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Konfidence Swimology Scholarship Announcement

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31 Jul 2017 14:26:26


ANNOUNCING OUR SWIM TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

In April we announced the launch of an exciting new Swim Teaching Scholarship programme in partnership with STA and GLL College. We are offering five adults the chance to receive a bursary and train to become a qualified swimming teacher.

Today we are delighted to announce the details of our first two bursary students, who on Monday 17th June will start their teaching journey with GLL College and train to become fully-qualified STA Level 2 Baby and Pre-school Swimming Teachers.

The first of our Class of 2019 is Jo Weighhill, a mum from Kent who in her application shared her passion for teaching swimming and why the bursary will help her to start a new and exciting career that will fit around her young family’s needs.

Jo said: “I'm really looking forward to starting the course on Monday. It will be my first experience of teaching swimming,

and having been a Mum taking part in baby swimming lessons, I'm really intrigued to see what it's like to be on the other side!”

“I can’t wait to learn about what goes into a lesson plan, the things you have to consider from both a safety point of view and also from an enjoyment and progression point of view; how you might deal with a baby that isn’t happy in the water, how you get the most out of a baby who loves the water, and how you manage a number of babies and children at the same time!”

“It will be such a refreshing change from my current day job and I can't wait to get qualified and start my new career!”

Joining Jo on Monday for the week-long STA course is Michelle Earls who currently works in a children’s centre in South East London. In her application she explained that the children’s centre is planning on facilitating swimming lessons for their preschool children because many do not get the opportunity to go swimming with their families.Michelle also confirmed that they’d like to roll out parent and baby swim classes so that families can get their children interested in swimming at an early age and that the teaching bursary would help facilitate this.

Michelle said: “I am really looking forward to this course. Thanks to this bursary, I have been given an amazing opportunity to train and become professionally qualified as a baby and pre-school swimming teacher, so that we can help introduce swimming to many young children in our area - children who wouldn’t normally be given the chance.

“This is very important because as a children’s centre, we not only want our children to learn this essential life skill, but through swimming, we can also offer a broader physical education curriculum and help address the massive rise in childhood obesity in our area.”

Konfidence launched its Swim Teaching Scholarship programme this year as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, and Andrew Regan, the company’s founder said: “Using our Konfidence Swim Jacket is a great way for kids to practice what they have learnt in swimming lessons but nothing is better than a great swimming teacher. Both Jo and Michelle’s motivation for wanting to train to become swimming teachers truly resonates with the whole ethos behind the programme. While they both share a passion for wanting to teach young learners, they each have their own excellent reasons as to why it’s important to them personally. We are delighted that this bursary can help them financially to achieve their goals and we wish them every success in their future career.”

Later in the year, Konfidence will also be calling for more bursary applications in the hope of helping more people like Jo and Michelle train to become a swimming teacher. Follow @KonfidenceUK on Facebook for upcoming announcements.

The Konfidence Swim Teaching Scholarship programme has been set-up in partnership with STA, the UK’s leader in baby swimming teacher training and GLL College who help train hundreds of swimming teachers every year.


KONFIDENCE RECOGNISED AT THE NATIONAL 2019 FAMILY BUSINESS AWARDS

7 June 2019 75 Views No comments

KONFIDENCE RECOGNISED AT THE NATIONAL 2019 FAMILY BUSINESS AWARDS

Konfidence is thrilled to have been named a finalist at the 2019 National Family Business Awards in the Retail category.

The prestigious awards now in their 10th year recognise family-owned businesses and celebrate their contributions to the British and Irish economies.

As a British family business with three generations involved (four if you count the little ones testing and modelling the products!), Konfidence is Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of dedicated safety swimwear for babies and children - and the market leader across 25 countries worldwide. The company’s flagship product is the Original Konfidence Jacket.

This year also marks the company’s 20th anniversary, and its founder Andrew Regan said he is delighted to be recognised and shortlisted for a 2019 National Family Business Award.

He said: “Family businesses play an important role generating over a quarter of UK GDP. They are the backbone of the British economy and the bedrock of many communities, and we are proud after 20 years to have three generations all actively involved in our business and committed to its future success.”

“I am very proud of running a family business, together with the opportunities this creates for my children and grandchild as future owner managers and the staff they employ,” confirmed Andy.

Konfidence was born after a family holiday in the summer of 1996, when Andy and his wife Caroline took their two daughters and three sons on a holiday to Cornwall. The two older boys, aged 6 and 4 years at the time, were full of confidence but were not strong swimmers and they didn’t like the idea of wearing arm bands. Instead the only option was to use heavyweight water sports gear, which helped to keep them warm and afloat, but it didn't really provide a comfortable solution. Out of this came the idea for a combination of built-in adjustable buoyancy and neoprene wetsuit.

