Our revolutionary purpose built Water Centre opened in 2011 as part of a £3.5m development and is available to use by residents, the local community, visitors to the Lake District and care organisations. It provides a complete sensory experience for users both with and without disabilities.
The centre includes:
- A fully accessible 12x6m multi-sensory hydrotherapy pool, combining ‘state of the art’ technology with the warmth of hydrotherapy, being heated to 32o
- A Poolside Sauna.
- A well-equipped Multi-Sensory Room.
- Light and pleasant indoor and outdoor seating areas.
The pool’s sensory features include a spa, bubble pads and a water fountain – all activated by poolside buttons, with a wall mounted ipad controlling music, blinds and lighting.
A special feature of the pool is that we are able (with prior arrangement with Calvert Trust staff) to raise or lower the depth of the water via a moveable pool floor.
We do not have lifeguards so we need all our swimmers to have a brief induction on or prior to their first visit, with all professionals providing supervision to users (such as carers, teachers and therapists) needing to conduct their own risk assessments suitable to their organisation. More details on this can be found on Pool Prices page.
In terms of accessibility, the water centre is accessed via a sloped walkway or via a lift from the ground floor of the main building, with an additional lift then giving access to the sensory room. Ambulant users can then access the pool via steps with railings, with non-ambulant users able to access the pool via (available on request at point of booking) a manual dipper-hoist or electric tracking hoist. Visitors using these hoists need to have their own moving and handling training and risk assessments, but we can provide familiarisation with our equipment as part of the pool induction.
There are 2 group changing rooms, 2 family changing rooms, plus 2 poolside changing rooms. Both of the poolside changing rooms have free standing adjustable changing beds, with one featuring an overhead hoist and the other featuring the tracker hoist with direct access to the pool.
Located on the upper floor, our sensory room features bubble-tubes, lights and projectors, and a range of sensory and interactive equipment. It’s a great place to leave the distractions of the outside world behind and can be used before or after a swim, or independent of pool use.
“One child had never been away from home, but cried as he didn’t want to leave as he had had so much fun, and been given the chance to have fun. Another child is tube fed at home due to refusal to eat. They ate everything and it turns out they simply wanted a choice. The first meal back at home was eaten with the family. This has never happened before”
“The best things were general teamwork and developing independence, meeting new people and engaging appropriately. The challenges were suitable for all and we were proud of all our pupils’ achievements”
“The whole visit has been very worthwhile and has given all the students a life changing experience”
“The experience has been great and our group has faced fears together, achieving things we never thought possible"
“One of our group was sure that they would not be able to attempt any of the activities and the trip be a waste of time. They went on to complete everything and will leave Keswick a more settled and confident person”
“Our service user spends most if not all of his time in a chair with a lot of equipment that is attached to the chair and himself. We were unsure whether or not they would be able to do any of the tasks but they was able to do everything, which was absolutely fantastic!”