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Brush up your Swimming Skills in Time for Summer

Published Monday, 17 June 2019

If you want to teach your child to swim or brush up your swimming skills in time for summer paddle your way to Ribblesdale Pool in Clitheroe.

The pool is taking part in Drowning Prevention Week, which starts today (Monday (17 June ) and aims to ensure you know how to have fun and stay safe in water.

More than 700 people drown in the UK and Ireland every year, and Ribblesdale Pool staff said it is never too late to learn how to swim or brush up your skills.

Colin Winterbottom, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community leisure and sports development manager, said: “It is important to remember to stay safe near water, especially at this high-risk time of year, and we are only too happy to support Drowning Prevention Week.

“We offer a range of swimming lessons for people of all ages and abilities to ensure they can enjoy swimming and stay safe in water.”

Mike Dunn, director of education at the Royal Life Saving Society, which runs Drowning Prevention Week, said: “Most people are surprised to learn that you are more likely to die from drowning than being hit by a car or in a fire.

“We urge Ribble Valley residents to take advantage of the activities at Ribblesdale Pool and learn what could be potentially lifesaving skills.”

Statistics show that over half of accidental drownings happen in open water, more than 80 per cent of them involving young men and a third in the summer.

Ribblesdale Pool offers a range of swimming lessons for children and adults, from beginners to experienced swimmers.

Children’s lessons follow Swim England’s Learn to Swim Scheme aimed at developing confidence, improving stroke technique and enhancing stamina. Adult lessons are available on a one-to-one basis from total beginners to experienced swimmers.

In 2017, the pool – which is owned and run by Ribble Valley Borough Council – received a £250,000 refurbishment featuring changing rooms for the disabled and families, a brighter environment and more user-friendly waiting and refreshment areas.

It hosts nearly 50 sessions a week, including lane, public, social, mobility and women-only swims, and aqua fitness classes, and is available for children’s parties.

Ribblesdale Pool is part of the Edisford Sports Complex featuring Roefield Leisure Centre, the Ribble Valley Tennis Centre and a £1.4million multi-sports area  funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council currently under construction.

Further details, including opening times and classes, are available from the pool on 01200 424825 or

In The Swim

  • Look for the dangers in water and always read the signs
  • Never swim alone
  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or substances
  • Remember water is much colder than you think, which can send your body into shock, causing breathing difficulties and cramping
  • If you fall into water, float or swim on your back


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