Swimming is a very important skill
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.