GETTING PEOPLE INTO THE WATER IN A WAY WHICH DOESN'T COST THE EARTH

 
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IT'S A LIBRARY.... BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT

Here's the experiment

Many people living in Poole and Bournemouth would love to get out on the water but can't. It might be lack of money, lack of gear or lack of confidence. Meanwhile there are lots of people who have a spare wetsuit, surfboard, kayak, paddleboard or even a boat sitting around at home. 

Imagine if there was a library filled with a load of watersports gear that anyone could use all year round? If you had a mate that wanted to learn to surf but doesn't have the equipment, or you wanted to try kayaking but didn't want to splash out for the gear then we would be there to help. We want to begin connecting people with anything they might need to get out in the water.

 

WHY?

This experiment is rooted in the Christian faith. We weren't made to own everything, we were made to be dependant on other people around us.  One of the effects of consumer culture is individualism and loneliness. We believe that relationships belong at the heart of helping fix social issues. But that isn't the only reason

- Sharing gets the best out of the products we buy. Some other libraries like this are seeing a products life span increase from anywhere between 10-1000 per cent. This, in turn, should reduce our effect on the climate as fewer resources need to be used.

- Sharing is a brilliant equaliser. It brings together both rich and poor, old and young. 

- Getting people to enjoy the outdoors has got to have a huge impact on our health

 
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OPENING HOURS- FROM 4TH JULY

Come Visit

Mon :      9-10am and 5-6pm
Tues:      CLOSED
Weds:     9-10 am and 5-6pm
Thurs:    CLOSED
Fri:         9-10am and 7-8pm
Sat:       9-10am
Sun:                            7-8pm

 

MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS

Starting 4th July 2020.
Borrowing fees are £8 per watercraft for up to 3 days. Wetsuits, dry bags and other accessories are free.

£25 PER YEAR

INDIVIDUAL

This is the best option for people who only want to borrow a few times a year.

One watercraft per borrow. 


Plus borrowing fees

£50 PER YEAR

HOUSEHOLD

Great option for families wanting to borrow more than one watercraft at a time.

Two watercraft per borrow. 

Plus borrowing fees

£75 PER YEAR

PREMIUM

The best option for individuals or households wanting to borrow regularly.

Two watercraft per borrow.

NO BORROWING FEES

 

PAYING IT FORWARD

We want EVERYBODY to have access to the physical and mental health benefits of being on the water. If you can afford to contribute towards another person's membership with us, you would be making a big difference. Just click the button below.

And if you can't afford membership at all right now, just write us an email or give us us a ring. We have some places set aside which have been paid for by other members which we would love to share with you. 

 

HOW IT WORKS.

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1. BECOME A MEMBER

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2. SHARE AND BORROW

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3. TEACH

Annual membership starts at £25 to join the library. We don't want cost to be a barrier to anyone though so do get in touch with us if you can't afford it.

Browse our inventory, reserve equipment and share your own water gear with the library.  All online.

This whole experiment is about sharing. Share your gear. Share the word about the library. And if you have any water based skills then we would love to find a way of sharing knowledge too. Let us know if you have an idea you want to try out!

 
 

CONTACT WATERSPORTS LIBRARY

141 Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Poole, BH15 4AT

07972 350674

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