Using the Lido

  • The price to book a 1-hour wave will be £7 including the booking fee and £5 for a concession (includes students, disabled, over 63, unemployed). If you fail to bring proof of concession to your swim, you will be required to pay full price. Cold water swim sessions are for those aged 18+ only. No under 18s will be permitted entry to site.

    1. Booking a swimming slot

      • Click the following link to book a swimming slot with Eventbrite:
      • Read & accept the terms and conditions of swimming at Sandford Parks Lido
      • This will also capture your contact details, complying with the government's Track and Trace scheme
      • Ensure a confirmation email has been sent and either print off the QR code for registration or keep on your phone
      • A limited number of walk-in spaces will be left available for those who do not have access to the internet to book a swim session

      2. Coming to the Lido

      • To reduce your time spent at the Lido, please follow the rules below:
        1. For check-in, try to arrive 20 minutes before your allotted wave.
        2. Queue to the left-hand side of the Lido ensuring you follow the social distancing guidelines put in place by Sandford Parks Lido.
        3. Have your booked QR code available for a member of staff to scan and confirm your entry to the site and to receive a wristband.
        4. Do not arrive later, after the wave has started entry will not be guaranteed.
        5. Pay for your car parking at the Lido pay machine (please use pay by phone, or credit card contactless, where possible) and use the sanitising station by each machine after use.
        6. Whilst we ask you not to bring valuables on site (including mobile phones), in exceptional circumstances, we are able to offer limited storage in the reception area at your own risk – please ask for details if required.
        7. Arrive ready to swim, preferably in your swim wear and appropriate clothing to save time before you enter the pool (disabled changing can be made available for those that require it - please let a member of staff know).
        8. Lockers, showers and changing rooms will not be available at the Lido, so please shower at home pre and post swimming to help us maintain water quality and hygiene.
        9. You may change and leave your bags/clothes on the verandas (or the lawn if dry).
        10. When the session time is finished the lifeguard will blow the whistle for all to exit the pool – please exit promptly.
        11. You will then have 10 minutes to change & exit the site. When changing please use a towel to keep covered and respect other users of the site.

      3. Entry, Exit & Pool Etiquette

      • Please sanitise your hands prior to entry. No diving is allowed, but you may get in at the main steps at shallow end or the steps at the deep end.
      • Swimmers can then move into the correct lane for their speed.
      • To exit the pool, please use the side ladders. If you are unable to use the side ladders, please let a member of staff know, and exit through the large middle steps.
      • You will then be able to return to your belongings, paying particular attention to the one-way system marked out in order to change and exit the site as quickly as you are able.
      • When swimming, as a good rule of thumb, allow a 5 second gap before setting off. This is because, when moving, your safe distance is calculated, not only with the spacing but the velocity by which you are travelling.
      • Choose your lane using the fast, medium and slow signs and by watching those already swimming and compare to your swimming ability. If you are not sure of your swim speed, enter a slow lane and move up accordingly.
      • The maximum number of swimmers per lane is 20 in a double lane and 10 in a single lane.
      • Please follow the directional signs and move across to the appropriate side of the lane for each length, keeping as close to the lane ropes as possible.
      • Swim up one side of the lane - ensure you follow the directional signs for each lane.
      • Then, swim around the buoy (in double lanes) and back down on the other side of the lane to complete your return. No tumble turns are allowed in the double lanes.
      • Wherever possible, do not swim to the end of the pool as this will cause bunching up and will compromise safe distancing.
      • At the end of each length, check to see if anyone faster is approaching and allow them enough space to pass.
      • If you require a rest, please ensure you are standing behind the black T (on the bottom of the pool) to allow enough space for the other swimmers to pass. Please also limit your rest period, where possible to allow other swimmers to rest.
      • If you change to a slower stroke, please consider moving to a slower lane. Please remember that backstroke and butterfly are not currently permitted.

      Please respect others!

      1. People of different standards and abilities will use the pool. Please respect their right to enjoy their swim.
      2. Do not make physical contact with other participants.
      3. Please be cautious and courteous towards all staff and users of the Lido and keep your 2m distance.