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Students graduate from basic swim course

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, January 18, 2014

A SECOND group of children graduated from a basic course in swimming and water safety at the Damodar National Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday.

Thirty children between five and 13 years of age took part in the program hosted by the Tritons Swimming Club.

The Tritons Swim for Life program is a swimming and water safety initiative designed to increase the swimming and water safety skills of Fijian children to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

Club president Banuve Yalimaiwai said there was a need for children and adults to understand water safety and survival skills.

"The commitment shown by parents in bringing their children daily to the pool to participate in our program must be commended," Yalimaiwai said.

"It reflects the value parents are now placing on the need to learn confidence in the water and understand the risks that occur around any body of water.

"Tritons Swim for Life is our community program. In addition to water-based activities, we also provide training and leadership opportunities for our young members."

Volunteer instructor Susana Tuisese, who provides training in leadership and development, said it was important to support the initiatives of the Fiji Water Safety Council.

"The life skills we teach our young volunteers not only help them to deliver water safety awareness and swimming instruction, but also builds their character and experience," she said.

Eighteen children graduated from the inaugural program which was held in December last year.

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