My name is Karin Thomas and I teach mainly Aquatic Activities and First Aid including Sports Injuries. As well as this, I manage the swimming pool at the University and as part of this role I train students in Lifesaving and various Swimming Teaching qualifications which allows them to gain paid work at our swimming pool and other Leisure Centres.
I enjoy teaching people of all age ranges and abilities to swim. Swimming competently is not only an important life skill, it also allows individuals an opportunity to enjoy all the various water sports available. I take great pleasure helping non swimmers become confident and safe in and around water. I am currently a qualified Swimming and First Aid Tutor and External Examiner.
I lead an active lifestyle and I enjoy a variety of physical activities including cycling, walking, running, kayaking, sailing and skiing to name a few!! Over the years I have achieved Kayak Coach status and I’ve had some experience helping to lead students on coasteering and mountain bike trips. Indeed taking part in the Tour Du Mont Blanc on a mountain bike in the Alps and cycling from North to South Wales for charity in one day on a racing bike, were two of the hardest but most rewarding challenges I have ever faced.
I am a keen dinghy sailor and have raced in a variety of boats including Toppers, a Wayfarer, a Laser 2000 and most excitingly a Catamaran Dart 15.
Originally trained as a primary school teacher I am now able to welcome local schools to the swimming pool not only to develop their swimming skills but to help undergraduates who aspire to be future teachers to practice how to teach swimming. It is clear that both students and children benefit equally from this opportunity.
During the month of August I enjoy organising and over seeing a Summer Sports Camp at the university for children aged 7-14 years. Once again undergraduates with a real interest in becoming future teachers run the various activities and gain invaluable experience for their futures. The camp inevitably benefits both the local community and the students involved.
Finally, I find my work at UWTSD is varied and enjoyable as a result of the interesting students both young and mature who enrol on our degree courses each year.