Pool area at Omagh Leisure Complex

Swimming Lessons and Lifesaving Courses

Learn to Swim!

Omagh Leisure Complex is pleased to offer a variety of programmes for children and adults to learn to swim and gain lifesaving skills. From our progressive Learn to Swim Programme and weekly Fast Track programmes to Rookie Lifesaving Award and National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications.

Priority Enrolment within Learn to Swim Programmes (runs September to June)

How can I avail of priority booking?
You must be participating in the current 8 week Learn to Swim Programme.
On the day of your final lesson, the swimming coach will issue a certificate with a recommendation on what level to book for the next programme. Bring this certificate to the reception area where you will then be able to register.
All spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Priority booking will open from Tuesday 28 May 2024 until Monday 10 June 2024.

I am not in the current programme but I want to enrol. How can I do this? 
All remaining spaces will go on sale to the public (date to be confirmed).
Spaces will be available to book online, in person and by telephone. Customers should be mindful that there is a high demand for places on our Learn to Swim Programme and so it is strongly advised that bookings are made online to increase your chance at securing a space.

Swim For Summer Programme - June 2024

Do you want your child to improve on their swimming skills before the Summer holidays begin? Or perhaps you want to build upon your own swimming skills. Then our Swim For Summer programme could be just what you need!

This programme consists of 5 consecutive weeks of lessons with classes for Beginners to Advanced and also One to Ones.

Short codes for booking June lessons are as follows:
Beginner – SSB
Improver – SSI
Intermediate – SSIN
Advanced – SSA
Adult Beginner – SAB
Adult Improver – SAI

One to One – SS1:1
One to One Beginners – SB1:1

Scroll down to see more info on each class so you can decide which one is most suitable to book.

Please note, these lessons do not grant priority enrolment for OLC Learn To Swim Levels 1-7 however they offer a transformative experience, laying a solid foundation for a lifetime of aquatic enjoyment and safety.

Learn to Swim Programme

The current Learn to Swim Programme runs from Monday 8 April – Monday 10 June 2024.

Watch this video for a step by step guide on how to book lessons online

Short codes for booking classes are as follows:
Rookie Bronze (Lifesaving) – LSRB
Level 1 – SL1
Level 2 – SL2
Level 3 – SL3
Level 4 – SL4
Level 5 – SL5
Level 6 – SL6
Level 7 – SL7
Advanced Stroke Development – SAS
Adult Beginner – SAdB
Adult Improver – SAI
Disability Beginner – SDB
Disability Improver – SDI
Baby Splash – SBS
Tiny Tots 1-2 yrs – STT12
Tiny Tots 3-4 yrs – STT34

One to One – S1:1

See the bottom of the page for more information on the recommended requirements to enrol on each level.

Rookie Lifeguard Courses

Become a Rookie Lifeguard at Omagh Leisure Complex!

OLC’s Rookie Lifeguard Programme is a popular, fun and educational junior award scheme for 8 – 12 year olds. For most children, it’s the first opportunity to explore water safety and learn valuable life skills.

During the programme, each Rookie will be made aware of how to take care of themselves, their family and friends, providing them with the information needed to promote water safety in their day-to-day activities.

Before booking you must ensure that your child can swim 25 metres front and back; tread water for 30 seconds; and surface dive to the bottom of the pool

Rookie Bronze Award – details to be confirmed for new course.

Progressing from stage 1 of the Bronze Award right through to stage 3 of the Bronze Award, Rookies start the programme at an ability level suitable for swimmers who have just learned to swim and progress to the level of performing lifesaving tows.

Cost: £60 includes all course materials and certificates.

Once children have completed the Rookie Bronze Award, they will have the opportunity to continue progressing through the Rookie Programme with stages 1, 2 & 3 of Rookie Silver and stages 1, 2 & 3 of Rookie Gold.

NPLQ

NPLQ Courses at OLC!
Are you or someone you know interested in getting your lifeguard qualification? Keep an eye on our website and social media pages for future courses.
Course Prerequisites:
Be 16+ years of age on the date of assessment
Jump/dive into deep water
Swim 50 metres in no more than 60 seconds
Swim 100 metres continuously on front and 100metres continuously on back
In deep water, tread water for 30 seconds
Surface dive to the floor of the pool
Climb out of the pool unaided without using a ladder/steps where the pool design permits.

