Swim Ireland's Pop-Up Pool will be officially launched on Thursday, 21 September in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, and will be open daily to the public until Spring 2024.

The Pop-Up Pool is situated beside Cootehill Industrial Estate, Cavan Road, Cornacarrow, Cootehill, Co.Cavan, H16 X963, supported by Cavan Local Sports Partnership and Cavan County Council, we look forward to welcoming you to the Pool over the coming months!

We are working closely with Cavan Local Sports Partnership and our designated ‘Get Cavan Swimming’ officer on delivering various community-based programmes. The programmes are aimed at everyone from children, teens, older adults, and people with disabilities, to minority groups and private sessions for events such as birthday parties and company team-building exercises. We also provide swimming lessons for schools, at both primary and secondary level.

To find a full breakdown of the programmes we have on offer and what is involved therein, please click the button below.

For more information on minority-group projects, disability-specific swims, school booking and private hire, please contact us directly at popuppool@swimireland.ie, or our ‘Get Cavan Swimming Officer’, Jessica Eynaud at jessicaeynaud@swimireland.ie

A brief overview of our classes

Learn to Swim Level 1-5: suitable for ages 4 up, these lessons are done in 6-week blocks; for more information on the levels, please scroll down to the bottom of the page, refer to the “What lesson level should I chose for my child” in the FAQ section.

Splash Lessons for 3-5 year olds: Following a similar format to the ‘Learn to Swim’ level 1, this class is tailored to the slightly younger age pre-school children, with allowances made for their size and abilities.

Adult Learn to Swim: Beginner level adult swimming lessons aimed at helping adults with no previous experience in the water become adept swimmers, and to help grow their confidence and comfort in a pool or similar setting. The adult improver lessons is suitable for anyone who has previous swimming experience and is able to swim the full length of the pool (12m) in any style without any floatation device or assistant.

Public Swim: An hour-long swim with no formal lessons. The time is for people to swim at their own leisure, enjoy the pool, and use the time however they please.

Public Swim - Family Fun Splash: An hour-long swim geared towards families, to allow them time in the water together in a relaxed, safe environment with no formal tuition.

Family Swim for Children with Additional Needs: Another hour-long swim, but with restricted numbers and special allowances made to help create a comfortable, quiet environment for families who have children with additional needs.

We are currently updating our booking system to make it more user friendly, but in the meantime, if you are experiencing any IT issues whilst booking a session, please email popuppool@swimireland.ie and we will do our utmost to help you.

Book your SwimPop-Up Pool Programmes

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

  • Children €3.50
  • Adults €7.50

School Swimming

  • €55 per hour
  • 16 children: full hour
  • 32 children: 2×30 minute session

Community Group

  • €65 per hour
  • €80 with swimming instructor.

Private Hire

  • €65 per hour or €125 for 2 hours.

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.

Level 5

Level 5 is for children who have the ability to swim effective frontcrawl and backcrawl arm actions, can demonstrate effective 10m frontcawl with bilateral breathing and 10m backcrawl with good technique. In Level 5 children will continue to develop further stroke technique for frontcrawl, backcrawl and breaststroke legs and arms actions.

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!

There are no showers available in the Pop-Up Pool

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.

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

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!

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

The Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool Terms of Reference can be found here.

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

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