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Coronavirus response page

Coronavirus response page

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 swimming lessons resume?

Swimming lessons at PaddlePod are delivered by Nemo Swimming (babies and pre-school children) and SwimNE (school children and adults). Nemo Swimming and SwimNE's normal weekly timetable of lessons will resume in September 2020.

Additional summer lessons, as well as exclusive family swim sessions, will run throughout the summer holidays, starting on 25th July. Booking for summer sessions will open on WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY.

All summer classes and sessions will need to be booked in advance, and numbers per session will be limited.

How do I book summer swimming lessons?

Booking for summer swimming lessons and swummer swim camps will open on Wednesday 15th July.

Swimming lessons for babies and pre-school children will be delivered by and booked through Nemo Swimming. Swim camps, which are suitable to school children (four years+) will be offered by SwimNE.

Nemo Swimming and SwimNE will contact all their customers on Wednesday 15th July with details on how to book these classes - so, if you already attend lessons with either of these clubs, they will be in touch.

If you don't currently swim with Nemo Swimming or SwimNE, and are interested in attending lessons over the summer, please let us know below and we will send you an email with the links to book on Thursday 16th July.

Nemo Swimming summer classes are suitable for babies (0-18 months), toddlers (18-36 months) and pre-school children (3-4 years). Each session will cost £10 (plus booking fee), and must be booked in blocks of two or three weeks. These classes will run Thursday to Saturday, 9am to 12pm, at PaddlePod Newcastle.

Swim camps, which are delivered by SwimNE and suitable for all school children (reception and above), are delivered over three days and will run Monday to Wednesday, and Thursday to Saturday (both 9am to 12pm). Swim camps cost £20 per child (plus booking fee), and are available for beginner (stages 1 & 2), intermediate (stages 3 & 4) and advanced (stages 5 & 6) swimmers (sessions for higher stage swimmers will be added later in the summer).

When will family swim sessions take place?

Family swim sessions will take place at PaddlePod Newcastle on Monday to Saturday, starting on 25th July.

These family swim sessions must be pre-booked in advance, and are suitable for up to four families (25 swimmers).

You will have exclusive hire of the 250m2 swimming pool for 60 minutes. There will be a lifeguard on duty, and small inflatables, toys, and floats will be available.

The cost to hire the pool for an exclusive family swim session is £100 (plus booking fee).

Booking will open for Nemo Swimming and SwimNE customers on Wednesday 15th July. We will then be in touch with anybody else who has expressed an interest on Thursday 16th July, before the sessions are advertised elsewhere.

If you are interested in hiring the pool for an exclusive family swim session, please let us know below and we will be in touch as soon as booking opens.

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 will you be making ahead of reopening?

We have made changes to ensure that our venues can reopen safely, and these changes will affect our swimmers, their families, and our staff.

The changes that we will be making 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. Nemo Swimming and SwimNE will also continue to communicate with their learn to swim customers in the run-up to summer and 'normal' weekly lessons restarting so that you can fully understand what changes have been made, and what they will mean for you.

Our focus is on making sure that our lessons can resume 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.

Further questions

Any questions relating to swimming lessons should be directed to Nemo Swimming or SwimNE using the contact details at the top of this page.

Questions about family swim sessions, or the facilities should be directed to [email protected]