On this page, you will find important information about SwimNE lessons, including changes will be put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
When will swimming lessons resume?
We restarted our group swimming lessons at PaddlePod Newcastle over the summer holidays. We have, as you’d expect, had to make some changes to the way that classes are delivered, and we have ensured that sessions – and our facilities – remain fun, enjoyable, and safe at all times.
From 1st September, our group lessons are running at PaddlePod Newcastle (Killingworth) and PaddlePod North Tyneside (Shiremoor). Lessons at Sport Central (Newcastle) will start in October.
You can book group lessons at our PaddlePod venues now using the link below. Classes for children aged 4-12 and working towards stages 1-6 can be found at both PaddlePod Newcastle and PaddlePod North Tyneside. Classes for children working towards stages 7+ are available to PaddlePod Newcastle only.
Is it safe to return to swimming?
Many of us here at SwimNE are parents ourselves, and we understand that customers will – naturally – want to ensure that activities are safe before their children return. Safety is our top priority, too – for our swimmers, their families, and our staff.
The risk of transmitting the virus while in the water is very, very low. This is because all the pools that we use contain chlorine, as well as a chemical called bromine. These chemicals remove or de-activate the virus that causes Covid-19.
We have very strict procedures that we follow to ensure that the chlorine, bromine, and other chemicals within our swimming pools are within accepted levels. These procedures have always been in place, and play a very important role in ensuring the safety – as well as the comfort – of our swimmers.
We have assembled a working group, in conjunction with Nemo Swimming and PaddlePod, to make sure that all the required changes – to our lesson delivery, facilities, and customers – are captured, documented, and implemented in advance of lessons restarting. Further information about these changes – and what they mean for you and your children – can be viewed below.
What changes have you made to ensure that it is safe to return to lessons?
We have had to make changes, and these changes affect our swimmers, their families, and our staff. They do not, though, affect children’s enjoyment of our classes – we’ve made sure of that!
The changes that we have made are based on comprehensive guidance issued by Swim England. SwimNE, working with our friends at Nemo Swimming and PaddlePod have created a working group who are responsible for capturing, documenting, and implementing all the necessary changes.
Broadly speaking, the changes relate to:
- The delivery of our lessons
- The facilities that we use
- How these will affect our customers
Further information about these changes can be viewed below.
Our focus is on making sure that our lessons can resume safely, but we also want to ensure that our swimmers are comfortable in the water, and that the classes remain a welcoming and positive experience for all.
I’m nervous about how these changes will affect my child
We know that some children adapt to changes better than others, and we are very mindful of this when implementing any adjustments to our lesson delivery and venues. Our swimmers’ safety is important, and so too is their enjoyment of their lessons.
When we welcome children back to the water, we expect that there will be a ‘resettling in’ period. Our teachers and the wider team will support all of our swimmers through this. Where we know of children who have additional needs or support requirements, we will also factor these into our planning. If you are worried, though, and would like to speak to us in more detail, please email us at [email protected].
I’m worried that my child will have lost some of their confidence having been away from lessons for so long
Some of our swimmers will have been out of the water for almost six months when they return. A lot has changed in this time, and some children may be nervous about returning to lessons. Others may seem less confident once they are in the water. For some, though, it will be like they have never been away!
Our teachers are expecting a ‘resettling in’ period, and will adapt their lesson plans to suit the individual needs of each swimmer. We will help them get their confidence back – we have plenty of experience helping children through the ‘water wobbles’. We will work with you as well, giving advice and support where needed to help your children in their learn to swim lessons.
All of our instructors receive regular training to ensure that they are able to adapt lessons so that our swimmers feel confident and able.