Swim, surf lessons at Ori­ent

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FORTY kids from dif­fer­ent schools in Dun­can Vil­lage and Scenery Park were ec­static about be­ing given an op­por­tu­nity to cool off at the Ori­ent Swim­ming Pools with their new swim­ming cos­tumes to launch the Buf­falo City Metro's (BCM) swim­ming project.

The BCM swim­ming safety project was launched last week ahead of the fes­tive sea­son to pro­mote wa­ter safety. BCM and its sis­ter city, Lei­den will spend a to­tal of R137 550 to­wards the project cov­er­ing costs that in­clude swim­ming equip­ment and gear, trans­port to the venue and salaries for the project team.

The pro­gramme that started last year, is aimed at pre­vent­ing chil­dren from drown­ing. Young­sters from Isi­bindi Child and Youth Care and Safe Park in Dun­can Vil­lage were given in­tro­duc­tory swim­ming lessons and trained in wa­ter safety.

This year, the pro­gramme con­tin­ues with a six-month swim­ming pro­gramme where 20 young­sters from the Safe Park and an­other 20 from Scenery Park aged nine to 15 will be equipped with wa­ter-safety skills.

JD van der Walt, ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber of Bor­der Aquat­ics said last year, they had started with just 20 kids from Dun­can Vil­lage.

“We don’t only teach them swim­ming skills but we equip them with life-skills as well.

“We try to make sure that they make pos­i­tive choices as that will im­pact their lives at a later stage,” Van der Walt said.

BCM spokesper­son Samkelo Ngwenya said the group from Scenery Park are chil­dren who were in­volved in the drown­ing tragedy at Um­zonyana Dam, where one per­son died, in Fe­bru­ary

Surf­ing will take place ev­ery Thurs­day at the Ori­ent Pools and swim­ming ev­ery Tues­day at the Ruth Belon­sky Pools in Park­side.

Pic­ture: QHAMANI LINGANI

SWIM LESSONS: Buf­falo City Metro launched a project at Ori­ent pools to teach chil­dren to swim and surf in a bid to stop drown­ing in­ci­dents over the fes­tive sea­son

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