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Swim teacher celebrates 15 years of creating generational bonds in the pool

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Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death worldwide. That’s why services provided by people and companies like Karen Walsh and Water Babies is so important for the safety of children.

Over a decade and a half ago, Karen took her own children to Water Babies Bucks & Beds. Having noticed the positive effect these lessons had on her children, she dedicated herself to giving the same service back to others.

Operating out of Revival Health and Leisure Club pool in Buckingham, beneath the latest university accommodation, Karen has fostered strong connections among hundreds of other children, parents and even grandparents.

“Having the opportunity to share these skills with numerous other families is incredibly rewarding for me. I’ve had the privilege of teaching two, three, even four sets of siblings over the years!” Karen said when she spoke to Buckingham News.

Karen’s lessons have provided life-long memories for numerous families, and she has played a significant role in numerous family stories. One such family is that of Frances Isaac, a grandmother of two boys, Jake and Theo. Frances has been attending Karen’s lessons ever since Jake, now nine-years old, was just 13 months old.

Now, eight years later, she continues this tradition, attending Karen’s lesson with her youngest grandchild, Theo, who began swimming at just two months old. Yes, two months old.

Frances said: “Thanks to Karen, my time bonding with my grandchildren has been nothing short of magical. The joy of watching them learn essential water skills, all while creating precious memories, has been a gift beyond measure.”

Today marks the end of the bi-annual ‘Splashathon’, Water Babies’ main fundraising event held at Revival Health and Leisure Club

Children from all over the area, come to together to enjoy the skills they have learned, and take part in challenges and events.

Tamsin Brewis, owner of Water Babies Bucks & Beds, spoke to the Bucks Herald and said: “We can’t wait to see so many little swimmers from Buckingham come together and raise money for such incredible causes… I can’t wait to see how much we raise this year.”


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