Article Source: East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure
First Published: 28 July 2022 11:12
Updated: 28 July 2022 11:12
The Trust is working in partnership with Scottish Swimming to deliver the Scottish Swimming Teaching Qualification (SSTQ), with the next course kicking off in September 2022.
Aspiring swimming teachers can sign up for the block, which takes place online and at Neilston Leisure Centre's swimming pool, from 14 September - 15 October 2022, and progress to employment with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure.
Eastwood High School pupil Abia Mirza, 16, from Newton Mearns started swimming lessons with East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure ten years ago. She is now progressing with her swimming instructor qualification to help others develop their skills in the swimming pool.
Abia said: “I have fond memories of learning to swim at Eastwood High School. The staff were very friendly and they always challenged me to try my best to reach the next level. They gave me lots of confidence, allowing me to develop an aptitude for swimming.
“I want to pass on what I was taught and make swimming fun for other students, just like I remember the lessons. I am most looking forward to the first teaching lesson and being able to inspire other students and watch them flourish into the great swimmers that they can be.”
Around 2,500 children participate in East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust's swimming lessons, offered at their four pools in the region. The Trust has partnered with Scottish Swimming and invested in its Learn to Swim programme, with all existing swimming teachers upskilled to ensure the delivery of the best quality programme for young swimmers and teaching essential life skills for the long term.
Robert Hammond from East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure said: “Swimming is a life skill and we're delighted to be able to train our future swimming teachers, to ensure we can continue delivering the best quality programme for learners.
“Our swim teachers play a vital role, helping young swimmers to develop confidence, skills and competence in the water throughout the year and also delivering water safety awareness.
“We look forward to working with our next group and providing them with the support they need to complete the course and progress to paid employment as swimming instructors.”
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure runs three courses every year. Candidates are required to complete time shadowing swimming lessons before the course starts. The maximum number on each course is 12 and you must be 16 or over to participate.
To find out more and register your interest in the course, visit: www.ercultureandleisure.org
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