Just last week, Dells businessman Bud Gussel announced that both himself and his wife will be donating $3.6 million to the Wisconsin Dells School District for a swimming pool at the proposed new high school. For Bud, his commitment to funding the pool is based upon his own experience of losing a childhood friend as well as other community members to drowning.
In a prepared statement, he mentioned that he is aware that quite a number of people feel that a swimming pool is not a necessary part of the planned new school. However, he disagrees with it. “I feel it is very important. I believe more students will benefit from the pool than the gym and football field. By learning to swim and to swim well they will have a lifetime of pleasurable recreation. My real reason to finance this pool is that it will save lives. There is a difference between being able to swim across a pool and being able to swim across a lake. Most drownings are because the swimmer does not know how to tread water or float. With instruction, anyone can learn this lifesaving skill,” he explained.
In fact, Bud’s passion derives from an incident, where he lost a childhood friend to drowning back when he was only 13. At that point, the city didn’t even have a public pool. The boys decided to go swimming off a beach below the dam. Initially, his friend asked him to come along too. However, Bud had to work, so he declined his friend’s offer. “I was not swimming that fateful day when I heard the drowning siren. I ran to the beach just when they were pulling … one of my classmates out of the river. My friend could swim, but not very well. To see my friend’s lifeless body sprawled on that beach has never left me,” he recalled.
Bud is also a member of the Kilbourn Fire Department. Hence, he has taken a fair share of bodies out of the river. According to him, most of them were also swimmers. He felt that the most essential part about swimming is learning to float and thread water. “My family has spent many summers on the beach on Jordan Lake, and during that time my wife and I have each saved a child from drowning. If the pool saves just person’s life, it will be well worth it,” he stated. For the full story, you can check it out here.
As it is the school holidays period now, it would be a good time to pick up or improve your child’s swimming skills. Happy Fish Swim School has a school holiday intensive swimming programme for kids. The aim is to provide them with swimming knowledge over the course of the holiday. For more information, please refer to our website.Read More
Just yesterday, five school girls drowned tragically when they went to take bath in a tank at Pothampatti, near Arupukottai, in the Virudhunagar district of India. According to the police force, a total of seven school girls went off to take a bath in a tank located on the outskirts of the village. Due to the rainfall over the past week, the tank had received copious water and was slushy.
The five girls have been identified as G Kalaiselvi aged thirteen, R Ramya aged fifteen, S Ponmani aged ten, M Matharasi aged thirteen and her sister M Ramya aged eight. The police added that these five girls might have got trapped in the sludge on the tank bed. As for the other two girls, they managed to escape unharmed as they did not enter into the tank. ”They have gone deep into the waters and got trapped in the sludge. The two girls who witnessed the drowning of the five are yet to fully recover from the shock. They could not describe the event in a coherent manner,” stated a police officer. The police also mentioned that none of the girls knew how to swim.
After the girls failed to return back home, their parents grew concerned and started searching for them in the usual places where they would play. This was when the two girls who escaped rushed back to the village to inform the parents about what had happened at the tank. As the shocked parents rushed to the tank, the other villagers assisted by contacting the police and fire service personnel. Upon being notified, the fire service personnel rushed over to the spot and recovered the bodies of the five girls.
The incident came as a real shock for the entire village and also plunged them into gloom. According to the villagers, these girls rarely visited the tank. ”They rarely went to the tank. But since it was a Sunday and the tank was brimming with water, they might have been lured to take a bath,” said the police. For the full story, you can read it from here.
Happy Fish Swim School would like to take this time and remind everyone not to risk their lives in such conditions. Whenever in doubt, it would be better to not take your chances. Regardless, it would be wise to arm yourself with the basic swimming skills. If you are looking for swimming lessons in Singapore, do take a look at what we have to offer.Read More
During early September, Arnie Bellini went on his second attempt to swim the English Channel. This time he was successful and based on the official Channel swim database, he became the first person from Tampa to accomplish such a crossing. He route revolve around the traditional one, from Dover, England, to Cap Gris Nez, France. In all, the time it took him to complete the 21.6 miles was 16 hours, 6 minutes, 26 seconds.
“It doesn’t matter how bad it seems, success is out there. Never give up,” stated Arnie. According to the same database, Arnie was the 1,397th person to swim the Channel. However, he was only the 50th aged above fifty years old to make it. Aside from being an open water swimmer, Arnie is also the CEO of ConnectWise, a Tampa Bay high-tech company. Along with his brother, he co-founded the company back in 1982. “The Channel, that’s actually been on my bucket list since I was 9 years old, since my mom had me join the swim team when I was a kid. I read an article about a woman who had swum the English Channel. It just captured my imagination,” he explained.
