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Mother Invests $450 For Children To Enhance Swimming Skills

She did not waste this golden opportunity to enrol her daughters in the organised swimming sessions conducted by Nina Naivalu, a certified Oceania Swimming instructor.
21 Sep 2022 17:00
Mother Invests $450 For Children To Enhance Swimming Skills
Children attended swimming classes on September 20, 2022, organised by Oceania certified swimmer, Nina Naivalu, and this was well received by parents. Photo: Sampras Anand

A mother-of-three children, Jiupili Simmons, invested $450 for her children to learn how to swim, and equip them with this essential life-saving skill.

Originally from Kubulau in Bua, Ms Simmons is teaching staff at the University of the South Pacific Labasa Campus.

She did not waste this golden opportunity to enrol her daughters in the organised swimming sessions conducted by Nina Naivalu, a certified Oceania Swimming instructor.

Ms Naivalu, along with other instructors and her daughter, were in Labasa conducting basic swimming drills and sessions for children, teenagers, adults and interested members of the public.

These classes are being held at the Gurbachan Singh Swimming pool facility at Naiyaca, Labasa and is into its second week of sessions.

 

Safety

The recent drowning cases witnessed around the country had prompted the caring mother to consider investing in expert swimming lessons for her children.

“We can’t just sit around and wait for an incident to happen and then we regret it as parents, so preventative measures must be taken to safeguard our children,” she said.

Ms Simmons said spending $450 for all her children (split into 10 sessions each) was an investment for their own safety.

 

The price for one session for a child is $15 and for the complete set of 10 sessions, is $150.

Her decision was supported by her husband to have their children learn swimming skills from an expert rather than relying on traditional river swims.

“My children have no prior swimming skills and understanding about its technicalities, but since the first session they took part in, they have grown to learn these basic skills,” she said.

 

She is urging parents to join these sessions and ensure that their child have some understanding of how to survive at sea, rivers or pools.

“Naturally, children in the maritime villages have early interactions with swimming, however, this does not limit the child from furthering their skill enhancement,” she added.

Facilitator, Ms Naivalu said that swimming enhanced the body to reach its full fitness capability.

 

Story By: sampras.anand@fijisun.com.fj



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