MP promotes water safety with trip to swimming school

Water Lilies instructors Sophie King, Rosemary Platford and Lucie Morran with Waveney MP Peter Aldou

Water Lilies instructors Sophie King, Rosemary Platford and Lucie Morran with Waveney MP Peter Aldous and some of the swimmers. - Credit: Archant

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has visited Water Lilies Swimming School in Bungay to help spread the message of staying water safe.

He watched first hand the various lessons running on a Monday afternoon during term time.

The children are working towards their STA Octopus, Goldfish and Angelfish badges - a series designed for children who start to learn to swim at primary school, the rising five to eight-year-olds.

Members of the development squad were also in training on Monday, with children working towards their advanced swimmer and water safety badges, and learning about elements of competitive swimming such as competitive starts and turns, use of pace clock and time trials.

Mr Aldous said: “I very much enjoyed my visit to Water Lilies Swimming School to see at first-hand their successful and enjoyable award winning swimming lessons.

“Living close to both the sea and the Broads there are great opportunities to have fun whilst exercising, but to do so safely it is so important to learn to swim at an early age.”

Water Lilies Swimming School is an independently run school, started by award-winning Teresa Griffin in 2007.

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It now teaches more than 1,000 children, babies and adults per week across Norfolk and Suffolk in private pools that include Bungay, Holton, Burgh St Peter and Harleston.

Training and CPD courses are also run for swimming teachers and sessions for adults such as aquarobics, learn to swim and a ladies only class.

Although it is the last week of term many children are continuing their swimming activities during the summer swimming programme, which includes diving for beginners and intensive sessions.

Teresa said: “All children swimming with Water Lilies Swimming School are part way to being safe in the water as they are learning to swim and being taught water safety as part of their lessons. At WLSS we follow the STA’s Learn to Swim programme. However they need your help too – to teach them the importance of water safety.

“Our blog post this week provides some essential reminders of how to stay water safe this summer.”

• For more informationvisit the Water Lilies website at and click on the BLOG section.