BLESMA is a national charity. There aim is to empower and promote the welfare and well being of all serving and ex-service people coping with the loss of a limb. It is also committed to supporting the surviving partners and dependents of deceased military personnel.
James Daly served in the Royal Marines for over 22 years as a Senior Non-commissioned Officer and Landing Craft Instructor. In 2013 James completed two Swimming Teachers’ courses with Tobias who then suggested introducing the People with Disabilities course to the local area.
The course has been run by Lynne Robshaw, a fully qualified STA tutor. She said: “Being able to confidently operate this type of equipment is integral to each student successfully gaining the necessary qualification to work with disabled swimmers. None of the candidates had previously used any sort of hoist or lifting equipment. The fact that Dolphin loaned us such a versatile lifting solution is tremendous. Once instructors have completed the course, they will be able to work with children and adults with varying levels of physical, learning and mental disabilities, all of which can affect their ability to swim safely.
“The i-swim pool lift is extremely user friendly. The feedback we have received from instructors operating the lift, and the people being lifted, has been extremely positive. We are very grateful to Dolphin for all their help and support.”