Building Life Skills with Swimming

May 17, 2019

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By Jerry Quah, Assistant Head of Home at Epworth HomeSweetHome

Supported by Active Sports SG, our residents started their SwimSafer3 journey in December 2018.

Swimming

Conducted at Yishun Swimming Complex, the SwimSafer program is a national water safety program developed to teach children below 16 years old to swim. SwimSafer is recognised by all schools, institutions and water-related sports in Singapore.

Before attending Swimsafer3, our residents would only run, splash water around the pool and play on the slides during their weekly swim outing. They were neither confident nor had the ability to swim using proper swim strokes. We knew we wanted to give our residents the opportunity to learn a new skill, while having a good time at the swimming pool.

After a brief introduction, our residents started their learning journey. A little nervous at first, they gradually gained water confidence and started to train hard during their swimming lessons. Their efforts paid off when all of them passed the SwimSafer3 Test!

Their swimming coach shared that he observed positive changes from our residents. They were able to push themselves out of their own comfort zone and achieve success.

Learning to swim is an essential life skill. We are glad our residents could take away a new skill, increase their self-esteem and develop a greater belief in their own abilities through this process of learning to swim.

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