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Kaylë Burgham

Head of Aquatics

Walsall

STA

Kaylë Burgham began working in the leisure industry as a lifeguard when she was 15 years old. She joined the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) in 2011 as technical support officer for swimming, and has recently been named head of aquatics at the company.

What drew you to the leisure industry?

"I've always loved swimming and working with children. When I started to assist with lessons I saw first hand how much enjoyment both children and adults got from learning to swim. I then understood the importance of learning to swim and the life skill it is – and fully appreciated how important the role of a swimming teacher was. The more involved I got, the more I fell in love with teaching and swimming, and the more I knew I wanted to do this as a career."

What is your favourite part of your job?

"There are so many parts. I enjoy working with like-minded professionals to develop high-quality aquatic qualifications and seeing them successfully come to life in the pool. I have been incredibly lucky to have been given opportunities to travel the world and meet with many leading experts across a range of aquatic specialisms, from baby swimming to adult and disability swimming. I especially enjoy learning from people who share my love of swimming, and exploring the different emotional and psychological aspects of teaching so we as aquatic professionals can give our learners the most enjoyable learn to swim experience."

What are your goals?

"I am passionate about promoting the benefits of learning to swim in a learner focussed environment. I want to share this passion to inspire a new generation of aquatic professionals, and use my experience to shape future standards. Someone once told me to think wisely about the company you’re working for as they hold the key to your future. If they are constantly on the move, forward thinking and fun to work for, that allows you to grow with them."

What is your proudest moment?

"One of my proudest moments was launching the STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby and Pre-School qualification last year. I got to stand next to people who I respect and was recognised as a leading expert in baby swimming."

I am passionate about promoting the benefits of learning to swim in a learner-focused environment

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