Losing skills during lockdown

Children's swimming skills always get a bit rusty when they spend time away from the water. It's noticeable when children come back after the Summer break that most have gone backwards a little bit (although some spend a lot of time at the pool or in the sea during the holidays and actually improve). It's nothing to worry about, a week or two back in lessons and it's as if they were never away.

Although the pool closures due to COVID will affect everyone, our Fore Street swimmers (stage 3 upwards) managed to swim for most of the Autumn term and will soon get back into it when they re-start in April (as we saw when they returned in the Autumn having missed a term).

For our Halifax pool swimmers (Beginners to Stage 2), the lay-off has been much longer as the pool has been closed since the first lockdown, so they will have been out of lessons for over a year by the time the pool re-opens. Although it's unavoidable that children will have lost a certain amount of swimming ability during that time, don't worry. Teachers will be ensuring that children have a nice gentle transition back ot the pool and will build up the skill levels gradually.

There's no need to be concerned about whether your child should be moving down a group, even if they only moved up just before lockdown. All children should stay in the same groups and the teachers will make allowance for everyone having gone backwards a little bit.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child having lost ability, please don't hesitate to drop me a line (, or give me a call (07764 223226).

See you back at the pool.


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