Medina's swimming journey on our Sport Coaching Course...
Posted: Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:18
The Journey So Far of One of the Participants on the swimming sport coaching course...
MEDINA SAEED is one of the 'ME TIME' LEADERS currently completing the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course ran by Active Luton at Denbigh High School, Luton. This FEMALE ONLY swimming course has been specifically tailored and adapted to suit the needs and requirements of the 16 BAME ladies attending, with the aim of helping them pass this qualification and reach the standards required to become lifeguards.
The scheme to increase the number of female lifeguards in Luton comes as the demand for women-only swimming sessions is high. The qualification includes automated external defibrillator (AED) training, emergency first aid as well as the National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification.
We had a chat to Medina about the NPLQ course and this is what she had to say…
"The opportunity to even complete this qualification was very spontaneous for me. A friend suggested it as an after-thought and I grabbed the chance! As I said in my application, it really was a childhood dream. I had always loved swimming, and as a kid I thought the lifeguards had the coolest jobs! Sitting there looking after everyone having a good time. I was lucky with this course. As I don't have a conventional job (carer for my mother) I was able to attend the sessions and work around my schedule. The fact that this was government funded and I didn't have to fork out the money for it made this opportunity possible. I had looked into this before but was unable to go ahead at the time due to the cost. I'm truly grateful that I can help the community and achieve this childhood goal without having to worry as much about the cost. "
HOW IS THE COURSE GOING SO FAR?
"The course is going very well so far. The teachers are very helpful with hand on demonstrations, repeating explanations and even one to one help. I love how we have repeated things to make sure they stick and not felt isolated from not knowing what to do. My own personal progress has been a little up and down over the weeks, however overall myself, and the entire class have been making so much great progress and learning so much."
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PARTICULAR COACHING QUALIFICATION?
"As mentioned earlier, it was both a childhood dream and more importantly a great way to give back to the Luton community. As a woman I've experienced times where I have felt uncomfortable with male lifeguards and swimming sessions had even been cancelled due to this and the lack of women lifeguards available. It's a great feeling to be able to give back to my local community in a way I enjoy and am able to. "
WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WITH THIS QUALIFICATION AFTER YOUR COURSE HAS FINISHED?
"I would like to volunteer my time at different Luton community run swimming groups and also, I would love to have a part-time poolside job as a swimming lifeguard and maybe continue training to be a swimming teacher."
team BEDS&LUTON will be continuing the great work that has already been started with various partners to help women get onto the coaching pathway. This project will include all women across Bedfordshire to get involved. Do you want to be a role model and help get women in your area more active by becoming a leader or activator in your chosen activity? Maybe you have an interest in netball, badminton, football, walking or rounders' to name a few? Funding is available for women to help improve skills and become a community enabler, a leader, an activator and/or a coach so please get in touch with the Coaching Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and see what courses we could offer.