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           

Registered Address:  
Blackpool Polar Bears, 40 Normoss Road, Blackpool, FY3 0AL       

Latest Annual Report is available for download 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 Dawn Campbell  
Safeguarding & Welfare Officer

Lucy Morisson

Michelle Lattimer

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 Teachers

DBS Cleared

Committee Members:

Sandra Sutcliffe

Donna Hollamby

Pam Lloyd

Shantell Christie

Nev Wilmore

Michelle Lattimer

Laura Hall

Phil Ward

Mandy Naughton

Linda Riley

Mel Joyce

Tracy Crook

Dawn Clark

Ann Foster


Michael Campbell (Chair)

Howard Robinson (Secretary)

Shantell Christie

Donna Hollanby

Dawn Campbell

Tracy Crook

Lynda Inglis

Alan Morrison

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.