7th March 2017
During the recent February half term break, though the Tees Valley Club Network, swimmers from the Tees Valley clubs were invited to attend an Aquatic Helper Workshop at Middlesbrough’s Neptune Centre. In total, 12 volunteers signed up for the workshop that was split over two sessions.
The first was a three hour theory session which looked at identifying risks and hazards in an aquatic environment, and managing the hazards identified. The group enjoyed a series of activities that looked at effective communication. They soon found out that verbal communication by itself is not as effective as they first imagined! The group also looked at identifying good practices in an aquatic environment and looked at how long term athletic development ties in with sport.
The second session was a practical session that was held at Guisborough Swimming Pool, Mill House Leisure Centre, Hartlepool, and finally back at the Neptune Centre. The candidates had to attend one workshop where they were observed putting the skills that they had learnt from the theory session into practice.
Upon completion of the workshops, the candidates all achieved the elements that the course tutor was looking for and will be issued with an accredited certificate in the near future. Course tutor, Bryan Littler commented. “The swimmers from Aquaforce Swimming Academy Hartlepool, Middlesbrough ASC, Guisborough ASC and Thornaby ASC were all a credit to the clubs they represented. Without exception, the participants brought a great deal of maturity, knowledge and most importantly enthusiasm to the workshop. It is always so satisfying to see the participants grow in confidence over a few hours when they are undertaking the practical element of the workshop.” Bryan continued. “The teachers and coaches who the course participants were working alongside, all commented on the enthusiasm of the helpers, and they too noted that after a short while that the helpers relaxed and adapted to the role perfectly. It is always pleasing to receive positive feedback from the coaches and from the delegates too.”
The Aquatic Helper Workshop is an ideal progression for young swimmers, aged 13 years to gain experience assisting within an aquatic environment. The Workshop can be used by those wishing to gain a Duke of Edinburgh Award and is seen as a natural progression towards a ASA/UKCC Level 1 Award in teaching or coaching.
Anyone interested in attending or running an Aquatic Helper Workshop should contact the Regional Development Officers or visit the ASA Volunteering Hub.