Following the announcement of its strategic partnership with Swim England, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has seen an unprecedented boost in take-up of their Rookie Lifeguard Instructor courses. The partnership was quick to focus on making it easy for leisure centres to get their existing swimming teachers qualified to teach the Rookie […]
Leisure operators have praised the innovative Institute of Swimming’s Teachers’ Academy for helping them to recruit teachers of the highest calibre. More than 130 people have applied to join the pilot scheme of the Academy in London and Manchester since it was launched by the Institute of Swimming recently. It’s been created as almost 400,000 […]
When struggling to find suitable swimming lessons for her child, Gaynor Duffy was inspired to train as a teacher, beginning a career with the help of the RAF. “My eldest son was diagnosed with Hemiplegia when he was three years old. The consultant didn’t expect him to achieve much, sports-wise.” Said Gaynor. “We went to […]
More than half of the swim schools that took part in a recent survey by the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA) admitted that the increase in demand for lessons compared with pool time availability was a concern. A further 58 per cent said a limited number of pools also gave them cause for concern. With demand […]
Welcoming over a million visitors each year, Tudor Grange Leisure Centre is an integral part of the Solihull community. The complex boasts a 25m eight lane main pool, as well as a teaching pool and a multi-purpose diving pool with a 1m spring board and a 3m platform. The adjacent spa area comprises of a […]
Campaigners are urging Ofsted to be more ruthless in their assessment and reporting of school swimming, after figures reveal that almost half of primary school children are unable to swim 25 metres – denying them of crucial life-saving skills. Under the national curriculum, schools are required to teach pupils to swim confidently over a distance […]
Former Olympic medallist and director of Total Swimming, Steve Parry is looking to tackle the shortfall in the provision of swimming facilities for schools and communities by supplying temporary swimming pools and learn to swim academies. Most recently, the Total Swimming team installed a 25m temporary swimming facility in Dumfries, in partnership with Dumfries and […]
A swimming pool has re-opened to the community thanks to a determined woman who pledged her life savings to rescue the business from permanent closure.
A new initiative that looks to make swimming safer and ensure a minimum standard of quality and professionalism is maintained by swimming teachers has stated the importance of fully qualified staff in teaching young people to swim.
During the 2012 London Olympics, British Swimming reported a 90 per cent increase in its website traffic, but as to whether that interest translates into an increase in children learning to swim remains to be seen.