Water Centre

Open to non-residents too! Please call to book a session 017687 72255 – the pool is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week (except during our Christmas closure, 16th December to 10th January 2020 inclusive) and evening swims are possible from 5.45pm to 7.45pm on Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

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 32°C
  • 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.

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

Sensory Room

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.

£0.80 per half hour per child/service user, with no charge for parent, guardian or care support.

A little girl touching a bubble tube in our sensory room
The view out the windows of our pool, showing Bassenthwaite Lake and the mountains in the background

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“One member of our group had never been away from home for any longer than one night. To complete a full week here at CT was fantastic! All down to staff, facilities and engaging activities”

“We brought a young group that hadn't been away before and from tears on the first day through fear of the unknown to tears on the last day because we were leaving and they had had a brilliant time”

“The most worthwhile thing is the encouragement to work as part of a team during all the activities. This has a massive effect on the students and it is something that is proving to stay with the students after the trip”

Bryn enjoyed himself and was challenged physically. We all enjoyed the hospitality and the professional tuition and felt safe. Bryn loved all the activities especially the horse riding.

Every moment thoroughly enjoyed. Particularly enjoyed the horse and trap because I'm normally allergic to horses but the trap was far enough away from the horse so no issues.

Darren had never been near a horse before. Extremely anxious about horse riding, he was contemplating not joining in. When he got on his horse, Prince, he said he formed "an attachment" and didn't want to leave Prince! He even threatened to take him in his suitcase home, but settled for grooming a horse before we left.