After he had turned fifty, Arnie went on to complete three Ironman triathlons. Despite that, the Channel was still the one lurking in his head. “There are just so few times in life when you force yourself to face yourself — I mean really face yourself,” he said. Eventually, he proceeded to find Bart Cobb, a 59-year-old local coach who also became his training partner. Together, they made up their minds to go for it. Their training involved swimming around Harbour Island, where Cobb lives, and Davis Islands. For safety measures and purposes, Bart’s wife will always follow them in a kayak.
In July, they were ready and attempted the Channel swim on successive days. Unfortunately, due to the water temperatures, both of them did not succeed. Thankfully both of them pulled out unlike a 45-year-old swimmer from Ireland, who passed away after going into cardiac arrest when he was just a mile away from France. “It took a week or two before I decided to try again,” added Arnie. This time the water temperature was more favourable as compared to his previous attempt. With much perseverance, he was able to complete the crossing of the Channel. For the full story, you can read it here.
If you are looking for swimming lessons in Singapore, do take a look at what we have to offer. At Happy Fish Swim School, we only provide certified instructors to ensure that you have a fulfilling learning experience.Read More
Over the weekends, two young brothers aged seven and ten met with a tragic accident while they were playing in a flood retention pond near their home in Malaysia. The bodies of Tay Yew Keng, 10, and Tay Yew Zuan, 7, were discovered at the bottom of a pond in Taman Pagoh Jaya housing estate around evening at 5pm. The pond was actually used to contain excess rain water to prevent flooding from occurring in the housing estate and surrounding low-lying villages.
After the boys failed to return by 3pm, their mother instructed their 13-year-old sister to head out and look for them. The first location that she went to was SRJ(C) Pengkalan Bukit, Pagoh, where the boys went to school at. However, they were nowhere there to be found. According to their school mates, the boys were seen walking towards the direction of the pond. That was also where their sister head to next. Apparently, the pond is fenced up to prevent people from going in. However, due to vandalism, there were several gaping holes in the fence. That was also probably how the two boys manage to get in.
In fact, the pond area was merely 30 meters from their own home. When their sister got there, she first noticed their shirts and shoes by the pond side. That was when she started to panic, resulting in her calling out for assistance. Thankfully, a villager who was doing his daily walk nearby, saw her in distress. He then called out to others to help in the search for the two boys. The bodies of the boys were eventually found at the bottom of the pond, clad in their underwear. According to the villager, it wasn’t raining at that point of time. He added that the water level in the pond dropped to only a meter deep.
Tay Cheng Poh, the father of the two boys who is an optician working in Senai, Johor Baru, mentioned that he rushed all the way home after receiving the call from his daughter. He stated that he had informed all of his children numerous times not to play in the pond. Despite being dismayed at the lost, he accepted his boys deaths as fate. According to Muar deputy police chief Superintendent Sahadan Jaafar, investigations showed that there was no foul play involved. For the full story, you can read it here.
Happy Fish Swim School would like to remind everyone not to take their chances in such scenarios even though you may be a good swimmer. It is always better to have a certified lifeguard around as anything can happen to anyone. If you intend to swim, there are many swimming complex in Singapore with lifeguards always on duty.Read More
Being just 300 metres from dry land, Malcolm Moffat thought that he would be able to swim back to shore. This led him to jump from his canoe off the coast of Dunbar. However, after making that decision, he realised that he was not able to swim against the tide. Even though he could see people on the shore, he was not able to signal for help. This left him stranded for more than an hour in the choppy waters, with no clue of whether anyone would come to his rescue.
Every attempt he made to swim towards shore drained both his energy and spirit. He mentioned that the only thing that kept him going was the thought of his wife and two-year-old son back home in Prestonpans. Malcolm felt that what really spared his life throughout the entire ordeal was the life jacket and dry suit that he had on. Eventually, he was picked up by a local fisherman, who responded to a coastguard call. When the fisherman discovered Malcolm, he was already “drifting in and out of consciousness”. He was then airlifted to the hospital.
“It’s an hour of my life that will stay with me forever. I was swimming just to stay still. When I started to be dragged back out away from shore it then crossed my mind that ‘hey, I could drown here, I might die’. I was swimming for ten minutes and stopping for ten, it was exhausting. There were bits when I felt ‘I cannae drown out here, I cannae stop, I need to keep going’. “It’s really hard to say how long I was in the water for before someone spotted me. It was thoughts of my family that spurred me on,” recounted the 29-year-old father.
Malcolm was actually out fishing for around 45 minutes before his kayak started sinking. After he realised that he was no longer able to move the kayak, it left him no other choice but to abandon it to prevent the entire thing from sinking under his weight. “I opened up one of the hatches in the hull and saw it was full of water, which has never happened before. I quickly realised that was it, it was sinking. It was scary but the only option I had was to go in the water,” he explained. If you would like to read more, you can do so here.
Happy Fish Swim School would like to remind everyone about the importance of putting on a life jacket when going out to sea. This is usually neglected by most individuals. However, for you own safety, please put it on as you will never know when such things can occur. For those who may be keen in taking a lifesaving course for further knowledge, you will be glad to know that we offer it as well.Read More