After what has been a difficult time for all of us, it was lovely to be able to visit the paddling pools and their volunteers in Penygraig and Treorchy yesterday.
It was great to see everyone enjoying the pools and to see and hear about how popular they are proving to be with people of all ages.
Despite the relaxing of Covid restrictions here in Wales, the pools have had to cut their numbers by half this summer holiday. This is despite the fact that RCT council has allowed the Lido in Pontypridd to increase their capacity.
According to the volunteers I spoke to, they have been told by the Council that this is due to paddling pools currently being categorised the same as swimming pools and Lidos by Swim Wales. And despite the splash pools being used for different purposes, they still have to follow the same social distancing guidelines.
Listening to their concerns it’s clear that we need specific guidelines for paddling pools, which differ to swimming pools and lidos. I am supporting their campaign for this change, and have already written to both RCT Council and Swim Wales about the matter.
If you’re looking for something fun to do this summer, then the paddling pools are open throughout the holidays. Both I visited can be booked via the links below: