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Family Fun Swim Half Term Holiday

by Adie

Family Fun Swim Feb Half Term


Monday 19th Feb 9.30-1130am

Tuesday 20th Feb 10.00am-11.30am


Adults £3.10 Children £2.10


Please note there are no family swims for the rest of the week


All children must be accompanied byb an adult


Would you like to become a Lifeguard

by Editor

Lifeguard CourseWe are holding a series of lifeguard courses and invite anyone who would like to gain the national qualification to get involved.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is a highly recognised RLSS UK standard for lifeguarding in swimming pools. The course will provide with the laws and health and safety side of being a life guard, a continuous assessment will take place through out the course with a practical assessment on the last day.

The dates the courses will run are:

Sunday 30th July 2017 (1-6.30pm)
Monday 31st July 2017 (8am-3.30pm)
Tuesday 1st August 2017 (8am – 6pm)
Wednesday 2nd August 2017 (8am – 6pm)
Thursday 3rd August 2017 (8am-3.30pm)
Friday 4th August 2017 (8am – 5pm)

The cost for the course including assessment fees is £250 Course materials are supplied. To secure your place you must pay a £60 Deposit with the application form, then the rest of the course cost on the start date.

It is essential that new candidates meet the following criteria;

  • Are at least 16 years of age prior to the course commencing
  • Jump/dive into deep water.
  • Swim 50m in no more than 60 seconds.
  • Swim 100m continuously on the front and back.
  • In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds.
  • Surface dive to pick up an object at 3.25m. (If you have any ears problems these MUST be declared.)
  • Climb out unaided without the steps.

Depending on your swimming experience stated you may be asked to come to a session prior to the course to ensure your basic fitness criteria are adequate. Candidates will also be assessed on the basic fitness criteria on the first pool session and cannot continue on the course unless the criteria are met.

It is essential that candidates attend all dates of the course as a minimum of 39hours training is required before assessment. This includes the AED .

What to bring for your first session:

  • You will need to bring swimwear, t-shirt and shorts to wear in the pool and a whistle.
  • Pen and paper.
  • Enough food and drink for the day as there are no canteen facilities.
  • Please note that you will not be able to wear goggles/glasses (prescription or not) for the final water assessment.

Where: Lonsdale Swimming Pool, 41 Bishops Lonsdale Way, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9DF (DE3 9GW for SAT NAV use).

Please phone Lynn on 01332 516325 for more information.

Summer Crash Course Update

by Adie

Children’s crash course Swimming Lessons

Weeks Commencing
31st July & 7th August
9am to 10am
Cost £22 per child per week
For a 30 min lesson each day
payment on booking
All children must be accompanied by an adult

email [email protected] or ring 01332516325 for details

Meet Lewis Bithell our latest ‘Rising Star’

by Editor

Irising stars Lewis Bithelln the latest of our series focusing on the swimming stars of the future – we feature ten-year-old Lewis Bithell from Mickleover who learnt to swim at Lonsdale Pool and has recently joined Derby Phoenix swimming club.

Lewis was first introduced to swimming by his parents when he was six-months-old and took to it straight away.
He started lessons at Lonsdale Pool when he was four-years-old and this put him on the radar of Derby Phoenix who invited him for a trial.

Lewis is currently a member of D squad and with his sights set on moving up to C squad in the very near future.

He said: “I love swimming.  It keeps you active but it is also very relaxing.  I enjoy the galas which are competitive but also friendly with a nice family atmosphere.

“My goal is obviously to get into A squad where there are some amazing swimmers and then – who knows.”

Dad Simon added: “Lewis is thoroughly enjoying swimming with Derby Phoenix but none of this would have been possible without the solid grounding that he gained by learning the right techniques with the teaching staff at Lonsdale Pool.
“We are supporting him all the way but I also think it is important to keep other sports in the frame and Lewis is also a good footballer, cricketer and basketball player.”

It’s a family affair for the Elliott’s at Lonsdale and Gayton Pools

by Editor

Elliott-familyInfant school teacher Sian Elliott had such good memories of learning to swim at Gayton Pool that she made sure that her three children followed suit when they were old enough to start lessons.

Sian, who teaches at Carlyle Infant School, was taught to swim by Lynda Mangnall, who is now the pool manager. She and her team have since taught Sian’s three children – Karis, Teja and Josiah.

