Swim­ming lessons save lives

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

Re­cently a client of Hil­ton Brown Swim­ming re­counted a story that demon­strates the value of early swim­ming lessons.

Kirsty Inglis was taught to swim by Hil­ton Brown, so when she and her hus­band started their fam­ily, de­cid­ing to give their chil­dren swim­ming lessons with Hil­ton Brown Swim­ming was a ‘‘no brainer’’.

The use­ful­ness of the lessons be­came abun­dantly clear the other week­end, when the fam­ily were at Kirsty’s brother’s place try­ing out the new pool.

‘‘My hus­band dived in down the far end, about 20 me­tres away. I was chat­ting with some other mums when one of them said ‘Oh my god, Jack­son’s in the wa­ter’.

‘‘Jack­son is three and a half and he’s an over-con­fi­dent swim­mer. At lessons we’re al­ways en­cour­ag­ing him to stop and think be­fore he jumps.

‘‘This time he was re­ally in over his head – the pool was deep and he went straight to the bot­tom. But af­ter a mo­ment he popped up to the sur­face for a breath, just like he’d been taught. He went down again, and then popped up for an­other breath. Then he made his way safely to the side of the pool. We didn’t panic, he didn’t panic. It was very re­as­sur­ing to see,’’ Kirsty says.

Lessons can begin as early as three months at Hil­ton Brown Swim­ming.

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