Groups and social prescribing at Jubilee Pool

Lots of groups and clubs use Jubilee Pool each week – see below for more details. If you’re interested in hiring the pool for your club, please get in touch.

Bristol Naked Swim
Wednesdays 9-10pm
Bristol Naked Swim is a naturist swim that’s open to everyone over 18 years of age. Swimmers cover a wide range of ages and abilities. Some people swim for the hour, while others spend more time chatting in the shallow end than swimming. Please come and join us; once you’ve swum naked, you won’t want to put a swimming costume on ever again!

For more information on the swim, please look at the calendar entry on the British Naturism website or email Terry or Andrew.

Open Minds Active female-only swim
Wednesdays 7-8pm
Open Minds Active CIC is a social impact organisation working in and around Bristol. Its purpose is to strengthen mental health and wellbeing within communities, widen access and create opportunities for excluded citizens. Its work involves building a diverse and inclusive community of like minded people and programmes who benefit from connecting with nature and each other in the outdoors to reduce isolation, support wellbeing and foster positive mental health. It offers year-round programmes that tackle health inequalities, including a learn to swim project for adult women of colour and a social prescribing wild swimming for wellbeing project for people with long term mental and/or physical health conditions. In addition, OMA runs seasonal spring/summer wellbeing projects in the outdoors, featuring activities such as SUP, surfing, hiking, outdoor yoga and movement.

OMA breaks down barriers for those who would not normally access the outdoors and facilitate a range of wellbeing workshops that empower participants to discover tools to not only support their own mental and physical health long term, but also encourage those around them. Its purpose is to strengthen wellbeing within communities, widen access to nature and create opportunities for excluded citizens. OMA has a collective vision of a society in which ‘wellbeing for all using our great outdoors’ is achieved. Its mission contributes to this vision as it delivers movement-based wellbeing activities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire that increase nature connectedness, improve mental health and reduce social isolation.

On Wednesday evenings OMA runs beginners and improvers Learn to Swim sessions for women of colour at Jubilee Pool. The aim of this session is to address the inequity of cultural diversity within aquatics, to break down health inequalities and to provide welcoming and inclusive spaces for global majority women. OMA covers water safety and aquatic skills as well as introducing and developing the four strokes, with lessons tailored to meet the needs of the group and maximize progress. Please email the swim teacher Jordan for booking details and further information on our Wednesday programmes. Check out our website www.openmindsactive.org for more information on all the amazing programmes! Please note that the incredible wild swimming for wellbeing social prescribing project requires a referral from your health care centre’s social prescribing service.

Out to Swim
Fridays 7.30-9.30pm

Out to Swim is a friendly, inclusive LGBTQ+ masters swimming club based in Bristol. Since it was set up in 2018 it has steadily grown to become the largest group of its kind in the South West, and now has more than 75 members. Out to Swim offers members five coached swim sessions every week, chiefly at the University of Bristol’s pool in Clifton, and welcomes swimmers of all abilities and backgrounds. Some members even take part in national and international competitions!

Out to Swim launched its regular Friday night swim at Jubilee Pool in early 2023 and it’s gone from strength to strength. Out to Swim’s mission is to ensure that it offers ‘aquatics for all’ so partnering up with the community team who’ve taken over the Jubilee Pool was a natural fit. Check out Out to Swim’s Instagram and head to the website for more details.

Bristol Lifesaving Club
Wednesday 6-7pm (term time only)
BLSC was founded in July 2023 and welcomed its first cohort of rookie lifeguards in September 2023. The club is run by a fantastic team of volunteers, some of whom are lifeguards at Jubilee Pool.

The club follows the Royal Life Saving Society’s Rookie Lifeguarding Programme that’s aimed at children aged 8 to 14. It’s a fantastic way to keep children interested in pool-based activities without swimming endless laps; it promotes group work, critical thinking, and having safe fun in the water. Sessions include various activities from entering the water safely, throwing ropes and buoyancy aids and role-playing emergency situations. Some of our rookies will go on to compete in the sport of competitive life saving, others are eyeing up life saving on Australian beaches or working for the RNLI.

To join BLSC your child must be able to swim 100m continuously and be confident in deep water.

For more information on joining or a taster session please email the club. There is also a sister club in Keynsham that meets on a Sunday.

Social prescribing at Jubilee Pool
We’ve recently launched a social prescribing project at the pool. Social prescribing connects and sign-posts patients with non-clinical activities in their community to help improve their health and well-being. As a pool and gym in the heart of the community, Jubilee is perfectly positioned to do this.

Joanne Finkel is our Community Engagement and Social Prescribing Lead, alongside her role as Chair of Bristol Life Saving Club. Joanne is the link between our regular groups and clubs and the Trustees. Joanne is working with local doctor’s surgeries, community groups and Lex Leisure to facilitate this.

For more information on the social prescribing programme, please get in touch.