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Swim Teachers unite for Get Into Learn to Swim Week

Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming , Water Polo, Education

Swim teachers play a crucial role in ensuring children become water competent. The teacher workforce takes children through their aquatic journey, often from complete novices, to confident swimmers who can safely enjoy the water.

 On day four of Get Into Learn to Swim Week, we spoke to whole host of swim teachers, who have stressed the importance of water competence, and what they enjoy most about teaching children in the water.

Beverley Loweth, from Carmarthen Leisure Centre, said: “Swimming is not a luxury, swimming is an absolute life skill, with the benefit of being highly transferable to activities like surfing and kayaking, while it opens up employment opportunities.

“In the current cost of living crisis, school swimming may be the only chance a child gets to gain access to lessons; family financial situations could be doubly impacted by the potential of private swim schools having to increase costs as pool hire and running costs start to increase.

“The best part of the job is seeing the sheer enjoyment and excitement of coming swimming with their friends. Also the tangible progress witnessed over a short time, however big or small.”

Grace James, from Crymych Leisure Centre, said: “I enjoy the challenge of teaching a wide verity of ability. I enjoy using my imagination to come up with new games and challenges.

“Water competence is important as it ensures you can enjoy water activities safely and prevent the risk of drowning.

“My top tip to responsible adults would be to ensure you do not express any fear or worry onto them. Ensure you encourage and motivate them, especially if school swimming is their only swimming lesson experience.”

Former teacher Brian Jones, who taught across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, said: “Parents and responsible adults - be positive. Particularly to young people who are not familiar with the pool environment. Encourage your child to be open to new ideas and to participate fully in the games and activities on offer.

“The opportunity to reach people for whom swimming is not part of their lifestyle or culture is the most rewarding part of the job. For them it is a unique opportunity to learn lifesaving skills. Water competence opens the door to so many opportunities, including surfing, canoeing, scuba diving and sailing.”

Swimming teachers are needed more than ever across Wales. If you are interested in becoming a swimming teacher, head over to our Swimming Teaching page here.