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Swim Dem Swim Challenge inspires young adults to take to the water

swim_dem_challenge_swimming_trust_graham_edmunds_810_810_456_80_s_c1The Swimming Trust and the ASA are supporting a new initiative inspiring youngsters from the east end of London to learn to swim and take on the challenge of swimming a mile in open water.

Fifteen young adults have been chosen to take part in the Swim Dem Swim Challenge which will culminate in the participants taking part in the Great Manchester Swim on 4 July 2015.

The participants are being taught to swim at Mile End Leisure Centre in a series of intensive training sessions by fully qualified instructors. The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is also providing the candidates with sessions on motivation, teamwork, goal setting and leadership.

“We want to encourage the next generation of swimmers to come forward” – Andy Akinwolere The idea for the challenge was put forward by one of The Swimming Trust’s ambassadors, Andy Akinwolere. Andy only learned how to swim himself a few years ago and is passionate about offering inner city youth and ethnic minorities the opportunity to learn to swim. He has teamed up with The Swimming Trust and recruited members from the Swim Dem Crew, to take on this personal challenge. Continue reading

Hull scheme goes from strength to strength

Developing a world class workforce of qualified, enthusiastic swimming teachers and coaches is critical to encouraging more people to take part and enjoy swimming so that it becomes a skill for life.

This project, now in its third year, aims to encourage young people into a career in swimming by providing access to nationally recognised qualifications. The project has been designed specifically for existing swimmers, aged 16-24 years, and supports them through Level 1 and Level 2 of the UK Coaching Certificate for teaching aquatics or coaching swimming.

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Help children to Get Safe

Pool operators, clubs and swim schools are invited to give young people in their area the chance to learn about the dangers posed by open water by holding a special ‘Get Safe’ event.

The ASA’s ‘Get Safe’ campaign, supported by the Swimming Trust, seeks to ensure young people know how to stay safe, while having fun in and around water.

Fun, action-packed and informative land and pool based activities will teach primary school children all the important things they need to know when visiting coastal and inland waters, from how they can spot the dangers themselves, and how to act in an emergency.

By completing the online registration form, a maximum of 400 organisations will receive a free ‘Get Safe’ resource pack to enable them to organise their own Get Safe event, linking in with local primary schools. This includes a Pool Event Guide with details about what, when and who should be involved, posters to help promote the event and certificates to reward the young people attending on the day. Don’t wait too long, as we are only able to offer the free resources to the first 400 organisations to register.

Particularly relevant as we approach warmer weather, help young people in your area to enjoy the water, but in a safe and sensible way and pass the message on to ‘Get Safe’.  Events will promote the ‘SAFE’ code:

To enjoy the water and stay SAFE

S – Spot the dangers

A – Advice. Take advice.

F – Friend. Always go with a friend

E – Emergency. Learn how to help in an emergency