Meet our Swim Champion Aaron. He works for Active Education as a Primary School Sports coach and is currently completing his Level 2 Fitness Instructor awards; as well as inspiring and teaching others to swim! As his mum was a keen swimmer Aaron and his brother took to the water from a very young age. He joined Luton Swimming club and has had a love for the water ever since…
Aaron and fellow Swim Champion Cleo
What does being a Swim Champion mean to you?
“I am a firm believer that everyone should swim. Not only is it fantastic, low impact exercise but it is a vital life skill that can potentially be lifesaving. As someone who works with primary school children I see just how important swimming is; not only for health and wellbeing but also for engaging with friends and family alike. For me being a Swim Champion and getting more and more young people swimming means a lot, I feel learning and developing this skill can have a vital impact on children’s lives”
Are there any young people you teach who were particularly nervous about swimming?
“Every Friday I teach Daniel, a young person with physical and mental disabilities, how to swim. Not only do I teach him but I work with his mum and dad to inform them how they can help his learning when they’re with him perhaps on holiday or at an open session. Also I informed them of the sessions that they are able to take him to. We encourage swimmers of all abilities to attend public swimming sessions. Inspire and Lewsey are both accredited Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) centres- this is in recognition of the achievements and commitment our leisure facilities provide for disabled people to become physically active and provide fully inclusive facilities where disabled and non-disabled people can be active together. Lea Manor has excellent disabled access and changing”
How’s Daniel doing now?
“I have been informed that since I have been working with him his confidence in the pool has increased massively. I keep in regular contact with Daniel and his parents whilst his swimming sessions continue”
What advice would you give to someone who can’t swim or is afraid?
“You don’t get over the fear of doing something by not doing it!”
“Swimming is a skill that, once learned, can change your life. The physical, mental and physiological impact learning to swim can have is enormous! You can learn at your own pace and there are many people, like myself, who are on hand to support you. We can offer 1-2-1 support to guide you on your own personal swimming journey. If confidence is low, you can come at quieter times- at Inspire you can try the community pool where it is; quite, more relaxed, less busy and the pool is a shallower than the competition pool”