Welcome to Waterside Pool part of the
Waterside Community Trust.
We are situated next to the boating lake and the Ryde Esplanade Beach in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
We are open all year round, seven days a week and have activities for all ages and abilities, from casual swimming to water workout classes and swimming lessons.
We are one of the only pools in the UK with a retractable roof – bringing sunshine right into your swimming session when the weather permits.
We have a sauna cabin, which is included in your membership or can be purchased separate at reception.
We have baby changing facilities in both the male and female changing rooms. We also have a dedicated, fully-accessible changing room right next to reception, close to the pool.
There are also hoists and chairs for those needing a helping hand. There is complete wheelchair access to the site and we also have regular bookings from disabled groups.
Safeguarding all our customers is our priority. Please follow the link below to read our Water Safety Information to make sure you stay safe in the water.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Waterside Community Trust
The Waterside Community Trust is now a Registered Charity 1174631. The Waterside Community Trust provides recreational and leisure facilities for the residents of Ryde and its surrounding area. The Trust aims are to benefit individuals whatever their age, infirmity, disablement, social or economic circumstances as well as the public at large in the interest of social welfare and the improvement of life for the local population.
Waterside Pool, Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1JA
Barclays Bank, 7-8 High Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 2PN
Ryde Town Council
WCT works in close cooperation and partnership with Ryde Town Council. This body gives limited grant assistance and has nominated Councillor Julian Critchley to represent its interests. Julian has full voting rights and is a valued member of the team.
Company Registered Number
7740555 (date of registration 15 August 2011)
There are between 30 and 40 members of staff, ranging from lifeguards, swimming teachers, pool helpers and aquafit instructors.
The Trustees work without any payment and commit many hours each week to ensure the smooth running of the swimming pool. Under our constitution as a charity we have a rotating Chairman for the Waterside Community Trust and this position changes each year following our year end. The Chairman for 2017 / 2018 is Keith Gentleman.
Conrad moved to the Island in 1986, when he planted and established RosemaryVineyard in Ryde. After serving in the Royal Air Force, he spent many years in the computer industry often working on the Island at Bae Systems (formerly Plessey Radar). Conrad is a member of the Isle of Wight Council and Ryde Town Council, which he represents on the board of WCT. He also works on various other community groups including chairing the Island Community Bus group.
Keith moved to the island in 1983 to work. Education at an Essex grammar school was followed by the University of London and a degree in Geography, later the College of Estate Management and a post-graduate diploma in Facilities Management. As assistant head teacher at Carisbrooke High School he had a wide brief; risk management, site management, daily staffing, IT systems and bid writing. Since retiring in 2008 he took on a temporary role as Practice Manager at a local surgery. Other business interests include eight years as a fashion retailer and twenty two years as a commercial and private landlord. Keith lives with his family in Ryde.
Mark has lived in Ryde for four years and has worked within the leisure management industry for 22 years. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in swimming programming, teaching and development and was appointed to the role of Swimming Group Manager at DC Leisure in 2005. Since then, he has been responsible for all aspects of swimming at the group’s 60 pool facilities. Mark joined DC Leisure in 2001 as Contract Manager Arena Leisure Centre in Camberley. Prior to this appointment, he worked for ten years at Sports and Leisure Management Limited (SLM), where he most recently held the position of Contract Manager at Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure and Visitor Centre, the company’s flagship site.
Claire moved to the island in 2013 but has been visiting it for many years as a child then with her own family. Claire was born in Portsmouth, schooled in Surrey then in 1975, was given the opportunity of a trainee post for three years in a brand-new sports centre in Alton. There she learnt her trade in the leisure industry which she thoroughly enjoyed and eventually left Alton 30 years later as the Operations Manager. In 2005 she became the Health & Safety Coordinator for DC Leisure’s Portsmouth contract. Moving later to the Portsmouth Guildhall full-time then part-time.
Ian moved to the Island in 1970. Attended Sandown High School joining the Royal Navy in 1980. In the late 80s he worked in London in the courier Industry running his own company. Returning to the Island in 1993 he joined Prudential, leaving to start his own business in 1997 as an Independent Financial Adviser. Apart from 2003/07 when he lived and worked in New Zealand, studying accountancy and commercial law, Ian has remained on the Island and worked at the IW Chamber of Commerce and at Ryde Development Trust.
Andre lives in Ryde (born on the Island) and has a wide experience in the field of training and education, including role of Training Manager for Warner Holidays. He has a broad understanding of leisure sector with particular reference to training needs of staff in holiday centres and including the operation of swimming pools. Currently studying for a PhD on the relationship between the public and private sectors, with a focus on passing of public sector operations into the private and voluntary sectors. Currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Social Science at the University of Chichester
Peter Taylor is a Chartered Accountant, trained in London, who ran his own practice on the Isle of Wight, which he sold 16 years ago. He was the last chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Magistrates Courts Committee until its demise and was a magistrate for 25 years. Peter was also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust for 7 ½ years until 2014. He has been the Clerk to the Governors of Ryde School for the last 21 years and is also Treasurer of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and a Trustee of The Isle of Wight Literary Festival. Swimming, cycling and sailing have kept Peter active having suffered Polio during his childhood.