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Be more water confident with On the Beach!



Everyone should feel happy and confident around water. We want to encourage more families to spend their holidays safely splashing, floating and swimming, so we’ve teamed up with Better to help people on their way to perfect pool days.

We learned that, for some people, getting in the water can be a bit of a struggle. In fact, only 44% of parents we surveyed said that they were confident swimmers! So, this summer we've given away 500 FREE family swimming sessions to help people regain a bit of confidence in the water, and to help create those fantastic summer swimming memories.

Unfortunately all of our swimming sessions have now been claimed, but we've still got a fantastic offer for you. From now until 31st October you can get 10% off swimming lessons at Better - our leisure centre partners. For terms and conditions, and to arrange your lessons, click here.

#AllSwimclusive session plan

Want to know what to expect with your complimentary swimming session? You can read up on the low down here…

Number of participants: Five
Length of session: 60 minutes
Session aim: To develop water safety and confidence through a fun and engaging lesson environment

#AllSwimclusive session

Introduction and entry – 10 minutes
You’ll be welcomed to the leisure centre or swimming pool and given the grand tour. Once you’re kitted out in your swim gear, there will be an assessment of each family member’s abilities, and you’ll be taught how to enter the water safely.

Warm up – 10 minutes
Using a ridiculously fun animal game, the teachers will encourage splashing and putting your face in the water to increase confidence - think clapping your hands together pretending to be a crocodile, or stomping and splashing like an elephant. Then you’ll play the bean game. Not heard of this one? Jump in the water and you’re a jumping bean; shout “Ooh la la” and stand like the Eiffel Tower – voila, you’re a French bean. The aim is to get your whole family feeling happy and confident in the water.

AllSwimclusive lessons

Main session – 25 minutes
The teachers will give you pointers and techniques to help you and your family swim more safely. They'll focus on body position, streamlining, floating, leg kick, arm action and breathing. They’ll have you blowing bubbles and making a splash, all in the name of developing your swimming abilities.

Warm down – 10 minutes
Grab a pool noodle and you’re off! The teachers will split you into teams and have you racing across the water. Then you’ll take part in the sinker race; the first team to retrieve the underwater hoops wins! All games and activities throughout the session will be tailored to suit the ability of each group.

Exit and feedback
The teachers will provide fun family tips for water safety on holiday, they can also give advice on buying goggles, armbands or other pool essentials. This is your chance to ask any questions, too.

The results are in...

Holidays are all about swimming. Whether you’re a family of pool lovers or beach bums, there’s no denying that kids just love a day in the water. With swim reluctance on the rise and the time families spend in the pool or sea in decline, we decided to find out just what the British public think about jumping in the pool. Out of those surveyed, we found that 81% of parents can swim with 44% of those saying they are confident swimmers and 20% saying neither parent is a confident swimmer. The results revealed that, when on holiday, over two-thirds (68%) of mums and dads are reluctant to take a dip with their children and 22% of parents ensure they are always in the water when their child is swimming nearby. Our #AllSwimclusive campaign aims to boost water confidence and get families back in the pool.

Feeling confident in the water

Why are people reluctant to swim?

With our research results, we found that there are multiple reasons why some of you feel reluctant to take a dip, with around 21% of you avoiding the water due to lack of swimming confidence. Out of the statistics, 8% of people don't like being in the water, 13% didn’t want to swim because of social anxiety and the biggest issue was low body confidence, coming in at 28%. No matter what the reason is, we’re here to try and help you overcome your swim shyness.

Reluctance to swim

Tech stops parents from making a splash

At On the Beach we love tech, but it seems like tablet and phone screens are becoming a barrier to family time in the pool or the sea. Would you rather spend your holiday time scrolling than swimming? Or would you prefer your little ones to surf the internet rather than splash in the water? It’s time to step away from the screens and embrace the family fun of swimming together.

Tech has negative effect on swimming

Childhood memories

Think back to family holidays when you were little. We bet you have loads of lovely memories of playing about in the pool or in the waves with your loved ones. And you aren’t alone. We did our research and the list of top 50 childhood memories is full of family fun in the sun. Whether it’s wearing armbands, spending all day in the pool, holiday waterslides or simply family time at the beach, feeling confident in and around the water can help you make lasting, happy memories.

Childhood memories

More swimspiration

Have we tempted you to take the plunge? From the best hotel pools to fun-filled pool games and the best family beaches, read on to find your swimspiration!

Eager to get in the water? Check out 5 of our favourite swim spots and our article on Where in the world are the warmest waters. If you're still looking for a reason to take the plunge (literally), have a look at The mindfulness of outdoor swimming to find out why swimming is good for your mind too!

Top tips for a family swim

Find a suitable pool
Get recommendations from friends and family to see which sound the most suitable for you and your little ones. When you have a few ideas, do your research into the different swim sessions, prices, timetables and facilities to find the one for you. Better have over 140 pools nationwide. You can even use their handy pool locator to find a pool that's close to you.

What to take with you
  • Swimwear, swimming hats, goggles, swimming nappies (if needed) and suitable footwear for the poolside. If you’re a mum with a baby, it’s a good tip to wear your costume under your clothing so you don’t need to get changed when you arrive.
  • Toys for babies and children to keep them busy whilst you are changing.
  • Take one towel per person for drying off at the end of your swimming session. If you have a little one, pack an extra towel and use it to wrap them in when they’re on the poolside to keep them warm.
  • Shower gel, shampoo, a hairbrush and any other toiletries you need.
  • Appropriate clothing for afterwards. Remember if it’s in the winter time, you’ll need extra warm clothing to keep toasty on the journey home.
  • Healthy snacks and drinks for after the swim, as taking a dip can make you hungry!
  • Loose change for the lockers and vending machines if you don’t bring food and drinks with you.
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