W.A.D.E.R.S. – Water Assisted Disabled Exercise & Rehabilitation Scheme

Working on balance.

Waders offers exercise in water for people with physical difficulties. 

Whether your problem is neurological (eg MS), orthopaedic (eg fracture, joint replacement) or rheumatic (eg arthritis, fibromyalgia, CRPS) in origin, it is likely that you will benefit from exercise in water. Bouyancy enables you to perform activities which are often difficult or painful on dry land.


Impulse Leisure are concentrating on the gyms in their first phase of restarting and so Blackshots and Corringham Pools remain closed for the time being. However the Laindon Pool run by SwimMania is reopening and so Waders will begin a four week pilot of resuming sessions which will then be reviewed. Because numbers are restricted, this will be open only to existing Laindon Members at this time. The Committee will be reviewing the situation regularly to assess how we might proceed following the pilot.

Each member is responsible for deciding whether they feel safe enough to return and no-one will be judged on their decision. Our health health and safety is far too important.

The new rules and procedures for the small pilot can be accessed through our Covid-19 page along with those from SwimMania.


Please telephone before attending your first session so you know what to expect and because times and physio do sometimes change.
Sharon 07792 827638,
Kay-Anne 07899 745020,
Sandra 07939 202169,
Dawn 01375 461585.

Laindon session costs £6 including pool entry. The water is warmer.
Blackshots and Corringham sessions cost £4 including pool entry, plus refundable 50p for the locker.
Annual membership is £15 (Jan-Dec).

Please arrive twenty minutes to half hour early for your first session to allow time for getting changed, and a brief assessment including a short assessment form, which you will need before you are allowed in the water. If you arrive late, there won’t be time for an assessment first and you will be asked to watch on this occasion and join in next time. You may wish to complete the Form before you come. Please print it out and bring it with you for the aquatic Physiotherapist. 

If you have angina or asthma, bring your tablets or inhaler to the poolside with you.

If you need help, your carer may join you free of charge.  Corringham and Blackshots have disabled changing facilities, a poolside hoist with a maximum weight of 25stone/158kg. Laindon has three steps up and five down with a handrail to access the pool, a larger changing room for disabled and a seat in the showers.

Please be careful when walking in the changing rooms and around the pool. Walking aids can increase the risk of slipping on wet floors. Please use the Walking Frame provided instead. 

Take extra care!

For a leaflet, please click below

WADERS-leaflet – January2020