The Bexley Beavers Swimming Club Story
Bexley Beavers swimming club was founded in 1967 to offer a safe, discreet environment for disabled people to swim with their parents, families or carers.
The club provides a weekly hour and a half swimming session at Crook Log Leisure Centre in Bexleyheath every Friday evening, from 6pm to 7.30pm.
The club has exclusive use of both pools: a 25-metre pool with hoist and a smaller learner pool. For many members the weekly session represents their only opportunity to go swimming without fear of being stared at or pointed at, and as such its value is priceless.
Royal Life Saving Society volunteer lifeguards specially trained to work with the disabled are present at every session to ensure the safety of members of the club, which welcomes disabled people of any age and with any disability not only from Bexley and beyond.
The club, which has about 120 members, is run entirely by volunteers and relies wholly on donations and fundraising by members as it receives no government or council grants. There is no membership fee or weekly swimming charge for members – we simply ask that you make a voluntary donation at the door before each session, and remember, if you are a UK Tax Payer please sign a Gift Aid form so that we can reclaim 25% of your donation!