Track and trace on our sites – Coronavirus QR code

QR code for Track and Trace

Coronavirus QR code

We have created a QR code which will be displayed at each of our venues for the puposes of collecting visitor information and to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a temporary record of visitors to the site to assist the NHS with Track and Trace.

Please scan the QR code when you arrive.

Customer registration

You can check-in at the venue easily by scanning the QR code on entry. There is no need to download an app!

Data storage and privacy compliant

We are using a company called Sproutsend to capture and securely store the data with the date and time of check-in. Data is collected, stored and deleted as per Government Guidelines (details below).

Privacy policy – data related to COVID check-ins

What data is captured?
Each customer is able to customise the type of data captured.

This can include but, is not limited to:

  • Date and time you entered a venue
  • The venue you visited
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number

How is the data used?
Your data is securely stored and only used if required for rapid contact tracing. It is collected for a specific purpose – contact tracing and cannot be used for any other purposes. It is deleted after 21 days. Sproutsend provides a service to assist venues in meeting government compliance and will not sell or use data for any purpose other than as required to operate this platform.

How long is data stored?
Your data is stored for the period of time as required by the UK government. The UK Government says that businesses should keep a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with request for that data if needed.

I have more questions about your privacy policy
If you have any concerns, questions or require further information, please send an email to [email protected]


Prior Park Pool new health and safety rules

We are keen for you to know about the changes we’ve made to swimming lessons at Prior Park College so that you can make an informed decision about booking swimming lessons with us.

All current Government Social Distancing and Public Health England guidelines must be followed at all times by everyone using and entering our facilities. Everyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering.

Please shower and use the toilet before you visit the pool. Please come with costume underneath clothes, showered and ‘beach ready’.

Illness and self-isolation:

We ask that anyone feeling ill or showing signs or any symptoms of Covid-19 or any other illness should not attend the facility and follow NHS guidance. Before your first lesson, you will be asked to sign a COVID-19 health statement. This will be sent to the account holder to complete on behalf of their family.

We are under no obligation to refund or transfer your money in the event that you are unable to attend part of or the entire course. We regret that we are unable to offer an alternative for missed lessons. Unfortunately, what seems like one simple request is an impractical administrative task when spread across hundreds of clients.

If a pool cannot be used or if we cannot find a replacement teacher in the short term, we will endeavour, where possible, to re-schedule your lesson. In this instance we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred. In the event of our having to cancel a lesson we will credit your account or if you prefer, provide you with a refund for that lesson.


All communication must be done over the telephone or email. We are unable to speak to parents at the facility unless it is an emergency. This is to avoid unnecessary interaction and to ensure the safety of all.

Arrive on time – you may not be able to enter if you arrive late.

Swimmers must queue in their groups (1, 2 & 3) outside the fire door and wait to be asked onto poolside.

Please arrive on time for your lesson. Water safety is paramount, and this door is kept locked during lessons. You may not be able to enter if you arrive late for the start of your class.

We staggered our lesson times and designated areas for swimmers and their parents around the pool at any one time to allow for everyone to social distance.

Only one adult to accompany each swimmer inside the premises to reduce the number of people in the building. No siblings unless they are also having a lesson.

Swimmers to arrive no more than five minutes before the start of class and be “ready to swim” under a toweling robe or onesie. Change on poolside and put your belongings in a bag for the care of parent/guardian. There will be no access to changing rooms at the beginning of the lesson.

Everyone must sanitize their hands at the main entrance. Sanitizing stations will be provided.

Please wear slip-on shoes or wear the shoe covers provided. Shoe covers can be reused so please, take them home and use them again, and again, and again.

Swimmers must have swim hats & goggles (if needed) properly fitted and must be completely ready to swim.

Parents / guardians must fit all non-swimmers with armbands (provided).

All internal seating will be removed. All internal doors will be pinned back and open.

Safety notices and cleaning:

We will provide clear notices around the facility to remind everyone of Government advice and our cleaning of the premises and equipment will adhere to Swim England / STA and Public Health England guidance.

Our teachers will be teaching from the poolside to maintain social distancing at all times.

