Pupils, parents and swimming professionals across the UK are being invited to nominate a local swimming teacher, who has gone the extra mile and shown exceptional dedication and care through their teaching. The local winner will then be put forward to a national final, to be held at the prestigious London 2012 Olympic venue the London Aquatics Centre, in the autumn.

A fantastic cache of prizes will be on offer to both regional and national winners including a range of swimming paraphernalia such as towels, goggles, bags, swimsuits and snorkels along with vouchers towards continuing professional development and training.

The initiative is the brainchild of leisure operator and charitable social enterprise, Better, which operates over 140 pools across the country. Better is the biggest provider of swimming lessons in the UK, employing over 1,400 swimming teachers and running more than 18,100 swimming lessons each week.

The Swimming Teacher of the Year Award is also being supported by the Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA) and Speedo, representatives of whom will make up part of the final judging panel.

Nominations are open until 30th June 2019 and can be made here,  with more information available at Better operated leisure centres across the country.

Daniel Arnamnart, Better’s National Aquatics Project Manager said: “As the UK’s largest employer of swimming teachers, we felt it was only right to recognise the amazing work that they undertake, teaching people of all ages and abilities to swim. Drowning remains the third highest cause of accidental death of children in the UK, so teaching this crucial life skill is genuinely important.

“We urge anyone who has been inspired, enthused or encouraged by their swimming teacher to make a nomination and ensure their efforts are acknowledged.”