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Drowning Prevention Week

Launched by RLSS UK seven years ago; it is a week of national awareness-raising campaigning that encourages parents, schools, leisure centres, community groups and businesses, to use the FREE resources and teach their local communities how to enjoy the water, safely.

To access RLSS UK's resources and start enjoying your water safety journey, visit the RLSS UK's website here.

We’re supporting Drowning Prevention Week 12-19 June 2020

In a bid to ensure families know how to keep themselves and others safe, we’re encouraging parents and guardians to take advantage of the FREE downloadable water safety resources, produced for RLSS UK’s annual Drowning Prevention Week campaign.

The impact of COVID-19 has already seen emergency services additionally stretched; with beach lifeguard patrols restrained and a lack of access to swimming pools, water safety skills, and a common sense approach to being around water, have never been more necessary.

Drowning still remains an issue across the UK and Ireland: it can happen to anyone of any age, with around 700 people sadly losing their life in avoidable drowning incidents, each year.

RLSS UK, the Charity who aims to help everybody enjoy the water, safely, fears that a mix of the warm weather, coupled with more people travelling and the reduced supervision around water, could lead to summer tragedies.

The Charity are being proactive, urging families to access their water safety resources and turn the lockdown restrictions to their advantage.

RLSS UK’s resources will empower family members to be their own lifeguards; helping you to recognise risks, what to do minimise the chance of an accident, and how to respond confidently and effectively, in an emergency situation.

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Aqualetes Swim School 

Wiltshire Council operate eight swimming pools in Wiltshire and there are a further eight that are run by Places for People Leisure

Swimming is a great form of all-round exercise. Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control.

Aqualetes swim school

Aqualetes is available at swimming pools run by Wiltshire Council and follows Swim England's Learn to Swim pathway helping to create happy, healthy and safe swimmers.

  • Swimming lessons for all ages
  • Swim school runs for 50 weeks with a break over Christmas
  • We don't have set lesson terms or a re-enrolment process
  • Refer to Swim school stages or contact reception for further information

Swim School is available at:

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  • £24.60 per month for 30 minute lesson (£19 per month for concessions)
  • £46.40 per month for 60 minute lesson (£35 per month for concessions) 
  • Note that there will be no charge for your child’s new or renewal leisure card whilst on the direct debit scheme
  • To ensure that the direct debit payment is correct, you must ensure that your child’s Leisurecard is renewed annually for full members, or every six months for concessions
  • There is a £20 admin fee charge for all new direct debit set ups 
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  • Take advantage of the simple direct debit scheme, and receive two weeks free per year!
  • In addition to that, while your child maintains their place on the swim school they will receive free public swimming at all Wiltshire Council leisure centres
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  • Once your child’s instructor confirms that your child has completed all aspects of their current stage, the swim lesson co-ordinator will contact you to arrange a move to the next stage
  • If there are no spaces on the next stage, your child will keep their place on their existing class and the instructor will adapt the lesson to accommodate them
  • Your child will be put on the waiting list for that stage and will receive priority over new customers
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  • You may request a written progress report directly from your child’s instructor at any point throughout the year and as often as you like
  • Your instructor will then have the report ready for you the following week
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  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Incapacity benefit or disability allowance 
  • Housing or council tax benefit

Or you are:

  • A full time student over the age of 18
  • A dependent under 16 years old of someone in receipt of:
  • Income support
  • Working tax credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Council tax benefit
  • Registered as disabled

Please note:

  • You will be required to apply for a leisurecard membership card in order to claim your discounts
  • Contact reception for more details
  • You will be required to show evidence supporting your application
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  • Refunds aren't usually given.
  • For extreme circumstances see the refund policy at reception.
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  • We offer a range of relaxed classes for the complete beginner to those wanting to improve their strokes
  • Contact reception to find out more information
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  • Contact us by email on swimming@wiltshire.gov.uk
  • Speak to reception staff in your local centre who will do their best to answer any queries
  • Reception will pass on your detail to the swim school co-ordinator who will contact you as soon as they can
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Home portal allows parents to manage their lessons online and be kept informed of their progress. With home portal, you can view assessments, achievements and a detailed analysis of progress. 

All children are assessed on a continuous basis and once the appropriate criteria has been passed, teachers will request for your child to be moved up. Parents will receive notification via email when their child has passed a stage and is ready to progress to the next stage. At this point, parents can view all available spaces and pick the most convenient via home portal.

Home portal is currently only available for users of Calne Leisure Centre. Go to home portal to register and get started.

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Home portal is currently only available to users of Calne Leisure Centre.

Register

  • Click on register now
  • Answer security questions
  • Set up password and read the terms and conditions
  • Enter your child's card number. You can register more than one child on the same account.
  • Add additional children if required
  • You'll be sent an email to complete the registration.

Once you've activated the account and logged on you'll be able to:

  • View an overview of your children
  • View any badges awarded and history of achievements
  • View assessments and detailed analysis of progress
  • Add more children to the account

A downloadable version of this guide, with screenshots, is available in the downloads area of this page.

