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Dear Sir!

We always like to hear from you. To make it easier to get in touch we’ve brought some of our popular letters to the editor feature online. Every month we’ll feature one of the letters that appears in Swimming Times magazine online to allow you to have your say and leave comments on issues that relate to you.

If you would like to submit a letter to appear online and in the magazine please email swimmingtimes@swimming.org or send your letter by post to Swimming Times, SportPark, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3QF.

MISSED OPPORTUNITY 

The letter from a frustrated swimming teacher in September’s issue breaks my heart - for the children, for the teacher, for the parents and for the missed opportunity.

I have to ask the questions: why does the teacher do it? Why put up with the hugely inflated classes? Why do it for what I guess is low pay?

And, the killer, forget about begging for more money to reduce class sizes; earn it by selling the need for improvement to the school/LEA.

What sort of inadequate educational bureaucrat fields swimming classes of 20:1 for beginners? If we, as the teachers, put up with this ratio, we must look to ourselves for a solution.

On another note...yet again I congratulate you on widening the scope of the ASA, though sometimes I rather think you are doing it over many dead bodies!

For far too long, the ASA has been dominated by those whose horizon is limited, not just to swimming, not only for competition, but pool dominated. Should the new chief executive consider a name change to the Amateur Swimming Pool Association?

I was, therefore, delighted to see the article about Prince William and snorkelling, that most interesting and useful purpose for learning to swim.

More please.

Bruce Clark

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