The result was the Original Konfidence Jacket, which launched in Cornwall in 1998 and the name "Konfidence" came out of the confidence it gave parents, as well as their children, when it was worn.

The rest, as they say, is history, with the multi-award winning Konfidence Jacket continuing to help tens of thousands of children learn to swim every year. In fact, Konfidence are proud to say that it's the number one best-selling neoprene swimming buoyancy aid for children aged 1 to 7 years across the UK and Europe, and is a firm favourite with parents and swimming teachers all over the world.

Today, Konfidence, still based in Cornwall, is a significant premium swimming product brand with a client list that includes Mothercare, Harrods, Jojo Maman Bebe, Alton Towers, Mark Warner Holidays and First Choice Holidays.

Plus, as the market leaders who work across 25 countries – including 14 countries in Europe, North America, South Africa, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong – Konfidence is able to share its diverse experience and take ideas and best practices from all of the different cultures to innovate the baby and children’s swimwear market further.

The National Family Business Awards will announce all the winners at a glittering awards ceremony being held in Wembley on 13th July 2019.

Tots To Travel

21 May 2018 1386 Views No comments

https://totstotravel.co.uk/

Poolside Protection for Peace of Mind on Holiday

For International Learn to Swim Week, we wanted to talk to parents about the importance of poolside safety on holiday. To give you the best insight, we thought we’d turn to specialist family holiday experts Tots To Travel.

“It’s true, babies and toddlers turn into inquisitive little creatures once they find their feet. This new-found freedom means a lot of exploring and wandering (or crawling) off on their own little adventures. Whilst this is fantastic for development, it can also pose some potential risk – especially whilst on holiday.

The sparkly blue pool water can look attractive to your little ones, making it something they’ll want to investigate. However, all it takes is a lack of poolside protection or a momentary glance in the opposite direction, for your tot to go tumbling into the pool.

Not something that’s pleasant to think about but it is something we know all too well. Our founder, Wendy Shand established Tots to Travel after her two-year-old son Barnaby fell into an unenclosed pool. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday villas available online, she founded Tots to Travel, a specialist child friendly villa and resort company.

It can be tricky to keep little explorers water safe every minute of the day. Whilst you can protect your tots during swim-time with buoyancy aids and floats, just like the ones from our friends here at Konfidence, you can get even more peace of mind by finding holiday accommodation that is child friendly, such as our selection of villas that are equipped with a protective barrier around the pool.. This means that you can sit and relax with your Sangria, knowing your little treasures are safe in their environment whilst still having great fun in the sun!

At Tots To Travel, we have hand selected private villas featuring reliable poolside protection. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every single property with a private pool that is listed on our site has a barriered pool. Guaranteed.

21 May 2018 08:50:22Figure 1 - Villa Ensenyata, Tots To Travel

Take Villa Ensenyat in Mallorca, for example. The clean and clear private pool is protected by a removable fence and secure gate, ensuring little explorers are kept on dry land until its time to go for a splash.

Not only do we provide guaranteed private pool protection with our accommodation, we also personally visit each property and conduct a 30-point child safety check. To top it off, we include a 20+ baby & toddler essential kit in all of our properties so you can travel light.

If you’re thinking about travelling with babies, toddlers or small children, our number one recommendation when searching for the perfect home from home abroad is to make sure you have pool protection in the form of:

  • Pool barriers
  • Pool fencing – gated options offer even more security
  • Removable pool covers
  • Generic pool safety equipment such as handrails, pool signs, depth marks and lifesaver rings

This advice comes from first-hand experience. Thankfully, when Wendy’s son Barnaby fell silently into the pool, his grandfather was close at hand to pull him out. Unfortunately, not all incidents have such a fortunate outcome.

When you have safety in place from the get-go, you will notice the benefit of having much more quality time to spend with your children enjoying the sunshine, instead of fretting over their safety. For more information on our selection of family friendly holidays, visit us at totstotravel.co.uk.“

Katie Ellison

22 August 2017 3604 Views No comments

Check out young Maddie being brave with her Konfidence Jacket on!

Loved by parents awards 2017!

31 July 2017 4210 Views No comments

Our Konfidence Floatsuit and Original Konfidence Jacket have been recognised in two categories.

Introducing the Konfidence 2017 Child Swimologists

28 April 2017 5591 Views No comments

Meet this year's Child Swimologists, a bunch of leading parenting bloggers who will be spreading the message of Konfidence this summer.

Introducing the Konfidence 2017 Baby Swimologists

5 January 2017 4997 Views No comments

Follow the real-life baby swimming journeys of some of our favourite bloggers.

Konfidence Win Second Consecutive Dad Network Safety Award

9 November 2016 4112 Views No comments

The Konfidence Babywarma picked up the award this year from The Original Konfidence Jacket.

