New swim school manager

MORPETH’S Riverside Leisure Centre has appointed Zehla Dickerson as its new Swim School Manager.

The centre wants to expand its swim school and, in particular, its adult swimming lessons, which are ideal for those who want to improve technique or learn a new stroke.

Zehla’s appointment is coinciding with the national Big Splash, a campaign by British Swimming and the BBC to encourage the nation to take a dip in their local swimming pools and celebrate the much-loved past-time of swimming.

Her new role will involve her running all swimming lessons, as well as in-house training and first aid courses.

Previously Assistant Manager and Head of Swimming Lessons for a centre in Worcester, Zehla has vast experience in managing swim teachers and lifeguards.

At Riverside, she will be placing special emphasis on working with members of the community who are learning to swim to make sure their lessons are enjoyable and they’re given the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Zehla is qualified to work as a National Training Assessor, a Disabilities Training Assessor and a National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches Assessor.

She has also delivered life-saving and first aid at work courses throughout her career.

As part of the Big Splash campaign, Riverside Leisure Centre is also offering loyalty cards to all casual swimmers, with the card valid for 12 weeks from the date of the first swim.

On her new appointment, Zehla said: “I am really enjoying life at Riverside Morpeth, working together with the swim teachers to expand the lessons on offer and develop the swim school to provide the best lessons and facilities in the area.”

Riverside and Ponteland Contact Manager Ian Hamlet added: “I was really pleased to get someone of Zehla’s experience who’s also so passionate for all things aquatic.

“Our aim is to vastly increase the number of adults and double the number of children having swimming lessons at Riverside Leisure Centre and Zehla has the determination and drive to make this happen.”