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Disabled swimmers and their carers are being encouraged to take advantage of one of Wales’ most accessible beaches this summer.

The Blue Lagoon, set in the heart of the Bluestone National Park Resort, is promoting the facility’s “beach”, which has been carefully designed to simulate the ocean whilst being fully accessible by wheelchairs.

After temperatures in Pembrokeshire hit the high twenties last month, bosses at the resort said they recognised that people were heading to the beach, but for many that’s just not practical.

“At Blue lagoon we want our philosophy of free range fun to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their abilities,” said Blue Lagoon Manager Ian Darbyshire.

“At Bluestone, we encourage all of our guests to get out and explore the best of what Pembrokeshire has to offer, including some of the world’s most stunning beaches, but for some that can be a great challenge.

“At the Blue Lagoon the tropical water park is fully accessible with wide entryways, lifts, disabled changing rooms.

“There is also a hoist available for carers own use (users have to provide their own sling) and an aqua chair for easy access into the water. The water’s edge is sloped just like a beach making our pool accessible for everyone.”

From the main car park the Blue lagoon has several designated Disabled bays to provide ample space for those who need it.

“As you approach the main building, you will notice the doors will be wide open into the main foyer, in the centre of the turnstiles there is a gate for a more assessable entry into the changing village,” added Ian.

The blue lagoon now adopts a carer’s free policy; meaning anyone that will be caring for a disabled person in the pool will gain free entry into the Blue lagoon water park no matter the time of day or season.

“Our friendly reception team will ask for proof from the carer,” said Ian.

“We are aware that every disability is different and we do take a common sense approach to allowing entry. Here at the Blue lagoon we endeavour to be equally inclusive, our teams are friendly and flexible so if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask and we will always try to accommodate your needs.”  

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Lagoon Dolphins for 10 weeks from the following dates: 9th January 2017

£55 per 10 week session

1730-1900 (19.30 on Tuesdays) – Runs for 10 weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays.

This is a 10 week unaccompanied course for 4 years + running for 10 consecutive weeks in 5 stages.

Stage 1: Developing basic safety awareness, the class scenario, basic movement skills and swimmers may use aids such as arm bands, floats etc.
Stage 2: Developing safe entry to water, including jumping, basic floating, travel on from 5 meters and rotating body.
Stage 3: Travel up to 10m on from and back, and progressing water safety knowledge.
Stage 4: Learning and developing the understanding of buoyancy through a range of skills. Refining kicking techniques for all strokes. The swimmer also has to swim 10m to a standard directed by the ASA.
Stage 5: Develop watermanship through sculling and treading water skills. All stroke for a distance of 10m to a standard directed by the ASA.

Lagoon Ducklings dates are as follows: Monday 9th of January 2017

Please note there will be no sessions on the 20th and 21st on February as the lessons will break for half term.  

£50 per 10 week session

Mondays from 1730 -1800

Lagoon Ducklings, aged 3 years and over. Helps with water confidence. This is a 10 week unaccompanied course that will run every week until the course has completed.



Rookie Lifeguard on the following dates: Monday 9th January 2017



£55 per 10 week session

Monday and Tuesdays 1800-1900

7-12 year olds will cover a wide range of Lifesaving skills consisting of self survival, CPR and First Aid. This is a 10 week course pre bookable via concept at a cost of £55.00. Rookies will receive a Royal Lifesaving Society Rookie Lifeguard Certificate.

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