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Swim safety programme building everyone's confidence

Taranaki kids having fun while learning Photo: Courtesy of Taranaki Daily News
Taranaki kids having fun while learning Photo: Courtesy of Taranaki Daily News

Taranaki schoolchildren are being buoyed by a TSB Community Trust grant that’s making them safer around water.

A $44,000 grant is ensuring the region’s schoolteachers have the right skills and support to provide Swim to Survive education to their students.

Training can include classroom and pool sessions for teachers along with classroom, dryland and poolside support. 

Cecilie Elliott, Taranaki Education Advisor said "it means that thousands of school children are learning vital water skills and teaching the teachers how to teach makes the programme more sustainable in the long-term". She says programme has helped build the confidence and knowledge of teachers, and this is reflected in young people and their swimming skills.

“I love seeing people having fun in the water. And here they are having fun while learning in a good safe environment.”

The Kiwi Swim Safe programme has been operating in Taranaki for the last three to four years, and the TSB CT funding ensures continuing support for 73 primary and intermediate schools.

Robin Mead, swimming instructor at Inglewood Primary, says being part of Kiwi Swim Safe has given her skills and knowledge to be confident with her colleagues. She can better equip the teachers at her school and work alongside them to take lessons and answer questions.