Blackpool Polar Bears are a multi-disability swimming club for members of the community with a physical or learning disability. We are based at Moor Park Swimming Pool, Bristol Avenue, Blackpool FY2 0JG.   The club operates both learner and competitive swimming lessons allowing disabled members and families with disabled children to participate. 

Our Vision

Every individual with a disability is able to participate in a “learn to swim” scheme, can strive to achieve sporting excellence through competition and is supported to enable swimming and related social activities to be part of a healthy lifestyle choice.  

Our Goals

To provide a safe, reliable, enjoyable and affordable swimming experience for existing members and 

To Increase the opportunities for disabled people to learn to swim, participate in competition and incorporate swimming into their lifestyle.  

Our Charity 

Registration No.  1082638            Address :  Blackpool Polar Bears, 40 Normoss Road, Blackpool, FY3 0AL       Latest Annual Report is available here

Our Team

All volunteers have been subject to DBS clearance through Special Olympics GB.  Teaching staff are trained to the appropriate ASA standard and "Helpers in the Water" have acheived the ASA Disabled Helpers qualification.

Chair Lynda Inglis DBS Cleared
ASA Disabled Helper in the Water
MIDAS Trained (standard and accessible)
First Aid trained
Vice Chair Peter Sutcliffe DBS Cleared
ASA Disabled Helper in the Water
MIDAS Trained
Health & Safety Representative
Secretary Howard Robinson DBS Cleared
Child Protection trained
Treasurer Michelle Wilding DBS Cleared
ASA Disabled Helper in the Water
Safeguarding & Welfare Officers Shantell Christie
Tracy Crook
Safeguarding and Welfare trained
Club Coach and
Disability Swimming Advisor
Emma Inglis ASA Level 1 & 2 Swimming Teacher
Special Needs teacher trained
DBS Cleared & Verifier
First Aid trained
Level 2 British Sign Language trained
MIDAS trained
Volunteer Swimming Teachers

Shantelle Christie

Alison Green

Lynda Riley

Nev Wilmore

ASA Level 1Swimming Teacher

DBS Cleared

Committee Members: Sandra Sutcliffe
Donna Hollamby
Pam Lloyd
Shantell Christie
Leanne Wilmore
Phil Ward
Linda Riley
Mel Joyce
Tracy Crook
Dawn Clark

Trustees

Michael Campbell (Chair)
Howard Robinson (Secretary)
Michelle Wilding
Donna Hollanby
Tony Edmunds
Lynda Inglis

In addition to the committee, the Club could not be run without a number of volunteers, both volunteer teachers and "Helpers in the Water". These members give their time to assist running swimming sessions each week. They have all recieved approprate training and are CRB checked. Blackpool Council supply teaching staff with levels of qualifications appropriate to their involvement.

Blackpool Polar Bears swimming sessions are held on Sundays at Moor Park Swimming Pool. The time table shown is for information only, members will be allocated a swimming time according to their ability and in order to make the most of our available pool time. 

8.55am - 9.40am   Competitive Senior Session
9.40am - 10.10 am   Competitive Junior Session
10.10am - 10.35am   Learner Session 1
10.40am - 11.05am   Learner Session 2
11.05am - 11.30am   Learner Session 3

 

Please do not turn up without an allocated swimming time as you will not be able to join in.