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The Ocean Pool Expedition

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Our team hope you, your family and friends are safe and well, as we negotiate today and the many days ahead.

We would like to introduce you to our new website to show what the team has been working on over the last few years. Projects have been varied, interesting and some quite complex, keeping us busy and focussed.

Now for a complete diversion to ocean pools. We introduce our new website and projects, by a video showing Peter Andrews sketching (en plein air) the ocean pool at Werri Beach on the NSW South Coast. If you haven't already, you can watch the video on our introduction page The following is the finished drawing (pen with water colour pencil wash).

Ourie Rock Pool Werri Beach at Gerringong, NSW, Australia

A small project that Peter and Vanessa have started - Peter is sketching all of the ocean pools in the world and Vanessa has the easy task of photographing the Ocean Pools.

Ocean Pools defined by All into Ocean Pools Inc are a public seawater pool sited on a surf coast so that waves can wash into the pool. It does not include stinger enclosures or netted swimming pools, or seawater pools in sheltered waters. Whilst nature can create ocean pools, most ocean pools are a blend of the natural environment and human efforts to improve, build, or excavate a pool on a rocky surf coast.

Based on this definition, and our research of the ocean pools, we have identified 133 ocean pools in the countries that we have visited with 97 pools located in Australia. We are just over half way having visited 70 of the ocean pools in Australia, Canary Islands, Madeira, Portugal and England. There are more ocean pools located in South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand and America.

Whilst we are all staying home this Easter, we thought you might like to travel virtually and discover some of these beautiful ocean pools.

Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall - South West England, UK

Bude Sea Pool was built in the 1930s to create a safe swimming environment at Summerleaze Beach at Bude. It is now managed by the Friends of Bude Sea Pool and is open all year long to catch those cool Atlantic Ocean waters.

Charco Azul el Hiero, El Hiero, Canary Islands, Spain

Charco Azul "the blue pool" is located on the west coast of El Hiero, the smallest of the Canary Islands. It is created naturally by flowing lava. There are several pools protected from the North Atlantic Ocean by the lava but waves do often crash into the pool creating a mesmerising spectacle. A long way down but well worth the steps.

North Narrabeen Rock Pool, NSW, Australia

The rock pool is 50 metres with a timber boardwalk separating the lap pool from the rest of the pool. It was constructed in the early 1930s.

Copacabana Rock Pool, NSW, Australia

A rock pool formed at the northern end of the Copacabana beach in the late 1950s by local landowners.

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Apr 13, 2020

Thank you for your great comments.

Kevin - the colourful structures are the private pool and beach huts (change rooms). There are a number of them at the pool and also at the beach. Following is Peter's drawing of Summerleaze Beach at Bude, which includes the beach huts.


Apr 12, 2020

OOps! Didnt realise when I "publish" it comes out at the bottom of the list. But saying it twice can mean I want to see more!!


Apr 12, 2020

What are the little houses above the Bude Pool? Are they change rooms or actual cottages?

Really like the line work and the soft colour washes........good on you Pete!


Apr 12, 2020

The Bude Pool in Britain, are the little "houses" above it change rooms or actual cottages?? Really like the line work and the soft colour washes of them all, good one Pete.


Valerie O'Hara
Valerie O'Hara
Apr 11, 2020

beautiful !

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