Good day to save lives

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Ba­rooga Pub­lic School stu­dent Oliver Ryan was all smiles when he hit the pool last week for the school’s an­nual in­ten­sive swim­ming pro­gram.

Stu­dents at Ba­rooga Pub­lic School are rel­ish­ing the op­por­tu­nity to hit the pool for the school’s an­nual in­ten­sive swim­ming pro­gram.

The two-week pro­gram is taught by qual­i­fied Auswim in­struc­tors and cov­ers all as­pects of wa­ter safety.

Seventy-six stu­dents are vis­it­ing the Ba­rooga Sports Club on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions dur­ing the two-week in­di­vid­u­alised pro­gram.

Swim­ming co-or­di­na­tor Teena Crestani said learn­ing to swim was im­por­tant for stu­dents be­cause of their prox­im­ity to the Mur­ray River.

‘‘We want the kids to have con­fi­dence in the wa­ter and be able to sur­vive in what­ever sit­u­a­tion they find them­selves,’’ she said.

‘‘For some, this is the only swim­ming ex­pe­ri­ence they get. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to work on their ba­sic skills and teach them more ad­vanced strokes.

‘‘We have six in­struc­tors for ev­ery group of 30 kids, so it is very in­di­vid­u­alised and al­lows us to per­son­alise the ex­pe­ri­ence for the stu­dents.’’

Learn­ing to swim: Jemma Grif­fin brushed up on her wa­ter safety skills at Ba­rooga Pub­lic School’s swim­ming pro­gram.

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