Water Centre

Currently closed during the current lockdown to both residents and the general public.

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
  • 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.

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