Carmarthenshire children making a big Splash!
Children in Carmarthenshire are diving into a new challenge and making a big splash with a former stuntman of ITV’s Saturday night celebrity hit series, Splash.
The youngsters are taking advantage of the two diving boards in Llanelli Leisure Centre and picking up top tips from instructor, Charles Calvert.
The centre is the only one of its kind in Carmarthenshire and just one of two in South Wales that offers the aquatic activity.
It has proved so successful that a Talent Identification Squad has been developed for those showing high potential.
Anyone can join in as long as they’re able to swim 25 metres in deep water without goggles.
The eight sessions are delivered by the 23-year old, who is also a former British diving champion and Youth Olympian silver medallist, and divided into three groups - beginners, intermediate and advanced.
Beginners will learn basic diving skills starting at the poolside before progressing to the boards. At Intermediate/Advanced stage swimmers will learn unsupported forward and backward dives.
Executive board member for regeneration and leisure, Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “We are so lucky to have diving facilities in one of our leisure centres in Carmarthenshire. Not only does diving help build confidence in the water, it’s an activity children will enjoy and is something totally different to the school sports they usually do.”
Beginner classes are held every Monday from 4.30-5.15pm and Friday 4.15-5pm, Intermediate on Mondays from 5.15-6pm and foundation squad on Mondays 6-7.45pm and Fridays 5-7pm.