The Council has received formal notice that a small number of lifeguards are to go on strike on the following dates:

Saturday, January 11 2020

Tuesday, January 14 2020

Saturday, January 18 2020

Tuesday, January 21 2020

Saturday, January 25 2020

Tuesday, January 28 2020

The industrial action relates to a dispute over a pay grading review and involves up to 13 members of the Unite union. An offer to continue talks to end the action has been made.

Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to the swimming programme.

Any changes will be publicised on the leisure centres’ social media channels:

Blackburn Leisure Centre – Facebook

Darwen Leisure Centre – Facebook

Any groups affected will be contacted directly.

Denise Park, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Chief Executive, said:

“Our lifeguards are highly valued members of staff and they perform an important role.  All Council roles are assessed using a recognised nationally agreed job evaluation scheme and we regret that these officers are unhappy with the outcome of their pay and grading assessment.”

The Council currently employs 25 lifeguards at both sites.

We love swimming and we love to teach children and adults to swim.  It’s so rewarding to achieve this important lifeskill, but more than anything at BwD Leisure, we have great fun while learning.

Our swimmers take a journey through aquatics and develop a wide range of skills, following the Swim England Learn to Swim Scheme.

What is Learn to Swim?

The Swim England Learn to Swim Scheme is BwD Leisure’s swimming lesson provision for children and adults aged 3 years+.  Lessons are available at Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre and Darwen Leisure Centre at various times throughout the week with each lesson lasting 25-30 minutes.

Continuous Assessment Programme

At BwD Leisure we understand that every swimmer is an individual; our continuous assessment programme means that swimmers will progress through the programme at their own pace. Re-enrolment on our courses are generally every 8-12 weeks.

Learning through Fun and Games

A fun approach to learning is so important  for chidren and adults alike.  The easiest way to aquire the skills needed to be a confident swimmer is though fun and games.

The Swim England Learn to Swim Scheme takes this approach to learning to swim, giving swimmers the core skills needed to be a competent swimmer.

 

Further Information

Click here to complete an online application form for the children’s after school swimming lessons.  If you are interested in Adult Swimming lessons please use our email address to get in touch.

Contact

Email: swimming.development@blackburn.gov.uk