A-Rosa River Cruises will become the first river cruise line to offer swimming lessons on one of its ships later this year.
In August, the operator will work in partnership with the Wasserlust Swimming School, to offer lessons on A-Rosa Sena, the line’s flagship vessel.
Beginner and intermediate courses will be available for children aged between four and a half and seven years of age on two summer holiday departures – 5 and 12 August.
The course will include six lessons, taught by a qualified swimming instructor, with a maximum of six participants per lesson of 45 minutes.
Beginner lessons will be aimed at all children who are completely new to swimming and aim to build skills and techniques.
The intermediate version will be for those who are already confident in the water and want to improve technique and endurance.
All children will receive a certificate once they have completed a course. Each six lesson course will cost €100 per child. They can ben booked in advance at the time of booking, or on board, subject to availability.
A-Rosa MD urges agents to highlight lessons to families
A-Rosa UK & Ireland MD Lucia Rowe said: “We all know how important it is to learn to swim from a young age and we were delighted that our pool on A-Rosa Sena met all the requirements needed to host children’s swimming courses.
“The pandemic meant that many little ones didn’t get into the water at an early age and now the demand is high it can be hard to find spaces on courses.
“Combining a river cruise and swimming lessons is something really unique and I urge agents to promote this to their family customers looking for something a little different this summer.”
A-Rosa Sena is the first European river cruise ship to feature a dedicated kids’ club, called Treasure Island.
Earlier this year, A-Rosa launched its first dedicated brochure for the UK market.
Covering cruises in 2023 and 2024, the brochure “aims to showcase the brand’s flexible approach to river cruising”, the line said in a statement.