Parent & Toddler Classes
Due to our Summer camps running through the month of July, our Parent ad Toddler classes will be taking a break until September.
When our regular classes start back in September, our P&T classes will start back too.
They will be back on the normal day and time, that’s Thursday mornings at 10am.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back in the Autumn!
Summer Camps for July 2019
We will be running intensive swimming class in the form of 1 week long ‘summer camps’ during each of the 4 weeks of July 2019.
The format is a 50 minute class each day from Monday to Friday, for all standards from Beginner to Advanced. The minimum age for children is 5 years old.
There will be courses for children during the daytime, including children’s advanced classes (minimum age 8), courses for Adults at nighttime.
If there is enough demand we will be running a 5th week at the end of July.
The classes are €55 per Child and €65 per Adult. To make a booking or for more information call 027 66134. For a full timetable click on the link below.
A water safety course for older children will be starting here at The Water School soon.
The course will run on Fridays, from 7pm to 8:30pm, starting on Friday 3rd May. This course includes all the Water Safety Ireland Awards from Safety 2 to Rescue 3.
Children need to be at advanced (lanes) level and need to be over 10 years old.
The course is €80 per child and bookings can be made by calling 027 66134 or by dropping in to our front desk.
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.
Cut-Price Swimming Classes!
From Monday the 25th February to Friday 1st March we will be running a 5 day teacher training course here at The Water School. In order to give the teachers a chance to practice there will be short courses of both Children’s and Adult classes that week.
The Children’s classes (All abilities from beginner to deep-end) will be at 16:15 and 17:30 every day and the cost will be €35 per child.
The Adult classes (All abilities from beginner to deep-end) will be at 19:00 every day and the cost will be €40 per person.
This is a great opportunity to learn swimming skills at a reduced rate. Spaces are limited, so if you would like to enrol for these classes please call 027 66134 as soon as possible.
We would just like to remind everyone that we are starting back this week on Tuesday 8th January for all Childrens, Adults, Aquafit and Aquastretch classes. If you are unsure of what class you are booked in for, or if you would like to make an inquiry with us for a class please contact us on 027 66134.
We would also like to advise anyone whom it concerns that we have had to cancel our Aquastretch class that was on Tuesdays at 14:30. There is an Aquastretch class on at 14:30 on Fridays every week if anyone is interested in trying the class.
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!
Re-booking for January!
If you want to keep up the good work in the new year…
Don’t forget to re-book!
Either tell us at reception or call 027 66134 by the 22nd December.
Remember to pay for your course by the 22nd December to confirm your place and get your €5 discount.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the staff at The Water School
Don’t forget, our gift vouchers make excellent Christmas presents and are available in any amount you choose!!
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
New Class From 2nd October
Due to increased demand we are starting a second aquastretch class on Tuesdays at 2:30pm in addition to our regular Friday class. Everyone is welcome to come to either Tuesdays or Fridays (or both!). You do not need to book in advance for either class, just come along and join in.
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.