BARNSTAPLE mum Lisa Bousted is an inspiration to thousands of waterbabies throughout the county. Now she is spreading her work worldwide. In a remarkable sink or swim story, Lisa has not only overcome personal adversity, but expanded a hobby as a swim

BARNSTAPLE mum Lisa Bousted is an inspiration to thousands of waterbabies throughout the county. Now she is spreading her work worldwide.In a remarkable "sink or swim" story, Lisa has not only overcome personal adversity, but expanded a hobby as a swim teacher into a thriving business which teaches more than 1,200 children a week to swim across Devon.And her latest venture, the Baby Swim Foundation, aims to set up a network for other parents and swim teachers to access help and advice online from leading professionals around the world.Already a top UK Olympic female swimmer has shown interest in joining the programme, she told the Gazette.Lisa's story began when she beat cancer of the uterus and despite being told she would never have children, went on to have four!Formerly in banking, she decided to alter her work/life balance and trained as a swim teacher.Seven years ago she set up the Aquarius Swimschool and, as a hobby, taught 21 children at the West Buckland School pool.It was such a success that Aquarius was joined by a second swimschool BeBe Swimming and together they now provide tuition for children in eight pools across Devon.Among their work the schools have for the past two years organised, managed and taught the Government driven and funded Year 6 top-up swimming programme, which aims to get as many 11-year-olds as possible swimming 25 metres.Last autumn she gave a presentation about baby swimming on behalf of the UK at the World Aquatic Babies and Children conference in Florida.Now comes the launch of the Baby Swim Foundation to provide online help and advice from leading professionals and an online forum.The Baby Swim Foundation Programme, a dedicated scheme to teach babies and toddlers to swim, has been taught in Lisa's own swimschools for the past five years.There are now plans for swimschools in America and the Bahamas, as well as the UK, to also use this scheme.Lisa also provides many schools and baby groups with free educational talks."I want as many people as possible to enjoy the water.