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Top tips

  1. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the lesson to allow time for your child to change and go to the toilet
  2. A swimming costume, trunks or shorts above the knee should be worn
  3. Children should be at the poolside 5 minutes before the start of the lesson (children under 5 years old will be collected by the teacher or directed by the lifeguards)
  4. Children with long hair must have it tied back, and a swim hat is recommended
  5. Goggles can be worn but may need to be removed for some skills

Your questions answered 

Can parents watch swimming lessons?

Yes, Castle Leisure and Ramsbottom Pool have viewing areas where parents are welcome to watch lessons.

Are parents or guardians allowed on the poolside?

Parents can only watch lessons from the official viewing areas. However, parents of new starters are asked to bring their child to the poolside on lesson one to meet the teacher. Parents may also come to the poolside to escort their child to the toilet and back to the pool.

How many children are there in a class?

The number of children in a class can vary. In classes where all children are under 5 years old we aim to keep numbers to six children per class. In advanced classes the size ranges from eight to sixteen children.

Do I need to buy arm bands for my child?

No, we provide swimming aids during the lesson. 

What should I do if I feel my child isn't progressing enough?

There are a number of options available for you to try.

Skills like swimming need practice in order to improve. Spending more time in the pool outside of lessons can help children progress more quickly. Every child on our learn to swim programme can swim for free at general swimming sessions. This means you can practice with your child at a lower cost.

We also offer intensive swimming courses during school holidays. Speak to your child's teacher to see if these courses would be helpful for your child.

What is the best age for my child to start swimming lessons? 

Children can start swimming lessons from 2 years old. However, bringing children to parent and toddler classes from 12 weeks old helps them to see the pool as a friendly, fun learning environment where they can build confidence and develop key basic skills in preparation for learning.

What qualifications do your swimming teachers have?

All our swimming teachers are qualified to Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) standards and follow the national plan for teaching swimming developed by them. All teachers are coached and mentored by our experienced Aquatics Development Officer.

What happens if my child misses a lesson due to illness?

We can only offer a refund or credit for any lesson missed if a doctor's note and covering letter is provided.