Info for Parents/Carers

Every Child A Successful Swimmer

Video Presentation

We have created an updated video presentation for parents/carers whose children who will be going to school swimming lessons. This can be found on our YouTube channel.

Home Resources

Our staff have created a range of fun resources for your child/children to complete e.g. crosswords and word searches.

We have also created video’s on swimming activities your child/children can perform and practice while at home on our YouTube channel.

Swim England have released many free home-schooling resources you can download from the Swim England website.


Why can’t my child wear goggles?  My child is only happy in the pool if they wear swimming goggles. Will they be allowed to do so?

This is due to the fact that we are delivering the National Curriculum and we have an obligation to ensure all children are competent in the water without goggles. Where a child has a documented medical condition affecting their eyes or an other associated reason which means goggles are required for protection, you should complete the google permission slip below and hand it into your school. When children who do not have a documented medical condition affecting their eyes or an other associated reason wear googles it can lead to:

• Children constantly removing and adjusting their goggles leading to a delay for pupils, and a distraction for swimming teachers
• Children asking swimming teachers to adjust or re-position their goggles
• Children won’t be able to pass the water safety criteria while wearing googles

What is appropriate swim wear?

All swim wear must be tight fitting and be of an appropriate material. This may be a swimming costume, trunks or shorts (must be swimming shorts). Bikinis/shorts below the knee/cut off jeans, underwear and heavy materials are not acceptable swimwear. Bermuda shorts are not allowed as they give a false sense of buoyancy and the swimming teacher will be unable to clearly see leg movement in the water. If pupils are required to wear long sleeve tops and leggings then these must be lightweight and swim wear i.e. a costume must be worn underneath or on top.

Pupils are required to wear a t-shirt and shorts/tight leggings during water safety week. Pupils will not be allowed to wear any clothing that could hurt others/themselves or any loose clothing.

Example swim wear: A tankini (left) is appropriate, a bikini (right) is not appropriate.

Swim Wear

Why does my child have to wear armbands when they don’t in private lessons?

The school swimming teachers assess pupils on week one and place them into a group based on the ability shown. On the first lesson they may not show their full potential, and may be grouped incorrectly and asked to wear armbands. Pupils can move groups throughout the block of lessons and can progress out of armbands quickly. Also, the school swimming teachers may ask pupils to wear armbands due to factors such swimming in deeper water compared to where they may be taught in their private lessons. The school swimming teachers are an experienced workforce and will put the safety of all pupils first but they will challenge, progress and assess them continuously.

Is jewellery allowed? My child is allowed to wear their earring in swimming lessons at Heeley pool in the evening, what is the difference?

Jewellery is not permitted on the school swimming programme, including stud earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc. This policy is in place for safety reasons and AFPE (Association for Physical Education) safe practice is the legislation we follow. If a child wants their ears pierced, we advise this to be done during Summer holidays therefore they will be able to be removed for their school swimming lessons.

My child has X condition, can they still attend school swimming lessons?

A swimming pool is not very different from any other public place. Just as people might avoid work, school or public transport when they are not well – for their own sake as much as for others – so there are circumstances when swimming pools should be avoided.

  • Nobody suffering from diarrhoea should swim. That message is crucial; it must be clearly delivered and never compromised. Attention to ill children is particularly important. Gastrointestinal bacteria and viruses are killed by pool disinfectant. With the protozoa Cryptosporidium, even after diarrhoea has stopped, chlorine resistant infective particles can be passed for up to 14 days. The risk of contamination will be less, but people should not swim. Solid stools, once removed, are not a problem.
  • Children should not go to public pools if they have open wounds, severe eczema or any infectious skin complaint.
  • Colds, flu and other infectious illnesses are a sufficient reason not to swim.
  • Children whose illness or treatment makes them susceptible to infection, or affected badly by it, should take medical advice before swimming.
  • If children have a verruca, check it to see if there are any dark brown or black seeds/spores in it, if there are please get them to wear a pair of pool shoes from the change area to the poolside and back again. If not, they can just swim as normal.

My child can already swim to a higher standard than the National Curriculum standard. Can I withdraw them from school swimming lessons?

For schools who follow the National Curriculum (NC), Physical Education is a statutory subject, and within this, swimming must be provided for all children so that they can meet the statutory requirements by the end of Key Stage 2. Therefore you will not be able to withdraw your child from school swimming lessons.

I have a question/enquiry/complaint, who should I contact?

You should contact your school, who will respond back to you. If needed, your school may contact the School Swimming Team to help answer your question/enquiry/complaint, but it is your school who will respond back to you.

Further Opportunities

Young people of all ages and abilities in Sheffield have the opportunity to access a variety of Aquatic disciplines whether that’s learning to swim, training and competing in a competitive swimming, diving or water polo club or simply enjoying a family swim at your local swimming pool. Below are some of the opportunities that you can access in Sheffield.

Learn to Swim

Swimming lessons are important to help children be water confident and learn a life-saving skill. Lessons are offered to all ages and abilities, and are taught by Swim England qualified teachers. For further information please visit the websites below:

Sheffield International Venues (SIV):

  • Concord Sports Centre
  • Heeley Swimming Pool
  • Hillsborough Leisure Centre
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
  • Springs Leisure Centre
  • Westfield Sports Centre

Places Leisure:

  • Graves Leisure Centre
  • Thorncliffe Leisure Centre

King Edwards Swimming Pool:

Stocksbridge Leisure Centre:

Zest Centre:

Mylnhurst School:

Swimming Clubs

There are four competitive swimming club’s in Sheffield that provide young people with the opportunity to learn to train and compete in swimming. Swimmers normally join a club when they are 7 – 8 years of age that have completed Stage 6 of the Learn-to-Swim programme. For further information visit the websites below:

Diving Club

The Sheffield Diving Learn to Dive Scheme is based at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre and taught by experienced and passionate diving teachers. Junior Diving Lessons are available for anyone aged 6-15 who want to learn and develop diving skills, whilst working through the Sheffield Diving Awards Scheme. Sheffield Diving runs FREE try diving taster sessions on a weekly basis. These one-time bookable sessions are aimed at complete beginners or those with little experience. The sessions provide participants with a progressive and safe introduction to the Olympic sport of diving. Anyone taking part in diving must be comfortable swimming 25 metres in deep water without googles.

Telephone: 07557 991824

Water Polo Club

City of Sheffield Water Polo club has an Academy and Mini Monsters session that young children can be taught the basics of the sport from movement, shooting and passing.


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