Swim for life initiative
- Water Safety New Zealand is supporting Waikato schools without pools in the delivery of learn to swim and survive education.
Water Safety New Zealand is supporting Waikato schools without pools in the delivery of learn to swim and survive education.
Three Te Awamutu schools are lucky to be involved in the national initiative, Sealord Swim For Life.
This term WSNZ will deliver over 1000 lessons to students from Pekerau Primary, Waipa Christian School and Nga Purapura o Te Aroha at Livingstone Aquatics at Te Awamutu Events Centre.
The year three to six students will each receive nine half hour swimming lessons by Swim Waipa Swim School.
In this region many schools without pools have common issues that prevent or constrain learn to swim delivery.
‘‘Funding, access, transport, a need for regular professional development are all real issues,’’ says Waikato Water Safety Advisor, Sarah Mortimer.
‘‘Through the support of Sealord, WSNZ are able to provide Sealord Swim For Life Passports to all primary school age children.”
‘‘These are a great tool to track the children’s progress as they achieve milestone distances and ultimately the final goal of swimming 200m continuously.’’
Mortimer says the new swim school, Swim Waipa have come on board and the aim is to continue working together to provide these lessons to local schools.
This year the initiative has been given a helping hand by local trusts — Four Winds and Southern Trust who have helped fund the 10 swimming and water safety lessons.
This is the third year of the project in the Waikato region.