I‘ve spent the last 40 years as a volunteer within the Royal Life Saving Society – a Drowning Prevention Charity. I’ve been involved at club; Branch; Region; National and International be it through competitions and more recently administrative roles as well as promotional events and teaching, promoting Drowning Prevention and Basic Resuscitation, specifically to those involved with babies  – all very much hands-on and freely given, ensuring that no one misses out because of poor finances. 

Since 2012, I’ve also volunteered at major and minor sporting events in the UK and abroad, including, Olympics; Paralympics; Commonwealth and European Para Games; Invictus Games as well as park runs and the New Years’ Day Parade in London. I’ve held many positions, from standing on road corners in the pouring rain to leadership roles at the Major International sporting events, however, every event gets the same attention, ensuring those participating or spectating, enjoy their experience, regardless of their expectations.

All the above have been whilst wearing a volunteering hat, however, I was in the past a paid part-time swimming instructor, teaching all abilities and ages, something I very much enjoyed but had to give up when serious employment was a must. Due to the changes in protocol, I am currently regaining qualifications in teaching and Safeguarding, however, my enthusiasm cannot be re-kindled as it was never lost!

I am now hoping that Swim Tayka will hopefully give me the opportunity to join their location team, to again give more, ensuring all can enjoy life to the fullest in a safe and knowledgeable way.