Non-swimmers: If you wish, one parent may accompany their non-swimmer into the water, they will only assist their own non-swimmer and will have plenty of room in the pool to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Our swimmers have not practiced in a long while and we expect them to be nervous and rusty. Your teacher may choose to give swimmers extra floatation devices if they see fit. This is for their own safety during the lesson.

During swimming lessons:

We will ensure that our swimmers have plenty of room and will meet all Swim England/STA and Government guidelines with regards to required space to swim.

Swimming will operate in width lanes for all stages.

Capacity will be based on Swim England/STA and Government guidelines and will be continually reviewed.


Siblings are considered to be in the same ‘social bubble’. Any siblings who have swimming lessons may wait with their parent/guardian until it is their turn to swim.

At the end of the class

We strongly advise that you do not use the changing areas but instead, towel dry and leave by the main door – as direct a route as possible.

Siblings must change and exit – follow the one-way system – then re-enter with their parent / guardian until all sibling(s) have finished their lessons.

Swimmers will exit in their groups. First, will be group 1 from the deep-end to towel dry and leave. Then follows group 2 and finally group 3.

Changing room specifics – all now communal change. No showers.

If you really must use the changing room, we have three at Prior Park to match the three classes running in the pool at any one time. The mixed (now communal) changing rooms will be numbered: 1, 2 & 3.

All swimmers will use their allotted changing rooms ie: Group 1, improver swimmers will use changing room 1, then group 2 will use changing room 2, and the last class changing room 3.

Siblings can choose either of the designated changing rooms, whichever is most appropriate for age and circumstance.

The changing rooms are purely a stopping place to give you a bit more time to towel dry and get dressed.

Do not use the benches in the changing cubicles, showers, toilets, hairdryers. They are all out of action. Please shower at home.

Once all swimmers have left the poolside, our staff will allow the next classes to enter onto poolside through the single fire door. Swimmers will be called in group order as above (1, 2 &3).

This means we will have no crossover of swimmers coming into the pool, whilst others are leaving the pool to ensure we maintain social distancing guidelines.

Parents and swimmers must endeavor to leave the premises within ten minutes after class.

Prams & Pushchairs: Must be left in the covered, colonnaded area at the back of the pool. Please do not bring them into the building.

No Food: No Food is to be brought onto the premises at any time.

No Running Parents please do not let your children run around anywhere in the building, the changing rooms and toilet areas will be wet and can be slippery. You are responsible for your children and you must stay with them at all times, before and after class to ensure their safety and to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

Photography / Filming: No photography or Filming at any time.

Locked Doors: Locked doors are locked for a reason – Safety. Please do not force open.

Talcum Powder: Please do not bring talcum powder onto the premises. When it gets wet, it is incredibly slippery and very difficult to clean up.

Toilets: please go to the toilet before you come swimming. Toilets are available. Parents must always accompany their children to the toilet and ensure it is left flushed and clean for the next user. Ensuring social distancing is always maintained.

Prior Park College swimming starts 20th September

Prior Park College swimming lessons to start Sunday 20th September

we have the green light to restart our swimming lessons – Woo Hoo!!!

Prior Park College poolPrior Park college pool with floatsPriority booking will be given to those swimmers who were at Prior Park College before lockdown. We expect RUH swimming lessons to resume after half term.


Credits have been added to every account (RUH and Prior Park swimmers) to cover the last three weeks that we missed when our lessons were suspended in March.


Take a look at the Prior Park College timetable. Please note the staggered start times. This allows for social distancing.


We’ve put lots of new safety measures in place. We will send out a detailed email of those changes very soon and feature it here, on our blog.

Priority booking

  • 09:00 Friday 11th September – priority booking for Prior Park swimmers opens
  • 09:00 Monday 14th September – booking opens for RUH customers & general public

Current RUH customers

Will have priority booking when the RUH lessons start in October.

If you choose to book for Prior Park this time around, then that will be your pool until the end of term. You cannot re-book for the RUH until next term which starts January 2021.

