Swimming Lesson FAQs

How will the lessons be restarting?

Due to current restrictions we will be restarting Wave lessons from 1 – 8 in our first phase.  We are working closely with Swim Wales and will wait for restrictions to be eased further to introduce Splash, Rookie and Survive and Save lessons.


Will there be facility guidance to follow?

Yes, all parents will be sent a ‘Parent Code of Conduct’ for all rules and regulations in the facilities.  We will also give everyone a guide of the safety measures we have in place to keep you, your child and all other facility users safe during these heightened restrictions.


How do we re-enrol our child?

If your child was a part of the learn to swim programme (waves classes only in phase 1) prior to the national lockdown in March, we will be advertising the new swimming structure we have had to adopt with COVID restrictions in place.  We will be releasing the swimming structures on BG Life Facebook page, BG Life website and Aneurin Leisure phone app.  We ask you to call so you can pick your child’s swimming day and time.  There will be a 2-week period for parents to call and enrol their child back into lessons.  This will be for cash payers and direct debits.


Will the classes be staggered?

Classes in Abertillery and Tredegar will be staggered due to the space we have in the changing facilities.  There will be a 10-minute stagger between lessons whereby teaching areas will be cleaned, registers taken and so your child gets the full amount of time to swim.  Ebbw Vale changing village is bigger and we will assign you cubicle numbers to observe social distancing and there will be spacer markings to drop your child off and follow the directions to the viewing area.


Will I be able to view my child’s swimming lesson?

In Aberillery and Ebbw Vale Sports Centres you will be able to use the spectating area on the 1st floors.  There will be social distancing measures in place along with one-way systems (refer to parent’s code of conduct).  Unfortunately, there won’t be spectating in Tredegar Sports Centre, due to the limited space and current COVID restrictions, children will be dropped off to their classes and parents will return on time to collect their child.  Parents will need to wait outside of the centre during this time.


How many children will be in a class?

In our first phase of reopening there will be 8 to a class for Wave classes ranging from 1 – 5.  Wave classes ranging from 6 – 8 will be in lanes of no more than 5 children.  The capacity for this indoor space will not exceed 30 within the pool hall to adhere to UK Active guidance (Governing Body for Leisure Services).


How much notice will you give parents?

We will give you as much notice as possible with a re-start date.  We will give the most amount of notice possible to get your preparations made for returning your child to our learn to swim programme.


Will the class structure stay the same?

Unfortunately, we have had to change the days and times of lessons slightly to comply with social distancing and government guidance.  We have attempted to keep the classes as close to the previous structure, but due to reduced numbers, staggered times and other restrictions some classes have been moved to accommodate all children that were in lessons prior to the national lockdown.


What is the ruling on under 11’s and social distancing?

The guidance in terms of under 11’s social distancing remains the same as adults within leisure centres.  Every effort must always be made to adhere to social distancing guidance across all age groups.  The restrictions are slightly more flexible for under 11’s but with the measures we have adopted for phase one children will be passing but not dwelling within a 2-meter space.


Can we use the changing rooms?

Yes, changing rooms are in use and will be subject to social distancing measures (refer to parent code of conduct).  Showers are in operation but as per the parents code of conduct, we ask that the child comes to the centres ‘beach ready’ (swimming costume under their clothes), spend as little time in the changing rooms, exiting dry change and exit the building as quickly as possible for the next block of lessons to come in.  Lockers will be available, but we ask for parents to hold on to their child’s bags and change of clothes to limit touch points.


Will we be getting the lessons we are owed back?

Yes, we will be using the first 4 weeks of lessons to finish the previous block of 10 weeks that was cut short in March.  All other DD outside of Waves will remain frozen until guidance changes to allow more people into the pool area.  We will continue to keep you updated with the restrictions being eased and more classes being introduced.


What if I live outside Blaenau Gwent and the area is in a local lockdown?

These lessons would be frozen due to the child not being able to attend due to the Welsh Governments policy of local lockdowns.


Will 1-2-1 lessons be restarting?

During phase 1 of the learn to swim programme restarting, this will only consist of Wave lessons. The nature of 1:1 classes being open to all ages and abilities during public swimming time doesn’t work within the current restrictions we have in place. All lessons that have been paid for will be honoured at a time we can do so with in the government’s guidance.


Will there be refresher sessions?

Due to the capacity we have to operate the lessons, we won’t be delivering swimming assessments. The teachers will make sure they go back through all the criteria your child needs to complete for their level, whilst building their confidence back into the water.


My child has turned 4 during the period of lockdown, will they be in splash lessons or waves?

Your child will remain in the lesson they finished in, so they have time to transition and build their confidence. So, if your child was in Splash lessons prior to going into lockdown, they will remain in Splash lessons. Splash lessons won’t be returning in phase 1 of swimming lessons restarting.


When can new starters enrol?

During phase 1 there won’t be any new enrolments, we will hope to implement new starters during the next phase of swimming lessons returning.


Will my child remain with the same swimming teacher?

Unfortunately, due to the reduced numbers of children and increased numbers of classes it has not been possible to keep your child with the same teachers as they had prior to lockdown. There will be a new structure in place, whereby each individual teacher’s priority is to give your children the utmost time and attention for them to learn and thrive in this important life skill.