It’s about Swimming!

Swimming is a refreshing experience anytime of the year as the pools are covered and heated. There are several municipality and privately run swimming pools offering recreational swimming times as well as swimming lessons for all age groups. An infant as young as 6 months can take her first dip with a parent of course and it’s never too late to learn swimming for adults!

Teddy Bear Swimming/Infant Swimming (6 months-4 years)

Infants from 6 months (except Hofbad) can join the teddy bear swimming. No prior registration is required and both parents are allowed in the pool with proper swimming gear. The key idea is to boost confidence in the child by preventing a fear of water developing later. A skilled attendant conducts a 30 minute session and performs exercises with you and the child.The kids are not taught any techniques; its more like playing in the water. During family swimming (kids accompanied by adults) the pools are extra heated. To know more about time and location of teddy bear swimming please click timings-for-teddy-bear-swimming! For recreational swimming with kids, check opening timings under Ouders met kinderen for different pools.

Youth Swimming Lessons (6-16 years)

  1. Kids from 6 years can join swimming lessons offered by municipal pool
  2. Register at a pool near you at the Sportwebshop and pay a deposit of 12.50 euros
  3. The registrations open once the child has turned 5. In case you are interested in sending your child sooner, check the private swimming clubs mentioned below
  4. You will receive an email confirming registration and the child gets added to the waiting list of the selected pool. The waiting time differs across pools and typically runs from several months to a year. It is therefore advised to register at the earliest
  5. As soon as a place is available, you will receive an email or a letter inviting the child for an assessment
  6. Once your child begin lessons, a monthly subscription can be bought and extended at the Sportwebshop or at the cash desk of the visiting pool. The cost per lesson is around  5.10 euros
  7. The three diplomas (A,B,C) make up the Swim-ABC, the swim method of the National Platform Pools. You can read more about it on the National Platform Pools website
  8. Good to know: Parents are only allowed till the changing rooms and then the kids are escorted by the staff to the pool. There are few open days where parents can see the child’s progress in the pool and have a quick chat with the instructor

Adult Swimming Lessons (from 16 years). How to go about it?

  1. Register at a pool near you at the Sportwebshop and pay a deposit of 12.50 euros
  2. You will receive an email confirming your registration and you would get added on the waiting list of selected pool. The waiting time varies across pools and typically runs from several months to a year. It is therefore advised to register at the earliest
  3. As soon as a place is available, you will receive an email or a letter inviting you for an assessment
  4. Once you begin lessons, a monthly subscription can be bought for 20.40 euros and extended at the Sportwebshop or at the cash desk of the visiting pool. The cost per lesson is 5.10 euros
  5. The certification remains same for youth and adults. The three diplomas (A,B,C) make up the Swim-ABC, the swim method of the National Platform Pools. From my personal experience, it takes anywhere from 24 to 50 classes to get Diploma A. Diploma B and C are faster to get. You can read more about it on the National Platform Pools website

Private Swimming Pools

Are you interested in sending your toddler (4-5 years) for swimming lessons? Don’t worry, he need not wait until he turns 6 to register for municipal pools, the private swimming clubs take admissions for toddlers from 4 years of age. Few also offer lessons for adults.These private clubs conduct lessons in the municipal pools. To know more about them, click here.

General Information about Municipal Swimming Pools

Most municipal swimming pools have a lap pool, a shallow pool and a restaurant. The links giving detailed info about pools below have been sourced from here. Check out the timings for recreational swimming and other swimming activities like aqua-jogging at your nearest pool.

  • De Blinkerd swimming pool is located in Scheveningen and has a lap pool, a shallow pool and a restaurant
  • Het Hofbad swimming pool in Leidschenveen-Ypenburg has a state-of-the art, multifunctional nearly Olympic-sized swimming pool, instruction pool, recreational pool, water slide, whirlpool and children’s pool
  • De Houtzagerij swimming pool in the Schilderswijk has 3 pools. Preschoolers can splash around in the wading pool with the mushroom fountain. The pool also has a restaurant and sport hall
  • Overbosch swimming pool is located in Bezuidenhout and has 5 pools, including a children’s pool and a leisure pool featuring a wild water creek, fountains and a moveable swimming pool floor
  • De Waterthor swimming pool in the Vruchtenbuurt has 3 pools of different sizes and depths, including a wading pool
  • Zuiderpark swimming pool in Zuiderpark is a super cool recreational pool with a long water slide, wild water, solarium and a Turkish steam bath
  • Escamphof is a therapeutic swimming pool equipped for swimmers with disabilities, with extra warm water and swimming lessons to people with special needs. You can use the pool after an operation or injury. The swimming pool is not available for recreational swimming.

Got more questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!

 

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