Take a Dip and Support Your Local Community Outdoor Pools

Local outdoor pools across Devon are encouraging communities to support their wonderful swimming facilities by becoming a volunteer.

Swimming is one of the most accessible activities to support an active and healthy lifestyle. Community outdoor pools across Devon are starting to open their doors for the 2024 season, welcoming back members of their community. Local people are being asked to jump in and support these wonderful swimming facilities through offering support as a volunteer and by taking a dip when they open to the public.

Devon has one of the highest proportions of people who swim regularly – residents are twice as likely to regularly swim in an outdoor pool, compared to the rest of England.

Often run by volunteers as part of small charities, the community pools require the support and goodwill of local people to help look after them and help them get their facilities ready to open.

Hannah Worth, Director at Active Devon said:

“Our community outdoor pools have a long history and cultural importance to Devon. These facilities are a real cornerstone of enabling local communities to access inclusive physical activity opportunities, especially in more rural areas of our county. They’re often beautiful but sightly hidden gems. Why not seek out one or two of the 17 we have in Devon.

“The best way to support community pools is to use them and keep on swimming! There are always lots of opportunities to volunteer, whether on the desk, becoming a lifeguard, or to offer help with fundraising. These are also great first steps for anyone keen on a career in sport and leisure. The pools will always support with training.

“We would encourage everyone to make use of both the local authority and community run swimming pool facilities. Swim at one of the open-air pools in Devon this summer and enjoy the facilities, whether it’s a family swim or aqua aerobics. The personal benefits will be two-fold, your own physical and mental health alongside knowing that the more usage and community support there is, the greater the likelihood these pools will have a long-term future.”

If you are interested in volunteering and want to find out more, please contact your local pool.