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Aqua Stars Academy of Swimming

Ruby Oak Park, Brandis Corner, Holsworthy, Devon. EX22 7YA

Telephone: 01409 221580

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Aqua Stars News

October 2017

Our First Rookie Gala!

On Sunday 8th October we invited Bovey Life Saving Club and Okehampton Otters to us for our first Rookie Life Saving Festival.  We had a fun afternoon of life saving based races to include towing a manikin, rope relays, throwing rescues, body boarding and a rescue tube relay to name a few.  Pupils from our Survive and Save group who are working towards their young leader or assistant life saving instructor qualification assisted with the starting races, time keeping and setting up each race.  Everyone had an enjoyable time and the friendly competition was a great experience for all involved.

Pictured above: Children & Instructors from Aqua Stars, Bovey Tracey & Okehampton

September 2017

Survive and Save take to the Sea!

As part of the Survive and Save Beach Award, we took our group to Summerleaze beach to try out their rescue skills and to learn about Beach Safety.    Parents and instructors were amazed at how brave the children were as in true ‘Devon weather style’ it was not the calmest of evenings! The sea was very rough and wavy and as we arrived the lifeboat was being launched on a rescue mission!  However, we managed to find a calm part of the beach and pictured below and right are our brave Life Savers practising their skills!  Well done Everyone!

August 2017

The Summer Holidays were very busy with children achieving distance awards, taking part in mermaid swims, aqua zumba and some very popular life saving classes.  Based on water safety, personal survival and Rookie Life guard skills we held some little life saver classes for 5 to 8 year olds and life saving, first aid and CPR for 8 years and upwards.

Here are some photos to round up our summer activities:

July 2017

End of Term Success!

The end of term saw a lot of badges and certificates awarded to children for their hard work.  These included many STA learn to swim awards and distances up to 100 metres for our younger swimmers.

Two of of our aquatic assistants also achieved their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification alongside some of our older swim club members.  Luke, Jasmine, Heidi and Alex all passed the qualification as well as gaining their first aid at work certificate and AED certificate.

Well done everyone!

Festival First Aid

Three of our Survive and Save Lifesavers went to the Lapstock Festival at Lapford at the end of the month to work as part of the first aid team. Emma Q, Emma K and Jade had the opportunity to spend the day on duty as first aiders patrolling the festival and assisting with a few minor injuries.

Our First Swim Club Gala!

On Friday 28th July we held our first in-house Club Gala.  This gave the children in our swim club the chance to compete against each other and to put into practise their starts, turns and gain confidence in competitive swimming.  It also encouraged them to start thinking about the rules within competition, giving them the understanding of what they are taught in their training sessions.  All the children entered had an enjoyable afternoon after displaying some impressive swimming strokes.  Well done Aqua Stars Swim Club!

Bovey Rookie Festival

This month our Rookies entered the Life Saving Competition at Bovey Tracey.  It was a well organised, fun day and to top it off the sun was shining.  Our year 5/6 team came in 6th place with the points being very close and our Year 3 team came in 2nd place and received a Silver Medal each.  We were really impressed with how well the children worked as a team and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Pictured below: Some of the Aqua Stars team, Abby, Sian, Aaron, Amy, Inca, Poppy and Grace showing their medals and certificates from the festival.

May Half Term Week

We ran our usual activities this week, to include Mermaid and Merman swimming, fun sessions and a very successful distance day with children once more swimming some fantastic distances up to 5000 metres.  Pictured opposite is Bethany with her 5000 metres badge and certificate.  She had a bit of energy left to smile for the camera!

Christmas 2016

Another swimming year has ended, awards have been given out to the children for their achievements and we look forward to the start of another exciting year here at Aqua Stars. With ongoing development at the pool and new classes planned for the new year we hope that 2017 will be as successful as previous years.

Before the break for Christmas we held a distance day with children swimming amazing distances and our mermaid and merman session was our busiest yet with 35 children taking part.  With the popularity of these sessions increasing each time, we are going to start our very own MerAwards in 2017 so children returning can aim for the next badge and certificate each time.

Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to

seeing what we can all achieve next year!

October 2016

Half term was a busy week kicked off by children swimming long distances of up to 5000 metres during our distance swimming day.

The following day we had a mermaid and merman swimming session which again was great fun and hard work to swim dolphin stroke for the whole session.  There were some very tired children afterwards!

Achievements were running high over half term as the children who took part in the Intensive Swimming Course took their first steps to swimming unaided with some achieving their 5 metres award and others in the higher ability groups swimming their 25 metres award.  The course ran for 4 mornings with children swimming for 45 minutes each session.

August 2016

Our Summer Holidays have been jam packed with activities.  Fantastic distances were achieved on our distance days, great fun was had during our snorkelling sessions and important life saving skills were learnt during our junior medic sessions.

This Summer saw our first Charity Day at Ruby Oak Park.  Children raised money for the Children’s Hospice South West by taking part in a fun swimming gala, a life saving gala and a sponsored swim followed by a well earned barbeque after!  We were joined by Potteny’s Patch, Pheonix Cards, Harley-Jo Photography, Holsworthy Inflatable Hire and Harry Horsepower during the day and in the evening we held a charirty Bingo!

