An Island of Swimmers.

Swim Ireland want to improve the opportunity and experience for all swimmers, and so, supported by Sport Ireland, we will bring our innovative solution to the very real problem hitting the headlines – where can you access swimming when your local pool is at capacity or too far away?

Working with the Community Pool for West Wicklow and Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership our Pop-Up Pools will be situated in Blessington (Wicklow) and Tubbercurry (Sligo) until the end of the year.

We are in the early stages of planning for the Pop-Up Pool in Ardee from January to March 2023. The programme and the booking information will be added in December.

Every 12 weeks, the Pop-Up Pools will move to new locations on their journey around Ireland.

The Pool that comes to the People: Swim Ireland’s Pop-Up Pool!

Holding 45,000 litres of water, this 12m by 3.4m steel structure, with the water heated to a toasty 30 degrees and sheltered from the elements in a hard sided marquee, holds all the excitement you need when going for your weekly swim! There are changing rooms onsite, a ramp and a hoist – this accessible pool of water is the ideal place to learn to swim, hone your skills or just remember how great it feels to block out the world and dip your head in the water!

With an ambitious target of 750 swimming experiences a week – Swim Ireland want YOU to be part of this swimming adventure! We will have school swimming, evening and weekend swimming lessons, community groups and private hires available, the opportunities are endless. To book your slot, just decide what you want from our menu and click the link! If you want more advice then speak to one of our experienced team who will advise you how you, your school or your community group can get involved!

Let our aspiration be your inspiration and start your swimming adventure now!

Pop-Up Pool FAQs

Is there a pool timetable?

The timetables will vary on a weekly basis, check them out on the individual pop-up pools:

Blessington

Tubbercurry

What are the type of bookings available and their costs?

Swim Lessons

  • Can be booked by and for individuals.
  • €11.50 per lesson, depending on length of the block.
  • Payment required in advance.

Public Swim

  • Price starts at €3.50

School Swimming

  • €50 per hour
  • 16 children: full hour
  • 32 children: 2x30 minute session

Community Group

  • €50 per hour
  • €65 with swimming instructor.

Private Hire

  • €125 for 2 hours.
What lesson level should I choose for my child?

Keep in Mind….

When deciding which level to book your child into, always keep in mind that it is much better to move your child up a class because what they are doing is too easy than moving them down because it is too difficult. A negative experience caused by fear can damage their confidence and be much harder to overcome and as such will hamper progress. Being at ease and relaxed, where a child feels comfortable, will allow them to feel safe, they will feel proud of themselves and this will only enhance their learning experience. When selecting the level of class for your child, and you have any doubt at all…choose the lower level – Swim Ireland will always move your child up to the next level if they are in the wrong class or the activities are too easy for them.

Level 1

This Level is for complete non-swimmers, your child may not have done swimming lessons before, be a minimum of 4 years old and not able to go into the water independently. Normally children in this level will be nervous of putting their face in the water and uncomfortable when they are out of their depth or without parental support.

Level 2

This level is for beginners who can move around the pool wearing arm bands or swim discs, your child will learn to be safe without any floatation aids, will learn to move under the water and on top of the water. By the end of this level your child will be able to float unassisted on their front and their back and be able to move through the water over 5m.

Level 3

This level is for children who can submerge under the water and float on their front and their back without any artificial aids or any physical support from an Assistant Swimming Teacher. Your child will be able to move comfortably but won’t have any specific stroke technique. By the end of this level your child will be able to show basic kicking action of all four strokes, hold a streamline position and be in a position to keep themselves water safe.

Level 4

This level is for children who can show kicking action of all four strokes and will begin to learn the arm action and develop their technique over 10m.

Will I be able to get changed at the pool?

Yes – there are male and female changing rooms but we recommend that you come for your session beach ready; wear your togs under your clothes, so that you just need to take your clothes off and get into the pool!

Are there showers available?

There are no showers available in the Pop-Up Pool

What should I wear to swim?

You should wear your swimwear – ideally tight fitting shorts or costume, swimming hats are required and it’s always good to bring a pair of goggles to protect your eyes.

What age do the swimming lessons start from?

Our Learn to Swim programme starts from the age of 4 years. Our lessons running in the afternoons and weekends cater for children aged 4-8 and 9-16 – please check the details of the lesson to see if it is for the younger age or the older age group when making your booking

We are a community group and wish to use the pool, what kind of activities can we do?

You can just go for a dip, ask us for a teacher to provide some lessons or we can find an Aqua Aerobics instructor for you. We can also provide equipment to try mermaid/shark lessons or you can bring your own inflatable toys for some inflatable fun!

What are the dimensions of the Pop-Up Pool?

The Pop-Up Pool is 12 meters long, 3.4 meters wide and 1.2 meters deep.

Who can I speak to if I need some help?

You can contact the Swim Ireland Participation team who will be happy to help you on popuppool@swimireland.ie

For enquiries on the Pop-Up Pool

Stephen Forde

Stephen Forde

Pop-Up Pool Manager

086 128 7089