Swimming school lessons for under 16s return

School children under the age of 16 are now able to learn to swim again in Better Leisure Centres in Cardiff.

Better Swim School returns this week following a six month hiatus due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The programme includes Welsh language provision led by the Urdd.

Covid-Secure measures have been put in place for pupils, parents and swimming teachers, reflecting the Welsh Government’s capacity and social distancing requirements. This will include asking pupils to arrive at their lesson “pool ready” to minimise time spent in changing rooms, staggered arrival times and a one-way system to and from classes.

Since the end of firebreak lockdown in Cardiff, GLL has opened two additional swimming pools. Llanishen and Eastern now join three other pools across the city available for general lane swimming. Women only swim sessions are available at Star and Maindy and Over 60s and under 16s sessions are also returning across five Better swimming pools.

Pen y Lan Community Centre Gym has also re-opened and sessions are available to book Monday to Friday 12.30 until 8pm (5pm Friday)

Rhys Jones, Manager Better Cardiff, said:

“We are delighted to be able to take the first steps towards bringing swimming lessons back into our pools. We’ve been working hard to ensure that we are safer, better and stronger than ever, so that our swimming lessons will be enjoyable and stress free.

“Swimming is a crucial life skill so it’s really important to get our learner swimmers back in the water now, in order to help them continue on their journey towards becoming safe and confident in the water.”

Cost of Better Swim School is £25.50 and the sessions can be booked here:


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