The Castle Point Sports Club for the Disabled usually meet on every Sunday in the evening at the Runnymede Pool on Kiln Road, Benfleet in England, where they can have their own private swimming sessions. However, they have been struggling to use that facility recently. Last year, half of their swimming sessions had to be cancelled because there was a lack of lifeguards available.

Since last year in August, a total of 26 swimming sessions that were supposedly scheduled had to be cancelled. This was because the group did not have an available lifeguard during those occasions. Previously, the club used to provide their own lifeguards. However, they are now unable to do so. Therefore, there have no other choice but to call upon the council or others in order to provide a lifeguard who can actually watch over the groups during any swimming sessions. Albert Palmer, who is the club chairman, mentioned that the club is currently in a desperate need for a lifeguard to come to the rescue for the club. “We really do need help. Swimming is the activity that a lot of our members look forward to the most but we are unable to do anything about this. Without funding or help we may not be able to continue swimming and I know that would really disappoint many people who come to us.”

Jo North, who has been a member of the club since a year ago, stated that although she herself isn’t a swimmer, many of the friends who are from the club are. “It would be terribly sad if more sessions were cancelled because of no lifeguards. It helps a lot of the members who are paralysed. The water is a great way to help people relax and it is important they are given every chance to swim,” she emphasised.

“Traditionally the club has organised its own Lifeguards for swimming sessions at Runnymede. However, one of our officers met with a representative of the club on Monday and has agreed to look into the feasibility of rostering Lifeguards for its Sunday night sessions,” added a Castle Point Council spokesperson. For more of the story, check it out here.

From this, we can understand two things. Firstly, swimming is a suitable exercise for those with a disability as it helps them to enjoy and relax. Secondly, lifeguards play a crucial role in the running of a swimming pool. Thankfully in Singapore, we have sufficient lifeguards available in all of our swimming complexes on a daily basis. For those who are looking for swimming lessons in Singapore, look no further. Happy Fish Swim School offers you with a variety of lessons, catering to different age groups and standards. Check out our website for more information.