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Swimming Lessons – SwimLincs learn to swim programme

Learn to swim with our crash course lessons this summer

Learn to swim this summer with our crash course swimming lessons. Delivered over a week, these intensive courses will help children learn and retain skills and build their confidence in the water.

Ancholme Leisure Centre

Monday 22 to Friday 27 July

  • 8.30am to 9am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 9am to 9.30am, non-swimmers group lesson, £25 for the week
  • 9.30am to 10am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10am to 10.30am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10.30am to 11am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week

Monday 5 to Friday 9 August

  • 8.30am to 9am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 9am to 9.30am, non-swimmers group lesson, £25 for the week
  • 9.30am to 10am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10am to 10.30am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10.30am to 11am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August

  • 8.30am to 9am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 9am to 9.30am, non-swimmers group lesson, £25 for the week
  • 9.30am to 10am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10am to 10.30am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week
  • 10.30am to 11am, 1-2-1 lesson, £115 for the week

 

The Pods

Please note that these lessons are delivered over four days rather than five, and they are at the reduced rate of £10 for the four days as they will be delivered by teachers enrolled onto the STA swim teacher programme.

Monday 22 to Thursday 25 July

  • 9am to 9.30am, non-swimmers group lesson (4+), £10 for the four days
  • 9.30am to 10am, non-swimmers group lesson (4+), £10 for the four days
  • 10am to 10.30am, non-swimmers group lesson (4+), £10 for the four days

To book your place contact the site by dropping in or calling 01724291900. Payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Welcome to SwimLincs, NL Active’s learn to swim programme

Swimming is an important life skill and our SwimLincs learn to swim programme will ensure children and adults become confident and safe in water.

Our aim is to provide the best learn to swim experience for your child and for you.

Our lessons run for 50 weeks a year with each lesson lasting 30 minutes, of which a minimum of 25 minutes will be water-based activities.

The SwimLincs learn to swim programme is available at

  • Ancholme Leisure Centre
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre
  • Baysgarth Community Hub
  • Riddings Community Hub
  • The Pods

The programme is divided into nine stages:

SwimLincs Minis

These 10-week learn to swim courses are available at Ancholme Leisure Centre and The Pods. These courses need to be booked by contacting the centre directly. Please note that for these sessions the parent / carer is in the pool with the child.

Adult and Baby – four months to 17 months (STA starfish award 1 to 3)

Adult and Tots – 18 months to three years of age (STA starfish awards 4 to 6)

SwimLincs

These classes need to be booked using the SwimLincs home portal and are £21 per month paid by Direct Debit. Your monthly payment will include one lesson per week for 50-weeks of the year and free swimming in casual swim sessions for the student so that they can practice between lessons. If you’re new to SwimLincs lessons and your child is already able to swim we advise that you contact us at school.swimminglesson@northlincs.gov.uk so that we can arrange a swimming assessment. 

Pre-school lessons – for three year olds who are new to the water (STAnley awards 1 to 4)

Non-swimmer – four years plus, new to the water (Seahorse awards 1 to 2)

Beginner – four years plus, can swim 5m on front and back unaided (Seahorse awards 3 to 4)

Improver – can swim 10m on front and back unaided. Please note that these lessons are delivered in deeper water (Dolphin awards 1 to 2)

Intermediate – can swim 25m on front and back unaided. Children will be out of their depth in the water during these lessons (Dolphin awards 3 to 4)

Advanced – can swim 100m on front and back unaided. Children will be out of their depth during these lessons (Dolphin award 5)

Development classes – Rookie lifeguard (must be able to swim 200m to join this class)  and Challenge awards (must have completed Dolphin 5 to join this class)

It’s important that you book your child onto a class that they meet the criteria for (you can find the criteria above) as when your child starts their lessons they’ll be ability assessed to make sure that they meet the class requirements. If your child has joined a class above their swimming standard they won’t be able to continue in that class, and there may not be any spaces available in a lower class for us to move them into. If you’re not sure what class your child should be in please contact us at school.swimminglesson@northlincs.gov.uk and we’ll arrange an assessment so that we can let you know what class your child should be attending.

