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Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme

Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme

Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme

Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme

Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme
Temporary Swimming Lesson Programme

Customers who had a space in the full learn to swim programme pre April 2020 - please be assured that your space remains.  The full programme continues to be suspended.

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With many of our swimming pools able to reopen they continue to operate with ongoing restrictions, this means operating at a reduced capacity and staffing levels.  This is to ensure the health and wellbeing of customers and staff.  This means the full Swim Aberdeenshire learn to swim programme will remain suspended until further notice.

Customers who had a space in the full learn to swim programme pre-April 2020 - please be assured that your space remains.  Customers will remain in their original space in the Swim Aberdeenshire learn to swim programme from March 2020.

Temporary programme considerations

Pre-Covid-19 the Learn to Swim programme in Aberdeenshire delivered approximately 9000 lessons per week across 13 sites, partcipant levels varied at each site.  Despite typically delivering lessons over 5 or 6 days, the number of people on site was still concentrated to 1-2 hours per day, when classes are delivered back-to-back (i.e. every 30 minutes).

The decision to operate with a temporary programme was based on two major considerations:

Customers may not wish to return to lessons, based either on personal, medical reservations or due to the changes required on site.  These changes include: limited spectating, potential to have lessons on alternate weeks, no adult access to changing facilities, no instructor support in the water, and no use of changing, toilet or showering facilities.

With physical distancing measures we could not deliver to our entire customer base, so the decision to offer lessons based on the response to a survey, meant we could being offering spaces in a fair and equitable manner.


How will the Temporary Programme operate?

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Offering a temporary programme means we can continue to deliver a customer-centered approach without the risk of discrimination.  The temporary programme will operate almost exactly as the full learn to swim programme, only with a reduce number of classes.  Customers will pay for four lessons in advance (rather than 10), this allows for regular evaluation to further develop or change the programme as necessary.  The opportunity to grow will be based on the learning of how site staff manage an increasing volume of customers and potential changes to government guidance.

There will be some significant changes to operational delivery onsite.  When a space is offered in the temporary programme, these changes will be outlined and include:

  • Do not come to the facility if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell).
  • A face covering should be worn by everyone aged five and over entering the building (unless exempt).
  • All instructors will be teaching from poolside for physical distancing measures.
  • Adult/child and pre-school lessons must have an accompanying adult in the water to support the child during lessons.
  • We encourage only one parent/carer to accompany their child to swimming lessons.
  • Take any equipment/aids with you such as goggles, swim caps & armbands, ensuring it is clean and identifiable as yours before you arrive.  Please practice putting on your own swim cap and goggles; due to government guidance the instructors will not be able to help.
  • Check the facility's instructions on arrival time, parking, travel arrangements and plan your journey accordingly.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Swimming Coordinator.

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