Coaches raise their levels

Cayman’s proud record of teaching kids to swim at an early age is set to continue through the work of former technical director Ian Armiger, who helped raise standards among local coaches. 

Armiger left Cayman to return to England last month.  

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association Approved Programmes initiative, endorsed by its board of directors and developed by Armiger, recognizes quality learn to swim programs and the important role they play in a swimmer’s progression. 

Fitness Connection, Treasure Island Swim School and Grace Christian Academy – under the respective leadership of Laura Ribbins, Marie Shepheard and Ryan Mushin, who between them have more than 50 years of teaching experience, have each received accreditation from the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association. 

Armiger said, “We are pleased to recognize Fitness Connection, Treasure Island Swim School and Grace Christian Academy as CIASA-approved programs. 

“We are eager to promote best practice amongst the swim schools on island and encourage other schools to apply for membership of this voluntary scheme.  

“Participation in a swimming association-approved program gives the parents and pupils the satisfaction of knowing they will receive quality instruction in a safe environment.” 

Ribbins and Shepheard received their accreditation from swimming association vice president Michael Lockwood. 

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Safe hands, from left, Laura Ribbins, Michael Lockwood and Marie Shepheard.
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