The benefits of IoS membership
Wondering what Institute of Swimming (IoS) Membership is and whether you should sign up? Read our scenario below and decide whether you can afford not to be a member of the IoS.
Imagine it. Just as you turn up to teach a swimming class one day you trip over and badly wrench your back. You are told you will be out of work for three months. However, you don’t overly worry about income loss…not if you are a member of the IoS, anyway.
Comprehensive insurance cover - including civil (public) liability, personal accident, legal expenses, corporate and loss of income - is just one of the benefits of becoming a member.
Another is a 12 month subscription to Swimming Times, so you keep up to date with what is happening in your industry while not working.
During your time off you want to talk about your options so you contact the IoS advice and support service. Your problems are soon resolved.
When you are well again you decide to return to the same job but keep your options open, after all, your details are on the IoS directory of qualified teachers, coaches and assessors for other employers to find you.
Top priority for your return is signing up to the ASA teacher/coach license scheme – free to IoS members – enhancing your status as a teacher.
You can do all these things, of course, because you are a member of the IoS. If we go back to the beginning of the story and suppose you are not a member, then it would all unfold differently. Are you signed up?