The beginning of April welcomed the return of two swimming pontoons in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park after proving to be hugely popular over the past couple of years.

The pontoons are located inside the Tinside Beach swimming area with staggered positions, one closer to shore for younger or less experienced swimmers and the other further out.

The pontoons are the same design to last year with the Britainโ€™s Ocean City branding and neon ladders making them easier to spot from the shoreline and in the water. This year, there are no matts as the adhesive connecting the matts to the pontoons couldnโ€™t cope with the swell of the water, which was caused the matts to come off and float around the water. After discussions with water users it was agreed to remove them for this year to avoid the issue again.

The pontoons were installed by Cattewater Harbour Commissioners and will remain in position over the summer, before being removed ahead of winter to be safely stored for next year.

The pontoons were made possible in 2021 thanks to a grant worth ยฃ625,000 from the Getting Building Fund for a range of National Marine Park related projects.

You will also find a shower with warm water installed at the edge of Tinside Cove. The water from this shower is perfect for a quick rinse post swim, but we please ask you to not use any products as this water goes directly back into Plymouth Sound. This shower is on trial so please share your opinions and feedback with us.

There will be weekly checks of the pontoons, so if you notice any problems or damage to the pontoons, please notify us through our contact us portal or email us at