We had some great support from our last appeal for Poolside Helpers but the initial enthusiasm seems to have worn off a little…
It may seem daunting at first but everyone is very friendly and willing to help.
Darren very kindly agreed to run a training course earlier in the year for new poolside helpers, and if we have enough support we may be able to run another one.
Can you spare an hour a week, or an hour every two weeks, on a regular basis? If you are sat in the cafe for a couple of hours think how much more rewarding it could be if you were poolside helping out!
As you know, CCSC is run entirely by volunteers. This includes the coaching team, who give up their time willingly, and have stayed with us despite frequent offers from other clubs.
For each training session the coaches plan an objective which the swimmers work towards through a series of exercises or “sets” (eg 100m front crawl arms only, 100m front crawl legs only, 100m front crawl full stroke) appropriate for each group swimming.
The lanes are managed by poolside helpers who are given the sets by the coaches, explain them to the swimmers, and help keep the swimmers on track, so leaving the coaches free to give specific advice and support to individual swimmers. The more experienced poolside helpers can manage two lanes, but every session should have at least three helpers.
Over the years our number of poolside helpers has dwindled so that in some sessions now we have none at all, and the coaches spend as much time lane managing as coaching. Obviously, this is frustrating both for the swimmers and the coaches.
So we are still desperately looking for more poolside helpers. If you can commit to helping out at a particular session each week, or if two or three of you can get together and make a shared commitment, we would really like to hear from you.
Please volunteer. If club parents can’t offer more support to the coaches, we could lose them and some sessions may be at risk if we do not have enough poolside helpers to comply with ASA guidelines.
Please speak to Darren or Kerrin or one of the committee at the club desk on a Friday or Kerrie Potts who is organising the rota. Kerrie is poolside on Mondays so try and catch up with her then or reply to this blog and someone will contact you.
The club needs your help.