Swimschool Newsletter

Swim School Newsletter August 2016

Things to Remember


Swim School will start up again on September 3rd following the summer break.

Keeping us up to date

Any changes to your contact details please let the centre reception know, this includes change of address, contact telephone number, email address or medical details.

Swim Hats

Swim Hats are issued one for every Swimschool stage, if another one is required due damage please show reception and another will be given free of charge.

If you forget or you have lost your Swim hat, there will be a charge of £2.00 for a replacement.

Preparing for lessons

Please make sure your child uses the toilet and showers before entering poolside and they have their hat and goggles on ready.

Badges and Certificate

One award badge and certificate is available free of charge for each stage.

Distance badges and certificate are £3.30 for a member and £4.30 for a non - member these are not complusory to purchase, some children like to collect and display these as well as their stage awards.

Christmas Swimschool Closure

The last swimming lessons before Christmas will be held on Friday 23rd December and their first lesson back in the New Year will be on Monday 2nd January

Questions and Answers

Why does my child have to repeat stage 7 when changing from Tides to Dover for their swimming lessons?

Dover has a 25m pool and swim in lanes so not to put the children off their lessons it is best for them to have a few lessons in the same stage class so they can learn lane etiquette and to increase their fitness stamina and continuous stroke technique within a class they are capable of doing. Dover deep end is 3.2m so they can be introduced to jumping in from the starting blocks as well as diving. The swimmers are moved up to the 45 minute classes as soon as they are ready for them. We feel it is best for the child's confidence to be moved up than moved down.

Does my child need to wear a swim hat and goggles?

Yes wearing a Swim Hats is for Health and Safety, not only do they keep the child's hair out of their eyes and protects the hair from the chemicals in the water but they enhance the water quality of the pool by not letting the hair products used in our pool. They will improve your child's swimming experience because long hair is heavy when wet and can make swimming more difficult. If your child is working on breathing and head rotations it can be very difficult for them to take a breath. The colour of the hat easily identifies which lesson the child should be in, the Lifeguards and Swim Teachers can easily identify which area of the pool the child should be swimming in.

From the very beginning of the child's swimming journey they are encouraged to put their face in the water, wearing goggles will help them see clearly under the water and will protect the swimmers eyes form chlorine which can cause irritation of the eyes. Swimming goggles need to be tight otherwise water will get in.

Teacher Training Crash Course Children wanted


Tuesday 30th August

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Wednesday 31st August

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Thursday 1st September

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

£1.40 per hour must attend all 3 days, still space in stage 3, Stage 4, stage 5 and stage 6/7.


We have another Teachers Training Crash Course at Dover Leisure Centre.

Stage 1-Stage 7

 Sunday 9th October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 16th October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 23rd October

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 13th November

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

Sunday 20th November

1:30-2:30 or 2:30-3:30

£1.40 per hour must attend all 5 days

Getting to know your Swim teacher

Stephen Rust

Stephen is a Swim teacher at Ramsgate and Tides Leisure Centre.

He started swimming at the age of 6 years at the old Ramsgate Swimming pool and quickly moved through the different levels and developed a love for swimming as it was something he was very good at.

At the age of 18 he decided to train as a Swim Teacher. He really enjoys teaching because he loves helping children succeed and further the passion with in the sport he loves.

Stephen’s hobbies are Tennis and Badminton which he plays regularly. Tennis in National League Clubs and in Badminton he competes in the Kent Division 1 league.

Kids Fitness

Kidz Fit n Fun 3-9 years

45 minutes of pure fitness fun. An action packed session to develop coordination, strength and general fitness. Lots of games, team work and basic sports skills.

Hartsdown Leisure Centre - Saturday 09:30-10:15

Call 01843 226221 for details.

Teen Fitness Gym Session 12 - 15yrs inc

Safe, secure and fun, a must for any youngster wishing to improve their fitness in a gym environment.

Prices: Teen Fitness £3.60 Leisure Card £2.50

Dover Leisure Centre

Sat 10.00am – 11.00am
Sat 11.00am – 12.00noon
Sun 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Sun 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Hartsdown Leisure Centre

Sat 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Sun 1.00pm – 2.30pm

Ramsgate Leisure Centre

Mon 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Tues 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Wed 4.15pm – 5.15pm

Sat   9.30am – 11.00pm (8+Yrs)

Tides Leisure Centre

Sat 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sat 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm
Sun 1.00pm – 3.00pm