Sefton’s pools are set to launch brand new swimming timetables complete with a selection of new sessions on March 1 2018.
Dunes Splash World in Southport, Bootle Leisure Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull will be introducing a variety of new swim sessions that have been specifically designed to match the feedback residents gave in a consultation last year.
This comes as part of Sefton Council’s measures to improve the swimming offer in the borough made possible by grant funding from Sport England.
The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton.
Calm Waters will make use of mood lighting and gentle music to create a relaxed pool environment, perfect for those recovering from ill health or anyone who wants to enjoy a swim in calmer waters.
Swim and Splash on the other hand will be perfect for younger swimmers looking to have fun in the pool. These sessions will come complete with music, floats and monthly Wave Raves will even see the pool dyed different colours.
Swimming is a great form of exercise and the new swim fit sessions will allow participants to train in a lane that is relevant to their ability. They will have the option to follow exercises led by an instructor or through poolside swim fit cards.
As well as the new additions, popular sessions are set to return including £1 swims, swimming lessons and Get Healthy Get Active, a swimming-confidence programme for adults with learning disabilities and over 65s.
Over 3,000 people took part in the consultation to tell the council what they thought about swimming and how it could be improved.
As well as tailoring new timetables, the consultation also led to a full renovation of the changing facilities at Dunes Splash World and Bootle Leisure Centre. All three centres will also be fitted with poolside lockers that can be used to store items such as glasses, hearing aids and walking sticks while poolside hangers can be used to hang towels and robes.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into improving the swim offer in Sefton and it’s fantastic to see everything come together.
“The new changing facilities at Dunes and in Bootle have made a huge difference to the pool environments and the introduction of the new timetables will truly open up a world of swimming opportunities for Sefton residents!”
To see the full list of sessions heading to the centres visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions