Kids Get Head Start with SwimMagic Lessons
12 August 2014
Most of us will remember trips to the swimming pool during school time, but not many will be able to remember doing the same when we were just four years old and still at pre-school.
Well, children from the Richmond Early Learning Centre have been getting their weekly “school time” swimming lessons in a year early, partnering-up with the ASB Aquatic and Fitness Centre’s SwimMagic programme. Lisa Stove, the Nelson region coordinator for Swim Magic, says Water Safety New Zealand statistics show that there are still huge numbers of intermediate-age children who can’t swim 200m, and she
hopes getting them in early will go a long way to improving those statistics.
Most of the schools in the region have regular swimming lessons at the facility, but this is the first time that children from early childhood education have joined up. “Our catchphrase is that it takes a long time for a child to learn their ABCs, well it takes just as long to learn to swim to save yourself,” says Lisa. “We just want to start their water confidence early. There’s no best age to start swimming, it’s just as early as possible, it’s all about water familiarisation.”
Waimea Weekly - 6th August 2014