WNPS Customer Covid 19 Return to Swimming survey

We want to know what would make you feel confident to return to the water so could we please ask you to take time to complete the short survey below and we hope to see you soon!

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We’re getting ready update

We are delighted that the Welsh Government has indicated that indoor swimming pools can start to reopen in August and we hope you are as excited as us about getting back into the pool.

Our absolute priority remains to ensure the safety of customers and our staff and we have already been working hard to make sure that we achieve this when swimming resumes.

It will still be several weeks before the Wales National Pool reopens but as soon as we do have a date we will let you know.

At this stage we are anticipating there will be changes to the programme as well as access around the facility and availability of lockers etc. Again, as soon as we are able to confirm these details to you then we’ll be pleased to do so.

If you have a membership which is currently on pause, or if you had a space on our Aquaschool programme at the time we had to close then we will be in touch with you shortly and advise you of the options available to you.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Take care,

Jeremy Cole

General Manager

We’re getting ready…

Dear Customers,

We hope that you are all well and safe at this time and enjoying the progressive easing of the lockdown.

If like us you have been missing swimming in the pool, then we are sure that you are anxious to know when we will be back open to you and what the programme will look like when we do. Unlike our colleagues in England (who are able to open their doors from Saturday 25th July), at this current time, we have been given no confirmation from Welsh Government as to when we might be able to open our doors to you.

However, we are working hard to ensure that whenever an announcement is made that we can get ready to re-open, we will take steps to ensure a safe re-opening.

At this stage we are anticipating there will be changes to the programme as well as access around the facility and availability of lockers etc. As soon as we are able to confirm these details to you then we’ll be pleased to do so.

If you have a membership that is currently on pause with you, or if you had a space on our Aquaschool programme at the time we had to close then we will be in touch with you shortly and advise you of the options available to you.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you back, we hope, very soon.

Take care,

Jeremy Cole

General Manager

WNPS Novel Corona Virus, Covid-19 Update 20th March 2020 14.00

It is with sadness that Wales National Pool Swansea is to close to the general public from 6pm today until further notice. Please continue to follow our website to stay up-to-date on any changes www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk

Our position has always been that we will take all necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of our staff and the wider aquatics community and that is why we have decided to close.

This decision has been taken following the UK Government’s most recent coronavirus updates and following the guidance of Public Health Wales and our Partners organisations, City and County of Swansea and Swansea University.

As we are pausing the programme until we can recommence, which will take into account government advice, we are not offering refunds at this time but will extend the lesson programme.

Memberships will be paused for the duration of the closure.

Anyone with underlying health issues should follow the revised social distancing / isolation guidelines.

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms should continue to follow Public Health Wales advice which can be found here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Thank you for your continued custom and we look to welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Please stay safe.

Advice Regarding Coronavirus!

Novel Coronavirus FAQs

Version 3 – Published 28 February 2020

1) What are the symptoms of Novel Coronavirus?

Novel Coronavirus causes symptoms similar to other respiratory viruses such as the flu. These may include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

2) How can you be infected with Novel Coronavirus?

Like the common cold, the Novel Coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person who has the infection.

Close contact means being less than 2 metres away from a person with the virus for more than 15 minutes.

A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

3) How can I help prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Novel Coronavirus. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus through good hygiene.

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Novel Coronavirus. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home and do not attend work or school
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the bin, and then wash your hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment

4) What is the risk to the general public?

The risk to the general public is low, unless you have recently returned from a country or region on this list, or have been in close contact with an individual with confirmed Novel Coronavirus.

5) Can I catch Novel Coronavirus from post/packages received from China?

The virus does not survive well outside the body and so it is highly unlikely that Novel Coronavirus can be spread through post or packages.

6) Can I get Novel Coronavirus from food/takeaways?

It is highly unlikely that Novel Coronavirus can be spread through food as the virus does not survive on surfaces or in food.

It is, however, good hygiene practice to always wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before you eat.

7) Do I need to wear a face mask?

It is not necessary to wear a face mask if you are well. 

