Club of­fer­ing swim­ming lessons for young­sters

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By BY NI­COLA STE­WART

With sum­mer fast ap­proach­ing, the Mata­mata Swim­ming Club is start­ing its an­nual wa­ter safety lessons.

The Stan­ley Swim Safe Pro­gramme aims to teach chil­dren aged 5 to 13 how to swim and keep safe in the wa­ter.

Kevin Stan­ley, from spon­sors Stan­ley Group, said ba­sic wa­ter sur­vival skills were es­sen­tial for any­one liv­ing in New Zealand.

‘‘We are sur­rounded by wa­ter,’’ he said.

‘‘As a community, we need to step up and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to learn to swim.’’

Classes are taught twice a week and taken by fully qual­i­fied Swim­ming New Zealand in­struc­tors.

‘‘In terms of a community ser­vice that the swim­ming club is pro­vid­ing, we just think it’s fan­tas­tic,’’ Mr Stan­ley said.

Ac­cord­ing to Wa­ter Safety New Zealand, an av­er­age of 105 New Zealan­ders have drowned ev­ery year since 2006.

Mr Stan­ley said the pro­gramme only needed to save one life to make it worth­while.

If you are in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing a child, please contact Kazuko Tap­per on 888 9192.

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