My name is Cath Darling and I am a Macmillan Occupational Therapist with a specialism in Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Therapy. I am also a Clinical Researcher, and Writer.
I qualified in 2003 with an MSc in Health, completing research into disabled watersports. As a keen scuba diver, swimmer, amateur sailor and surfer, I also became interested in the therapeutic potential of water based interventions. I began my journey into Aquatic therapy training in 2005 and have practised for over 15 years since.
I studied Aquatic Therapy techniques in various parts of the UK and Switzerland, and have gained around 350 hours of training. To date I have had around 600 hours of in-water experience as a practitioner, providing therapy for children and adults with a range of conditions including Traumatic Brain Injury, Arthritis, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and Cancer.
I am experienced in lifesaving techniques, having previously trained as both a pool and beach lifeguard. I update my skills annually to ensure that I have up to date knowledge of effective risk management and rescue skills.