The pool sessions offer an excellent opportunity to improve and learn new skills in the comfort of a heated pool at a time of year when the River Cam is getting increasingly chilly! The pool sessions are for club members only. We are no longer offering temporary pool membership for guests.

The sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities

Paddlers are requested by Abbey Pool to not wear full face swimming masks. These infringe their resuscitation policy

Location

Abbey Pool, Whitehill Road, off Newmarket Road, CB5 8NT

Fee

Sessions will continue to be free to club members

The lockers at the pool take a pound coin as a deposit.

Pool Session Times and Dates:

Sunday evenings 6pm to 7pm starting from late September until late May.

Booking a Session

To reserve a space click on the link below. Highlight the session date you require and make the booking. You will receive a confirmation email.

Booking is on a first come, first served basis, but please remember that if you do book a session and then fail to turn up you are blocking one of the very limited places

There is a strict limit of 15 boats in the pool at any time so you must reserve a space in advance. You can pre-book up to 3 sessions per half  term Sessions are released for booking in blocks of 6 or 7 sesssions at a time. If the session is full you can add yourself to the waiting list.

You can cancel your reservation without penalty up to 48 hours before the pool session (Friday evening at 6:00 pm). Your session will then be offered via email to everyone on the waiting list on a first come first served basis. Please do not turn up unless you have received an email confirmation saying that you actually have a space!

 

Book a pool session

How are the sessions organised?

These sessions are not structured, organised courses. They are an opportunity to practice your paddling in the safe, comfortable environment of a swimming pool. There are always at least two coaches present, and they will usually be happy to help coaching paddlers and answer any questions you have. However, don't expect a full hour of one-on-one coaching, as there will probably also be other people who need help. You will probably get most out of these sessions if you have specific aims for the pool sessions. This could be becoming more comfortable with capsizing, learning or improving your support strokes to avoid capsizing, practicing rescues, or learning to roll. Most likely you will have to do quite a lot of work on support strokes and rescues before you progress to a roll.

If you are learning to roll, it is often useful to have a person in the water to assist you. While a duty coach can do this, it might make sense to learn with a friend or two and take turns helping each other. If you take turns paddling, but only use one boat at a time, you only need to book for one place. Similarly, parents can enter the pool to assist children or help empty their children's boats if they capsize - in fact, this would be extremely helpful if your child capsizes often! A parent or nominated carer for U14s must remain at the pool during the session.

We have a selection of boats, paddles, and spraydecks at the pool for you to use. Alternatively, you can bring your own equipment, but if you do so, it must be cleaned thoroughly. This includes the inside of your boat. The duty coach will check that your boat and/or paddle is squeaky clean!

Please turn up early, change, and choose your boat so you are ready to go at 6pm, but please do not obstruct the poolside.