Following recent coverage in the local media we would like to clarify the situation regarding the use of lifeguards for swimming lessons at Erewash leisure centres.

Legacy Leisure, which operates Erewash Borough Council's leisure centres, has stated: "The system in place for the supervision of swimming lessons follows national health and safety guidelines and has not changed in the past five years.

"On taking over the operation of the centres on February 1, 2019 Legacy Leisure continued the practice of only having lifeguards when the swimming teacher is in the water. This adheres to guidance published by Swim England.

"If the teacher is not in the water and has a lifesaving qualification they are able to provide safety cover as well as teaching as it is a controlled session. We also follow Swim England’s guidance that if the teacher is not required to be in the water they must teach from the side.

"We trust this reassures customers and clarifies any confusion. The health and safety of customers is our number one priority and we take it extremely seriously - our practices always comply with current codes of conduct.”