Omie in her own words:
“I’m a keen swimmer and swim teacher, having worked in the leisure industry since 2013. In my teaching role I've worked with a variety of different ages and abilities both in the UK and abroad.
I have been exploring the issue of diversity in aquatics and the leisure industry with my own project titled, ‘If 71% of the world is water, how can we feel at home if we don't know how to swim?’.
I currently work for the Black Swimming Association in community engagement and communication and volunteer in my spare time for Pride in Water, and work as a volunteer swim host for Mental Health Swims in the London region.”
“Swimming has given me so much – employment, friendships and both physical and mental health benefits.”
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Who is Omie
Her work and love for swimming
Getting into swimming from a young age
Her love for teaching people
Not being able to join a swim club
Swimming competitively for her school
Role models who inspired Omie growing up
What she wanted to be
Being academic at school
Talking with non swimmers
Teaching people how to swim
Wanting to make people feel as comfortable as possible
The joy of swimming
Loving outdoor swimming
Swimming in London
The support of the outdoor swimming community
The stress of swimming in pools
Advice and tips for outdoor swimming
Go with experienced people when it’s your first time
Why you need to be prepared
Working for the Black Swim Association
Working on a research project with the University of Portsmouth regarding Bone Density
Engaging with community leaders across the UK
Mental Health Swims and being a swim host
Working with Patagonia in 2021 on the Outsiders Project
What’s changed in swimming over the past few years
Plans for 2022 and wanting to go with the flow a bit more
Managing her mental health and putting herself first
Needing to talk about other stuff apart from swimming
Enjoying reading and writing
Needing a creative outlet
Connect with Omie on the socials
Final words of advice
The power of community
Being surrounded by people who are proud of you and support you
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