Hundreds of young people Learn 2 Swim through new approach

 29 July 2016  |  

More than 2500 children already take swimming lessons in South Ayrshire

More than 2500 children already take swimming lessons in South Ayrshire

Hundreds of young people in South Ayrshire are set to benefit from a new approach to swimming tuition being made available at a newly reduced rate. Learn 2 Swim is part of a Council programme which caters for all abilities, ranging from beginner babies through to competition level.

More than 2,500 young people currently take lessons in South Ayrshire's four pools at Ayr Citadel, Maybole Prestwick, and Troon. The Council is now adopting a fresh approach that will provide opportunities for everyone to take part in any aquatic discipline they choose at whatever level they aspire to.

Previously swimming lessons were focused on ten-week blocks, but the new way of working means that children will be continuously assessed across the school year, potentially leading to faster progression through the various stages. The minimum number of lessons being offered each year is increasing from 40 to 45.

To make the process simpler for parents the old system of paying in ten-week blocks is being replaced with a new monthly direct debit scheme. As part of an introductory offer swimming lessons will be available at the same price as last year, with prices set to increase to £20 a month from April 2017*. Anyone wishing to continue to pay in person will still be able to do, but only for the coming year.

Councillor Bill Grant, South Ayrshire Council's Economic Development, Tourism & Leisure Portfolio Holder said the new focus will deliver real benefits to learning, "Our pools are as popular as ever with hundreds of children taking lessons every week.

"Through Learn 2 Swim we will provide free entry to swimming pools for under-16s, deliver tuition in smaller groups than before, with our lessons being made available continuously through the year.

"As part of an introductory offer we're reducing the previously advertised price by 24% until April 2017, something that we hope will encourage as many families as possible to get involved."

The quality of delivery of the new 'Learn 2 Swim' programme is fundamental to its long-term success. As part of the Council's commitment to this, swimming teachers are undergoing a series of Continual Professional Development training to ensure that the highest standard of provision will be delivered at all times.