Pilbara pups enjoy high-class pool tuition
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.
Swimming teacher Chervorn Melsom helps four-year-olds Cooper Sutton and Casey Hine practise their kicking skills at the Karratha Leisureplex.