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Learn to Swim

The Scottish Government has announced that we will enter a Level 4 lockdown. Regrettably, this requires all our services to close from 26th December, until further notice.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

The Learn to Swim programme restarted from Monday 30 November across all six of our swimming pools.

With the current Government restrictions, we are have taken a phased approach to bring your children safely back to the sessions. We have been required to introduce completely new ways of operation, introduce new sanitisation measures, decrease our pool capacity, increasing the bathing area that each swimmer has in the pool, whilst still maintaining social distancing requirements. It will be a new experience for both child and parent/guardian, and requires the child to meet the new social criteria below.

Learn to Swim lessons will be held on the following days:



Eyemouth Leisure Centre

Teviotdale Leisure Centre

Selkirk Leisure Centre

Galashiels Swimming Pool

Kelso Swimming Pool

Peebles Swimming Pool

The return to Learn to Swim will be completed in two phases.

Phase one – started 30 November 2020 and consists of learners in Swim Skill 2, 3, 4, Club Ready, Rookie Lifeguards and all Adult and Child levels of our early years program – commencing 30 November.

Phase two will commence Monday 1 February. A member of staff will be in touch in the coming weeks. 

In addition to certain swimming criteria, we require all returning members in phase one to meet the social criteria listed below. If you feel your child is not ready to return or is not able meet the social criteria, we will contact you with a phase two offer. Our staff and your swim teacher will be on hand to welcome, help and support your child as they arrive at the pool.

Social Criteria – all children must be able to: 

  1. Be dropped off outside the facility and enter without parents/guardians attending
  2. Be 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. Enter and exit the pool unaided
  6. Be able to get dressed and leave the facility to an awaiting adult

We appreciate this will take some getting used to, and to help we have created a short videos for each facility to guide you and your child through the changes we have made in your local facility.

To view the video from your facility, click the link below:

Eyemouth Leisure CentreGalashiels Swimming PoolKelso Swimming PoolPeebles Swimming PoolSelkirk Leisure Centre and Teviotdale Leisure Centre.

If you are interested in your child/children returning to their swimming lessons then please email your child/children’s full name to your local Swim Coordinator:

Eyemouth Leisure Centre – Amy Martin via rboyes@liveborders.org.uk

Galashiels Swimming Pool – Lisa McLaren via lmclaren@liveborders.org.uk

Kelso Swimming Pool – Angie Currie via acurrie@liveborders.org.uk

Peebles Swimming Pool – Donna Hamilton via dhamilton@liveborders.org.uk

Selkirk Leisure Centre – Kara Teague via kteague@liveborders.org.uk 

Teviotdale Leisure Centre – Maria Young via myoung@liveborders.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Early Years Programme

We are delighted to be taking the first steps towards the reintroduction of our Early Years Swimming programme. The programme is open for children aged 12 weeks to 3.5 years with their parents.

Phase one will coincide with the launch of the Learn to Swim programme, commencing from Monday 30 November. Please note that spaces will be limited in the initial phase.

Sessions will be held initially in Galashiels, Kelso and Peebles. Information about the programme returning to Eyemouth, Selkirk and Teviotdale will be made in the coming weeks.

Session times

Galashiels: Monday – 10:00, 10:35, 11:10 and 11:45

Peebles: Wednesday – 10:00 

Kelso: Friday – 10:30, 11:15 and 11:40

Eyemouth: starting Tuesday 5 January at 10:00

If you are interested in your child/children returning to the Early Years Swimming programme then please email your child/children’s full name to your local Swim Coordinator. See email addresses above. 

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.


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