Diving into swim safety lessons

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Staying afloat . . . Bluestone pupils, from left, Molly Webb (10) uses a noodle for floatation and Ashton Bennett (9) uses milk containers during he school's safe swim programme.

by Al Williams

Bluestone School pupils are getting to grips with water safety skills this term.
Bluestone School principal Ian Poulter years 1 to 8 were taking part in a range of water safety activities over eight weeks.
It was held at the Caroline Bay Trust Aoraki Centre (CBay), Mr Poulter said.
“It is broken into five learning teams and each learning team has two weeks or 10 sessions of water safety.”
Mr Poulter said school sports co-ordinator Julie Langford responsible for making sure the eight weeks ran smoothly. This involved getting pupils to and from the pool and changed ready for their lessons.
“The purpose of it is to give all children confidence in water and to teach them important water safety and survival skills.
“This gives them water skills for life,” Mr Poulter said.
Each group was given a half-hour session with a Water Safety New Zealand instructor.
“Our board of trustees fund the bus travel and the water safety programme so that it is accessible to all students and no-one misses out,” Mr Poulter said.
“The board believes that water skills are a vital part of their learning, as our district has many water sources, from the sea to rivers, lakes and pools.
“Many of our parents have expressed their thanks that such experiences and opportunities have helped their children grow in confidence around water.”