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We're supporting Drowning Prevention Week

One person drowns every 20 hours in the UK and hundreds more suffer life changing injuries as a result of a near-drowning related accident. Medway Sport are proud to support The Royal Life Saving Society during the UK's Drowning Prevention Week, taking place 16-26 June 2017.  In addition to our on-going comprehensive Learn to Swim programme, all swimming lessons this week at Medway Park will have a focus on water safety where children will be taught aspects of the Water Safety Code. You can also join-in the following water safety activities:

Drowning Prevention Week

Free Rookie Lifeguard taster session - Thursday 22 June, Medway Park, 5pm

Medway Sport's RLSS UK’s Rookie Lifeguard programme takes place every Thursday during term-time at Medway Park and in support of Drowning prevention Week, we are giving you the opportunity to try it out for FREE.  Your child will be introduced to the skills they need to be confident in the pool or the sea – which means peace of mind for you. With colourful materials and fun, varied activities, the Rookie Lifeguard scheme teaches children how to swim and enjoy water safely, whether in shallow or deeper water.

Free Water safety event - Sunday 25 June, Strood Sports Centre

  • 1pm-2pm for 5 to 8 year olds
  • 2pm-3pm for 8 to 15 year olds

Just turn up and join in our free dedicated water safety event at Strood Sports Centre on Sunday 25 June 2017.   With the summer holidays fast approaching and families preparing to spend time having fun in the sun and often by the water, from the garden paddling pool to the beach, these sessions will remind children of the importance of staying safe around water.  They will learn crucial water safety skills and drowning prevention in an interactive fun environment.    

Lifeguarding and first aid courses

Medway Sport runs a comprehensive programme of training courses in lifeguarding and first aid. The qualifications are all fully-accredited and delivered by our experienced Royal Lifesaving Society trainer, Denise Todd. Denise has been an RLSS Trainer Assessor for 12 years, and was a First Responder in the Medical team at the London Olympics. 

Swimming in Medway

Whether you're swimming for fitness or fun, there's a pool to suit you in Medway.  

Our centres boast four competition-sized 25m swimming pools, a family leisure pool, dive pool, and an open-air pool, all offering SwimFit workouts.

The following sports centres all have pools open to the public.Child at The Strand pool

The swimming timetables are currently being updated and will be uploaded shortly. Please contact your nearest pool for information in the meantime. Thank you for your patience.

Swimming lessons Swimming family at Splashes

All of Medway's swimming pools host swimming lessons as part of the Medway Sport Swimming Lessons Programme. Find out more about swimming lessons or contact your nearest pool for details of the latest available classes.

Medway Sport Aquatic Development Centres

Check out the swim coaching, synchro, diving and rookie lifeguarding courses available through our  Medway Sport Development Centres.

Swimming Membership

Entitles you to swim as many times as you like for just £17.90 a month (no contract, payable by direct debit). Just join up and have unlimited swimming at our pools (excluding The Strand), subject to usual pool opening times.

Free Swimming

All under-16s and over 60s can swim for free at Medway Park, Strood Sports Centre, Hundred of Hoo Sports Centre, Splashes Pool and The Strand. To take up the offer, residents will need proof that they live in Medway and will be able to do this with a free Medway City Card.Medway Big Splash inflatables

All under-16s and those over-60 will need the card to take part in free swimming and can apply for one, free of charge. Find out more on the Medway City Card website.big splash event 2014

Medway Big SplashBig splash event

The Medway Big Splash is Medway's annual celebration of all Big splashthings swimming. From pool parties and taster sessions to distance and team challenges, Medway's mass participation aquatic weekend attracts huge crowds to activities across Medway's pools.

Swimming Pool Admission Policy For Children

Children under 4 years

Children under four years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged 16 years or over, on a one-to-one ratio.

However, one adult may accompany two children under four years of age if they are wearing a suitable buoyancy aid that is “Kite Marked” or carries a BS EN Number. Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water and remain secure in and out of the water. For example, armbands or a float jacket.

Buoyancy aids that are hand held - such as floats - are not considered appropriate.

Children aged 4 to 7 years

Children aged four to seven years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged 16 years or over, with no more than two children per responsible person.

One responsible person aged 16 years or over may supervise up to three children aged between four to seven years of age in the Splashing at SplahesTeaching Pool.

Children aged 8 to 11 years

Children aged eight to 11 years of age must be accompanied into the facility by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.

The responsible person is not required to enter the water, but must remain within the facility and supervise the children. If the responsible person will only be spectating then an admission charge will not be applied.

Children aged 11 years and over

No accompaniment necessary.

Family sessions

Family sessions are aimed at families only. An adult must remain in the pool at all times during these sessions. One adult can only accompany up to a maximum of four children.