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Swim Club Sees Growth In Participation

Dolphin Swim Club head coach Sharon Smith has seen an increase in the number of children engaging in swimming classes and said this was in response to recent drowning cases.
23 Sep 2020 12:21
Swim Club Sees Growth In Participation
Dolphin swimming club instructor Peni Tuivanualevu assist 7 year-old Elina Vuniwai during swimming lesson at National Aquatic centre on September 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

With the number of drowning cases now becoming a growing concern, parents have taken an initiative to engage their children to learn basic swimming skills this school holiday.

Dolphin Swim Club head coach Sharon Smith has seen an increase in the number of children engaging in swimming classes and said this was in response to recent drowning cases.

“Due to the high number of cases of drowning recorded for children above the age 12 there have been many teenage children engaging into swimming classes this holiday,” Ms Smith said.

“It is very worrying to learn that most of the older children enrolled here do not know how to swim at all. This may be the result of not learning how to swim when they were younger.

“More than half of the children do not know how to swim at all and it’s quite scary with what’s happening.”

Parents can apply for their children through Facebook page or at the reception area of the Aquatic Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva, for an affordable fee.

“It is $35 per month which is inexpensive and there are at least two and three swimming sessions per week,” Ms Smith said.

The club will introduce Saturday classes soon for those who wish to continue learning and who are not able to attend classes during the week.

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