REDUCE HOLIDAY DROWNINGS
The tragic number of drownings on holidays at home and in Europe, including the UK are shocking and upsetting. I imagine anyone who has gone on holiday with their family has been upset by this type of news in the past and would not expect such a thing to occur. Naturally questions may be asked about the operation and safety of the pool concerned, the simple fact is that if the pools were lifeguarded these tragedies might have been avoided.
Very few leisure pools throughout Europe, including Ireland, are properly lifeguarded. As long as this state of affairs continues such tragedies will be repeated time and again. Good lifeguarding is more about prevention of accidents than actual rescue. A qualified, observant lifeguard will usually intervene to prevent people getting themselves into a difficult situation in the first place. Even very competent swimmers familiar with deep water can suffer surprises such as epilepsy, heart attacks etc. Lifeguards are invaluable in helping to minimise such occurrences.
Here at the Water School we dedicate our time to teaching people of all ages to swim both safely and competently. Many people are complete beginners when they come to us and others can already swim but recognise that they need to improve their technique. Quite often we have people who are self-taught to swim in the sea and believe they are stronger swimmers than they are. They forget that the fresh water of a swimming pool does not offer the same buoyancy as the sea. They can get a shock when they find that it is more difficult to stay afloat in deep fresh water.
Being able to swim is not the same as being able to swim well and even able swimmers can get a cramp etc. We do not allow anyone to swim, no matter how competent, without a dedicated lifeguard on duty. It is my belief that this should apply in all swimming facilities.
We are asking that every family booking a holiday, anywhere in Europe with a pool, asks whether the pool will have a dedicated lifeguard on duty during all hours of operation.
It is our hope that this simple question, when asked in enough numbers, will encourage site owners to consider the importance of providing a dedicated lifeguard at their facility.
Please help us reduce drowning tragedies by campaigning for dedicated pool lifeguards and better, safer holidays.
Cut Price Classes!
We will be running an Assistant Teacher Training Course over the Easter break. The course will be starting on Easter Monday the 13th April and finishing on Friday 17th April.
There will be two Children’s classes each day, one at 12:00pm and one at 3:00pm. The cost of the course is €25 for the 5 lessons.
To make a booking or for more information, please call the pool on 027 66134.
We hope all our customers had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and now things are going back to normal we wanted to remind everyone that all of our regular classes start back on Tuesday 7th Jan. This means that all Children’s classes, Adult classes and Aquafit/Aquastretch classes- including our NEW ‘Men’s only’ Aquafit class, which is on Wednesdays 8pm!- start back this week. For more information please call 027 66134.
Just a reminder to our customers that our last week of classes this year will be finishing on Saturday 21st December. If you wish to join us again in January, please don’t forget to rebook with us by the 21st at the very latest!
To make a booking or for more information please call us directly on 027 66134 and we will be happy to help!
Here’s to a wonderful Christmas season and a bright and happy New Year!
New Classes for November 2019
We are delighted to announce that we will be starting a new Men’s Aquafit class on Wednesdays at 8pm. This class will be starting our first week back on Wednesday 6th November.
The class will be a drop-in class and will cost €10 per class, or you can get a book of 7 tokens for €55. For more information call 027-66134
Go The Water School!
Here’s some great news!
Best of Luck to The Water School!
The Benefits of Water Exercise for Older People
- Water supports your weight.
- Warm water soothes joint pain.
- Water exercise is best of back, hip or leg problems.
- Being in the water improves your circulation.
- You have a greater range of movement in the water.
- Your body works more evenly in the water.
- Water absorbs impacts and shocks, protecting your joints.
- Warm water regulates your temperature.
- Water provides resistance, even very gentle exercise will considerably strengthen your muscles’
- Warm water relieves stress and anxiety and gives a feeling of well-being.
- Water School the water temperature is 30c and the air temperature is approx. 29c in the pool area and the changing rooms and the humidity is regulated to a comfortable level.
Give us a call on 027 66134 for information on Water Therapy, Gentle Exercise or Learning to Swim.
Aquafit for Injury Rehabilitation and Post-Surgical Recovery
If you have an injury or a weakness in a particular area- or are recovering from an operation for such a problem, then water exercise is ideal for you. Providing an surgical scar has healed sufficiently (usually 6 weeks) exercising in the water is both comfortable and soothing. Successful pain management during exercise is far easier in the water then on land. Tell the Aquafit instructor your specific problem and she will design an exercise program suited to you. Aquafit can help you feel more in control of your own recovery process as you improve your mobility, strength and balance.
Aquafit and Pregnancy
Aquafit is a safe and comfortable way to exercise which is suitable right up to the 7 month of pregnancy ( our gentler Aquastretch classes are suitable for any later than the 7th month). The water supports most of your body weight- allowing you to exercise your whole body, especially the legs and back , without compressing the joints. The even water pressure all over your body encourages the flow of blood back to your heart through your veins (just like support stockings). Tell your Aquafit instructor your due-date and any physical problems you may be having and she will tailor an exercise program for you. Aquafit is also great for helping you regain your shape after the birth (though you have to wait at least 6 weeks after the birth before getting back in the pool).
Open Water Swimming
We are delighted to have been part of Saturday’s Southern Star feature on open water swimming. The feature, written by Siobhán Cronin, focuses on the growing trend for year-round open water swimming. There are a number of groups in West Cork now practising this addictive activity year round in stunning scenery.
Here at the Water School we have noticed a huge interest in open water techniques since we opened 10 years ago. So much so that we are hoping to start a specific course for open water swimmers as sea swimmers can find difficulty with the difference in buoyancy levels between sea and fresh water. We are always happy to come out to meet any group and provide advice on technique and safety. One to one time can also be provided to individuals looking to increase their safety in the open water.
As ardent believers in the joy of swimming and being in the water we are delighted to see safety being taken seriously as well as the enthusiasm displayed for open water swimming.
Did you know….
You can but a book of 7 tokens for our Aquastretch/Aquafit classes for €55! Its a great gift idea for anyone looking to improve their fitness, or work off those excess mince pies, in the New Year! Give us a call on 027 66134 or enquire in the lobby for more information about the classes, or to pick up a book of tokens
GOOD LUCK ELLEN!
Ellen is one of our teachers. On the 22nd of October she is heading off to Sydney, Australia as part of Ireland’s Ladies Tag Rugby Team.
Ellen and the other ladies will be representing Ireland in the International Ladies Tag Rugby World Cup. This is a new sport which receives very little official funding and team members are expected to pay for their own flights and expenses.
The Water School are collecting money to help Ellen with her expenses and we wish her and her team the very best of luck in the
Welcome to Castletownbere Transition Year
This week Transition Year students from the Beara Peninsula are coming to The Water School for swimming lessons. Also included in their program are elements of water safety, water confidence, team building and aquafit!
We are planning to paint a mural onto our new front wall. If you have any ideas, or would like to be involved in the painting, please let us know. We know there are some fabulous artists of all ages here in West Cork.