SwimLincs Home Portal

The SwimLincs home portal enables you to:

  • Monitor progress
  • Check availability of swim lessons in real-time
  • Enrol onto lessons
  • Change your class when prompted to move up a stage
  • View important documents i.e. Terms and Conditions

Take a look at the ‘How to enrol onto the SwimLincs learn to swim programme’ section below for a step-by-step guide to help you get set up. If you have any issues please contact swimlincs@northlincs.gov.uk

If you already have a child on lessons you can login to the portal and view their progress. Click the button above and choose ‘Existing member’ from the options. Use the email address we’ll have registered for your child on SwimLincs. You’ll then be taken to the SwimLincs home portal where you can view the teaching criteria and see how your child is meeting the competencies.

Our new SwimLincs home portal has launched and enables you to:

  • Monitor progress
  • Check availability of swim lessons in real-time
  • Enrol onto lessons
  • Change your class when prompted to move up a stage
  • View important documents i.e. Terms and Conditions

We no longer have a waiting list for swimming lessons as the new SwimLincs home portal allows you to go online to see what spaces are available and book your place straight away.

When you click on the SwimLincs home portal link you’ll see this screen:

Screenshot of the SwimLincs home portal

Choose what centre you’d like to swim at, choose ‘swimming’ in the next field then click ‘show centres’.

Screenshot of SwimLincs home portal

  1. You can choose to see all swimming lessons, or just those with spaces available
  2. Choose ‘Weekly lessons’ to further filter the lessons by class type
  3. Choose what day of the week you’d like to swim if you’re looking for a particular day
  4. You can see the swimming lesson type here. Please make sure that you choose the lesson that matches the existing skills / age of the child
  5. You can see the class size here and what spaces are available

Once you’ve chosen the class that you’d like to enrol onto, click ‘Book this course’. You’ll then be shown confirmation of the class you’ve booked and you can now checkout.

Screenshot of SwimLincs home portal

Once you click checkout you will be asked to log in to your account, or if you haven’t already got an account you’ll be asked to register.

Screenshot of LeisureHub home portal

If you’re registering for the first time you’ll be taken to LeisureHub to complete this process. When adding your details please make sure that you use the details of the parent and not the child. Please be aware that if the home address you register with is different to the address that your bank has on file for you it may cause issues when setting up your Direct Debit. Once you’ve registered you can return to the SwimLincs home portal to complete the transaction. When you return to the site you’ll see the confirmation of the class that you have chosen and at this stage you can add the details of the child who is swimming.

Screenshot of SwimLincs home portal

When you choose to ‘Add new member’ you’ll be asked to fill in the details of the child swimming. You’ll also be asked whether the child has any medical conditions we need to be aware of, asked how you’d like to receive news from us (please tick email as that’s how we will normally contact you about your lessons), and to agree to the SwimLincs Terms & Conditions.

Screenshot of SwimLincs home portal

You’ll then be shown a confirmation of your class choice and a payment summary which will show the monthly Direct Debit amount of £21, but the cost to pay today depending on what stage of the month you’re signing up for lessons. You’ll then be taken back to LeisureHub for the Direct Debit payment to be processed.

Once you have signed up for your swimming lesson you’ll be sent an welcome email with information on your first visit and what to expect. The first time you visit you’ll need to check in at reception so that you can collect your child’s membership card which will need to be produced in order to swim for free in our casual sessions.

Our swimming lessons run back to back so unfortunately there is no time for you to talk to your child’s swimming teacher during lesson time. If you have a question or would like to discuss your child’s progress we would ask that you complete a ‘Question and Answer’ form. The forms are available from the customer service desk in the centre. Your child’s teacher will contact you as soon as possible regarding your question.

SwimLincs Home Portal

You can view your child’s progress online using our SwimLincs Home Portal. When you log in to your account and go to ‘overview’ you’ll see the teaching criteria and the competencies your child is working towards.

