Hartlepool families urged to get in the swim

Swimming lessons are being launched in Hartlepool.
Swimming lessons are being launched in Hartlepool.

People in Hartlepool are being invited to dive in and make the most of a swimming programme.

A new series of classes is being launched by Learn to Swim.

Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council

Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council

The initiative, run by Hartlepool Borough Council, is aimed at swimmers, non-swimmers and people looking to improve their skills.

The programme includes parent and baby sessions for children aged up to 24-months and Duckling sessions, which aim to equip children aged three to five with the basic skills they need as they learn to swim.

Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Swimming is a skill for life and provides an effective opportunity for exercise for people of all ages.

“Swimming exercise involves cardiovascular activity and can also increase strength, endurance, flexibility and balance, thanks to the activity and movements involved in swim strokes.

Swimming is a sport that can save your life and as a coastal town it is our ambition to ensure every resident can swim.

Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council

“Swimming is a sport that can save your life and as a coastal town it is our ambition to ensure every resident can swim.

“The emphasis during all Learn to Swim activities is placed firmly on fun and we want everyone to enjoy the time they spend with us.”

Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) classes, which aim to give children skills to make them confident, competent and safe in water, are also on offer through the programme.

“Adult classes include a range of beginner, improver and stroke development options.

Lessons begin on Monday, September 14, but people can sign up now.

The full Learn to Swim programme can be found at www.hartlepool.gov.uk