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Ben Sept14

Coach

I have been a member of Nottingham Portland SC in one form or another for much of my life.

I joined as a 9 year old swimmer more than 12 years ago, followed by my sister shortly after and then my mum began coaching at the Club. She was approached to help out by David Britton, who knew she used to be a swimming teacher. Regrettably, at 14 years old, I stopped training regularly, only swimming now and then after that.

Two years later, aged 16, almost as soon as I had qualified as a lifeguard, the Club asked me to provide lifeguarding cover, so I became a familiar face poolside once again.

I continued lifeguarding for the Club over the next 5 years, whilst working for Nottingham City Council and training as a swim teacher. In February 2012 I started my swim teaching career as a Level 1 instructor at Nottingham Swim School and completed my Level 2 qualification a year later.

I began helping out with coaching at the Club summer 2013 and loved it. I enjoy coaching so much that my name appears on the rota frequently! I no longer lifeguard, instead teach exclusively – working at Quackers Swim School and as a volunteer at the Club.

I plan to further develop as a coach by doing more ASA technical coaching qualifications as soon as suitable courses become available.

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