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Free swimming
initiative earns praise
An ASA swimming initiative to enhance their safety.”
offer free lessons for all 11 to All new swimmers names
19 year old who can’t swim has will be entered into a prize
been praised as a “fantastic draw, with the lucky winner
model for the rest of the UK.” swimming away with a
Barnsley Premier Leisure is laptop worth £300 on
encouraging all 11 to 19 year completion of their block of
olds who cannot swim to take free lessons.
advantage of free swimming BPL offers an extensive
Riviera Pools now really arrive in style!
lessons that are now available swimming lesson
at five venues in Barnsley. This programme, which includes
includes Dearneside, Hoyland working towards Octopus,
and Royston Leisure Centres, Starfish, Dolphin, Otter
the Metrodome Leisure Awards and STA Bronze,
Complex and Wombwell Silver, Gold, Advanced and
Swimming Pool. The Platinum Awards, as well as
swimming initiative is being the option of taking lessons
funded through the Amateur in water safety.
Swimming Association and In Barnsley, young people
Barnsley Metropolitan have access to some of the
Borough Council to encourage best swimming schools in the
The one piece Riviera pool now has its very own delivery lorry young people to improve their country and BPL has
complete with on-board crane- allowing it to get to places that other confidence in the water. The received several awards for
pools can only dream. scheme has been praised the quality of its swimming
The crane means that the pool can be expertly dropped into its final nationally as being a model tuition, including most
resting place overcoming many access issues. The pool is delivered on which could be adopted for recently this includes the
the back of the lorry straight from its factory in Germany. the rest of Britain. Swimming Teachers
John Whiteside, who heads up Certikin’s One-Piece Pools division, Dave Redfern, Barnsley Association (STA) mark. This
says the company will carry out a site survey to advise on suitability Premier Leisure’s Operations mark is recognised as the
and will also arrange trips with prospective customers to RivieraPool’s Manager said: “Learning to definitive standard for swim
factory and showroom in Geeste-Dalum, Germany. swim is a valuable skill that all school businesses in the UK.
For further information please contact John Whiteside at Certikin young people should learn. The company is also
Tel: 01993 778855 Over half of our primary looking into other free
school children leave school swimming initiatives that
without being able to swim, so could benefit local schools,
this new initiative is designed young mothers, over 60’s,
to encourage young people to BME groups, families, those
access swimming lessons, with limited mobility and
which will help them enjoy people looking to improve
National police advisers are reviewing Home Office guidance which being in the water and their general fitness.
says it is not necessary for officers to be able to swim or survive in water.
Staff at the National Policing Improvement Agency are considering
allowing senior officers to block new staff who cannot swim.
The ability of police officers to swim was thrown into question at
a recent inquest into the death of Karl Malton, a 32-year-old, from
Spalding, drowned after being flung into a dyke after being hit by
a car on his way home.
The inquest heard a Lincolnshire Police sergeant who said officers
no longer receive life-saving training and swimming instruction.
A spokesman for the National Police Improvement Agency said:
“A police officer’s ability to swim is a matter for individual forces.
“The NPIA is currently revising the 2003 Home Office
guidance on police recruitment standards to allow chief
constables to make an assessment as to whether applicants to
their force need to be able to swim to become police officers
should it suit local policing needs.
“The new guidance is due to be circulated later this year. There
is no national requirement for police officers to be able to swim.”
Peter Fahy, Greater Manchester’s Police Chief Constable, who is
responsible for workforce development across England and Wales,
said: “The training requirements of police officers is something that
is constantly under review.
“As policing becomes more complex there is ongoing pressure
Swimming Development Manager Eddie Lim, holding the prize up for
for officers to be trained in more and more proficiencies and as a grabs with Craig Gent (19) who has recently passed his 25m and 50m
result hard decisions have to be made
badges through the initiative
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