Swimming is an important life skill which many take for granted. It may surprise you that almost half of children leave primary school unable to swim. This has a knock on effect with many of these children then going into adulthood unable to swim.
This summer, as part of their campaign to ensure children in the Borough are able to swim, Hyndburn Leisure are offering free swimming lessons for those who have left primary school without developing this skill. Lessons will run at 6.30pm on every Wednesday of the summer holidays, starting on 26th July. Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis.
Councillor Ken Moss, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said “Hyndburn Leisure are delighted to offer this opportunity for young people to learn what is essentially a life saving sport! It’s unfortunate that some children leave primary school unable to swim, which is why we have introduced this new course, part of our extensive Swim England Learn to Swim Programme. We’re expecting a busy summer in our pools, with a fantastic programme which includes weekly crash course swimming lessons for children, £1.50 swims for under 16s and daily floats and fun sessions at Hyndburn and Mercer Hall Leisure Centres. The pool at Hyndburn Leisure Centre recently underwent a huge refurbishment and is well worth a visit if you haven’t been for a while!”
Joanne Mortimer, Head of Leisure Facilities said “We’ve recently adopted a new framework for our Learn to Swim Programme via Swim England. These lessons are part of our campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of learning to swim, and how it is never too late to learn. We understand that some older children may be unnecessarily embarrassed that they can’t swim, which is why during these lessons we’ll be closing the pool to the public for 45 minutes and allowing participants to bring along a friend or family member who can swim for support.”
To secure your free lessons for 11-18 year olds, or to join our crash course programme for younger children, call Hyndburn Leisure on 01254 385 945 (Hyndburn) or 885 607 (Mercer Hall).