Swim­ming pro­gramme in­spires Olympic dream

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

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.

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