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On this page, you will find important information about swimming lessons at PaddlePod, including when they will restart, and what changes will be put in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please note that this page is being updated regularly in line with the guidance from the government and other governing bodies.
When will PaddlePod reopen?
We reopened and have been back in the water since July! It's been a fantastic summer, and we are raring to go for the new term now.
Of course, there have been some changes to our lesson delivery and our venues, and the feedback from customers has been amazing. We've made sure that we are providing a safe environment for all of our customers and staff, and that we are able to keep classes fun and enjoyable for all involved.
Our September-December term of swimming lessons, delivered by Nemo Swimming and SwimNE, start on Tuesday 1st September. Classes must be booked in advance, and you can join at any time using the links below.
We are also being joined by other children's activity providers - including babyballet, Little Movers, Bloom, Hartbeeps, and Sweaty Mama - who will be hosting their classes in our spacious activity rooms.
How do I book swimming lessons?
Swimming lessons for babies and pre-school children are delivered by and booked through Nemo Swimming. Classes for school-age children (4+ years) are run by SwimNE.
Nemo Swimming classes are suitable for babies (0-18 months), toddlers (18-36 months) and pre-school children (3-4 years). These classes are available at PaddlePod Newcastle in Killingworth, and PaddlePod North Tyneside in Shiremoor. Booking is online, and lessons cost £46.32 per month (£13.65 per session).
SwimNE lessons are suitable for all school children (reception and above), and are delivered seven days a week from our venues in Killingworth and Shiremoor. Classes cost from £26.83 per month (£7.88 per lesson), and are delivered as small group sessions. Lessons for children working toward stages 1-6 are offered at PaddlePod North Tyneside, and stages 1-10 at PaddlePod Newcastle.
Do you offer family swim sessions?
Yes, we do!
You can book an area of the pool at PaddlePod Newcastle (near Killingworth) or PaddlePod North Tyneside (Shiremoor) for your household/support bubble.
These family swim sessions must be pre-booked in advance, and cost £20 per household/area during the week, or £25 per household/area at weekends.
Each session is 60 minutes. There will be a lifeguard on duty, and small inflatables, toys, and floats will be available.
Is it safe to return to swimming?
Many of us here at PaddlePod are parents ourselves, and we understand that customers will - naturally - want to ensure that activities are safe before their children return. Safety is our top priority, too - for our swimmers, their families, and our staff.
The risk of transmitting the virus while in the water is very, very low. This is because our pools contain chlorine, as well as a chemical called bromine. These chemicals remove or de-activate the virus that causes Covid-19.
We have very strict procedures that we follow to ensure that the chlorine, bromine, and other chemicals within our swimming pools are within accepted levels. These procedures have always been in place, and play a very important role in ensuring the safety - as well as the comfort - of our swimmers.
We have assembled a working group, in conjunction with Nemo Swimming and SwimNE, to make sure that all the required changes - to lesson delivery, our facilities, and our customers - are captured, documented, and implemented in advance of lessons restarting. Further information about these changes - and what they mean for you and your children - can be viewed below.
What changes have you made?
We have made changes to ensure that our venues can be enjoyed safely, and these changes will affect our swimmers, their families, and our staff.
The changes that we have made are based on comprehensive guidance issued by Swim England. PaddlePod, working with our friends at Nemo Swimming and SwimNE have created a working group who are responsible for capturing, documenting, and implementing all the necessary changes.
Broadly speaking, the changes relate to:
- The delivery of lessons
- The facilities that we use
- How these will affect our customers
Further information can be viewed below.
Our focus is on making sure that our lessons can consumed safely, but we also want to ensure that our swimmers are comfortable in the water, and that PaddlePod remains a welcoming and positive experience for all.
Are the cafe and soft play areas open?
They are indeed!
The cafe at both PaddlePod Newcastle and PaddlePod North Tyneside are open for families who are enjoying swimming or other classes at our venues.
The soft play area at PaddlePod North Tyneside (Shiremoor) is available for families who are using our facility to swim. It is also open on a drop-in basis Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm. You do not need to book, though we will need to limit the number of children using the area at any one time during busy periods.
The play area at PaddlePod Newcastle (Killingworth) is housed in a separate room, and you can book a table for as little as £5 per household. Sessions are available seven days a week.
The play areas at both venues remain available evenings and weekends to families who are attending swimming lessons at PaddlePod.