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Steve's story

01/05/2016

I volunteer at... Jersey Aquatic Rescue Club.

My name is Stephen McCann. I have my own business, Oakhurst Garage in Maufant. My career has always been with motor vehicles. I specialize in Porsche cars with twenty-five years experience with them.

What do you do and where are you based?

I help the Jersey Aquatic Rescue Club with regular duties as a lifeguardensuring they have sufficient cover to meet their legal requirements. All our sessions are held at Les Quennevais Sports Centre 

Why did you start volunteering?

I started helping out with club sessions setting up equipment and moving the heavier items around poolside. Before this I was sitting in the spectator's balcony getting hot, watching my children swim. I was then asked if I would like to get my lifeguard qualification and take a more active role in the club.

How do you balance your time between volunteering and work?

Running your own business can be stressful and time-consuming. When helping with the club I have to switch off completely from work and concentrate on the job at hand without distractions. It has helped balance work, leisure and family time.

What do you enjoy most about it? 

I have made some great new friends, travelled to new places and participated in lifesaving competitions at national level. If you had told me I would a part of a medal-winning lifesaving team a few years ago I would have laughed as my swimming was not brilliant!

What have you gained from volunteering?

I’m fitter, my swimming has improved dramatically, I have gained first aid skills which I have had to use on a number of occasions outside of the club. Before gaining my lifeguard qualifications I would not have had the skills or confidence to help.

And what would you say to someone who was considering volunteering?

Just do it, I'm so glad I got involved, I have gained so much from this experience and as its voluntary, it is very rewarding to give something back to the community.