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Learn to Swim

As lockdown restrictions ease over the next weeks, we are delighted to be making the first preparations towards the reintroduction of our Learn to Swim Programme.

We understand that many of you will be keen to get your children back into the pool and to restart their swimming lessons. Currently our facilities are still closed and will remain closed until at least Monday 26 April, when swimming pools are provisionally permitted to reopen – restrictions allowing.

We do not yet have a date for the return of Learn to Swim sessions, but with so many eager swimmers we want to start the administration process early in preparation for return.

We are planning for all phases of Learn to Swim to return at the earliest opportunity.

For those of you with swimmers who were allocated a session in November last year – you do not need to do anything. A Swim Coordinator will be in touch with you directly when we can make arrangements when timings are confirmed.

For those of you who were not allocated sessions before the December lockdown, please email us at swimminglessons@liveborders.org.uk if you would like to be allocated place when the sessions restart.

Please ensure the email includes your name, your contact phone number, the name/names of your child/children and which Swimming Pool you attend. 

Under Scottish Government restrictions, we are for the safety of our customers and staff, required to maintain the new ways of operation, introduce new sanitisation measures and decrease our pool capacity whilst at the same time increasing the bathing area that each swimmer has in the pool, whilst still maintaining social distancing requirements.

Swimming lessons will follow the same process as for those who returned in November, where we ask that your child arrive Swim Ready and can meet the Social Criteria listed below:

Social Criteria – all children must be able to…

  1. Be dropped off outside the facility and not accompanied into the centre by an adult.
  2. Able to get undressed and pack all of their belongings into one bag
  3. Go to the toilet on their own
  4. Put on and adjust their own cap and goggles
  5. Can enter and exit the pool unaided
  6. Be able to get dressed and leave the facility to an awaiting adult

We have created a short video as a reminder of what to expect on your return to the pool. Click the link to watch the video for your relevant pool – EyemouthGalashiels, Kelso, PeeblesSelkirk and Teviotdale.

In order to make it easy for you to contact us, we have a new email address dedicated to Learn to Swim – swimminglessons@liveborders.org.uk. You can contact us here at any time and we will come back to you as soon as we can.

Please note that we do not yet have the dates or times for a restart for Learn to Swim, but as detailed above we will be in contact with you as restrictions are lifted.

Our Learn to Swim programme offers classes for children of every age, irrespective of their ability, and is aligned with Scottish Swimming’s National Framework, with six primary levels to work through.

The programme criteria can take a child who has never been in the water before and guide them through the early stages of Core Aquatic skills development on to improving the quality of stroke technique, the introduction of multi- aquatic skills and basic life support.

Our lessons

Lessons are offered at all six of our swimming pools. The programme runs for 50 weeks of the year with children taking part in one 30-minute lesson per week. Lessons are available on various days and times, starting just after school Monday to Friday, making it easy to juggle the after-school diaries. The cost is £21.25 per month, paid by Direct Debit.

Enrolling

It is essential that your child is placed into the appropriate class according to their ability. Before they can join the programme, they will undertake a free swimming assessment to determine which class would best suit them.

This can be arranged by contacting your nearest Live Borders Swimming Pool.

Payment methods

You pay a monthly direct debit where you will receive two free lessons per year*, free public swimming for your child, access to Learn 2 Home Portal and the ability to secure your place month on month. The cost is £21.25 per month, paid by Direct Debit.

*Free lessons apply should the facility be fully operational for 50 weeks of the year.

Progress, feedback and certificates

We understand you would like regular updates on how your child is progressing. Our online home portal allows you to track your child’s progress through lessons at any time from our own home.

CLICK HERE  to view your child’s progress on the Learn 2 home portal.

The Early Years Programme has 3 levels, each with its own clearly defined objectives.

For further information, please contact Aquatics Officer, Amanda: ABlacklock@liveborders.org.uk