We raised a total of £1040.05

Mermaids and Mermen!

Our junior swimmers grew tails during the holidays and experienced swimming like a mermaid or a merman.  With beautiful tails and monofins from Planet Mermaid, the children swam lengths, played games and had fun during these special sessions turning our pool into Ruby Oak Park’s own Mer-Kingdom!

July 2016

In July, our life saving club took part in another life saving festival at Bovey Tracey Pool.  It was a hot day and the competition against Bovey Tracey was tough but we were pleased to come away with more medals!  We competed in relays to include rope pulling, torpedo rescues and life saving backstroke holding a rag doll in the air! The competition ended with a scenario where the life savers had to demonstrate working as a team to rescue multiple casualties.  Here are the results:

Year 5 and 6 Category:

3rd Place in relays and incident - Aqua Jets (Holly S, Kieran L, Luke H and Alisha S)

5th Place in relays and incident  - Octostars (Amy P, Holly Cl, Stephen M, Ruby R)

6th Place in relays and incident - Aqua Sharks (Megan R, Evie H, Holly Ch, Caitlin B)

Year 3 and 4 Category:

2nd place in relays and 4th place in the incident - Aqua Tiddlers (Aaron S, Tyler I, Corbin S and Archie S)

March 2015

Great fun, medals and a first and two third places at our first Life Saving Competition!

On Sunday 6th March, twenty of our lifesavers entered a Rookie Lifeguard Festival hosted by Okehampton Otters at Okehampton Pool.  We had a fantastic, fun-filled afternoon taking part in fun relays such as rescue tube, rope throwing, body board and a fashion show relay with a giant inflatable shoe!  

We went along, unsure about what to expect from our first time competing against other clubs and came away delighted with our A team coming in first place and our B team coming third in the year 5 and 6 category!  

Our year 3 and 4 team came third and also had silver medals for best team, along with our D team gaining bronze medals for best team.

All children who took part showed fantastic team work, enthusiasm and did Aqua Stars proud! The next competition will be in July and the we will be hosting one at Christmas.

Our Life Savers with their medals from their first competition.  Well done everyone!

September 2015

We are in!

We have moved to the new pool at Ruby Oak Park! All lessons will take place here from now on.

It has been sad to leave the pool at Woodacott as we have many happy memories and have had 10 years of

lessons there but the opportunities we will be able to offer at Ruby Oak Park are really exciting.

April 2015

We are awarded the RLSS Grant Shield!

Every year the Devon branch of the Royal Life Saving Society hold an awards ceremony, during which the top awarded club is presented with the Grant Shield.  Aqua Stars Academy of Swimming awarded the highest number of qualifications in North Devon for the RLSS Life Saving awards and teaching certificates.

Lorraine Buttery, Devon Branch Awards Officer said “it gives me the greatest of pleasure to present the Grant shield to Laura Morrish and her team on behalf of the branch for the fine work and dedication shown in training and assessing so many young people”.  Speaking aft the event Laura Morrish said “Wining the Grant Shield is really important to the team at Aqua Stars.  To see young swimmers develop so well is tremendous and we are pleased to see more and more join us each year.”

Pictured below are some of our junior lifeguards, staff and Lorraine Buttery presenting Laura with the shield.

Rookie Festival Results:

Year 3 & 4

1st Place:  Aqua Stars

2nd Place: Aqua Stars

Year 5 & 6

1st Place: Bovey Tracey

2nd Place: Okehampton Otters           

3rd Place: Aqua Stars

4th Place: Bovey Tracey           

5th Place: Aqua Stars                         

6th Place: Aqua Stars

Year 5 & 6

1st Place: Bovey Tracey          

2nd Place: Bovey Tracey                  

3rd Place: Aqua Stars

Pictured left:

Little lifesavers practising their rescue skills.

Pictured right:

Lucy taking a kids Aqua Zumba class

Pictured above are Jade, Emma & Emma at the Lapstock Festival.

Pictured above are Oliver and Kristian with their medals and certificates awarded for 1st and 2nd place for Front Crawl, Breaststroke and Backstroke races during the gala.

Pictured above (L-R): William cheered on his brother Thomas to swim 3000 metres, William L Swam 5000 metres and  Phoebe swam 3000 metres!

Above: Children taking part in the rope raft race, Potteny’s patch and Harry Horsepower

Left: getting ready to race in the flipper race

Below: Photos from our mermaid sessions

All photos courtesy of Harley-Jo Photography

Bronze: Ryan, Holly, Stephen and Amy with Perry the mascot showing their bronze medals for year 5 & 6 best team

Third place: Charlie, Aaron, Corbin and Archie with their bronze medals won in the year 3 & 4 category.  They also went on to receive a silver medal for best team.

Winners! Luke, Libbie, Kieran and Holly with their Gold medals for winning the most races in the year 5 & 6 category.

Third Place: Megan, Milo, Alisha and Scott with their bronze medals for coming in third place in the year 5 & 6 category.

For more photo’s from the competition, please see our gallery page


Luke and Cory Stevens were the first children to have lessons in the pool and are pictured here enjoying their lesson with Laura.