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Female swimmers quick to learn lifesaving skills.

These women are causing a splash by training to be lifeguards to safeguard the future of their female-friendly swimming sessions. The programme, for isolated women from ethnic minority groups, started in 2001 and has proved such a success that its participants have taken the plunge and decided to learn the ropes themselves.

Shahara Haque, chairwoman of Women in Action, the group set up made by the women swimmers, said: 'There are no black or minority ethnic lifeguards at the pools we use.

'We hope it will lead to employment and also help with language issues.'

A female lifeguard is needed at each session and blinds are also installed at Maindy Pool, where the scheme started, to protect the privacy of the swimmers, many of whom are Muslim. Maindy pool lifeguard Sheila Mott said: 'We are very short of female supervisors, so the women came up with the idea of training themselves.

'It's coming on really well.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 16, 2004
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