Call for swimmers to come ‘beach ready’ as family sessions return to Edinburgh pools

Swimmers are being asked to come “beach ready” as Edinburgh Leisure introduces new family sessions at five pools across the Capital.
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The sessions will be available to book at Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Drumbrae Leisure Centre, The Royal Commonwealth Pool, Gracemount Leisure Centre and Leith Victoria Swim Centre.

Angela McCowan, Swim Development Officer at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming families back to our pools.

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“Things may be a little different than before, but we have everything in place to keep families safe.”

Family swimming sessions are available again at five Edinburgh Leisure venues across the Capital.Family swimming sessions are available again at five Edinburgh Leisure venues across the Capital.
Family swimming sessions are available again at five Edinburgh Leisure venues across the Capital.
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To enable customers to safely enjoy the benefits of family swimming, the pool will be sectioned off into ‘pods’, with each family having their own private area.

Each pod will cost from £9.60-£12, depending on type of membership held.

Members can book eight days in advance or seven days for non-members, with sessions starting from Saturday, October 17.

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Booking goes live to members from Thursday, October 8 and Friday, October 9 from 9pm respectively on both days.

Edinburgh Leisure has introduced the following guidelines to keep everyone safe:

- All Family Swim Sessions must be pre-booked online or via the Edinburgh Leisure app.

- Customers are encouraged to arrive ‘beach-ready’, wearing their swimwear underneath their clothes. Lockers will be available for customer use but customers should bring their own token.

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- Customers will be asked to maintain physical distancing, sanitising hands before and after each session, and following signage guidance. Masks are mandatory when moving around public places, unless exempt.

- Customers are asked to arrive only 5 minutes before their swim time.

- No toys or equipment will be provided or loaned by Edinburgh Leisure. However, customers will be allowed to bring their own toys with them to the session, including floats, sinkers, armbands – but they must be washed before entering the pool. Large inflatables are not allowed.

- Once a family session has finished, customers will be asked to exit the pool safely and ensure they maintain distancing from other family groups. Although showers will be available to rinse off after the session, the use of soaps, shampoos and conditioners is discouraged.

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- Customers or any family group/household displaying symptoms of Covid-19 are asked not to book or to cancel any pre-booked sessions.

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