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A community swimming pool saved from demolition that now houses mermaid swims, inflatable fun and a fascinating piece of Southampton history.

Oaklands Community Pool in Lordshill has been at the heart of the community since 1986.

It faced closure in 2012 following budget cuts by Southampton City Council.

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But, after two years of war and subsequent major renovations, it reopened its doors to the public in January 2015.

As you approach the entrance to the pool, which specializes in aquatic education and recreation, there is a unique historical artifact. The shelter and clock from the old floating bridge across the River Itchen in Southampton are now often used as a place for swimmers to stop and chat before or after a dip.

Oaklands offers everything from public swimming to mermaid swimming, where you can wear your fish tail and live out your mermaid fantasies.

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There is lane swimming, engaging AquaFit exercise classes and a learn-to-swim program for water babies to rookie lifeguards, giving older children the skills they need to feel confident in the pool or Sea Aucklands National Pool Lifeguard. Qualification courses for future lifeguards.

Inflatable fun and float sessions take place regularly in the main and learner pools and both pools are also regularly commissioned for community users such as sports clubs or those hosting a pool party for their keen little swimmer.

Adam Robinson, who runs the pool, told the Daily Echo: “We’re a small, close-knit team who pride ourselves on the services we offer. We try to offer as much variety as we can in our services.

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“Our supporters keep coming back because they love the sessions we offer and our reinvestment in our services and our infrastructure.

“The pandemic forced us to look at what we offer and how we offer it. We’ve been able to stay afloat and protect our services. Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength and we’re looking forward to the future.

“We hope that our current supporters and our future supporters will continue to support the charity and work with us to continue long into the future.”

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