Swim­ming is a very im­por­tant skill

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LEARN­ING to swim is a big part of living in the Whit­sun­days and Proser­pine State School stu­dents are gain­ing their wa­ter-skills early at the Proser­pine Pool.

As part of the school cur­ricu­lum, ev­ery stu­dent must learn to swim from grade one to grade six.

Proser­pine State School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Trevor Nos­wor­thy said this was im­por­tant to the school.

“Wa­ter safety and all those sorts of things are of the ut­most im­por­tance, so that’s what we pro­mote as a school, and in our term four we also have all our grades swim,” he said.

The kids learn a va­ri­ety of im­por­tant skills that will serve them well into the fu­ture.

“To­day they’re fo­cus­ing on their stroke devel­op­ment and later on they’ll be mov­ing into some life­sav­ing type skills in­clud­ing things like stride en­tries, tread­ing wa­ter, and next week they start to do some rope res­cues and those sorts of things as well,” Mr Nos­wor­thy said.

Mr Nos­wor­thy said that, aside from the ob­vi­ous safety benefits, learn­ing to swim was also a good start to a healthy life.

“If kids are con­fi­dent around wa­ter they’ll swim, and any time they’re swim­ming they’re go­ing to be get- ting their heart rate up, they’re go­ing to be get­ting the blood flow­ing and im­prov­ing their fit­ness lev­els,” he said.

The kids will learn a num­ber of rac­ing stokes, such as freestyle, breast­stroke and back­stroke, but Mr Nos­wor­thy said hav­ing those skills was more im­po­rant than us­ing them in com­pe­ti­tion.

“At the end of the day, if they en­joy it that much they’d like to take it up and be com­pet­i­tive with it, then fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“If they dont then that’s fine also, as long as they’ve got that en­joy­ment of it and they’ve got that con­fi­dence around wa­ter – that’s the most im­por­tant thing.”

SU­PER SWIM­MER: Proser­pine State School stu­dent Zeih Alexan­drou prac­tices his stroke dur­ing swim­ming lessons at the Proser­pine Pool.

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