VVD-Amstelveen is concerned about long waiting times for swimming lessons

The VVD party is concerned about long waiting times for swimming lessons, which means children have to wait longer and longer until they learn to swim (safely). The De Meerkamp swimming pool occupies an important place in Amstelveen. VVD believes that it is important that all children in Amstelveen learn to swim. Amstelveen children must be able to receive swimming lessons in Amstelveen without being on a waiting list. Not all parents with small children have the opportunity to move to a neighboring municipality for swimming lessons.

After the summer closure, swimming lessons in Meerkamp would start again from 29 August 2022. Unfortunately, swimming lessons for children who cannot yet swim in the deep pool (for the A diploma) had to be postponed because several shallow pools are not available due to technical problems. could be used.

The good news is that from 20 September 2022 these classes will resume. The consequences of this can be serious. The children who were already busy with swimming lessons before the summer closure will get their A diploma later in the summer with the extra long closure and may also have fallen further behind, so it will be even later to get the diploma. It will also increase the waiting times for swimming lessons, so that the consequences will be noticeable even longer. The VVD faction wants the board to investigate solutions with Meerkamp in order to limit the waiting times and makes some proposals itself.


(Photo VVD-Amstelveen – 2022)

Femke Lagerveld councilor for VVD-Amstelveen, spokesperson for WMO, healthcare and health, legal affairs and regulations, sport


Written questions to the municipal council in Amstelveen municipality from councilor Femke Lagerveld from VVD. Subject: Exploring solution(s) to shorten waiting times for swimming lessons de Meerkamp:

Dear College,

The De Meerkamp swimming pool occupies an important place in Amstelveen. VVD believes that it is important that all children in Amstelveen learn to swim. Amstelveen children must be able to receive swimming lessons in Amstelveen without being on a waiting list. Not all parents with small children have the opportunity to move to a neighboring municipality for swimming lessons.

After the summer closure, swimming lessons in Meerkamp would start again from 29 August. Unfortunately, the swimming lessons for children who cannot yet swim in the deep pool (for the A diploma) had to be postponed because several shallow pools are not available due to technical problems. could be used. The good news is that these classes will resume from September 20. The consequences of this can be serious. The children who were already busy with swimming lessons before the summer closure will get their A diploma later in the summer with the extra long closure and may also have fallen further behind, so it will be even later to get the diploma. It will also increase the waiting times for swimming lessons, so that the consequences will be noticeable even longer.

-Does the college agree that it is undesirable that more and more children have to wait longer before they learn to swim?

-Can the college provide insight into how many children were unable to continue their swimming lessons or did not start swimming lessons (for the first time) in recent weeks after the summer closure due to technical problems?

-Can the board provide insight into the current situation with regard to the waiting lists at Meerkamp?

-Is the college prepared to engage in dialogue with Meerkamp/AmstelveenSport to investigate whether practical solutions can ensure that the consequences of this in this kind of situation (that swimming lessons are temporarily suspended) remain as small as possible for the children on the waiting list and children who temporarily must stop teaching? If not, why not?

– The VVD party has a number of practical solutions to limit the consequences of a (longer) closure. Is the council prepared to include the possible solutions listed below in the exploration with Meerkamp/AmstelveenSport? If not, why not? These are the following (possible) solutions:

– Sometimes make leisure swimming area for swimming lessons (until the waiting list is largely eliminated),

-Start swimming lessons on Sunday;

-Offer children who are already well advanced in swimming lessons the possibility of (for example) having them swim twice a week so that the flow is faster;

– Continued swimming lessons during the school holidays.

-Can the lecturer also ask Meerkampen in the conversation to seek solutions with regard to the above problem?

– Within what deadline can the council send a report on this to the city council?

On behalf of the VVD-Amstelveen faction, Femke Lagerveld

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