The Gemini swimming pool opened for use in 2007. It is a 25m x 12.5m deck level pool with six lanes, 1.2m depth in the shallow end and 2m depth in the deep end. The benefits of a deck level pool are that water spills over the edge of the pool and does not rebound back into the middle of the pool. This eliminates choppiness and rough water which makes it ideal for learning to swim, for serious swimming training, and it also ensures fast times in competitive races.
The pool is available for use as much as possible for all Salopians, including early morning swimming sessions, general lane swimming and serious swim training for School swimmers. We have taken the opportunity to raise the profile of swimming at Shrewsbury and to ensure that the talented swimmers already in the School have a fantastic facility in which to continue their development. The pool is also a vital resource for all keen sportsmen and women, who use it for conditioning sessions and as part of active recovery (after intensive training or competition), as well as for pupils recovering from injury.
As part of the pool development, the old changing rooms have been fully refurbished and can now be used both by pool-users and for PE, rugby and football changing. The upstairs cardio-vascular area has also been fully refurbished and now has new machines, a new sound system and large plasma screen to make the exercising slightly less painful!
Swimming lessons are run at the pool for children aged between 4½ and 13 years, both during term time and in the summer holidays. Please see our Swimming Academy page for more information.