Pool Temperature: current temp 18.5C (20 Sept)
Pells is an unheated pool - and relies on sunshine to warm, and the temperature is just cooling off after rise in recent heatwave. The water into the pool comes from an underground spring and is heated by the sun.
We are delighted to announce that our 2021 autumn season at the Pells will run every day from Monday 13 September to Sunday 31 October.
Tickets for all sessions in the autumn season will go on sale today, Thursday 2 September.
Full details of our autumn season is set out on the bookwhen pages and the 2021 season information.
Cold water swimming advice
While we have had an exceptionally warm start to the autumn season, we can expect water temperatures to fall over the autumn season. It is important therefore over the weeks ahead that those using the pool do so safely to take account of the cold water.
If the temperature falls below 15C then when you arrive at the pool, our staff will be providing advice and guidance to people for their safety. Please do ask our team if you have any questions or concerns.
If the temperature falls below 15°C we will not allow children to swim in the pool & the paddling pool will close.
For those people who have been regularly swimming then swimming at these temperature should be straightforward.
You still need to take care and adjust your swimming times and not stay in the pool for an extended period of time.
At 15°C or below we would recommend using a wet suit, if you have not been acclimatised to swimming in the water before.
Use of swim hats and potentially also swim gloves should be considered.
If you are not used to the temperatures (eg from Pells, sea swimming or other unheated outdoor swimming) then we recommend that you initially limit your time in the water to just 15 minutes at most.
If a new swimmer, be aware that you may not notice your body cooling down and oddly feel quite warm while you are swimming - this is an indication you are experiencing a physical reaction
You should not dive into cold water unless you are well adjusted to it.
Follow tips and advice from organisations like the Outdoor Swimming Society and NOWCA.