‘We couldn’t find decent pool for our kids so we built one in our garden’

‘We couldn’t find decent pool for our kids so we built one in our garden’

A couple were fed up with having no 'decent' public swimming pools near their home – so they built their own in their garden.

Bhavika Kane, 43, and her husband Mark, 47, struggled with rural living after moving from Nottingham to the small town of Woodhall Spa in the Lincolnshire countryside back in November 2021.

The couple quickly discovered they faced a 50-minute round-trip to take their four kids swimming at public baths.

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So instead of wasting time in the car, they spent thousands of pounds building their own that's now used by the community.

Bhavika was soon approached by a local swimming school after the 13m (42ft) by 4m (13ft) pool was completed – and the family has now opened it up to members of the public.

Hundreds of swimming pools across the country are currently facing closure due to rising energy costs, it was warned last year.

Since opening her swimming pool in December last year, mum-of-four Bhavika says people have been flocking from miles around to swim in the pool, which costs £6-an-hour to use.

Talking about the pool, former nurse Bhavika said: "I was born and bred in Nottingham where everything is on your doorstep.

"So when we moved to Lincolnshire, I had a bit of a shock with rural living and struggled because not everything was accessible.

"We'd always wanted a swimming pool and when we moved we had the space here to build one, so we did."

Since the pool opened just a few months ago, the couple haven't looked back.

"At first I was approached by a swimming club for swimming lessons and then word of mouth spread and people started messaging me on Facebook," she said.

"They were facing the same problem regarding pool hire and availability and since then more and more people are coming.

"We get a lot of walkers. We had one couple who walked a few miles from a local village, had a swim and then walked back.

"We don't exclude anybody. We have everyone here, from babies to 80-year-olds."

Bhavika and Mark have spared no expense with the pool, which houses a special filtration unit that pumps in fresh air to reduce the smell of chlorine.

The facility has a 1.2 metre depth all the way through, is tested every month and is heated to 31-32 degrees Celsius.

Bhavika says she isn't fazed by having a public pool at her house and is enjoying helping her new local community get active.

She added: "It doesn't bother me at all. The swim schools are there most evenings and we don't interfere with anyone.

"We've got our own sort of pool rules up and we get people to abide by them. We have our pool microbiologically tested every month. The pool water is crystal clear.

"Every time someone swims we go in and clean the changing rooms. It's our pool too so we make sure it is well looked after.

"We use a heat recovery system so that it doesn't smell like chlorine at all. You don't get the burning in your eyes, it's just fresh air. It's comfortable to sit in."

Bhavika's company Swim Blue now hosts swimming lessons as well as a wide variety of other activities from pool parties to private hire.

She added: "It's all very new. We've only just had swimming lessons and people private hire it and a few swimmers swim in the evening.

"It has proven so popular we launched a website 10 days ago where people can book sessions on there.

"It's a comfortable size for us to manage. It's not about the money for us, it's about promoting the healthy side."


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