Portishead Open Air Pool is getting together with Portishead RNLI to organise a special event allowing dogs and their human families to enjoy a heated swim together whilst learning how to keep them and their owners safe in and around water.

If they don’t fancy getting their feet (or paws) wet there will be local vets and pet shops available to answer questions and there may even be a treat or two available!

Dogs and owners swim events are increasingly popular throughout the world, with public swimming pools in the US and New Zealand also getting in on the act.  It is catching on in the UK as well, and at least two other open air pools at Saltdean in Brighton and Sandford Parks lido in Cheltenham are running similar events.

To allay any concerns over hygiene, the Trust would like to point out that the water will be properly treated and filtered after the event and all surfaces in and around the pool thoroughly cleaned before the pool re-opens.

Tickets to swim with your dog have now sold out, but you will still be able  to attend the event  just to watch and ask questions of the safety experts from the emergency services. There will also be the opportunity to make a donation to the Pool and the RNLI Portishead Lifeboats.

Each dog entering the pool will have wear a collar or lightweight harness and be accompanied by their owner / handler with at least one person over the age of 18 in the water at all times.

A maximum of four people will be able enter the water for each dog. For pooches that prefer a paddle, the small splash pool will also be open but no ticket is required for this. All dogs will have to be on the lead when not in the water and are their owners’ responsibility at all times. All dogs will have to be fully vaccinated and over the age of 10 months old to get in to the pool. The swim is not suitable for bitches in season.

We recommend that all humans entering the water wear a t shirt, rash vest or wetsuit to protect yourselves from your dogs claws.

It should be a pawsome day!


(photo courtesy @cocotheseadog)