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Our Swim Champions- Sarah’s Story

Earlier this year Sport England selected Luton as one of 12 places across England for a pilot project to encourage more people to use their local swimming pools. Thanks to the National Lottery, Sport England awarded us with a grant of £292k for an intensive, one-year programme. 

 

Active Luton has embarked on an awareness raising project and centre improvements under the brand ‘Your Pool’ to encourage the people of Luton to use its swimming pools more – particularly people deemed ‘at risk’ of poor health, older people, children and young people, disabled people, women and girls and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. 

Although 87% of the local community (versus 69% nationally) had a positive perception of swimming in terms of health and wellbeing, only 47% were aware of the location and existence of Inspire: Luton Sports Village.  Even fewer – only 25%  knew about Lea Manor pool and only 26% about Lewsey Pool. It was time to get Luton swimming again! That’s where our Swim Champions come in.

 

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May's SWIMTAG usage leader, Russell

May’s SWIMTAG usage leader, and our IT Infrastructure and Support Analyst, Russell Hillman sat down with us to share more about his regular swimming at Inspire: Luton Sports Village.

 

So, how often do you swim?

Well I try to swim every weekday morning before work at Inspire: Luton Sports Village, between 20 minutes and an hour depending on when I get there. I do front crawl and breast stroke with my head down as I don’t mind getting my hair wet. 

 

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Lifeguarding

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Not sure what a lifeguard is or what it entails? By the end of this blog you will have some sort of clue and know if it’s a right path for you!

What is a lifeguard?
Lifeguards are trained members of staff employed to rescue swimmers who get into difficulty in the pool. You might see them sitting poolside in our yellow shirts with straight faces but rest assured, they’re always ready to act - like when Cade suffered a cardiac arrest during school swimming lessons!

 

Why choose lifeguarding?
Lifeguarding is a career that works around you - great if you’re still in full-time education or looking for work that fits around your lifestyle.

Not only do you learn lifesaving skills, but the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) is internationally recognised, meaning you have the potential to work and travel abroad!

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Benefits of Swimming

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What burns well over 300 calories in just half an hour, helps depression and anxiety and lowers risk of heart disease and diabetes?

The answer of course is exercise-related – specifically swimming!  And the great news is that the benefits of swimming are not only enjoyed by the Mark Fosters and Rebecca Adlingtons of the world.  Whatever your level, swimming is hugely beneficial to your health and can also help people with disabilities and long-term health and mobility-limiting conditions. Here are our top tips:

 

1. Swimming helps to manage weight

Expect to burn around 367 calories after just 30 minutes of breaststroke – that beats walking, cycling and even running. The Calorie Cruncher on the Swim England site www.swimming.org can tell you how many calories your preferred swimming stroke burns.

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