20th May, 2019

Get qualified - free volunteering course allows locals to become swimming teachers

A NEW free volunteering course that will qualify participants as swimming teachers is being launched in Redditch.

Under the direction of higher level teachers, volunteers can join the team at the Abbey Stadium who help more than 1,000 young people a week through their swimming lessons – and achieve level 1 in teaching aquatics while they do it.

It’s all part of a new Active Redditch ‘learn to swim’ pathway at the Abbey Stadium, from Redditch Borough Council.

Borough council portfolio holder for leisure and tourism Councillor Mike Rouse said: “We need more community-spirited adults to step forward and grasp this volunteer opportunity so ultimately more young people in Redditch can be properly instructed on how to swim.

“It’s vitally important, especially given the risks and past tragic events involving water in the borough.”

All that is required is to be able to swim, and a commitment to at least 20 hours of poolside volunteering, usually one session a week.

Volunteers will be fully supported to learn how to take a leading role in teaching children to swim.

That includes learning to teach, provide lesson plans and initiatives, organise, keep attendance registers, consider special needs, teach pool safety and education, and to understand the council’s code of ethics and conduct.

Tony Wright, swimming co-ordinator at the Abbey Stadium, said: “Come and volunteer with us as an assistant swimming teacher and we’ll help and support you to carry out this very rewarding role – and you’ll develop some new skills while you do it too.”

For more information or to take part, call Lucy Walton in the borough council’s sports development team on 01527 587018 or lucy.walton@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.

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