Swimming Teachers Graduate From Courses

A group of local people have qualified as swimming teachers after attending an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) approved course held at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover. Seven completed level one qualifications and seven more achieved level two qualifications – enabling them to progress their teaching careers at pools around the local area.

The course was run by SteamlineED which is a company approved by the ASA to deliver the weekend courses. Tutor Paula West explained: “We have had a wide range of people coming on the course from young people looking to have paid employment during their university studies to parents who have supported clubs in a volunteer role and now want to progress their careers in the sport.” Among the successful course members was Ellie Holden (16), a pupil at Derby High School who has been working as a volunteer helper at Lonsdale Pool. She said: “I love swimming and have been helping out at Lonsdale Pool but with this qualification I hope to expand my teaching experience.”

The course was welcomed by Lonsdale Swimming & Sports Trust which is stepping up its recruitment of swimming teachers and lifeguards. The charitable Trust oversees Gayton Pool in Littleover on behalf of Derby City Council and also Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, which it is currently hoping to replace with a new 25m, eight-lane pool and leisure facility as soon as another local 1.5 acre local site has been secured. More than 50 staff currently work at the two pools which used by more than 1,600 children and adults every week.  It is hoping to recruit a further four teachers and five lifeguards to work across both sites.

Director Ian Cotter said: “Since the Olympics this summer which saw Adam Peaty and his fellow team members win so many medals, the interest in swimming has definitely increased. “The waiting list for children’s and adult swimming lessons has swelled and numbers at the community sessions has grown. “We are therefore recruiting new swimming teachers and lifeguards to work at the two pools and the success of this ASA course is good news for us and other local pools.”

For more information about job opportunities through Lonsdale Sports and Swimming Trust, please visit www.lsst.org.uk

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