Pool Makes a Splash with Crash Summer Swimming Courses

Published: 1st August 2022

Ribblesdale Pool in Clitheroe is making a splash with a series of crash swimming courses over the summer.

The five-day Monday to Friday courses are specifically for children aged four to 11 and cost just £27.50.

They have been arranged as a prelude to the launch of a full programme of swimming lessons at the pool for all ages and abilities from September.

Ricky Newmark, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said: “Swimming lessons are making a welcome return to Ribblesdale Pool this summer following the pandemic.

“While school children have been able to attend swimming lessons, other than during lockdown, the provision of a learn-to-swim programme has not been possible due to a shortage of swimming teachers.

“I am delighted that we now have the resources in place to resume the lessons in September and are getting the ball rolling with these crash summer swimming courses for youngsters.”

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

It also hosts special swimming sessions aimed at marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities and their carers, parents and toddlers, adult beginner swimmers and anyone who is currently inactive.

The pool is owned and run by Ribble Valley Borough Council and in recent years underwent a £250,000 refurbishment featuring new changing rooms for the disabled and families, a brighter environment and more user-friendly waiting and refreshment areas.

The crash summer swimming courses take place between 7 and 11am Monday to Friday and further details are available from Ribblesdale Pool on 01200 424825.