A few changes to the swimming experience:

All lane swimming sessions will operate using double-width lanes, with bather loads reduced, to ensure social distancing. Capacity will be based on industry guidelines and will be continually reviewed.

*All sessions must be booked in advance either by calling the centres, Exe Valley 01884 234900 or Lords Meadow 01884 234970, or by booking online (members only). Further guidance for online bookings can be found in our how to book online F.A.Q.

  • Swimmers must be able to swim lengths continually and be aged 16+
  • Sessions will be a maximum duration of 45 minutes to allow sufficient time to clean the changing rooms between sessions
  • Customers must arrive ‘beach ready’ with swimwear on under your clothing
  • Toilets will be available operating on a one in and one out basis
  • Lockers, hairdryers and showers will not be available until further notice
  • Bookings will be available from Thursday 10th September

Please ensure you are swimming in the correct lane. Details for lane ability are shown below;

  • Fast Lane – Customers will spend most of their session swimming front crawl, no backstroke, and on average will complete 25 metres in under 30 seconds
  • Medium Lane – This lane is suitable for customers who undertake a variety of strokes and regularly complete 25 metres in under 30-45 seconds
  • Slow Lane – Customers are likely to do the majority of swimming breaststroke and are likely to take over 45 seconds to complete 25 metres

*IMPORTANT* Lifeguards are present for the safety of all swimmers and may ask you to change lanes if they feel it is necessary. Please respect the decision of the lifeguard at all times and treat all staff, and fellow swimmers, with respect.

Due to social distancing guidance we are unable to reopen the learner pools safely, or offer junior public swim sessions, at this time. We will continually review the guidance and will update you when this changes.

Swimming at Mid Devon Leisure

Our pools at Exe Valley Leisure Centre and Lords Meadow Leisure Centre are both supplied by a private borehole water source 40m below ground. This water supply is filtered and treated prior to entering the circulating system, and the pool water is disinfected with a combination of Ultra Violet, and low levels of chlorine. The pools range in temperature from 28 – 31 degrees, and are tested for quality 5 times each day. The operational teams are qualified to undertake routine maintenance on the disinfection and circulation systems on a daily and weekly basis, and our water quality is also tested externally under laboratory condition each month. All of our pools are covered overnight to reduce heat loss, and have a removable hoist to assist users with disabilities access in and out of the water.

If you or your children have been ill within the past 48 hours please resist the temptation of visiting the pools to prevent the spread of contamination. In extreme circumstances it may be necessary to close our pools, particularly if there is a risk of cryptosporidium.

Our poolside recreation assistants have all achieved the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, and undertake 2 hours training each month in areas such as emergency planning, first aid and C.P.R, and undertake many operational duties when away from the poolside areas.

Please Note: No masks or snorkels are permitted in our pools.

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Exe Valley Leisure Centre

Main Pool:

  • 6 Lanes
  • 25 meters long
  • 12.5 meters wide
  • 1 meter at the shallow end
  • 2 meters at the deep end
  • Temperature 28-29 degrees Celsius
  • Hoist access for users with disabilities

Learner Pool:

  • Can be divided into 2 areas
  • 10 meters long
  • 12.5 meters wide
  • 0.75 metres deep with staggered steps
  • Temperature 30-31 degrees Celsius
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Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

Main Pool:

  • 4 Lanes
  • 25 metres in length
  • 9 metres wide
  • 1 meter at the shallow end
  • 2 meters at the deep end
  • Temperature 29-30 degrees Celsius
  • Hoist access for users with disabilities

Learner Pool:

  • 8 metres long
  • 9 metres wide
  • 0.75 metres deep with staggered steps
  • Temperature 29-30 degrees Celsius

We pride our water quality to be of the highest standards and welcome any questions you may have about our systems.

Adult & Child Pool Ratios

All children under 8 must be accompanied in the water by a competent adult swimmer aged 16 yrs+ at all times.

Main Pool:

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One adult can accompany up to two children aged 4-7 in the main pool.

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Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied on a one to one basis.

Learner Pool:

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One adult can accompany up to three children in the learner pool: two aged 4 – 7 years and one child under 4 if wearing buoyancy aids

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One adult can accompany two children under 4 in the learner pool if both are wearing buoyancy aids

Children aged 8 years and over are not permitted in the learner pool while in use by under 8 year olds, unless they are with their family with younger children.

SWIMTAG

Only available at Exe Valley

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A swimmer swimming with a float
A female swimmer swimming
SWIMTAG bands
The SWIMTAG analytics interface
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What is SWIMTAG?

SWIMTAG provides you with a unique view of your swim. Each swim is analysed and once uploaded will provide you with the following information:

  • Total distance
  • Swimming time
  • Estimated calories
  • Average pace
  • Average stroke rate
  • Rest percentage

Swipe your membership card at reception and pick up a wristband. Once you have finished your swim, return the wristband to the docking station and all of your performance data and statistics are analysed and uploaded automatically.