The Borough of Kirklees Swimming Club, also known as BOK, came into being in 1982 and, at this moment in time, we can boast that we have around 400 members. We are affiliated with the Yorkshire Swimming Association and the ASA North East Region and are funded via memberships, fundraising activities, and grant funding.
We are Swim21 accredited, which is a sure sign of quality as it is in indication that we provide the best swimming experience possible for all members. Furthermore, it is proof that the safety of our members is at the heart of all the activities that happen at our club. We focus on the needs of all of our athletes, striving to give them all the support that they need as well as the best possible environment for them to improve their skills in.
Swimming is safe for the most part, but we know that things can go wrong from time to time, especially when there are children present. However, if you are parent that has a child enrolled in one of our swimming lessons, you can rest assured that they are in the best hands possible. All of our swimming instructors are trained lifeguards and have gone through rigourous training to ensure that they know how to apply first aid if needed. To add to this, we always make sure that there is an extra lifeguard on duty, so if the instructor is distracted while teaching, there is an extra pair of eyes making sure that nobody is in danger.
We have a number of aims and we have listed them all below for you:
Increase the popularity of swimming
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help us throughout the year. For instance, we often organise our own galas and fundraising events and we need volunteers to help us run these events. Therefore, we always urge parents to get involved where they can - we truly appreciate whatever help you can give us, no matter how small. All our volunteers are shown the respect that they deserve and are appreciated by all members.
There are numerous benefits for volunteering with us and this includes the likes of reduced membership costs and access to training grants. We know that volunteers help out of the kindness of their hearts, but we like to be able to give back whenever we can. If everyone helped each other out on this planet, the world would definitely be a much better place.
We know that people have different capabilities and we do not want to discriminate against anybody. We feel that everyone, no matter what curveball life has thrown at them, deserves the chance to learn how to swim. This is why we are more than happy to accept members who have disabilities. We have lessons for people with all types of disabilities, so please do not feel that we will not be able to cater for you. Furthermore, we have instructors that have gone through a number of courses that enable them to teach those with disabilities much better.
For example, we have a lesson for those who are hearing impaired, and the instructors who teach the lessons have put in the effort to learn some sign language, so that they can get their points across more efficiently. As you can see, all of the instructors that we employ at this swimming club are completely dedicated to what they do. They are also extremely approachable, so if you ever want to ask them about something swimming related, then please do not be afraid to do so. All of our instructors have one main pleasure in life and that is passing on their knowledge to others.
If you would like to find out more information, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us, and one of our team will answer any questions that you might have.