The Pool & Aquatic Programmes

Swimming Lessons

To ensure all our swimming lessons are of the highest standard, our Aquatic programmes are led by FVLC’s swim co-ordinator and Swim Ireland Level 3 Coach. All FVLC swim teachers and coaches are Swim Ireland qualified and upskilled continuously.

All swimmers are encouraged to learn to the best of their ability. At FVLC, swimmers of ALL abilities are encouraged to attend swim lessons either in small groups or private lessons.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email swim@fvlc.ie

✱ 2021/22 Swim Programmes

  • Children’s Swim lessons
  • Toddler Water Confidence
  • Advanced Children’s Lane Training
  • Rookie Lifeguard Award

Term 2:  November 8th 2021 – January 24th 2022 inclusive

Term 3:  January 31st 2022 – April 4th 2022 inclusive

Term 4:  April 25th 2022 – June 27th 2022 inclusive

✱ Aqua Babies (birth-24 months)
This is a lovely interactive parent/guardian and baby class introducing early water skills to your baby. We will help get your little one used to the feel of the water through their natural instincts.

  • €5.00 Pay as you Go

✱ Toddler Water Confidence Classes (age 2-4 yrs)
Our qualified instructors will teach you to teach your toddler early water skills and help you and your toddler get used to the feel of the water through early movement skills aiming towards Core Aquatic Skills.

  • 10-week programme (20 mins per lesson) €55.00 per toddler.

✱ Children’s Swimming Lessons (recommended from age 5 years)
Our Learn to Swim programme is led by a great team of Swim Ireland qualified teachers and coaches. The programme provides the implementation of the Core Aquatic Skills leading towards fundamentals of Learn to Swim of all four strokes (Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Frontcrawl), safe entries, tumble turns and early lifesaving skills over eight progressive swim levels to provide comprehensive and interactive learning for the swimmer. Recommended age is from 5 years old.

  • 10-week programme (30 mins per lesson) €70.00 per child

✱ Children’s Advanced Lane Training
Once the swimmer has completed the 8 swim levels or is competent in all four strokes, then lane training is great to further advance swim skills to include starts, turns and finishes of each stroke. Understand:

  • How to use the pace clock
  • Warm up, main set and cool down
  • Race pace/long distance swimming
  • Individual Medley

This programme is coached by FVLC’s Level 2 qualified coach.

✱ Intensive Swimming Lessons
These are a popular seasonal week for children’s Learn to Swim programme, this week consists of Monday to Friday inclusive 45-minute swim classes. All children receive a progression certificate on final day of lesson.

A great week for interactive learning of swim skills and progression for children. Our fun swim instructors are all Swim Ireland qualified and teach to the highest of standards.

✱ Adult Swimming Lessons
Learn to swim or advance your swim skills in a relaxed group setting with our Swim Ireland qualified teachers and coaches.

Tuesday 10am  |  Wednesday 8pm  |  Thursday 7pm

  • €8.00 pay as you go
  • €70.00 for 10 lesson package

✱ Master’s Swim Training
A great social training sessions on Monday evening 7.30 — 8.30pm. Adaptable programmes by our Level 3 coach to suit all adult swimmers with an aim towards increased fitness, aquathons, masters competition, triathlons so simply just for socialising!

You are welcome to join us anytime.

✱ Swimming Lessons for people with disabilities
These are of top priority at FVLC to ensure people of all abilities have the opportunity to learn to swim. Swim lessons help with muscle development and co-ordination. Although swimming is stimulating, it is also very relaxing.

At FVLC, all our swim instructors are Swim Ireland qualified, and understand the individual needs for all children and adults in a learn to swim programme. Please email swim@fvlc.ie for further details.

✱ RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Award
The Rookie Lifeguard Awards are for your children if they are budding lifeguards.

The Rookie Lifeguard Awards offer parents the comfort of knowing their children are aware of how to avoid dangers and enjoy the water safely.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold stage awards ensure children have a solid safety education and have learned rescue and resuscitation techniques.

Each stage of the Rookie Lifeguard Awards is sub-divided into three levels and each stage runs for 10 weeks. The Rookie Lifeguard Awards programme also includes a Water Safety Award, a Life Support Award and Achievement Awards.

✱ RLSS Survive & Save
The Survive & Save Programme is our lifesaving award scheme for anyone aged 12 years and over. The awards are challenging but fun to complete and are arranged into Bronze, Silver and Gold levels to ensure that participants get the opportunity to develop their lifesaving skills as they progress through the awards.

✱ RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
How do I become a lifeguard?
Contact swim@fvlc.ie for the next course at FVLC.

Lifeguard Course Pre-Requisites
Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16-years-old at the time of taking the NPLQ final assessment and be able to:

  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps and where the pool design permits

The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool.

  • Training and assessment for the NPLQ are in three sections, and candidates must successfully pass all to attain the qualification.