8) There is someone in my child’s school/university who has just returned from China or one of the other specified areas, what should I do?

If a confirmed case occurs in an educational setting the local Health Protection Team will provide you with advice and will work with the head teacher, principal and or management team of that setting. Outside those that are defined as close contacts, the rest of the school does not need to take any precautions or make any changes to their own activities attending educational establishments or work as usual, unless they become unwell. If they become unwell they will be assessed as a suspected case depending on their symptoms.

This advice applies to teaching staff and children in the rest of the class who are not in a close friendship group or children undertaking small group work. The decision as to whether pupils, students and staff fall into this contact group or the closer contact group will be made between the Health Protection Team, the educational setting and (if they are old enough) the student.

Advice should be given as follows:

  • If they become unwell with cough, fever or shortness of breath they will be asked to self-isolate and should seek medical advice from NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or phone 111 if available in your area (Hywel Dda, Powys, Aneurin Bevan and Swansea Bay)
  • If they are unwell at any time within the 14 days of contact and they are tested and are positive for COVID-19 they will become a confirmed case and will be treated as such.

9) Can I attend mass gatherings?

Unless you have recently returned from a country or region on this list, or have been in close contact with an individual with confirmed Novel Coronavirus, you can attend mass gatherings.

Any individuals who have been instructed to self-isolate have received guidance, which includes advice not to attend public events.

The latest information and travel advice is available from:

Lifeguards make a splash at national competition

Lifeguards at the Wales National Pool have made a big splash in a national competition to test their lifeguard knowledge, fitness and first aid skills.

Thirty of the team at the pool off Sketty Lane took part in the annual RLSS Lifeguard Triathlon competing against hundreds of their counterparts.

Long-serving lifeguard Robert Silvey came second out of a field of 211 men, while the Wales National Pool was the fifth best performing centre in the whole of the UK.

The training and testing is carried out by Swansea Council’s Water Safety Team.

General Manager Jeremy Cole said: “I’m really proud of all those from Wales National Pool who took part. We have a really enthusiastic and dedicated team here and the results just prove their professionalism.

“I also think it’s reassuring for all our users, from the elite to the fun swimmers,  to know that they are in very safe hands.”

The competition was made up of three elements, a theory test, a timed swim and practical CPR skills.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the lifeguard team at the Wales National Pool.

“We have an excellent relationship with the pool and I’m pleased that our Water Safety Team has helped them achieve these successes.”

Mr Silvey, from Gower, has been a lifeguard at Wales National Pool since it first opened in 2003.

He added: “I was really pleased to finish second. Training has always been very important here and we get a lot of support from the council’s Water Safety Team.”

Caption: Lifeguard Robert Silvey is pictured Wales National Pool general manager Jeremy Cole and pool lifeguards and members of Swansea Council’s Water Safety Team.

Free Swim is Changing from 1st October

Free swimming offer set to continue to make a splash in Swansea

FREE swimming opportunities for children and older people in Swansea-based swimming pools is set to continue into the years ahead.

Swansea Council, together with its partners Freedom Leisure and the Wales National Pool (WNPS), have moved to reassure users after Sport Wales decided to reduce funding for the service at venues across Wales.

Despite this, under new proposals just unveiled, young people will still have the chance for free splash sessions at their local pools located at Penlan, Morriston, Penyrheol and WNPS every weekend and additional sessions during school summer holidays.

In addition, all over 60s will be able to enjoy two sessions per week of free swimming with specific slots each day between Sunday to Monday, across the facilities.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “Uptake of the free swim initiative has been low over the last few years. As a result of this, Sport Wales has reviewed and subsequently revised the scheme and taken a decision to reduce funding to all pools across all local authority areas.

“This decision has given Swansea Council, Freedom Leisure and WNPS the opportunity to look again at what we can do to transform and promote participation in swimming across our communities.

“Swansea Council has always championed swimming as a great way to stay fit and socialise with like-minded enthusiasts. It was one of the reasons we went into partnership last year with Freedom Leisure to ensure the future of our leisure centres for the next 20 years.

