PLANS to teach babies and young children to swim at a new facility in Rosyth have been approved by Fife Council.

Permission was granted at a stroke to Keith Anderson for a change of use for an empty retail unit at Unwin Avenue.

The small-scale 'aquatic teaching facility' will see a maximum of two groups of four kids learning to swim in a water tank that's 1.2 metres deep, 8m in length and 4m wide.

The new venture, which will be by appointment only, will create four full-time jobs and is in the same parade of units as Sainsbury's, the Sunbed Company and the Yellow Coloured Cafe.

It will be open 10am to 8pm on weekdays and between 9am and 3pm at weekends.

The plans also include seating for up to eight people, changing and toilet facilities and a new air extraction system.

Steps and decking will allow safe access to the tank and there will be an insulated and retractable cover to conserve heat when it is not in use.

While not its primary purpose, Mr Anderson said the facility could also be used for "medical hydro-therapy".