Konfidence News

Konfidence Swimology Scholarship Announcement

14 June 2019 4367 Views No comments


31 Jul 2017 14:26:26


ANNOUNCING OUR SWIM TEACHING SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

In April we announced the launch of an exciting new Swim Teaching Scholarship programme in partnership with STA and GLL College. We are offering five adults the chance to receive a bursary and train to become a qualified swimming teacher.

Today we are delighted to announce the details of our first two bursary students, who on Monday 17th June will start their teaching journey with GLL College and train to become fully-qualified STA Level 2 Baby and Pre-school Swimming Teachers.

The first of our Class of 2019 is Jo Weighhill, a mum from Kent who in her application shared her passion for teaching swimming and why the bursary will help her to start a new and exciting career that will fit around her young family’s needs.

Jo said: “I'm really looking forward to starting the course on Monday. It will be my first experience of teaching swimming,

and having been a Mum taking part in baby swimming lessons, I'm really intrigued to see what it's like to be on the other side!”

“I can’t wait to learn about what goes into a lesson plan, the things you have to consider from both a safety point of view and also from an enjoyment and progression point of view; how you might deal with a baby that isn’t happy in the water, how you get the most out of a baby who loves the water, and how you manage a number of babies and children at the same time!”

“It will be such a refreshing change from my current day job and I can't wait to get qualified and start my new career!”

Joining Jo on Monday for the week-long STA course is Michelle Earls who currently works in a children’s centre in South East London. In her application she explained that the children’s centre is planning on facilitating swimming lessons for their preschool children because many do not get the opportunity to go swimming with their families.Michelle also confirmed that they’d like to roll out parent and baby swim classes so that families can get their children interested in swimming at an early age and that the teaching bursary would help facilitate this.

Michelle said: “I am really looking forward to this course. Thanks to this bursary, I have been given an amazing opportunity to train and become professionally qualified as a baby and pre-school swimming teacher, so that we can help introduce swimming to many young children in our area - children who wouldn’t normally be given the chance.

“This is very important because as a children’s centre, we not only want our children to learn this essential life skill, but through swimming, we can also offer a broader physical education curriculum and help address the massive rise in childhood obesity in our area.”

Konfidence launched its Swim Teaching Scholarship programme this year as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, and Andrew Regan, the company’s founder said: “Using our Konfidence Swim Jacket is a great way for kids to practice what they have learnt in swimming lessons but nothing is better than a great swimming teacher. Both Jo and Michelle’s motivation for wanting to train to become swimming teachers truly resonates with the whole ethos behind the programme. While they both share a passion for wanting to teach young learners, they each have their own excellent reasons as to why it’s important to them personally. We are delighted that this bursary can help them financially to achieve their goals and we wish them every success in their future career.”

Later in the year, Konfidence will also be calling for more bursary applications in the hope of helping more people like Jo and Michelle train to become a swimming teacher. Follow @KonfidenceUK on Facebook for upcoming announcements.

The Konfidence Swim Teaching Scholarship programme has been set-up in partnership with STA, the UK’s leader in baby swimming teacher training and GLL College who help train hundreds of swimming teachers every year.


KONFIDENCE RECOGNISED AT THE NATIONAL 2019 FAMILY BUSINESS AWARDS

7 June 2019 75 Views No comments

KONFIDENCE RECOGNISED AT THE NATIONAL 2019 FAMILY BUSINESS AWARDS

Konfidence is thrilled to have been named a finalist at the 2019 National Family Business Awards in the Retail category.

The prestigious awards now in their 10th year recognise family-owned businesses and celebrate their contributions to the British and Irish economies.

As a British family business with three generations involved (four if you count the little ones testing and modelling the products!), Konfidence is Europe’s leading designer and manufacturer of dedicated safety swimwear for babies and children - and the market leader across 25 countries worldwide. The company’s flagship product is the Original Konfidence Jacket.

This year also marks the company’s 20th anniversary, and its founder Andrew Regan said he is delighted to be recognised and shortlisted for a 2019 National Family Business Award.

He said: “Family businesses play an important role generating over a quarter of UK GDP. They are the backbone of the British economy and the bedrock of many communities, and we are proud after 20 years to have three generations all actively involved in our business and committed to its future success.”

“I am very proud of running a family business, together with the opportunities this creates for my children and grandchild as future owner managers and the staff they employ,” confirmed Andy.

Konfidence was born after a family holiday in the summer of 1996, when Andy and his wife Caroline took their two daughters and three sons on a holiday to Cornwall. The two older boys, aged 6 and 4 years at the time, were full of confidence but were not strong swimmers and they didn’t like the idea of wearing arm bands. Instead the only option was to use heavyweight water sports gear, which helped to keep them warm and afloat, but it didn't really provide a comfortable solution. Out of this came the idea for a combination of built-in adjustable buoyancy and neoprene wetsuit.

