May newsletter


Throughout May we have been treated to some pretty amazing weather and we can’t thank the weather Gods enough!  On a couple of occasions, wandering along the shore at Camusdarach, you’d have been forgiven for thinking you were shimmying along a Spanish beach with all the bikini clad ladies, bronzed torsos and swimming going on!  In times gone by, even the hint of warm and sunny weather would render the Leisure Centre a veritable ghost town so it’s great to see that even with the recent spate of good weather, lots of you have still been using our great facilities.  Fingers crossed for more of the above as we enter June.  Here’s a brief overview of what’s been happening and what’s to come…

Swimming lessons

Term 4’s swimming lessons kicked off to a great start with all students putting their best stroke forward.  It’s great to see the children progress over the school year and as an added incentive for children to be the best they can possibly be, we will be choosing a ‘Swimmer of the Month’ in each group.  The Swimmer of the Month will not only be bathed in glory by his/her peers, he or she will also get a special certificate to mark their accomplishment.

Brian’s triathlon success

We were really impressed when manager, Brian, completed the middle distance Loch LoMAN Triathlon on Sunday 21st May.  The middle distance event is no mean feat as contestants have to endure a 1.9km swim, a 77km cycle and a 20km run and Brian completed the lot in 6 hours and 42 minutes.  Well done Brian!

Traighathlon Series

If Brian’s achievement has inspired you, why not take part in one of our very own triathlons on Sunday 24th September?  We have devised a number of routes suitable for all abilities, from complete novices to experienced triathletes.  Please check out our website or the Road to the Isles Half Marathon Facebook page for more information.

Road to the Isles Agricultural Show

We will be attending the annual Road to the Isles Agricultural Show on Saturday 10th June.  Please feel free to come and have a chat about our fundraising progress and where we are with the refurbishment programme.  We will also be hosting the area’s first ever ‘Wife Carrying’ competition from 2pm in the main ring.  Wife Carrying competitions are growing in popularity all over the globe and we felt that we needed to get in on the action!  The carrier can be male or female and won’t be restricted to carrying their wife, they can actually carry anybody over the weight of 7.5 stone and over the age of 17.  Please come and sign up throughout the morning.  Entry fees in the form of donations on the day.

Job vacancies

Now that things are getting busier at the Leisure Centre, we are currently looking to fill a couple of posts – Maintenance Assistant & Leisure Centre Apprentice.

Maintenance Assistant

We would love to hear from somebody with a penchant for maintenance.  The role of maintenance assistant would suit a retired or part-time worker looking to fill an afternoon or two each week.  Jobs would involve strimming the grass outside the centre, painting, changing light bulbs etc and the hours could either be spread out over the week or you could do whatever needs to be done in one fell swoop!

Leisure Centre Apprentice

We would also love to hear from any school leavers looking to take on an apprenticeship when they finish the school year in July.  This role would be ideal for somebody looking to get trained up in a number of areas such as swim teaching and personal training as well as being actively involved and gaining experience in marketing, advertising and business management.

Good rates of pay and a friendly team awaits potential candidates.  Please get in touch if you would like anymore information on either of the above positions.

ASA Level 1 Swimming Teaching Qualification

We are happy to announce that we will be holding a swimming teaching course at the Leisure Centre over two weekends in August.  The course will run over the weekends of 19th/20th and 26th/27th August and would suit anybody with an interest in starting a career in swim teaching.  The ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant qualification aims to develop a person’s knowledge, skills and abilities as a Swimming Assistant and will be delivered through a mixture of classroom activities, e-learning exercises and practical poolside-based learning sessions.  It covers the core knowledge that is required for this level including:

  • Preparation of teaching activities
  • Delivery of prepared activities within a session
  • Roles and responsibilities within a learn to swim programme
  • Health & Safety in the aquatic environment

If you would like to sign up or if you have any questions, please contact the Leisure Centre on 01687 462229 or mallaig@btconnect.com.

Drowning Prevention Week

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and will run between 16th and 26th June 2017.  Living in such close proximity to both the Atlantic and a number of rivers and lochs, it is essential that we all know exactly what to do when faced with a water safety emergency.  We feel that children, and toddlers in particular, are a very ‘at risk’ group and we would like to invite parents and their toddlers/children along to the Leisure Centre to join us in a Parent & Toddler CRP Training session.  We will also be holding an Open Lifesaving class for anybody of any age wishing to know what to do in a water safety emergency.  Please get in touch for more information or see updates throughout the month on Facebook/Twitter.

  • Parent & Toddler CPR training (Friday 16th & Friday 23rd June)
  • Open lifesaving (Thursday 22nd June)

 

 

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