June newsletter

June was an action-packed month at the Leisure Centre with everything from a Wife Carrying competition to Toddler CPR classes going on; therefore, we welcomed July and the beginning of the summer holidays with open arms! We hope that the weather will be on its best behaviour for all the children, families and holidaymakers enjoying their time in the area. Here’s what else went on throughout June and what’s in store for July…

Swimming lessons
The week commencing Monday 26th June saw the last of term 4s swimming lessons go ahead. The children have done brilliantly this term and we’re really pleased with their progress! The new block of lessons will resume after the summer holidays on Monday 21st August and parents/guardians will receive information in the next couple of weeks with their child’s allocated day and time.

Bike Hire
We are excited to announce that we’ve started a bike hire service from the Leisure Centre. We have twelve fully serviced and insured bikes and each hire comes with a helmet, lock and map of the area.

Swimming pool closure
On Friday 16th we had an issue with the heating system, which resulted in the temperature dropping below 27 degrees. Because of this, we unfortunately had to close the swimming pool to the public until Monday 19th. We’re sorry if this caused any inconvenience or scuppered your weekend swimming plans and hope that it doesn’t happen again!

Charity Shop
The Friends of the Swimming Pool will be opening the doors to their annual pop-up charity shop from 10th – 21st July so make sure you drop in and grab yourself a bargain! If you have any unwanted clothing or accessories in good condition and would like to support the Leisure Centre, we’d really appreciate it if you would consider donating to the charity shop. All proceeds from charity shop sales will be going towards our new spinning bikes so it is a mega worthwhile cause! You can drop items off at the Leisure Centre during opening hours or at the Community Centre on Saturday 8th July from 10am – 1pm and Sunday 9th July from 5pm – 7pm. Happy shopping : )

Yoga classes
Pam will be taking the summer holidays off from her busy yoga teaching schedule to spend time with family and her final class of this term was June 27th. We’ve received very positive feedback from participants over the past few months and we’re mega grateful to Pam for offering this great class. Yoga classes will resume on Tuesday evenings from 22nd August.

Swim Around the Islands
Several teams attempted the Swim Around the Islands challenge – where the aim is to swim the equivalent of the 49.72 miles that span the islands – but sadly, no team managed to reach the huge 4000 length challenge. The closest team were Edith Maclean and Ruth Macdonald who amassed a whopping 2967 lengths between April 25th and June 23rd! Congratulations Ruth and Edith and thank you to all the teams that took part.

Price adjustment
On Friday 16th June, the price of a swim/gym session increased from £4.50 to £5 (£2.50 for concessions). Both Lochaber Leisure Centre and Portree Leisure Centre charge £5.90 for a swim and £6.60 for a gym session so we hope you agree that we still offer great value for money. If, however, £5 is too much of a financial push, we also offer excellent 50p rates during our Happy Hour sessions on Wednesdays from 9am – 10am and Fridays from 5pm – 6pm. We also offer budget membership to anybody claiming certain benefits. Budget membership allows you to enjoy all the facilities for just 50p a visit. It might also be a good time to consider signing up to our all-inclusive membership, which means you can use all of our facilities, as well as the majority of Leisure Centres across the Highlands, at any time for just £20 per month for individual membership or £30 per month for the entire family (rates include group swimming lessons too).

Wife Carrying Competition
Our first ever Wife Carrying competition at the Road to the Isles Agricultural Show got off to a shaky start after a huge downpour threatened to scupper the event. It was felt that the slippery grass would prove too dangerous for contestants; however, the sun broke through the clouds and the couples were chomping at the bit to put their best foot forward! Nine brave couples took part, but it was joint winners, Stefanie & Neil MacKellaig and Hannah & Matt Waterson, who stole the show. Congratulations to both couples and thank you to all who entered and for being such good sports. We’ve got a year to conjure up more obstacles for 2018’s race!

Courses at the Leisure Centre
We are delighted to be able to offer two separate classes at the Leisure Centre over the next few months:

• NPLQ course from 5th – 10th July
This course is designed to train participants to become lifeguards. The course spans five days of practical and theoretical training with an assessment on the sixth day. There are 4 places available at a cost of £235 per person. We are also offering a mega 75% discount to any locals who would be willing to offer 10 hours of voluntary lifeguarding at the Leisure Centre meaning volunteers only pay £60.

• ASA Level 1 Swimming Teaching Qualification
This course will run over the weekends of 19th/20th and 26th/27th August and would suit anybody with an interest in starting a career in swim teaching. The ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant qualification aims to develop a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities as a Swimming Assistant and will be delivered through a mixture of classroom activities, e-learning exercises and practical poolside-based learning sessions.

If you would like to sign up for either course or if you have any questions, please contact the Leisure Centre on 01687 462229 or mallaig@btconnect.com.

Drowning Prevention Week (14th – 24th June)
We were delighted to be involved in this national campaign, which aims to promote water safety awareness through a number of classes, courses and sessions all over the country. We held two free of charge Toddler CPR sessions and one Open Lifesaving class throughout the week and received great feedback from all who attended.

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