The result was the Original Konfidence Jacket, which launched in Cornwall in 1998 and the name "Konfidence" came out of the confidence it gave parents, as well as their children, when it was worn.

The rest, as they say, is history, with the multi-award winning Konfidence Jacket continuing to help tens of thousands of children learn to swim every year. In fact, Konfidence are proud to say that it's the number one best-selling neoprene swimming buoyancy aid for children aged 1 to 7 years across the UK and Europe, and is a firm favourite with parents and swimming teachers all over the world.

Today, Konfidence, still based in Cornwall, is a significant premium swimming product brand with a client list that includes Mothercare, Harrods, Jojo Maman Bebe, Alton Towers, Mark Warner Holidays and First Choice Holidays.

Plus, as the market leaders who work across 25 countries – including 14 countries in Europe, North America, South Africa, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong – Konfidence is able to share its diverse experience and take ideas and best practices from all of the different cultures to innovate the baby and children’s swimwear market further.

The National Family Business Awards will announce all the winners at a glittering awards ceremony being held in Wembley on 13th July 2019.

Tots To Travel

21 May 2018 1386 Views No comments

https://totstotravel.co.uk/

Poolside Protection for Peace of Mind on Holiday

For International Learn to Swim Week, we wanted to talk to parents about the importance of poolside safety on holiday. To give you the best insight, we thought we’d turn to specialist family holiday experts Tots To Travel.

“It’s true, babies and toddlers turn into inquisitive little creatures once they find their feet. This new-found freedom means a lot of exploring and wandering (or crawling) off on their own little adventures. Whilst this is fantastic for development, it can also pose some potential risk – especially whilst on holiday.

The sparkly blue pool water can look attractive to your little ones, making it something they’ll want to investigate. However, all it takes is a lack of poolside protection or a momentary glance in the opposite direction, for your tot to go tumbling into the pool.

Not something that’s pleasant to think about but it is something we know all too well. Our founder, Wendy Shand established Tots to Travel after her two-year-old son Barnaby fell into an unenclosed pool. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday villas available online, she founded Tots to Travel, a specialist child friendly villa and resort company.

It can be tricky to keep little explorers water safe every minute of the day. Whilst you can protect your tots during swim-time with buoyancy aids and floats, just like the ones from our friends here at Konfidence, you can get even more peace of mind by finding holiday accommodation that is child friendly, such as our selection of villas that are equipped with a protective barrier around the pool.. This means that you can sit and relax with your Sangria, knowing your little treasures are safe in their environment whilst still having great fun in the sun!

At Tots To Travel, we have hand selected private villas featuring reliable poolside protection. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every single property with a private pool that is listed on our site has a barriered pool. Guaranteed.

21 May 2018 08:50:22Figure 1 - Villa Ensenyata, Tots To Travel

Take Villa Ensenyat in Mallorca, for example. The clean and clear private pool is protected by a removable fence and secure gate, ensuring little explorers are kept on dry land until its time to go for a splash.

Not only do we provide guaranteed private pool protection with our accommodation, we also personally visit each property and conduct a 30-point child safety check. To top it off, we include a 20+ baby & toddler essential kit in all of our properties so you can travel light.

If you’re thinking about travelling with babies, toddlers or small children, our number one recommendation when searching for the perfect home from home abroad is to make sure you have pool protection in the form of:

  • Pool barriers
  • Pool fencing – gated options offer even more security
  • Removable pool covers
  • Generic pool safety equipment such as handrails, pool signs, depth marks and lifesaver rings

This advice comes from first-hand experience. Thankfully, when Wendy’s son Barnaby fell silently into the pool, his grandfather was close at hand to pull him out. Unfortunately, not all incidents have such a fortunate outcome.

When you have safety in place from the get-go, you will notice the benefit of having much more quality time to spend with your children enjoying the sunshine, instead of fretting over their safety. For more information on our selection of family friendly holidays, visit us at totstotravel.co.uk.“

Katie Ellison

22 August 2017 3604 Views No comments

Check out young Maddie being brave with her Konfidence Jacket on!

Loved by parents awards 2017!

31 July 2017 4210 Views No comments

Our Konfidence Floatsuit and Original Konfidence Jacket have been recognised in two categories.

Introducing the Konfidence 2017 Child Swimologists

28 April 2017 5591 Views No comments

Meet this year's Child Swimologists, a bunch of leading parenting bloggers who will be spreading the message of Konfidence this summer.

Introducing the Konfidence 2017 Baby Swimologists

5 January 2017 4997 Views No comments

Follow the real-life baby swimming journeys of some of our favourite bloggers.

Konfidence Win Second Consecutive Dad Network Safety Award

9 November 2016 4112 Views No comments

The Konfidence Babywarma picked up the award this year from The Original Konfidence Jacket.