A PLEA FOR THE POOL!
Twelve years ago, we raised money from local residents and the Skibbereen Credit Union to buy the leisure centre from the receivers of the Baltimore Harbour Hotel. Since then, the pool has been run by volunteers and paid staff, and has paid back most of the money borrowed.
We have constantly looked for ways to make the pool more cost-effective, replacing old windows, installing solar panels and heat exchangers, and upgrading the changing rooms.
To finance improvements and our day-to-day operations, we rely heavily on running children’s lessons and fun camps, adult activity classes, and our major fundraiser, the Baltimore Wet Weekend.
The Wet Weekend has grown into the largest Open Water swimming event in Ireland. Last year, 500 swimmers converged in Baltimore to participate in the circuit of Spanish Island, the night swim in Lough Ine, and the Sherkin swim, then in its 20th year.
With COVID restrictions in place this year, we had to cancel the Wet Weekend. We can’t have children’s classes. We can’t run our aqua-aerobics classes or Pilates or gym classes. We had to strictly limit how many people are in the building at one time. With restrictions escalated to Level 5 once more, we have had to close completely for another six weeks.
Like other small businesses, we are getting support from the government. But we were counting on the Wet Weekend and other fundraising activities to bring in €20,000 or more after running costs were paid. The loss of that money has left a painful hole in our finances.
I know that many of you reading this already support the Wild Atlantic Pool, and we are so very thankful to every one of you. I wouldn’t ask this if we were not in such an uncertain financial position right now. Please, if you can spare a few euro, or help spread the word, our fundraiser is at the link below.
By the community, for the community.Hello and Welcome to the Wild Atlantic Pool & Fitness Centre.
The Wild Atlantic Pool & Fitness Centre has a 16.5m Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi and Gym. Join us in Baltimore, West Cork for fun activities, to relax, or train hard and improve your fitness.
WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Mon-Fri 8am – 9pm
Weekends & Bank Holidays 9am – 6pm
Membership Rates to Suit Everyone!You can pay in full or spread the cost over 12 months and pay by direct debit.
We have plans to suit all budgets, ages and circumstances — and if you can’t find the right one, just ask.
Please note: The pool is heated to 30 degrees geothermally.