Winter term dates

Sunday 20th September 2020 – Sunday 20th December 2020

Half term dates – Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November – NO LESSONS.



We are really excited to welcome you all back to Prior Park!

Bath Leisure Centre review since re-opening

Teacher Lisa headed to Bath Leisure Centre and she shared her experience with us.


I wanted to write a post about my first swim since the pools have reopened from Covid-19.
I decided to go to Bath Leisure Centre (N Parade Rd, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4ET).



Bath Leisure Centre are not taking calls at this time. For enquiries, they direct you to their website. To book online you need to create an account for each user.


The swimming slots are in 10-minute windows, but you get an hour for your swim.


I chose the fitness swim at 14:50 -15:00pm which cost £6.00 for an adult. I took my 13 year old daughter Bliss, and her swim cost £4.00 for a child. Bliss is a competant swimmer.


At this time, as we understand it, swimming for beginners and non-swimmers is restricted.


Adult and child swimming

Better Bath Leisure statement reads:

During the interim phase of reopening we will be focusing on our Swim For Fitness sessions. Time slots in these sessions will need to be booked individually and are available for juniors but they must be competent swimmers, able to swim consistently in a lane swimming environment.

Some leisure centres will offer Adult and Child Swim sessions in selected pools over the weekend where every adult booking a slot will be able to bring up to two children at no extra cost. Please check for available sessions via the Better UK app.



Bath Leisure centre has a pay and display carpark. Parking is easy and it cost £3.60 for 2 hours.



There are plenty of signs to direct you. The staff behind the screened desk were helpful. A member of staff guides you through the turnstile where you are able to sanitize your hands.


Buy your locker token before you enter the changing room

As you go through the turnstile, there is a card payment machine to buy tokens for the lockers. Tokens for the locker are 30p and are non-refundable.


Changing areas

The changing areas are clearly signposted with one-way directions. There are cleaning stations available with blue roll and disinfectant to clean your cubicle.


Swim England advise you go to the pool ‘beach ready’ with your costume underneath your clothes, so myself and my daughter just popped our bag into a locker and headed to the poolside following the arrows marked.



There is one-way system round the main pool. At the time we went, the leisure pool was closed.
The pool is 25m long and split into 3 double lanes. The lanes permit a max of 10 swimmers per lane and are clearly signed slow / medium / fast and direction of swim.
Myself and my daughter were very lucky as all 3 lanes only had 2 swimmers in each so it was a lovely swim.


After the swim

Once our time was up, we headed back to the changing area which was not busy at all. There are a couple of showers available and toilets  are also open. I sanitised our cubicles before changing and we headed out of the leisure following the exit signs which led us to the rear of the building to the car park.


All in all…

I have to say our visit was made easy! Both myself and my daughter felt comfortable and pleased to be back in the pool. So much so, I have booked another session.


If you are in two minds whether to go or not… I would say go for it!


The Amateur Swimming Association gets a make-over!

ASA are now Swim England

The ASA have changed their name…

Our governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has changed its name to Swim England. Swim England have re-vamped their website and refreshed the Learn to Swim programme that we deliver.

From September 2017, you’ll see that the outcomes for our swim stages have changed.

Swimcentral will continue to teach this proven swimming syllabus which is now known as the Swim England Learn to Swim Programme

Swim England have modified the Learn to Swim programme

Swim England have made a handful of changes to the syllabus. Some of the outcomes have been modified or made more understandable (which can only be a good thing!)

Learn more about the changes Swim England have made just by clicking here.

Swim England new badges

New swimming badges and certificates

Swim England have also re-designed the certificates and badges. They are bright and colourful and have been chosen with the help of children. The swimming certificates aimed at keeping swimmers motivated to improve their swim skills. To learn more about the new certificates and badges, please click here

What do Swim England do?

Swim England is the new improved national governing body for swimming in England. It helps people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely and compete in all aquatic sports. You can become a member of Swim England for free. They provide hints, tips and advice from the experts about how to get more from swimming. It is aimed at the 11 million adults in England who swim regularly to help them develop and discover new ways to enjoy the water.

