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Guide to Swimming in the County of Cornwall


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  Cornwall has an abundance of fine beaches that are suitable for swimming in the sea. Check out the Visiting Cornwall Beach Guide for details about the Cornish beaches.

There is also a link on the beach guide to our beach safety page, which carries advice for people swimming in the sea.

If your preference is for swimming in a swimming pool then, in addition to this page, have a look on our page for Gyms, Fitness Centres and Leisure Centres. There are swimming pools at many of the Leisure Centres.
  Bude Sea Pool, Summerleaze Beach, Bude
Built in 1930, there have been many refurbishments carried out over the years, the latest being the removal of excess sand in Spring 2011.
It is filled at high tide by sea water from the Atlantic Ocean.
Maximum length is about 90 metres and maximum width is about 45 metres.
The pool is available for all public use between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, conditions permitting, including inflatables and snorkelling.
Water temperatures range from 11 degrees Celcius in April to 18 degrees in September.
Lifeguards May to September; 10:00 am to 6:00pm.
The pool may be closed during high tides.
  Carn Brea Swim School, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Station Road, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QS
Tel: 01209 722002
  Jubilee Outdoor Bathing Pool, Battery Road, next to the Promenade at Penzance harbour.
First opened in May 1935, this is one of the oldest remaining art-deco pools in the UK. Open daily from 10:30am to 6:00pm throughout the Summer season (May to September). Lifeguard cover during opening hours. Cafe adjacent to the pool.
Tel: 01736 369224
  Newquay Waterworld, Trenance Leisure Park, Newquay, TR7 2LZ (off A3075 Edgcumbe Avenue)
Tropical fun pool with water cannon, tipper, flumes, slides, erupting volcano, spitting snakes & crocodile. 6 lane 25 metre swimming pool. In2Fitness - Gym and 2 Fitness class studios.
Tel: 01637 853828 (Enquiries & bookings)
Fax: 01637 853821
  Splash Leisure Pool, Stucley Road, Bude EX23 8AR
33 metre, 5 lane swimming pool, with wave machine and flume. Beachcomber Cafe. Length swimming, Parent and Toddlers, Over 50’s and Aquafit classes.
Tel: 01288 356191

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