You must be able to attend all days to gain your qualification.

 

Summer Swimming Lessons Guide

See below a description of our Summer Swimming Lessons to help you determine which class is best suited for you or your child.

Beginners (age 5+) – Dive into the world of swimming with our beginner-friendly lessons, perfect for children with little to no prior experience. These sessions focus on building water confidence and mastering the foundational skills of swimming. Lessons are held in the Learner Pool.

Improvers (age 5+) – These lessons cater to children with prior swimming experience, such as completion of OLC Level 2/3 or equivalent, and who feel comfortable navigating through water. Ideal for children who possess confidence in the learner pool environment, participants will delve into the essential aspects of water confidence while being introduced to various swimming techniques. Lessons are held in the Learner Pool.

Intermediate (age 5+) – These swimming lessons are tailored for Improver swimmers, who already possess experience equivalent to OLC Level 4-5 or similar proficiency and feel comfortable navigating the Main Pool. Designed for children who exude confidence in the water, participants will delve into the essentials of water confidence while being introduced to various swimming techniques. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Advanced (age 5+) – Dive into advanced swimming perfect for children who have completed OLC Level 5/6 or its equivalent, participants should be proficient in at least two different swim strokes and comfortable navigating deep waters. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Please note, the above lessons do not grant priority enrolment for OLC Learn To Swim Levels 1-7 however they offer a transformative experience, laying a solid foundation for a lifetime of aquatic enjoyment and safety.

Teens (age 12+) – These lessons are designed for beginners and improvers, specifically tailored to children aged 12 and over. Participants will focus on building water confidence and progressively enhancing their swimming skills. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Adult Beginners (age 18+) – Designed for non-swimmers and those seeking to build confidence in the water, these sessions offer a supportive environment for adult beginner swimmers. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Adult Improvers (age 18+) – Designed specifically for adults capable of swimming 15 to 25 meters, these lessons concentrate on honing stroke technique, mastering breathing techniques, and perfecting body positioning. Elevate your swimming abilities to confidently tackle longer distances. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Adult Mixed Abilities (age 18+) – Our swimming lessons cater to adults at beginner and improver levels. Led by experienced instructors, these sessions focus on improving stroke technique to enhance endurance and confidence in the water. Join us for personalised guidance and a supportive environment as you embark on your journey to becoming a stronger, more confident swimmer. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

Additional Needs Beginners (age 5-18) – Tailored for individuals with additional needs who are new to swimming, these sessions offer a supportive and inclusive environment. Classes focus on building water confidence, mastering basic swimming techniques, and fostering independence in the pool. Depending on the participant’s abilities and needs, parents or carers may be requested to provide assistance in the water. Whether the goal is to enhance mobility, improve fitness, or simply enjoy aquatic activities, our lessons provide a welcoming and safe space for all abilities to thrive. Lessons are delivered in the Learner Pool.

Additional Needs Improvers (age 5-18) – These tailored sessions are designed for individuals with additional needs who have some swimming experience and are eager to refine their skills. Each day focuses on honing techniques, boosting water confidence, and advancing overall swimming proficiency. Whether it’s mastering strokes, building endurance, or perfecting breathing techniques, our programme caters to diverse needs and abilities. Within a supportive and inclusive environment, participants are encouraged to progress at their own pace, ensuring a rewarding and empowering experience. Lessons are held in the Main Pool.

One to One (age 5+) – Children and adult swimming lessons are offered on a one-to-one basis with an OLC instructor in both our Learner Pool and Main Pool. Participants can greatly benefit from the personalised attention provided by private lessons, allowing the instructor to tailor the lesson to suit the individual participant and accommodate their learning pace.

Pre-requisite Skills on the Learn to Swim Programme

Please see below what skills are required of a child to be able to enrol onto each level of our Learn to Swim programme.
There are no pre-requisite skills for enrolment onto Level 1 however children must be aged 5 years or older.

