Better leisure centres throughout Cornwall are offering a 20% discount on regular swim school membership rates for eligible children.

As well as covering one swimming lesson per week, membership also entitles the child to swim free in their home centre’s ‘swim for all’ sessions.

13-19 May marks the STA’s International Learn to Swim Week 2024 and GLL Senior Manager Amelia Kitchen believes it’s even more vital to promote the campaign’s #LoveWaterSafely message at this time of year, in a county with more than 400 beaches.

“We’re at the start of what’s likely to be another busy summer season and most families will want to dip their toes in the sea whilst enjoying Cornwall’s wonderful coastline,” she said.

“Teaching children to swim so they can make the most of being in such a beautiful part of the world is essential, and local leisure centres have an important role to play in making sure professional instruction is both available and affordable.

“Our concessionary swim school membership has been introduced to help those facing financial challenge. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we provide local communities with leisure facilities that support physical and mental wellbeing, as well as facilitating the achievement of life skills like swimming.

 “Recent research from Sport England indicates a clear correlation between family affluence and a child’s ability to swim 25m – with those from wealthier families significantly more likely to achieve the milestone. That’s a worrying statistic that we’re doing what we can to change.”

People on a range of benefits are eligible for the children’s swimming lesson discounts, including those on housing benefit, income support, job seeker’s allowance, working families tax credit, carers allowance, universal credit and disability personal independence payments. Refugees and anyone with a disabled ID card also qualify.

Operating under the Better brand, GLL runs leisure centres in Bude, Saltash, Liskeard, St Austell, Bodmin, Newquay, Truro, Helston and St Ives.

For more information, visit https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cornwall/truro-leisure-centre/news/new-concessionary-membership-available-for-swim-school-customers or contact Sarah Schofield (East Cornwall), GLL’s Area Swim School Lead, at sarah.schofield@gll.org and Natallie Carter, Area Swim School Lead (West Cornwall), at natallie.carter@gll.org