Screenshot of the SwimLincs home portal

SwimLincs learn to swim lessons – £21 per month paid by Direct Debit. This price includes:

  • one SwimLincs lesson per week for 50 weeks of the year
  • automatic re-enrolment (terms and conditions apply)
  • price for life (terms and conditions apply)
  • the SwimLincs student is entitled to use any NL Active swimming pool free of charge during casual swim sessions so that they can practice their swimming

Please report to the customer service desk 20 minutes before the start of your child’s first lesson. This will allow us time to set-up your payment plan, answer any questions you may have regarding the lessons, explain who your child’s swimming teacher is and direct you to the changing rooms and waiting area.

Buoyancy aids will be provided for the duration of the lesson if needed and goggles are available to purchase from the customer service desk before the start of your child’s lesson.

The swimming teacher will take a register at the start of each lesson and collect your child from the designated waiting area.

Our aim is to provide the best ‘learn to swim’ experience for your child and for you as the ones bringing them to the pool. To help us achieve this aim we would be grateful if you would adhere to the following code of conduct.

Swimmers are asked to:

  • arrive in good time for the lesson
  • when changed, wait quietly in the designated area no more than five minutes before the start of your lesson for the swimming teacher to collect you
  • wear suitable swimwear and tie long hair back
  • visit the toilet before the start of your lesson
  • shower before you enter the pool water
  • remove all jewellery
  • inform the swimming teacher of any illness or injuries before the start of the lesson
  • only enter the pool when told to by your swimming teacher
  • not eat or drink fizzy or sugary drinks up to one hour before the start of your lesson
  • listen to your swimming teacher and ask if you do not understand their instructions
  • always try your best and enjoy your lesson

Parents and guardians are asked to:

  • make sure your child arrives in good time for the start of their lesson and is collected promptly after the lesson
  • remain in the building at all times if your child is under the age of eight
  • not to wait or walk on to poolside
  • use lockers provided and not leave personal belongings in the changing cubicles
  • not approach the swimming teacher during lessons. If you have a question about your child’s progress please complete a ‘Question and Answer’ form or you can view their progress by accessing our Swimlincs Home Portal
  • view your child’s lesson in the designated spectator area and not on poolside or the changing rooms.
  • not to bring your child if they feel ill or have been ill in the last 48 hours with diarrhoea, a sickness bug, a contagious disease (for example measles or chicken pox), an ear infection, open wounds, coughs or colds. It is advisable that they do not swim until fully recovered and symptom free
  • ensure that your child does not eat or drink at least one hour before their lesson.
  • be consistent with attending lessons
  • ensure that your details are kept up to date on the SwimLincs home portal
  • respect our swimming teachers and share any concerns or complaints with the Health and Fitness Development Manager or Duty Manager immediately.

We thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

Swimming lessons for adults are available at Ancholme Leisure Centre and Axholme North Leisure Centre. Please contact your preferred venue for more information.

nlactive.ancholme@northlincs.gov.uk

nlactive.axholmenorth@northlincs.gov.uk

01724291900

The NPLQ is the most awarded lifeguard qualification in the UK and Ireland and is also internationally recognised. More than 40,000 pool lifeguards qualify with the RLSS UK every year, and there are currently more than 80,000 pool lifeguards qualified in the NPLQ – 95% of all UK pool lifeguards.

RLSS UK is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, and CCEA in Northern Ireland.

Our next RLSS courses

Our next RLSS NPLQ courses will be delivered at Baysgarth Community Hub, Ancholme Leisure Centre, and Axholme North Leisure Centre.

Baysgarth Community Hub – FULLY BOOKED

All dates must be attended

  • Monday 29 July 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 30 July 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday 1 August 9am to 5pm,
  • Tuesday 6 August 9am to 5pm,
  • Wednesday 7 August 9am to 5pm,
  • Friday 9 August 9am to 5pm

Price

£250

Ancholme Leisure Centre course dates – FULLY BOOKED

All dates must be attended.