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What's new

We will be putting on new Discovery Duckling classes from September 18. These are adult / child classes and are being provided on the following times each week: 

Tuesdays, 12.45pm - 1.15pm and 1.15pm - 1.45pm. 

To reserve a space on either of these classes contact reception on 01722 434760 or email swimming@wiltshire.gov.uk

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  • Be a swimmer - development of water confidence and stroke development 
  • Be a better swimmer - further development of strokes and increasing water confidence 

These will be on Wednesdays at 5.30pm at Springfield Community Campus in Corsham. 

To register your interest email swimming@wiltshire.gov.uk, stating your name and contact number plus which course you think you'd prefer and reference Springfield Community Campus - adult lessons in the email. 

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Testimonials

Aqualetes has been excellent. Liam really enjoys it, he loves swimming and Aqualetes has been his favourite club. He really liked Jan, his first tutor and Janice his current one.  Liam is quite shy but the tutors have all been kind and supportive. The children all seem attentive and well behaved, which shows they must find the lessons engaging and interesting. He did an intensive breaststroke course during the holidays when he was 7 and it helped his technique immensely. As a parent it is good knowing your child is a strong swimmer. 

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Thanks to all the team - the children have loved their lessons over the years and have progressed amazingly well! 

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'I would recommend to any parent the Aqualetes programme, it has been worth every penny.'

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Intensives swimming lessons

Intensive swimming lessons are a great way to introduce your child to swimming lessons, allowing them to gain water confidence and develop new skills.

Intensives are also a great addition to weekly swimming lessons, facilitating your child’s progression, enabling them to practise the required skills and swimming techniques necessary to complete their current stage.

Intensives run during the school holiday periods at various centres - details of these will be posted below prior to the next school holiday.

Easter 2020


Intensives will run at Marlborough Leisure Centre from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April (Week 1) and Tuesday 14 April to Friday 17 April 2020 (Week 2) as follows:

 Week 1 Time Price
Stage 3 9am - 9.30am £23.20 (member), £17.80(concession)
Breastroke Workshop 9am - 9.30am
Stage 1 9.30am - 10am
Butterfly Workshop 9.30am - 10am
Week 2 Time Price
Stage 2 9am - 9.30am £23.20 (member), £17.80(concession)

Frontcrawl and Backstroke Workshop

9am - 9.30am

Stage 4/5

9.30am - 10am

Ducklings mixed

9.30am - 10am

This price includes 4 lessons.

To book, please contact the centre on 01672 513161 or speak to a member of staff at reception.

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Intensives will run at The Vale Community Campus from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April (Week 1) and Tuesday 14 April to Friday 17 April 2020 (Week 2) as follows:

 Week 1 Time Price
Stage 3 9am - 9.30am £23.20 (member), £17.80(concession)
Stage 1/2 9.30am - 10am
 Week 2 Time Price
Stage 4/5 9am - 9.30am £23.20 (member), £17.80(concession)

Ducklings

9.30am - 10am

This price includes a lesson on every day of the week.

To book please contact the centre on 01380 826288 or speak to a member of staff on reception.

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Week 1    
Dates Time Lesson
Monday 6 April - Thursday 9 April 9am – 9.30am Ducklings
9am – 9.30am Stage 2&3
9.30am – 10am Stage 1
9.30am – 10am Stage 4&5
Week 2    
Dates Time Lesson
Tuesday 14 April 9am – 10am Starts & Turns Stages 6 – 7
9am – 10am Starts & Turns Stages 8+
Wednesday 15 April 9am - 9.30am Distance Awards Stages 1&2
9am - 9.30am Stroke Clinic Breaststroke Stages 4&5
9.30am - 10am Distance Awards Stages 3&5
Thursday 16 April 9am – 10am Distance Awards Stages 6&7
9am – 10am Distance Awards Stages 8+
Friday 17 April 9am – 9.30am Stroke Clinic Butterfly Stages 4&5
9am – 9.30am Stroke Clinic Front crawl Stages 2&3
9.30am – 10am Stroke Clinic Front crawl & Backstroke Stages 4&5
9.30am – 10am Stroke Clinic Backstroke Stages 2&3

Prices 

  L/C member L/C concession Visitor 
30 minute lessons £6.15 £4.75 £7.65
60 minute lessons  £11.10 £8.75 £13.10


If you book all 4 days in either week then you'll get a 10% discount on each day that you've booked. Have to book a minimum of 4 consecutive days in either week. 

All distance awards sessions include 1 badge and certificate in the price. 

 

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Thanks to all the team at Five Rivers - the children have loved their lessons over the years and have progressed amazingly well

Aqualetes parent - July 2018

I would recommend to any parent the Aqualetes programme, it has been worth every penny.

Aqualetes parent Calne Leisure Centre - Feb 2018

It has been excellent. Liam really enjoys it, he loves swimming and Aqualetes has been his favourite club. Liam is quite shy but the tutors have all been kind and supportive. As a parent it is good to know that your child is a strong swimmer.

Aqualetes parent Calne Leisure Centre - Dec 2016

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Last updated: 12 June 2020 | Last reviewed: 12 June 2020