Sunday, 12 June 2011

Take the Plunge in Nottingham

By Ben Aulakh

With summer just around the corner people in Nottingham are being encouraged to take the plunge and learn to swim with the city’s swim school.

The new ten week course offers swimming lessons for all age groups from 3 years upwards and covers all ability levels.

Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Nottingham City Council said, “It's never too early or too late to learn to swim.

“The Nottingham Swim School has friendly and experienced instructors who can help adults or children who need to build confidence in the water, or who just want to develop their technique, or swim for fitness.”

The Swim School offer lessons to those between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, as well as 5 years upwards.

Adults can also improve their skills in the pool by taking one-to-one Rookie Lifeguard lessons.

Children will be able to boost their confidence in the water in shallow pools where they can stand up in the water, as well as using toys and games to learn to swim. 

Eleanor Lang, Swimming Instructor at Ken Martin Leisure Centre for the last 10 years said, “I really enjoy teaching and find it very rewarding.

“It’s great seeing children progress from Pre School classes to being able to swim competently over long distances, and then going onto join swimming clubs."

The courses also meet the Amateur Swimming Association National Plan for Teaching Swimming, a national syllabus and framework for teaching swimming. 

Prices are £4.40 a lesson however they need to be booked as part of a course; though the Swim School can be joined at anytime.

For more information on how to help your child learn to swim you can visit

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