This Autumn, young swimmers across the Borough will benefit from a fresh new getactiveabc Swim School programme thanks to a partnership with the STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association).
The new getactiveabc Swim School will be operate at the Orchard Leisure Centre, Banbridge Leisure Centre, Craigavon Leisure Centre, Waves Leisure Complex and Cascades Leisure Complex and aims to regenerate the current swim programme.
With the introduction of the STA’s International Learn to Swim Programme (ILSP), young learners will be provided with a more exciting learn to swim programme that is supported with a range of badges and certificates.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty attended the launch, she said staff have worked closely with the STA to ensure a smooth transition, “The partnership with STA is a fantastic opportunity, and we are very excited to offer a fresh and innovative swim programme incorporating advanced swimming and Junior Lifeguard courses, as well as increasing grass roots level classes including baby, pre-school and beginner sessions,”
The new programme will have very little impact on children currently in swimming lessons. The main area of change will be the names of the swimming lessons from Stanley right through to Shark. A Progression Chart will be clearly displayed throughout the sites. The change will embrace all areas of the swim programme, ensuring a standardised programme is delivered to learners.
Leanne Dougliss, STA’s Interim Sales and Marketing Director, added: “We are very happy to launch STA’s Swim programme with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. Swimming is a vital life skill that all children should be given the opportunity to learn. They have embraced this opportunity to enhance their swim scheme and we are delighted to be able to offer a current, cost-effective, quality programme that is appealing to learners of all ages and abilities. Together we can save lives through the teaching of swimming, first aid and lifesaving. I look forward to working more closely with the team to ensure their customers receive the highest quality lessons”
For further information on the getactiveabc Swim Academy, click here
Congratulations to Chloe Stoops, winner of the Water Safety competition which was done as part of the Drowning Prevention activities at Richhill Recreations Centre’s Summer Scheme . The prize, RLSS Water Bottle and a set of Rookie Lifeguard Lessons in the Orchard Leisure Centre, was presented by the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, Councillor Gareth Wilson; also included in the picture is Mark Wilson, Chairperson of Royal Life Saving Society, Northern Ireland Branch.