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Hi everyone,

Over the last few months I have become concerned about several matters that I have noticed and would like the views of Birthlight and its members.

1. It would seem that some people after training with Birthlight run classes that make no mention or give no credit to Birthlight. This seems rather ungrateful.

2. Conversely there appear to be some that advertise their classes as Birthlight when not all the teachers they are using have been Birthlight trained. I would hope that these teachers are swimming teachers, but is being "trained" in house in Birthlight methods by a Birthlight teacher sufficient?

3. Does Birthlight or our insurance give any guidelines as to teacher/pupil numbers and is there still a requirement to have if not a lifeguard at least a responsible person on the poolside? I would be particularly glad to have some clear information about this.

4. I would like to think that all our members act in the spirit of Yoga but there seems to be some 21st century greed creeping in. Yes, we all need to make a living but there is enough for everyone and shady practices about obtaining pool time are not very Yogic.

I hope this will be taken in the spirit it was written in, poor practice by a very small minority of members will damage the reputation of those very fine members and Birthlight as a whole.

with love

Sue

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Sat, Apr 7 2007 5:47 AM In reply to
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Hi Sue,

Many thanks for voicing your concerns, all of which are pertinent. I hope that a large number of Birthlight Infant Aquatics teachers will gather at Swiss Cottage School in London on June 30th for our main London CPD (Continuous Professional Development)day. We are organising another CPD day for teachers North of Birmingham who would rather not travel to London.

CPD is essential to get updates in teaching practice and stay in touch with other Birthlight Infant Aquatics teachers. The Forum is a great communication tool but getting together at regular intervals provides a richer sort of exchange. This will be a good time to present your concerns and issue guidelines for practice we can all agree about and abide by.

Re lifeguards, any teacher working in a pool where there is no lifeguard on duty must either have a valid lifeguard qualification or employ a lifeguard. In a private pool the minimum requirement is to have someone with a life-saving qualification in charge of watching on poolside. Teachers who do not meet these requirements are in breach of the terms and conditions of their Birthlight Diploma. In case of accident, public liability would be entirely with the teacher, not with Birthlight. If you know of teachers who work without a lifeguard, please let them know that they are not only putting parents and babies at risk but also that they are infringing rules put in place for the benefit of all.

Thank you once again Sue for keeping the Birthlight spirit on course

Francoise

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Sat, Apr 7 2007 7:42 AM In reply to
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Thanks for your reply Francoise, unfortunately I shall be in Canada on June 30th. I shall send Chris as my representative! Do you have a date for the North of Birmingham CPD as I am quite happy to travel.

Love

Sue

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Wed, Apr 11 2007 6:13 AM In reply to
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Francoise,

One of the pools that I teach in is a very small private pool (max 5 per class) so there is no additional lifeguard present. I did speak to the STA about this and they advised me to do the NaRS Pool Attendant qualification - which I did. Do the Birthlight requirements however mean that I would still need an additional person on poolside too?

Many Thanks

Wendy

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Thu, Apr 12 2007 10:13 AM In reply to
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HI all

I just wanted to add my voice to this discussion too. Coming from an intensely "professional" competitive career to Birthlight was a breath of fresh air. I endeavour to life my life by yogic priniples and it is wonderful to be part of an organisation that not only recognises but actively promotes this way of life. I am not a swimming teacher so I won't be at the London CPD session, but I wanted to let you know that I feel the spirit of Birthlight should be protected and treasured. As the organsiation grows it would be so easy for the rot to creep in despite the best of intentions, but if the principles of taking only what you need and giving more than you get are emphasised at all levels and on all the courses we should surely stay on track?

As for training "in house" as far as I'm concerned you are not a Birlthlight teacher unless you have been trained on an official Birthlight run course and have your Birthlight Diplome certificate and I would like to see that view expressed at any meetings!

I also feel that as Birthlight members it is a simple and courteous action to use the logo in all your publicity and make sure that our organisation is promoted positively whenever possible.

OM shanthi

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Tue, Apr 17 2007 9:04 PM In reply to
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Hi Wendy,

This is exactly the gray area of current UK guidelines about poolside supervision by someone else than the teacher if the teacher is in the water versus a lifeguard. Legally private pool owners can have parties with children unsupervised and owners take responsibility for their guests. When we teach in private pools as professionals selling a service to members of the public, whether this is presented as a private amicable arrangement or 'a class' in a hired private pool is debatable and ambiguous. We could think that the former would hold but in the unfortunate (keep at bay) event of an incident the latter might be used to incriminate the teacher for lack of adequate poolside supervision. In a class situation I would recommend to have at least one person, perhaps someone who comes with you or with one of the parents as family or friend, to keep an eye from poolside. Even in a small pool, five parents and baby pairs in movement are a lot to keep track of at all times. We all need to be very clear about liability, particularly if we teach in private pools without written contracts with the pool owners. It's the fact that we offer a service to the public, even in a small privately owned pool, that could be used against teachers in the water who do not have poolside back up. It's worth taking trouble over this as much as we can in all our different teaching situations.

all best wishes

FrancoiseF

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