Sian said: “I can remember Lynda teaching me to swim and I progressed through the stages before becoming a helper when I was about 15.

“I signed my eldest Karis up as soon as Gayton was re-built and she was in one of the first groups there before she moved to Lonsdale.  She is now at stage nine and I hope that she carries on and takes up swimming as a sport.

“My second daughter Teja started when she was three and is doing really well and my youngest Josiah started at Lonsdale recently and has taken to it really quickly.”

Sian continued that she was keen for all three children to be confident swimmers.

“Swimming is a great life skill.  It is obviously important that they are safe in the water but learning to swim properly also means that they can enjoy the pool on holiday and it really helps with self confidence on all sorts of levels.

“The standard of teaching at both Gayton and Lonsdale pools is brilliant.  Lynda in particular is a fantastic teacher.  Her firm encouragement really gets results and I hope that all of my children carry on with swimming as it keeps them active and fit.”

Easter Closure

by Adie

The pool will be closed Friday 14th till Tuesday 18th April for Easter Bank holiday

Pool Closure

by Adie

Due to maintenance work the pool will be closed on Thursday 13th April between 7am and 4pm

Meet Our Rising Star Liz Simpson

by Editor

rising stars liz simpsonLonsdale swimming teacher Liz Simpson is proof that age is no barrier to success in the pool and continues to be a rising star on the Masters competition circuit.

Qualified accountant Liz has swum competitively since she was seven and started teaching eight years ago to fit in better with family life.

She continues to compete in Masters competitions and, more recently, in local competitions alongside her ten-year-old son Arron who is also a budding swimmer.

Last year she achieved her lifetime best times in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly races at the European Masters Championships in London and came fifth overall in the 160 years-plus (combined age) medley relay with her team from Long Eaton Swimming Club.

Liz then went onto beat these times at the national championships in October and is currently training for the World Championships in Hungary this August when she hopes to do even better.

Liz explained: “I have always swum competitively and it is great that I am getting similar times to those I did in my Twenties when I was training day in and day out – showing that age is no barrier in this sport.

“In fact, you get stronger with age and far more aware of important aspects such as good nutrition so I think I have many more years to go before I put away the goggles!

“I love teaching as much as competing – particularly the older children who are starting to train for competitions themselves.

“This is a fantastic sport and I feel privileged to be part of it in and out of the pool.”

February Pool lifeguards course

by Adie

Lifeguard CourseNational Pool Lifeguard Qualification 8th Edition Plus AED

Course dates
Sun 12th Feb 2017 (10am-5pm)
Mon 13th Feb 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Tues 14th Feb 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Weds 15th Feb 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Thurs 16th Feb 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Fri 17th Feb 2017 (10am to Finish)

Fee : £220


Course requirements:
Must be 16 years of age.
Swim 50m in under 60 seconds.
Swim 100m on front and back continuously.
Tread water for 60 seconds.
Surface dive to 3.25m.

See Rob for details:
01332 516325
[email protected]

Meet the latest swimmer in our Rising Stars series – Tillie Wadsworth

by Editor

Tillie WadsworthLearning to swim in the correct way is the key to progessing in the sport, according to the Wadsworth family who are full of praise for the teaching staff at Gayton and Lonsdale pools.

Tillie (11) started swimming at an early age at Gayton and then Lonsdale and then, when she was nine her teacher Lynn suggested that she progress onto Derby Phoenix Swimming Club.

Tillie quickly progressed through the ranks and is currently a member of B Squad and represents the club in competitions with particular successes in front crawl.

Tillie trains five hours a week with another one a week of land training.

She said: “I love swimming and always look forward to training.  It would be great to get all the way to the Olympics but for now I am just enjoying entering into competitions and I am pleased with how it is going.”

Mum Rachel added: “Swimming is great for physical and mental fitness and is a great release for Tillie to cope with the stress of school work.

“I would recommend the swimming lessons at Gayton and Lonsdale.   They are well structured and the teachers are excellent – that’s why there is a waiting list but it is well worth the wait.”

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Lonsdale Swimming Pool, 41 Bishop Lonsdale Way, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9DF

01332 516325 [email protected]

Lonsdale Swimming Pool is operated by Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trading Limited a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 8630924, associated Company of Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust Limited a Company limited by Guarantee No. 5871671. reg. Charity no. 1120352. Registered Office of both: Sterne House, Lodge Lane, Derby, DE1 3WD