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RIGHT DIRECTIONS TO DELIVER ASA’S LEARN TO SWIM ACCREDITATION Health and safety management specialist Right Directions, which already delivers Quest on behalf of Sport England and ukactive’s Code of Practice, will now co-ordinate the ASA’s Learn To Swim accreditation scheme for facilities offering swim schools.

Right Direction’s

agreement with the ASA will bring all three leading industry awards together, allowing operators to save both time and money by achieving their ASA Learn To Swim accreditation and ukactive Code of Practice (CoP) as part of their Quest assessment.

BREASTFEEDING MUM KICKED OUT OF PUBLIC POOL A mum was recently ordered to stop breastfeeding at a public swimming pool – in case her baby polluted the water.

Shocked Rebecca Hough of Torpoint, Cornwall was approached by the manager at the Lux Park centre in Liskeard when she began feeding 10-month-old Max a few steps from the main pool.

She said she was told to stop because the tot could be sick in the water. She was directed to the changing rooms and told not to return for half an hour until he had fully digested the milk.

Rebecca was stunned by her treatment and said: “Max was a bit unsettled so I decided to give him a really quick feed.

“I felt really embarrassed at being asked to leave when I wasn’t doing anything wrong.” The Equality Act

2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against a mum breastfeeding in public.

Barnsley Waterpark Awarded 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence

Calypso Cove Waterpark at Barnsley Metrodome recently announced that it has received a TripAdvisor®

Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a busines’s tenure and popularity ranking on the site. Calypso Cove is currently rated 4.5/5 with over 100 visitor reviews ranking it as either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’.

Facility Manager Joni Millthorpe said: “Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Calypso Cove and we’d like to thank all of our guests who

took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognised by our customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to offering an excellent guest experience.”

Dalesauna Working On UK’s ‘Loveliest’ Spa

Dalesauna is working with the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Spa Company on the development of the thermal spa at the historic Buxton Crescent in Derbyshire.

The sauna and steam room experts have

been appointed as specialist consultants for the scheme’s thermal and wet treatment offering. Danubius Hotels will operate the new spa bringing their combination of medical expertise with traditional therapies to revitalise and

re-energise guests. Dalesauna has worked closely with Mike Wallace, head of spa for Danubius Hotels, to specify a range of experiences that not only meet the operator’s requirements but also serve the needs of the UK spa market.

As such, the new spa will feature an extensive thermal spa offering which will include the two existing basement pools (one male and one female), both of which will be completely refurbished, a sauna, saunarium, infrared sauna, ice room, aroma room, steam room and salt grotto. In addition, there will be a variety of medical tubs, which can be used to deliver CO2 baths and

peat infused baths, making reference to the historical roots of the Victorian Buxton Spa. There will also be hydro massage and a hydrotherapy bath for couples.

It is anticipated that formal tenders for the building works will be issued in July, with a

view to commencing work in October 2014. “Dalesauna have been aware of this project for over ten years and have always been anxious to be involved in it. We were delighted to be given the opportunity to consult on the thermal experiences, and to be involved in bringing life back to what can only be described as one of the loveliest spas in the UK,” says Gerard McCarthy, Sales Director for Dalesauna.

The new spa is being developed by Trevor Osborne Property Group and CP Holdings, the majority owner of Danubius Hotels, as part of the multi-million transformation of the Georgian crescent.

Built in the 1780s by the 5th Duke of Devonshire, the building is being converted into a 79-bedroom 5 star spa hotel and spa. The Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa project began a number of years ago when the county and borough councils sought to find a new use for The Crescent, which is jointly owned by both authorities.

The project is being funded by a variety of sources including the developers (£15m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£12.4m), English Heritage (£0.5m) and Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council (£2m).

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