Pil­bara pups en­joy high-class pool tu­ition

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

Cher­vorn Mel­som ad­mits she spends most of her life at the swim­ming pool. Be­tween time spent as aquatic duty man­ager and the hours she puts in as a swim in­struc­tor, Ms Mel­som is rarely away from Kar­ratha Leisure­plex. “I don’t leave this place ... I may as well have a sleep­ing bag here, I ab­so­lutely love it,” she said. The for­mer State squad swim­mer re­turned to the wa­ter af­ter be­ing made re­dun­dant to teach chil­dren in the Pil­bara how to swim as part of the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA’s Swim and Sur­vive pro­gram, de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with BHP Bil­li­ton. Ms Mel­som said while the classes were vi­tal given the iso­la­tion of the Pil­bara, teach­ing the lessons was also fun for her.

“It’s just that en­joy­ment of see­ing their ex­cite­ment and con­fi­dence in the wa­ter and their learn­ing that you still need to be safe and cau­tious around the wa­ter,” she said.

Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety spokesman Trent Hotchkin said BHP’s sup­port was crit­i­cal to of­fer­ing swim­ming lessons in ar­eas where it was not al­ways pos­si­ble.

Pic­ture: Danella Be­vis

Swim­ming teacher Cher­vorn Mel­som helps four-year-olds Cooper Sut­ton and Casey Hine prac­tise their kick­ing skills at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

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