Olympic star launches new safer swimming initiative

Sarah Johnston, partner of Judith Lindley-Neilson, Olympic medallist Steve Parry and Judith's business partner Sue Brown at the launch of the Great East Swim
Sarah Johnston, partner of Judith Lindley-Neilson, Olympic medallist Steve Parry and Judith's business partner Sue Brown at the launch of the Great East Swim

Swimming in Eastbourne is set to receive a major safety boost as Olympic bronze medallist Steve Parry launches a new initiative across East Sussex.

On Thursday, Parry hosted the official opening of a new register that will ensure all swimming classes in the local area are taught by trained professionals, rather than valuable funds being squandered on unaccredited teachers.

With resources tight as schools endeavour to cut costs yet continue with compulsory swimming lessons, there’s a need for swimming professionals in East Sussex to be fit for purpose and value for money.

The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAP) hopes to address recent statistics that revealed only 50 per cent of children are able to swim.

Parry said, “The Register of Aquatic Professionals will go a long way to strengthen the credibility in the aquatic industry.

“We can be assured that those on this register are fully qualified and hold the latest, most relevant qualifications.

“Employers can now easily identify the best qualified staff and the public, especially parents, can rest easy in the knowledge that those working in this industry are up to the task.”

RAP, working in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association, the Royal Life Saving Society UK and Swimming Teachers’ Association, will support the training needs and career development of those working in related roles, including swimming teachers, lifeguards and pool managers.