“We also know that those who do take advantage of it really enjoy themselves and it acts as a fantastic social opportunity for users

“That’s why the council and its partners in Swansea have put together a package of proposals to ensure access is still available to those who want it while also working hard to encourage more people to enjoy swimming.”

Swansea’s proposals involve ensuring Freedom Leisure pools and the WNPS offer free swimming for children and older people at least once a week. Children will have more opportunities to enjoy free splash sessions during school summer holidays, while all young people under the age of 16 and from disadvantaged backgrounds will be eligible for free swims more often than that.

Under the proposals each pool will offer over 60s two dedicated free ‘silver swim’ sessions a week compared to a more general access to public sessions currently.

Sport Wales is also offering Swansea Council, Freedom Leisure and WNPS a one off sum of over £75k to invest in upgrading facilities and equipment at pools in the coming months.

In addition to this Freedom Leisure and WNPS are launching a discounted membership that offers unlimited swimming at their pools during public and exclusive member only sessions for £17 a month, the equivalent of 54p a day.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: “Our bid for funding under the free swim initiative to Sport Wales has always aimed to ensure Swansea residents have the best possible opportunities to join in.

“Although the amount of money we receive will go down, we will still be using what’s available to maximise the opportunities for local people to take advantage of the offer.”

“We are waiting on Sports Wales’ response to our submission and if accepted, the changes will be introduced across Swansea’s swimming pools from next month. We’d encourage customers to speak to their local leisure centre about how they can take up the benefits of the revised scheme.”

Rookies Week 2019: A Swim & Chat with Alan

This week is #BeARookieLifeguardWeek and we are helping the RLSS share how important it is for young people to learn lifesaving and join the Rookies lifeguarding programme.

We run the largest selection of lifesaving courses for young people in Swansea. We are proud to be able to provide all four stages of the Rookies Lifeguarding programme and the RLSS Survive & Save programme. These are run at a variety of times on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can book on by calling one of our helpful reception team on 01792 513513 or for more information, check out our Rookies Lifeguarding page.

We could list the reasons why Rookies is so great and why we think you should do it but we thought you’d prefer to read what our Rookies Instructor, Alan, has to say instead. I sat down with Alan before he was about to head onto poolside to teach the next generation of lifesavers and asked him a couple of questions.

N: When did you start getting involved in lifesaving?
A: I started lifeguarding when I was 16 at my local beach. I was part of my local swim club where we did all water disciplines like swimming, waterpolo and lifesaving. Then, when I was 20 years old I decided to start instructing because I love lifesaving and water activities so I wanted to continue by helping the next generation of lifesavers.

N: Why do you think lifesaving is such an important skill for children to learn and/or develop?
A: Developing their skills as lifesavers will help them in many aspects of their life like their education and in a possible future career and will keep them safe when playing or walking next to water, especially when living in a city so close to the sea. In addition, the skills that you learn on a lifesaving course, such as team work and problem solving, will help you in your education and any future career.

N: What sort of activities do you do in a typical Rookies session?
A: We tend to do a variety of activities in Rookies as there are many different things that make a good lifesaver. I will include some swimming in there because they will need some swim fitness when it comes to towing. We will also go over how to offer assistance safely to anyone who may be in trouble in the water and eventually we will cover some basic CPR. They are learning something very important but everyone has fun and they work together well as a group.

N: Why should children take part in rookies/survive & survive awards?
A: Because it is fun, friendly and they will learn a whole host of skills that will stay with them long into adulthood. Rookies Lifesaving is for everyone, it is the first taste of lifesaving for young people, but it is introduced in a fun and welcoming manner rather than being something too intense like the RLSS Pool Lifeguarding Qualification that they can do when they are older. They learn skills like team work and good communication and they learn about commitment and empathy. They build long lasting friendships and develop an active and healthy lifestyle. This is all on top of learning how to be a competent lifesaver so it really is a great course for everyone.

If you are interested in getting your children involved and want to know more then head over to our Rookies page or give us a call on 01792 513513.