Swimming FAQs

Swimming is unique

It is the only physical activity that can be enjoyed from birth through to older age. Every week 2.5 million adults go swimming. Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking, while a faster swim would see that indulgent chocolate bar gone quicker than if you went running or cycling.

Exercising in water also makes your body work harder, so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land. Water supports up to 90 per cent of the body’s weight making swimming the perfect way for people with impairments, injuries or illnesses to stay active. Swimming is great at relaxing the mind and helping to de‐stress. Here are a few FAQ’s related to our Swim programmes.

Why do some pools have different depths?

Pools have a variety of different depths depending on several factors, the key being when they were built and the purpose e.g. whether a competition pool, community pool or containing leisured (more fun) elements. Many older pools had diving boards at the deep end resulting in deep end 3+ metres, most Main Pools are 25 metres long and start between 0.9 to 1.2 metres at the shallow end. Where you have a deep end of 3 metres this results in a steeper pool bottom than a pool that has only got a 1.8 deep-end; the standard today.  Pools vary from site to site - more detail is available within the site details.

Why do we have anti-wave ropes?

Anti-wave ropes provide a more comfortable swimming environment, as the name suggests they divide the pool up and prevent the turbulence/wave that maybe being generated in one area of the pool traveling across the pool into another. 

How are our swimming lessons structured?

The ASA Learn to Swim Framework is part of the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway, the all-inclusive programme which takes the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water. The Framework has been developed to use fun and games to take children from their first splash to full competence in the water through 10 stages. Produced by the ASA to assist and support the delivery of swimming lessons, we feel it’s the best way to teach children to swim.

What is On Course?

On Course provides the ability to continuously monitor you or your child’s progress and performance within any courses that we run that has a degree of progression. This is supported by the Home portal facility which enables you to access this information on the internet, and allows you to choose the next class when you or your child is ready to move up a level.

What is SWIMTAG? 

SWIMTAG is a training aid and monitoring system that is worn on the wrist and tracks your progress in the pool. To access you can either register at one of our sites and pay an additional £1 per swim or take one of our memberships where it is included free of charge within the package.

What is Rule the Pool?

Rule the Pool is a weekly rolling competition for individuals to be able to compare their effort against past efforts and measure their progression over time against themselves and others. Swimmers can upload a 400m swim (using any stroke type) every week, during any public access session throughout the week. Their fastest 400m time will then be added to an interactive league table which is published every Sunday night.