Latest award leads to new activities

Fitness classes at Duns pool
Fitness classes at Duns pool

Following on from its success in the Scottish Charities Community Action Award 2012 staff at Duns Swimming Pool have been encouraged to work hard over the summer to add exciting new activities to its autumn timetable.

The pool is delighted to introduce Caroline’s Water Workout with Caroline Brown, a level 3 teacher and coach who currently coaches the Scottish Border Squad and Kelso Swimming Club.

Starting on Wednesday, August 29, Caroline’s Water Workout is an exciting new class. It will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm, just after Weight Watchers. Water Workout will replace the old aquarobics class on Thursday nights and is a great class for all ages and abilities.

Working at your own pace you can build up your fitness using the water for resistance as well as to protect your joints while you exercise – the ultimate low impact exercise, you don’t need to be able to swim and no one can see you once you’re in the water! Caroline’s first session on the 29th will be free to all so why not come and try?

For the more serious swimmer Caroline will lead a new Swimfit session on Wednesdays from 7-8pm in addition to Alison’s Swimfit Sunday session.

The Learn2Swim programme at Duns Pool is now in its second year. Duns pool has a great team of teaching staff who are all ASA qualified teachers. They are led by Alison Affleck, who also coaches Duns Swimming Club. Limited places are available for the new term so phone 01361 883397 or email to secure your child’s place.

On Friday, October 19, a new RLSS Rookie Lifeguard course, run by Claire Purves (RLSS Trainer Assessor), will start for children aged 8-14 years. If your child can swim at least two lengths of the pool unaided why not enrol them for this course which teaches them how to keep themselves and others safe around water.

New mums and dads should keep an eye on the pool’s website for new classes for babies (0-3 years old) starting soon!

In The Guy Roberts Room, Maria, of FitBorders, has recently started Zumba classes on Tuesdays from 7.15 to 8.15pm and Fridays 6-7pm, partying her classes into shape with a mix of aerobics and latin dance moves to music.There will be a free taster session on Sunday, August 26, from 1.30-2.30pm. Kids can swim free while you Zumba.

However, Maria has not always been as fit as she is today and is a member of Weight Watchers in her home town of Lauder, where she has worked hard to lose almost 50lbs through healthy eating on the Pro Points plan and an increase in activity. Maria says that Zumba has definitely boosted her weight loss.

The same is true for her Duns Zumba classes where many of the class are also members of the local Weight Watchers who meet at Duns Swimming Pool,. This is run by Rebecca Mills on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Those members have also found that combining activities, like Zumba, Caroline’s Water Workout, Aerobics and Pilates, which are all included in the Duns Swimming Pool Programme, with the Weight Watchers plan has boosted their weight loss, fitness and self confidence while having loads of fun and meeting new friends.

The pool now also has brand new table tennis tables and bats and balls for hire so you don’t need anything to try it out. It’s great for families as anyone can play and it is competitve right up to the over 70’s age group. Table tennis can be a fast and exciting sport as well as a social activity for all ages. Why not give it a go yourself?

The pool would be very interested to hear from anyone who would like to caoch table tennis or start their own club.

Other clases available include Tai Chi, Yoga, Senior Movers, Extended Mature Movers, Ladies Kick Boxing, Kick Boxing, Kung Fu.

The pool also caters for children’s parties and has a meeting room for hire, and of course there is a full range of swimming and water based activities. Details of classes and times are available at or by ringing 01361 883397. Please check the website for new times as your old timetable may be out of date.