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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Swimming Pool
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Swimming Pool

Mr. Privett giving swimming lessons at the Pool, Invergordon.
Picture added on 13 May 2004
Taking a swimming lesson on this contraption was nearly as bad as drowning! You were dragged through the (cold/salt) water and encouraged to make the appropriate leg & arm movements. No wonder I still do doggy paddle!
Added by Bill Geddes on 24 December 2004
I remember the rope as well. God, it was so scary! Nearly drowned! - also hence why I never learnt to swim. I have started lessons now with NO rope! I have had 4 lessons so far and managed to swim alone last week. Not convinced yet that I can still swim but will keep trying. I am a back stroke swimmer - hate water near my face! Will keep you all posted - NO laughing now! At 50 it's not easy. Take care.
Added by Wilma Mackay. on 22 February 2005
Used to laugh at this contraption. I learnt to swim by falling into the pool at the deep end and grabbing onto the raft (remember the raft?) and hauling myself out of the water, a close call...but, preferred this method over the contraption thing...wonder why the man operating it is laughing?
Added by Harry on 27 February 2005
I too had a lesson on this contraption. Scared my sister Janette as I grabbed her head as she was swimming beside me and held her under as I tried to gasp for air after Mr. Privett loosened the rope!!!! Seems like Bill, Wilma and Harry enjoyed it as much as I did ......NOT!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 27 March 2006
I remember teaching many people to swim using the rope and sling when I was the lifeguard around 1968/69/70ish summers. It was brilliant when they learnt that you were not holding them up!
Added by Joe Zawinski on 02 November 2008
Other "treats" at the pool were the greasy pole which jutted out over the water and the chute which was made of wood so bums were at risk of getting splinters. There were two different heights of diving board and most popular of all a springboard. The first time I used this I went in too steep and hit my head on the bottom. The pool was not lined with tiles and was just concrete, so many opportunities to give yourself grazed knees (and other bits).
Very popular were the blown-up inner tubes of tractor tyres. They were the only form of floating toy available in those days. Even these were not without risk as the air intake stuck out quite far and presented wonderful opportunities to cause injuries. After drinking our hot Oxos we used to stagger home for First Aid to all our injuries.
Does anyone remember the time when a huge red Portuguese Man O’ War jelly-fish was sucked into the pool when it was being filled. It was enormous and created an extra hazard - oh happy days.....
Added by Bill Geddes on 02 November 2008
Bill, it was great fun on the inner tubes, that is if you didn't fall through the centre!!! No Oxo drink since can equal that 3d mug of VERY hot Oxo at the pool. I used to go home with grazed arms from the air intake and if the tyre was not fully wet across the top!
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 03 November 2008
I don't recall the man of war Bill but favourite times at the pool were when it was being refilled and the water was going down and when it was raining as the water was warm. I could never swim over the water intake in the corner as it was like a black hole waiting to pull you down! Mrs Collins and Mrs Hec Ross with the hot orange, Oxo and Askeys wafers and crisps with the blue twist of salt. We used to run from our house in our bare feet in swimsuit and shorts. I learnt to swim on the belt too. I still have no style to my swimming because once you could go on your own that was it. Great days.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 03 November 2008
I remember demolishing the pool - I think it was 1980. My brother, I and William Beattie from Alness, took it down. We worked for Sandy Ross, contractor.
Added by David Gow on 06 November 2008
I remember the pool as a young lad on holiday early ‘50s. I went most days with my Mum – Oh happy days.
I was back in Invergordon 2-3 years ago and went looking for the pool but was not sure where it was.
Added by Rod Young, Perth, Scotland on 29 November 2011
I learnt to swim using this contraption and to see this picture after all these years is really amazing. I remember so vividly swimming away thinking I'm still supported by the rope and to find to my horror my grandfather (Mr Privett) had slackened the rope! To read all these comments brings back so many happy memories. I'd travelled from Lancashire and had come up to stay with my grandfather and my grandmother for the school summer holidays in, I think, about 1959. I might be an old wrinkly now but I'm still swimming.
Added by David Privett Lancs on 27 June 2012
Hi David, yes it was all good fun, our parents knew where we were. We used to spend most of the day there. Hot Oxo and hot orange tasted so GOOD!!!!! Happy days!!!!
Added by Wilma Daniels (nee Burnett) on 30 June 2012
Mentioned this to my mum, Iris Fleming, in Saltburn - she said I also learned to swim thus but I don't remember! I DO remember the pool, the Oxo (and Alan Ross's shouts of "A Topper"" to dives!) - wonder does anyone else?
Added by Dave Fleming on 10 July 2012
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