Our hydrotherapy pool will be OPEN to the public from Monday 28th March 2022

Access Statement

The Lake District Calvert Trust operates a bespoke hydrotherapy pool, designed, and run to enable access to a pool for guests to Calvert Lakes, Reconnections and external users who require adapted facilities

We have four daily 1.5 hour sessions, booked for a variety of uses, including:

  • Centre use
  • Private block bookings by organisations
  • Shared public sessions for those with disabilities, bookable in advance in blocks or
    ad hoc pay-as-you-go sessions. Some sessions may be adapted for specific users, such as adults only and quiet sessions.

During times of high demand, priority access for the pool is at LDCT’s discretion and will consider various factors including access requirements and booking size.  Availability of our over-head tracking hoist changing room with direct pool access is limited, therefore to ensure access we strongly recommend advance booking of this in an 8-week block.

Any available slots will be released 2 days in advance for general public use.

Renewal of 8-week blocks is not automatic, we will confirm availability 2 weeks prior to next block date by email.

Decisions regarding allocation of available pool sessions will be made by the Lake District Calvert Trust.

Pool Information

Our 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 light & sound technology with the warmth of hydrotherapy, being heated to 32°C
  • 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.

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.

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.

Both of the poolside changing rooms have freestanding adjustable changing beds, with one featuring an overhead hoist and the other featuring the tracker hoist with direct access to the pool.

We also have a warming sauna available, please let us know when you book if you’d like to use this.

Water Centre Prices

People having fun in the hydrotherapy pool, from an angle where you can see the hoist from an accessible changing room to the pool