Sensational swimming

Room 15 was lucky enough to take part in the Contact Energy swimming and water safety programme held at the AC Baths. This programme enables thousands of children in the Taupo district to attend swim classes each year. It aims to encourage New Zealanders to recognise swimming and personal survival skills.

To begin with, our qualified swimming instructors assessed what we could do in the water already. We learnt these skills through a variety of fun water games and activities. 

The students learning involved:

  • entering/exiting the water safely

  • moving in the water confidently

  • submerging our body completely

  • picking up objects underwater with our eyes open

  • floating on our tummies and backs

  • sculling

  • freestyle arms, legs and breathing

  • backstroke arms and legs

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On our last day at the AC Baths we participated in a water safety day where we learnt all about life jackets. Our instructors taught us what to do if we found ourselves floating in the deep water like using our whistles, how to call for help, staying together and keeping warm. We feel so much more prepared now if we were to find ourselves in that situation.

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I liked doing the starfish. I learnt that life jackets help us float in the water. (Lyla)

We made a shuttle with the other kids to keep warm in our life jackets. I learnt how hold my breath, blow bubbles and sit on the bottom of the pool.(Oscar)

I liked learning how to do freestyle and kick with my feet. Floating on my back with my head in the water was tricky. (Blade)

My favourite thing was diving under the water for the rings the teacher threw and doing starfish on my back. (Ana)

The best was diving deep to get animals under the water. Sculling with my hands was a little hard. (Josef)

We had so much fun at the AC Baths and look forward to our lessons next year. Thanks to Contact for allowing us to learn to swim and be safe around the water.

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Attributes

Keywords: Swimming, water safety, floating, sculling, freestyle, backstroke, kicking, submerging, bubbles

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