Swim England strives to inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them. Through swim partners like us, they create engaging programmes that enable everyone to be active, have fun and stay healthy through swimming.

Swim England also supports its members, clubs and athletes, and runs qualification and education programmes to develop the workforce. For more information visit the Swim England website.

What to expect from your first swimming lesson and what you as parents can do to help.

Can you still remember your first swimming lessons?

Good or bad, swimming lessons can leave a lasting impression on a child. Are you planning your child’s first swimming lesson? If so, here are a few ways parents can make sure they have chosen a quality swim school.

Great swimming lessons mean a lifetime of fun in the water

Great swimming lessons can mean a lifetime of fun in the water!

A swimmer’s first lesson should be a fun, enjoyable and active experience. Everyone is apprehensive at the start of a new term and with an excellent teacher, a swimmer will be made of feel comfortable from the very beginning.

So how do you know if your child’s receiving quality teaching?

Here’s an easy way to find out…

You measure success by the happiness of the swimmers in the class.  Look at the other swimmers in the group – are they all quiet and miserable or are they excited, bubbly and enthusiastic? You’ll quickly have your answer.

Children are more alert and focused in fun swimming lessons which engage their enthusiasm and allow them to discover the water during play.

The key skills

The beginners’ lessons are all about these key skills and they are all interlinked:

Mobility – how the swimmers move around in the water, do they cling to the side or paddle boldly into the middle?

Water confidence – Do the swimmers cry out or flinch when they are splashed, can they put their faces in the water?

Buoyancy – Can the swimmers trust the water to support their weight? Do they hold themselves rigid like statues or are they relaxed to the point of falling asleep?

From the first lesson, your teacher begins to build up a series of good experiences around these skills. Each swimmer will feel engaged in the sessions and step-by-step, they learn the techniques necessary for a lifetime of wonderful swimming.

Needs and fears of each swimmer


Your teacher will understand the needs and fears of each swimmer. They will be able to tell when someone is apprehensive about an activity and they will encourage and reassure them. An excellent teacher will have many activities up their sleeves, so if one approach doesn’t work, they will try something else to engage the swimmer.

This stage is the most rewarding for your teacher – to make that breakthrough and see the swimmers achieve so much, it’s what swimming teaching is all about!

What parents can do

Be prepared…

These beginning stages cannot be rushed. It’s so important that swimmers feel comfortable and confident in the water and that means going at the pace of the swimmer. In some cases, this can take up to a year to achieve. If this process is pushed forward too quickly, it’s very likely the swimmer will lose their nerve and refuse to go. Sometimes it feels like ‘slow progress’ but it’s essential that you persevere as there are so many positive results to be gained from sticking with lessons.

Get wet – have fun…
Fun and games are essential for learning. Much more is gained from swimmers enjoying their time in the water than being fearful of it. New skills can be introduced through games and even the most cautious of swimmers can be caught up in the moment and forget their anxieties while a game is going on.

So don’t just rely on the lessons (however excellent they may be!)
Go swimming with your children, show them how much fun can be had and they will develop confidence and skills quickly with your boundless encouragement and gentle support.

Meet your new teacher, Emily Bignell

We’re delighted to welcome Emily to Swimcentral

Read about her experience, her passions and her swimming achievements here: Emily the swimming teacher

Sport has always played a significant role in my life. Growing up I was that girl who tried anything; football, netball, rock climbing, rowing… you name it, I’ve done it.

However, my one true love has always been swimming. At the age of 3 I began my first swimming lessons, and since the first time my feet touched the water, I have never looked back.

Competitive Swimming for Eastbourne

I loved being in the water, whether I was splashing around with my friends and family, or swimming lengths upon lengths on my own, nothing made me happier.

At the age of 8 I began to compete for Eastbourne Swimming Club. The competitions gave me a great amount of motivation to work hard and succeed, which eventually showed through as I competed at county and regional levels.

National Biathlon Champion!

Swimming provided me with the confidence and enthusiasm to compete in other sports, and at the age of 15 I became National Biathlon Champion! As well as this, I competed nationally in triathlon – an invaluable experience to say the least!

