time! We are raising money for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service plus other charities. You can sponsor us here…:) Please give generously!!! Come along on the day and cheer us on too!
On Friday 28th August Walpole Bay Swimmers Jen & Katie are participating in a visit to Margate & Cliftonville from the Academy of Urbanism who have nominated Margate as “The Great Town of the UK”. They are meeting the assessors alongside Dom from Haeckels and Tony from the Thanet Coast Project. If anyone would like to have a swim during the visit then 3pm would be a good time! 🙂
For the Autumn and Winter swimming season we don’t post a weekly swim planner but if you’re tempted to get in the pool in the colder months then as a guide swimming is best in the pool up to 2hrs before the high tide and 2hrs after high tide. This will allow you optimum use of the tidal pool as it is completely covered by the sea at high tide! So for roughly 4hrs during the day the pool is re-claimed by the sea and filled with fresh seawater. Once the tide recedes the tidal pool is exposed once more for all to enjoy!
If you want to join us for a social swim at the tidal pool please read the following statement before you do so.
Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers Swim Responsibility Statement:
This is a statement regarding safety of swimmers and limiting liability of the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers. Before joining the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers social swim or partaking in any swims you are invited to by the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers please read the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers swim responsibility statement. By signing up to join the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers social swim, or participating in any swims you confirm that you have read and understand the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers swim responsibility statement and accept its terms.
(PLEASE READ THE SAFETY INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE TAKING PART IN THE SWIM.)
Be aware that there is NO LIFEGUARD at the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool and you swim at your own risk.
The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is maintained by Thanet District Council. They have signage in place to indicate that you should not walk on the walls of the pool.
You enter the pool where you choose to do so.
Although you may be swimming as part of a social swim DO NOT assume that because others are swimming that it is safe – we all have different abilities and tolerance to the cold so you MUST make YOUR OWN decision as to whether the swim is suitable for you taking into account the variable conditions on the day.
DO NOT compromise your own safety or that of others.
Do not swim in a thunderstorm.
Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers is not able to assume legal responsibility to it’s members or others.
While we are always keen to share our passion for outdoor swimming, all swimmers must be solely responsible for making their own assessment as to the risks involved in any particular swim.
Swims arranged by members of Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers are not led or supervised by qualified individuals and no insurance is in place.
YOU SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers itself has no control or influence over those who arrange “Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers social swims”.
The decision to participate in any swim must therefore be taken individually, and swimmers must not rely (in whole or in part) on views or information provided by Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers and/or its members.
If you are in any doubt about the safety of a swim or your ability to complete it, you SHOULD NOT TAKE PART.
Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law:
1. Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers;
2. Each individual acting on behalf of the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers; and
3. Any person involved in organising an Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers social swim exclude any liability for personal injury, death or other harm or loss to its members or any other person or organisation as a result of their negligence or other breach of legal duty.
Please browse the Outdoor Swimming Society website (http://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/index.php?p=swimming_tips&s=safe_swim) for:
Risks inherent in outdoor swimming, which include hypothermia, drowning, injury, sickness. There are some tips on this webpage.
Further (but not comprehensive) information on precautions to be taken before and during an outdoor swim.
There is no lifeguard at the Walpole Bay pool and you swim at your own risk.
We try to organise a weekly social swim at the tidal pool, during the summer season but the tide times and the weather dictate when these swims will happen! The day and time may be different week to week but the details for this weeks social swim can be found by clicking the link below:
Usually the first thing we think of when we get out the water is where can we go to get a great cup of tea and warm up? Well luckily we’ve put together a list of fantastic places you can grab a truly fantastic lunch, meal or drink. Thankfully you’ve got some superb choices in Cliftonville, Margate and all listed are no more that 15 minutes walk away.
Forts is a great little seaside cafe which you can’t come to Margate without going to. We recommend one of their doughnuts (if you’re lucky enough to get one!) and for a healthier option the scrambled eggs are great for a post swim bite.
Known for the best pizzas in town GB pizza company has a tempting menu. All of the ingredients are sourced locally and the staff are super friendly making your entire experience-perfect-especially after swimming some widths.
Roost is a great addition to the Cliftonville eatery list and we love it! It specialises in chicken and waffles plus they serve delicious breakfasts from 10am. Fab food for pre or post swim.
Other great places worth checking out include;
The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is a four acre tidal pool in extent-possibly the UK’s largest tidal pool!?! If you want to know more about outdoor swimming or other tidal pools around the UK, where you can go to for a great outdoor swim, then have a look at these links to get you started.
Other UK Tidal Pools: