Swimming Policy


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Swimming Policy




This policy was formulated by the Staff and Board of Management of Kilbride National School.




  • To enable pupils to acquire basic swimming skills while they are at Kilbride National School.
  • To comply with the requirements of the Revised Curriculum in aquatics.



Procedures Guidelines


  • Each pupil will attend a six week session in a swimming pool bi-annually from First -Sixth class.
  • The swimming pool in Kells will be reserved for six weeks.
  • Parents/Guardians will have to pay swimming costs.
  • Only children whose parents/guardians have paid the swimming costs are permitted to attend.
  • The Board of Management will be asked to contribute to the cost of the lessons in order to make it less expensive.


Instructional Arrangements


  • The Principal will organise the swimming programme for all classes from first to sixth.
  • Instruction in the pool will be provided by the swimming instructors.



Travel and Supervision Arrangements


Pupils will be accompanied by and supervised by the class teachers on the way to the pool from the school.  Pupils will go to the pool on the bus and the class teachers will provide supervision before and after the swimming lesson. Only with written permission signed by the parents/guardians will pupils be permitted to travel home with them.


Health and Safety


Best practice in relation to the supervision, instruction and child protection procedures as outlined by the Irish Sports Council, Swim Ireland and the National Safety Council will be adhered to at all times.


Pupils are required to behave at all times in a manner that ensures the safety of all involved in school swimming.


Parents/guardians will receive a standard letter providing information on school swimming before their child starts their swimming term.  A consent note, granting permission for a child to participate in swimming must be returned to the class teacher prior to the start of the swimming term.


Where a parent/guardian has a health concern regarding their child’s participation in swimming, professional advice must be sought before the child participates in the swimming lesson.


In the best interest of the child, it is the duty of parents/guardians to inform the class teacher and/ or Principal with regard to any health condition that may affect the child in the pool. This information will be held in confidence and provided on a need to know basis to the swimming instructors.


Deodorants etc. must not be brought to the pool as the dressing rooms are confined spaces.  The Health and Safety Guidelines outlined by the pool authorities will be strictly adhered to.


Parents/Guardians are not permitted to enter the dressing rooms while children are dressing and undressing. This is to protect the welfare and safety of every child in the school. Parents/Guardians who enter the dressing rooms will be asked to leave and the Board of Management notified.


This policy was approved by the Board of Management in the academic year 2017/2018 and will be reviewed in the academic year 2019/2020.