Provider of the Month
Core Aquatics, United Kingdom
Tell us a bit about you and your background...
I started Core Aquatics straight out of university and we recently celebrated our 7 years in business.
I have always had an interest in swimming and over the years I’ve grown from being a swimming teacher and lifeguard to a business owner, tutor/trainer/assessor/IQA.
Why did you choose to become Autism Swim Approved and what are the greatest benefits you've found since doing so?
We have been Autism Swim Approved for the last 4 years. The training and resources have enabled us to learn more about swimmers with other abilities and how we can support them.
We have even adapted how we teach all of our swimmers with the content provided by Autism Swim. A huge benefit is seeing the progression in our swimmers!
What sort of feedback have you received since putting the skills you learned into practice?
Parents have remained loyal and customer retention is always a positive sign you’re doing something right! Typically feedback comments on a previous negative experience elsewhere and their positive experience/ progress with us.
We won Outstanding Disability Champion 2023 from The Women’s Awards in September which was awarded by a panel of judges in the Midlands of the UK. Our work with Autism Swim, by evidencing our success with our swimmers was a big contributing factor to the win of this award.
What advice can you give to other aquatic providers looking to become more inclusive?
I would always say research!
There are so many other abilities and medical conditions out there that it is our responsibility to equip ourselves through qualifications and CPDs to be able to best serve our swimmers. It is applying the learning to the swimmers we have and one thing we know is that no swimmer is ever the same. The swimmer and their safety has to be at the centre of what we do.
Do you have a favourite inclusion quote or analogy?
I really like the ‘Cake Analogy’. I can’t remember where I first came across it but here is a link from a quick search: https://kristyware.com/the-cake-analogy-to-understanding-diversity-equity-and-inclusion/
Basically it outlines the steps for inclusion using baking a cake as the example for how:
- Diversity = the right ingredients
- Equity = the right amount of each ingredient
- Inclusion = putting the ingredients together
- Belonging = final product i.e. a delicious cake for everyone!