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Children can swim for free in the summer

Children can swim for free in the summer holidays

12 July 2017

Throughout the school summer holidays, children aged 16 and under can swim for free during the ‘summer daze’ swimming sessions at council-run leisure centres.

Every year, the council provides free swimming sessions during the school summer holidays to those aged 16 and under.

Last year, children and young people visited the council’s swimming pools 131,780 times.

Children can swim free at:

Swimming supervision ratios apply and a wrist bands system will be in place. The bands system guarantees a minimum of 40 minutes swimming time.

During ‘summer daze family’ sessions, all children must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.

Free swimming starts Wednesday 26 July until Monday 4 September 2017.

Visit the leisure centre pages for further details and to view the pool programmes for each leisure centre.

To find out what else is on offer for children during the summer holidays at the leisure centres take a look at the leisure centre pages.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Community Wellbeing said:

“We have provided free swimming sessions for the past seven years during the summer holidays and it is always very popular. It is a great way to keep children entertained during their time off and also ensures they are keeping active.

“Swimming is an important skill that children should have and it is beneficial for them to start at a young age. It not only helps their development but makes sure they are safe in water.”

First Published:12 July 2017