SINGAPORE AQUATICS AND SOUTH EAST CDC LAUNCH SWIMMING PROGRAMME FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUTH
𝐒ingapore Aquatics and South East CDC launch free Learn-to-Swim programme for vulnerable children and youth
𝘐𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘚𝘈𝘘’𝘴 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘈 𝘚𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘳, 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘚𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘧𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘴𝘺𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘴
The 52-week programme was launched by South East District Mayor Fahmi Aliman and SAQ president Mark Chay on Thursday (Jun 22) at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
Called Empowering Lives Through Aquatics, the initiative aims to get participants between the ages of 6 and 14 to complete the first three stages of SwimSafer, a swimming and water safety education programme. It will also serve as a scouting platform for coaches to identify promising aquatic athletes.
Chay said: “The Empowering Lives Through Aquatics Programme is in line with our vision of ‘Every Singaporean a Swimmer’. Swimming is widely regarded as a life skill that everyone, regardless of their background, should have.”
To date, close to 40 children and youth residing in the South East district have signed up for the programme, with plans to reach 100. They were identified by social purpose entities =DREAMS, Social Service Office Geylang Serai and Filos Community Services. The weekly lessons will be conducted by Torpedo Swim Team at OCBC Aquatic Centre.