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There are many independently-run groups that use Bude Sea Pool. While not part of Charity, these groups are huge supporters and are made up of dedicated users that form the community that surrounds Bude Sea Pool.

Joining a wild swimming group that uses the Pool regularly

Bude Open Water Swimmers (BOWS) is an incredibly friendly bunch who organise themselves for swims and challenges throughout the year. They welcome locals and visitors alike who are looking to enjoy the companionship and safety of swimming together at Bude Sea Pool and beyond. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

There are larger nation-wide wild-swimming networks that have local groups. For women, the Blue Tits have a Launceston and Bude private Facebook group.

For men, Blue Balls Cornwall also regularly use Bude Sea Pool. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Training in beach and water safety

Bude Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) has brought Beach and Water Safety Education to Bude since 1953. Run solely by volunteers and with over 250 members, BSLSC trains all ages, from Nippers to Masters. BSLSC have a team of coaches, trainers and assessors who use the Pool regularly for training. In late summer 2022, BSLSC in collaboration with BOWS created Sea Safety sessions for local sea swimming in the local environment. Visit their website for more information.


One-off swimming challenges

Held annually in early autumn, 14 teams complete the distance equivalent to the English Channel in one day. Some are competing to win, others set their sights on meeting the challenge of completing the event. Places go incredibly quickly. For information, contact Deb.


Winter swimming challenges

BOWS also run a Polar Bear and Penguin Challenge every winter to encourage folk to get in during the winter months. Visit their Facebook page for more information.