During Covid, teachers were not allowed to enter the water. It reminds us of how we were trained as teachers for our qualifications and how we were taught many years ago. We have kept this procedure and will continue to review this. The health and safety or our pupils and staff are always at the forefront.
Swimmers must come to their swimming lessons already wearing their costumes. We recommend a dry robe or onesie. Swimmers enter the poolside from the outside door. They can take the robes off and hang up on poolside. After, they can change in the changing rooms or fast track straight outside.
Showers will be used before the swim but not after.
This is a new procedure during Covid and the governing bodies have advised this to continue for now. The one way system has worked very well and prevents any possible overcrowding in the changing rooms.
We review any Covid procedures continuously.
We are now asking all children (3 years plus) to wear a hat when swimming. These can be purchased at the pool where we have reduced our prices.
On the news and events page
WHETSTONE: Just off the Whetstone High Road. Number 34 bus comes right outside. 100 Oakleigh Road North, Whetstone. N20 9EZ
WOODSIDE PARK: Just up the road from Mill Hill East station. Next to Frith Manor School. 221 bus stops right outside. Lullington Garth. N12 7BN
Yes, at most times, we have different classes of ability at the same time. So all your children can swim at the same time.
The maximum we go to in each group is 6. Usually if the class gets to 6, there will be an assistant as well. We do our best not to reach six in a class. Our advanced coaching classes work in squads of swimmers.
COVID UPDATE: Our class sizes have been reduced. Classes are between 2-4 swimmers.
We do not allow parents on the side in Whetstone or Woodside Park. We offer a reception area where we serve refreshments.
COVID UPDATE: Parents can only enter the pool building to collect children from the changing rooms. During the lessons, parents have to stand outside. We provide marquees and refreshments.
Parent and baby lessons: 6 months to 3 years
Juniors: 3 years upwards.
Advanced Coaching: 8 years upwards. This class is for swimmers who are competent in all 4 strokes (frontcrawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly) The session is held down the length of the pool in a squad of swimmers with a coach. This lesson goes down the length of the pool.
Whetstone: 16m x 6m = 32 degrees
Woodside Park: 20m x 8m = 31 degrees
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Yes! We believe this is an important part of a child's learning experience - and adults! There is a badge day every term where all pupils can go for certain badges. The badge scheme was designed by Pam and Ron Rolfe in 1975 when the Whetstone pool was opened. The scheme has proved very successful over the years. There is a good progression throughout the scheme. There are also distance badges, lifesaving and ASA speed award to gain. Badges and levels are looked at each week by our supervisors on the poolside. If you would like to purchase the badges and certificates, they are £2 for the badge and £2 for the certificate and are ordered on the badge day and are given the following week. We do not add this to the terms price, as not everyone wishes to purchase them.
Yes there is a car park at all of our pools. At certain times they can get busy. You are able to park on the road for free.
When: New and current customers can book any of our lessons at any time. We remind our current customers that after the half term we will be taking bookings for the following term and that they have a certain period (after each half term) until the deadline day to re-book their existing times. If customers wish to change their time for the following term, we recommend to do this earlier rather than on the deadline day. All times are then confirmed 5-7 days after this deadline day. If we cannot offer you the day and time you requested - a full refund will be given. Existing customers do not lose their existing time until we have arranged their request.
How to book: by phone: 02084451911. By our online booking system on our website. By visiting in person.
We are sorry but we do not refund, transfer or make-up lessons, This includes if it snows. We generally open in bad weather but do update our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter regularly.
You can find full terms and conditions using the link at the bottom of our website.
Yes we do. 1-1 and 2-1 lessons. We offer these during the term and also during the holidays. During the holidays, you can book these as and when you wish depending on availability. In the term our hours are 7am to 9pm and offer these lessons every half hour of the day.
Yes in our Whetstone and Woodside Park pools.
These are adult only sessions and on a Sunday we offer a family swim in our Woodside Park pool. The price is for the term and adjusted once the term has started. You can see the times in our news posts. We sometimes offer 'turn up and and pay' sessions where you can call and pay before you turn up.
Yes we do. We offer a variety of courses such as pool plant courses, along with The Royal Life Saving Society's National Pool Lifeguard Qualification and teacher qualifications from the Amateur Swimming Association and the Swimming Teachers' Association. Dates will be found on our news post. If you would like to be kept up to date on courses that will be running soon, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you when they are planned. If you are looking for a certain course and you cannot find what you are after, please contact us.
Swimming costume, towel and hat is all you need. We provide everything else. Babies MUST wear swim nappies and we recommend wearing two or wearing a Happy Nappy which can be bought online at various sites.
Swimming hats must be worn by all children over 3 years old.
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