VVD-Amstelveen is concerned about the long wait times for swimming lessons

VVD is concerned about long wait times for swimming lessons, which means kids have to wait longer to learn to swim (safely). The swimming pool De Meerkamp occupies an important place in Amstelveen. The VVD believes that it is important for every Amstelveen child to learn to swim. Children of Amstelveen should be able to take swimming lessons in Amstelveen without being placed on a waiting list. Not every parent with young children has the opportunity to move to a nearby municipality for swimming lessons.

After the summer closure, swimming lessons in Merkamp will start again from August 29, 2022. Unfortunately, swimming lessons for children who cannot swim in the deep pool (for diploma) have been postponed due to not many shallow pools available due to technical issues. Put it into use.

The good news is that as of September 20, 2022, these classes will resume. The consequences of this could be serious. Children who were already occupied with swimming lessons prior to the summer closing will receive an A diploma later in the summer with the additional long closure and may also be more late, so that the diploma will be late. This will also increase waiting times for swimming lessons, so that the consequences will be noticeable for a longer time. The VVD faction wants the board to explore solutions with Meerkamp to reduce wait times and make some suggestions itself.


(Photo VVD-Amstelveen – 2022)

Femke Lagerveld VVD-Amstelveen Consultant, Spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Healthcare, Health, Legal, Regulation and Sport


Written questions to the CEO of Amstelveen from the VVD’s advisor, Fimki Lagerfeld. Topic: Exploring solutions(s) to shorten waiting times for swimming lessons de Meerkamp:

Dear College,

The swimming pool De Meerkamp occupies an important place in Amstelveen. The VVD believes that it is important for every Amstelveen child to learn to swim. Children of Amstelveen should be able to take swimming lessons in Amstelveen without being placed on a waiting list. Not every parent with young children has the opportunity to move to a nearby municipality for swimming lessons.

After the summer closure, swimming lessons at Merkamp will begin again from August 29th. Unfortunately, swimming lessons for children who cannot swim in the deep pool (for the diploma) have been postponed due to not many shallow pools available due to technical issues. They can be put into use. The good news is that these classes will resume from September 20th. The consequences of this could be serious. Children who were already occupied with swimming lessons prior to the summer closing will receive an A diploma later in the summer with the additional long closure and may also be more late, so that the diploma will be late. This will also increase waiting times for swimming lessons, so that the consequences will be noticeable for a longer time.

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

Can the college provide insight into the number of children who were unable to continue swimming lessons or did not start swimming lessons (for the first time) in the past weeks after the summer closure due to technical issues?

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

Is the college willing to enter into discussions with Meerkamp / AmstelveenSport to explore whether practical solutions can ensure that in these types of situations (swimming lessons temporarily suspended) the consequences remain as small as possible for children on waiting list and children who have to stop studying temporarily ? If not, then why?

– The VVD has a number of practical solutions to reduce the consequences of the (longer) closure. Is the Board ready to include the possible solutions listed below in the exploration with Meerkamp / AmstelveenSport? If not, then why? It relates to the following (possible) solutions:

– Allocate a recreational swimming place for swimming lessons occasionally (until the queue is largely eliminated),

Swimming lessons start on Sunday.

– giving children who have already taken swimming lessons the possibility (for example) to have them swim twice a week so that the flow is faster;

Continuous swimming lessons during school holidays.

– Can the lecturer ask Merkamp in the conversation to look for solutions to the above-mentioned problem?

– In what period 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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