A CAMPAIGN looking to create a generation of safe and competent swimmers has been launched in East Lothian.

The Learn to Swim National Framework – a partnership between Scottish Swimming and Scottish Water – is shining a light on the inspiring people teaching the next generation of youngsters to swim.

At least 10 per cent more teachers are required to meet the demand for swimming lessons across the country.

Throughout Scotland, there are more than 76,000 children currently taking part in weekly Learn to Swim lessons.

Euan Lowe, CEO of Scottish Swimming, said: “Sadly, there is a real shortage at the moment in a role that is absolutely crucial in ensuring that young people in Scotland can be safe in the water.

“It takes three months to train a swimming teacher and equip them with the skills they need.

“There is huge opportunity in the sector for those looking for a rewarding job, whether it is a student looking for part-time work or someone more senior looking for a career change.”

For more information on the Learn to Swim programme, go to scottishswimming.com/learn-to-swim