Swimming programme inspires Olympic dream
THE OLD SAYING ‘sink or swim’ is a thing of the past for youngsters enrolled in a free swimming
the municipality’s recreational facilities. It also encourages social cohesion and creates an opportunity for career development.
All members of the community are encouraged to participate in the programme which has been rolled out at the Hambanathi, Ntuzuma, uMlazi and Chesterville swimming pools.
Participants learn swimming lifesaving skills, cardio pulmonary resuscitation and expired air resuscitation techniques.
Superintendent of Aquatic Safety Valerie Shunmugan said the programme showcases developmental work at local level and equips young children with the necessary skills they need to stay safe whilst enjoying the city’s public swimming pools.
“Throughout the year we run swimming lessons for all interested parties free of charge. We also teach essential aquatic safety techniques. We want people to know that there are other types of sporting codes that they can enjoy in the swimming pool, such as aqua aerobics and synchronised swimming,” she said. Shunmugan encourages members of the community to take part in this programme, especially since swimming is also a full-body exercise.