Level 2

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 2

1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic pool safety rules

2. Demonstrate a safe entry and exit of the pool

3. Walk across the pool, with water at shoulder level

4. Get face submerged in water

5. Blow bubbles in the water

6. Demonstrate a streamlined position, with assistance

7. Regain feet from a floating position on both the front and back, with a woggle & assistance if required

8. Demonstrate a good kicking action on front and back with a woggle or board, and assistance if required

Level 3

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 3

1. Demonstrate an understanding of all pool rules, and how to enter and exit the pool safely

2. Submerge and pick up objects from the bottom of the pool at 0.9metres

3. Using a board, demonstrate a star float on the back, unassisted

4. Submerging the body, bob up and down, blowing bubbles through the nose and mouth 3 times

5. Roll 180 degrees from the front to the back, and then regain feet

6. Kick on the front with a float, unassisted for 3 metre

7. Kick on the back with a float, unassisted for 3 metres

8. With a woggle, demonstrate a head first sculling/back paddle action on back

Level 4

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 4

1. Swim through a submerged hoop, from a stranding position

2. Demonstrate a safe pool entry, without using steps

3. Demonstrate a floating ‘star’ position on front and back for 10 seconds

4. Push off wall and glide, with streamlining on front and back, then regain feet

5. Demonstrate rotary breathing while kicking – blowing bubbles into the water and showing a sideways turn to breathe in

6. Without touching the pool floor, demonstrate a 360 degree rotation/log roll

7. Demonstrate a front crawl arm action, with a board for 5 metres

8. Demonstrate a backstroke arm action with a board for 5 metres

9. Demonstrate an understanding of and attempt a breast stroke arm action for 3 me

Level 5

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 5

1. Using a woggle, tread water using a breaststroke leg action for 20 seconds in the main pool at 1.3-1.5 metres

2. Demonstrate a handstand from the bottom of the pool

3. Demonstrate a sitting dive and glide, with good entry into water, swim down through a submerged hoop

4. Demonstrate a push and glide on front and back, holding for 3 metres

5. Swim 5 metres front crawl – blowing bubbles into the water and showing a sideways turn to breathe

6. Swim 5 metres back stroke with good body position

7. Swim 5 metres demonstrating a breaststroke leg action – with a board or assistance if required

8. Demonstrate streamlined kicking on front and back with a board for 10 metres in main pool

9. Perform a safe pencil jump in the main pool at 1.3m

Level 6

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 6

1. Demonstrate a forward somersault from a standing position

2. Demonstrate a kneeling dive, with good entry

3. Demonstrate a sculling action on back, with a pull buoy for 5 metres

4. Demonstrate a push and glide from the wall on front and back for 5 metres

5. Swim 10 metres front crawl – showing good technique, with uni or bi-lateral breathing

6. Swim 10 metres back stroke, with correct body position

7. With no aid, tread water using a breast stroke leg action for 20 seconds in deep water at 1.3 – 1.5 metres

8. Demonstrate streamlined kicking on front and back for 15 metres with no support

9. Swim 10 metres Breaststroke – attempting to breathe on every arm pull

Level 7

What you need to be able to do to get into Level 7

1. Tread water for 30 seconds keeping the head clear of the water and then swim 15 metres

2. Demonstrate a head first surface dive and then retrieve an object from the pool floor at 1.5 metres

3. Demonstrate a push and glide on the front into a forwards somersault

4. Demonstrate a kneeling dive, glide, then swim out 10m

5. Demonstrate a good push off with streamlining, underwater on front and back for 3 metres

6. Using a pull buoy, demonstrate a sculling action for 10 metres on back, moving head first and feet first

7. Swim 2 x 10m front crawl, showing good technique and breathing

8. Swim 2 x 10 metres back stroke showing good technique and breathing

9. Swim 15 metres breaststroke – showing good timing

10. Demonstrate a butterfly style kick, with undulating action for 10 metres

11. Swim 25m of 2 different strokes, holding good rhythm

Advanced Stroke

What you need to be able to do to get into Advanced stroke

1. Demonstrate a standing dive into deep water and swim out 25 metres

2. Demonstrate a push and glide, with streamlining on the front and back, underwater for 5 metres

3. Using a pull buoy, scull 25 metres on front

4. Swim 50 metres front crawl, demonstrating good rhythm and breathing

5. Swim 50 metres back stroke demonstrating good rhythm and breathing

6. Swim 25m breaststroke attempting pull out and regular breathing

7. Swim 10m using a butterfly action

8. Swim 15 metres showing a lifesaving sidestroke

9. Swim 15 metres lifesaving back stroke

10. Swim 100m using 2 different strokes holding good technique and rhythm, without stopping