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Adopting the IIeach pod of Dolphins

Dave and I have always been passionate about marine life and it gives us great pleasure to advise that Dolphin Club has adopted the IIeach pod of Dolphins, (pronounced Eee-lich) and they live in the Inner Hebridean islands, offthe west coast of Scotland.

Look at these interesting facts –

  • In Britain, dolphins are thought to be resident most of the year in the Moray Firth (Scotland), Cardigan Bay (Wales) and off the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, around 40 Bottlenose dolphins live in the waters of the West coast of Scotland and around 15 more are found in and around the Outer Hebrides.
  • However dolphins are also distributed worldwide throughout tropical temperate waters, and oceanic waters.
  • Some populations of dolphins such as those in the Black Sea and Mediterranean are endangered.
  • There are 32 marine dolphin species in total. The rarest marine dolphin species is the Maui, only 111 are estimated to be left.

You can read some more information about them below and I will be keeping you up to date regarding their progress!

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Keeping Safe Around the Water

I was really saddened to read an article in the paper yesterday explaining how a 2 year old boy had died on the first day of his holiday in Portugal having drowned in the swimming pool of the villa he was staying in with his parents and grandparents. His Mum and Grandma had gone shopping and the little one was left at the villa with Dad and Grandad when this tragedy happened – it takes just minutes.

We brought to your attention at the beginning of June National Water Safety Week and although some of the statistics available are quite shocking, we have to be aware of the dangers of water, even really shallow water. We also must remember that although young children may swim, and appear to be extremely confident they still are unaware of the dangers or their capabilities and that’s why we must be vigilant when our children are in the swimming pool or sea. Dave and I have spent many a summer holiday sitting around a swimming pool on holiday feeling on edge with all that is going on, in fact we end up acting like life guards!

We were on our honeymoon in Florida when one boy of about 10 years came running out of nowhere and dived into what was the shallow end and luckily only slightly concussed himself but Dave got him out of the pool and eventually found his parents.

On a brighter note! We have had feedback from parents, one little boy who got into difficulty in the sea and remembered that if he was unable to breath and was getting a little anxious to turn over and float on his back and managed to calm himself down until dad got to him.

One other occasion, a little boy was walking with his parents one evening by the swimming pool when he fell into the deep end (he was obviously fully clothed) and when he surfaced, he took a breath and swam to the edge of the pool. So if you are sitting on poolside wondering why we go over this, time and time again you know why!

Please be safe this summer!

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Limb Power

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Limb Power

We are so pleased that we have the opportunity to volunteer our services to the Limb Power games that are held twice a year at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium. This is such a worthy cause and it never ceases to amaze me how both the adults and children that I teach in the pool have such a positive attitude to life.

This is such a rewarding experience from a teacher's point of view and Limb Power is such a wonderful organisation helping amputees or those who are limb impaired, or with physical disabilities to be able to take part in these games. There are 13 different adaptive sports to try out and have a go at. To have this many sports in one location gives an opportunity which would otherwise be unavailable.

The adult games were held last weekend and I had the honour to meet some great people including one lovely man called Tony Morris who was a victim to a form of meningitis and lost both his arms and his legs and went to the games especially for the swimming. What an inspiration he is and because he never has the chance to be in the water with his wife and two lovely young daughters we managed a family swim as well!

We all have problems through life but after being at the games and meeting such positive people, it makes you realise most of the problems we have are unimportant in comparison.

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New Lifeguards

We are really delighted to announce that we have four new Lifeguards who have recently joined our team!

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Rupert Parkes who some of you may find has a familiar face? Rupert’s Brother Hugo worked for us for a number of years as a Swimming Instructor but sadly left to pursue a career in the police force. We were really pleased to hear from Rupert! Rupert is also a Level 2 Swimming Instructor! Rupert works at the Marlow Club keeping everyone safe on a Saturday afternoon!

Korrie Ford works at Heritage House on a Saturday morning. Korrie originally learned to swim with Dolphin Club many years ago and went on to swim competitively with Amersham Swimming Club! She is currently studying for her A levels.

Ollie Smare works at Heritage House on a Thursday and a Saturday afternoon. Ollie was a completive swimmer with Amersham Swimming Club but left that all behind him to take up Rugby which he really enjoys!

Nicholas Phillips works at Heritage House on a Monday. He enjoys swimming and keeping fit, as well as having an interest in Art, Ruby, Music, and Cycling!

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New Swimming Club Website

We are excited to launch our new and user friendly Dolphin Club website.  If you are a swimming enthusiast or seeking fun swimming lessons, you have come to the right place.  We have been swimming fans since childhood and incredibly passionate about making the swimming experience enjoyable.

You will find useful information such as our locations and you might find some not so useful information, but hopefully interesting none-the-less! 

There will be swimming tips and health benefits advice for everybody, and not forgetting important details such as term dates, current and future. 

There are lots of exciting things happening in 2016 and we would like to share these with you and hope you will be part of it!

Photograph:  Annie & Dave... it's all about the water.

Photograph:  Annie & Dave... it's all about the water.

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