Sport has made me who I am today

These sports gave me a real in sight in to a range of values and skills such as discipline, time management, commitment, teamwork, pursuit of growth, feedback, communication and integrity.

Without sport throughout my childhood I wouldn’t be on the path I am on today. I hope to inspire and motivate the children I teach to value sport the way I have.

Swim coaching in Dubai

In 2014 I decided to embark on a new challenge. I moved to Dubai where I fulfilled the role of a PE Teacher, specialising in swim coaching.

Working with individuals from the age of 3 up to adults provided me with a vast amount of knowledge as I adapted sessions to suit the individuals. As long as they were happy and enjoyed being in the water, I was satisfied… although seeing them win a race was great too!

I loved the competitive edge the kids had. It was brilliant; not only see that they enjoyed the sport but also that they had the motivation to succeed in the pool. They put together all the skills they had learnt and got the times they had been working for.

What’s in store for Emily in 2016?

Now at the University Bath in my final year, I am looking forward to embarking on a new challenge as a swimming teacher for Swimcentral! “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work” – this motto has driven me to succeed in everything I do, and inspired me to become the best teacher I can be.

Every child needs to learn how to swim

Swimming in the seaIn my own opinion every child needs to learn how to swim. Growing up by the seaside was what drove my parents to getting me lessons.

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) has recently released the results of its school swimming census, revealing that 45% of primary school children are unable to swim 25 metres, despite it being a national curriculum requirement.

Although there has been a vast improvement in school swimming over the years, as a swimming teacher myself I believe that more needs to be done to ensure all children at a primary level have the ability to swim and have the knowledge of how to keep themselves safe in and around the water.

And this is what Swimcentral is here to do!! We want to ensure that all children are provided with the opportunity to experience the water in a fun, enjoyable and safe environment. Bring your child down for a free trial to see what the lessons are all about. We would love to help and support your child through swimming!

E. Bignell
Swim Teacher

Want a happy swimmer? What the best swim schools actually do

We’d all like our children to grow up to be happy swimmers who relish the chance for a dip in the pool. We know that swimming lessons have a great impact on a child’s enjoyment of the water. So what do the best swim schools actually do?


The answer is simple…

Games, excitement and a chance to explore always gives your child a more pleasurable experience of swimming.

If your swim school gets it right, then your child’s enjoyment will last well into adult life.

Games have many social benefits too! For example:

• Learning new games aids cognitive and listening skills

• Games help shy children build intra-personal skills

• Interaction improves self-confidence

• Imaginative games allow children to express ideas, share with others.

A well-structured swim programme for everyone

In a well-structured swim programme, your child will be encouraged to develop their movement skills and build water confidence.

Their progress is regularly monitored and you will see the benefits of play-led learning in their increased confidence and willingness to try out new activities.

Other parents have seen how skills develop quickly with a games-based swimming lesson:

‘Rufus really enjoyed his swimming lesson, so thanks so much! I was amazed to see him having a go at everything, and he told me that his favourite thing about the lesson (other than playtime!) was when he put his face under the water….which I have never seen him do before so willingly!’ Caroline, Bath

Fun during lessons increases endorphins and helps children stay alert

Studies have shown that when children are actively engaged, they take in more of the lesson and can demonstrate what they have learnt for a long time afterwards.

Neurologist and educator Judy Willis explains that having fun triggers the release of endorphins which in turn make children more alert and receptive to the information that’s being offered.

‘The human brain and body responds positively to laughter with the release of endorphins, adrenaline and dopamine, and with increased breathing volume (more oxygen). When a lesson starts with humour, there is more alerting, and the subsequent information is attached to the positive emotional event as an event or flashbulb memory.’ (“Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher” (ASCD, 2006)

Exciting activities help those with nerves too!

Seeing other children enjoy themselves helps to relieve more anxious swimmers of their fears. By watching others enjoy themselves during a swimming lesson, nervous swimmers begin to allay their fears. If a child can be distracted from their fear of the water for just a moment, they begin to relax. The release of tension helps buoyancy no end and their water confidence takes a real boost!