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June 25, 2023

๐’ingapore Aquatics and South East CDC launch free Learn-to-Swim programme for vulnerable children and youth

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜š๐˜ˆ๐˜˜โ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ˆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ด

SINGAPORE Aquatics (SAQ) has partnered the South East Community Development Council (CDC) to provide a free learn-to-swim programme to equip children and youth from vulnerable backgrounds with water survival and swimming competency skills.

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: โ€œThe Empowering Lives Through Aquatics Programme is in line with our vision of โ€˜Every Singaporean a Swimmerโ€™. Swimming is widely regarded as a life skill that everyone, regardless of their background, should have.โ€

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.

Singapore Aquatics hopes to roll out the Empowering Lives Through Aquatics Programme to other districts, involve more affiliates and expand the scope to incorporate other aquatic disciplines over the next three years. The goal is to reach over 400 vulnerable children and youth in the next year.
National swimmer Nur Marina Chan was on hand to speak to the young swimmers and help them choose their swimming gear.
Thank you to the donors and partners โ€“ Endowus , SAFRA, Singapore Sports Hub, SportCares, TYR Singapore, Torpedo Swim Team and Yakult Singapore โ€“ for a great partnership with a common purpose and commitment. Without them, this would not have been possible. We hope to have more-like minded partners on board to enable Every Singaporean a Swimmer.