  • Sunday 4 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Monday 5 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 6 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 7 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Thursday 8 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Friday 9 August, 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday 10 August 9.30am to 1.30pm (assessment)

Price

£250

Axholme North Leisure Centre course dates

All dates must be attended.

  • Sunday 4 August, 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Monday 5 August, 8am to 4pm
  • Tuesday 6 August, 8am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 7 August, 8am to 4pm
  • Thursday 8 August, 8am to 4pm
  • Friday 9 August, 8am to 4pm
  • Sunday 11 August, 9am to 1pm (assessment)

Price:

£250

 

Lifeguard course prerequisite

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Jump / dive into deep water and retrieve an object from the bottom
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 200 metres continuously on front and back
  • Tread water for 30 seconds

Course content

The NPLQ covers all elements of pool rescue techniques, lifeguarding theory, first aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification.

About the assessment

Assessment for the NPLQ takes place at the end of the course. It determines your knowledge and understanding of the principles of working as a pool lifeguard and assesses your ability to apply the skills and knowledge in a work-related environment.

The assessment is split into three sections:

  • Practical pool assessment
  • Written multiple choice question paper on all 3 sections
  • Practical first aid & CPR assessment

Please contact the centre you’d like to attend the course at on 01724 291900 or speak to the front of house team for more information or to register your interest.

Swimming teacher courses

STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching

Are you looking for a career that matters? If so, train to be a swim teacher. With flexible teaching hours to fit around your lifestyle, you’ll enjoy the satisfaction of a work-life balance whilst teaching an incredible and important life skill.

The STA Level 2 Award in Swim Teaching aims to produce swimming teachers that can teach up to 12 non-swimmers, beginners, improvers, or assist in swimming lessons. No previous swimming teaching qualifications are needed.

Prerequisites

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Hold a current STA membership (approx. £40 per year)

Length of course

  • 44 hours contact time with a tutor

Course dates 

All dates must be attended.

  • Thursday 27 June 4.30pm to 8pm (online)
  • Thursday 4 July 4.30pm to 8pm (online)
  • Tuesday 9 July 4.30pm to 8pm (online)
  • Thursday 18 July 4.30pm to 8pm (online)
  • Monday 22 July 8.30am to 12.30pm (The Pods, Scunthorpe)
  • Tuesday 23 July 8.30am to 12.30pm & 3.30pm to 7.30pm (The Pods, Scunthorpe)
  • Wednesday 24 July 8.30am to 12.30pm (The Pods, Scunthorpe)
  • Thursday 25 July 8.30am to 12.30pm & 3.30pm to 7.30pm (The Pods, Scunthorpe)
  • Tuesday 30 July 1pm to 7pm (The Pods, Scunthorpe)

Assessment

  • Complete a portfolio of questions to the satisfaction of the course tutor including lesson plans and schemes of work by Thursday 26 July. 
  • Complete a multiple-choice question paper in exam conditions
  • Undertake at least 3 hours poolside teaching during the course
  • External assessment – teach a 30-minute lesson

Cost

  • £300

STA Level 2 Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming

The STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming qualification aims to produce teachers who can teach aquatic activities, including paddle strokes to babies, toddlers and pre-school children during adult and child lessons. 

Prerequisites

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Hold current membership of STA
  • Hold the STA Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults certificate or acceptable equivalent (must have been completed within the last 3 years)

Length of course

  • 24 hours contact time with a tutor

Course dates

Course dates will be advertised here when confirmed

Assessment

The STA Award in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School Swimming qualification is tutor assessed through the completion of a scheme of work, lesson plans, lesson evaluation form and practical teaching. In addition to this there is a final end course theory multiple-choice question assessment paper and an external assessment of practical teaching. Learners are externally assessed teaching a 15 minute lesson to between 2 – 4 adult and child pairs. All practical elements must be completed and performed independently by the learner without prompting by the tutor.

Cost

  • £300

Funding to cover the cost of the courses may be available if you commit to teaching for NL Active for a minimum of one year after passing the course. To discuss funding opportunities, register your interest, or find out more please contact Helen Hathway at  helen.hathway@northlincs.gov.uk