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In the Navy…Paradise Pool helps member prepare to join the Navy

Paradise Pool in Ely has supported one of its members to train to join the Navy.  Chris Bowns, aged 26 from Isleham, came to Paradise Pool after deciding to join the Navy in an effort to reach the requirement for swimming: to be able to swim 40m and then tread water for three minutes, in overalls, and then exit the swimming pool unassisted.

  • Chris quickly progressed from being virtually a non-swimmer
  • After attending the Swim Stroke Clinic and swimming regularly Chris was soon swimming with confidence and ease


Chris commented:
I decided to join the Navy after a number of years working at Blockbuster, and IT company and starting my own business.  I wanted a career with good prospects, which would be challenging, which is why the Royal Navy Submariners really appealed to me.  I knew I had to improve my swimming to meet the Navy’s requirements, which is where Paradise Pool came in.

When I first attended the Paradise Pool adult swim session, I could barely swim a length without struggling, I had no technique and was just trying to hold my own. After attending the Swim Stroke Clinic and working with Simon for a few weeks I noticed a huge improvement in my ability. The staff have been so friendly and supportive, their tutoring and advice has meant I have passed my interview at the Navy and am waiting for a placement – I couldn’t be happier!

Lizzy McConnell, Contract Manager at Paradise Pool, said:
We are so pleased for Chris and are so impressed by the progress he has made. We wish him all the best for the future and find a placement, and are proud to have been a part of his journey to join the Navy.

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