Swim with Puffins

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There are currently more than 30 swimmers, ranging from 12-80 years of age. All swimmers are offered assistance in the water by one of our 20 volunteers.

What will you do at Puffins?

The main aim of Puffins is to offer a safe and pleasant environment for people with physical or learning difficulties to be able to swim.

As a new member, you will be asked about your swimming experience – can you float on your own in the water, can you swim out of your depth, what would you like to learn etc? Swimmers will then be introduced to an experienced helper who will swim with you on a one-to-one basis to help you improve your technique, confidence and encourage you to progress in a relaxed environment.

Puffins volunteers can provide support in the water and help you use swimming aids to give you more freedom and confidence in the water. If you have a carer or a family member with you, they are more than welcome to swim with you too.

download the swimmer application form here

*You will need to obtain your doctor's signature before being able to to get into the pool. Please send the form to pimlicopuffins@gmail.com.

Meet our swimmers



"Puffins keeps me fit and healthy"



"I have gained many friends"



"It has made me a lot more confident"

Read more from our swimmers

Where we swim

Queen Mother Sports Centre on Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1EL, close to Victoria station, every Monday night at 7.45pm (except bank holidays), when the pool is closed to the public.

We swim from 8pm until 9pm and enjoy a chat over a drink of ribena until 9.30pm.

Click here to see a map showing the location of the centre.

Safety first

The most important thing before you get in the pool is your safety. At Pimlico Puffins, there is always a lifeguard on duty keeping an eye on you. Volunteers are CRB-checked and are provided with training to help you get the most out of your swimming. We have access to two pools: a shallow warm training pool, with step access, and the main 25 metre pool with a hoist (if you need it) to help you get in and out of the water. A range of floats and swimming aids are available if you need them.

For more information on the facilities available, check out the Facilities pages.