Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven recently completed their eighth year of the Every Child A Swimmer program. This program goes in line with their motto, which is “Serving the Children of the World”.
This year, a total of twenty pre-school and first-grade children from Winter Haven area schools have participated so far. Jennifer Moore along with the city of Winter Haven Leisure Services department as well as her team of lifeguards have partnered with Kiwanis to provide the swimming instructors for the children. All of the lessons were conducted at the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Complex swimming pool.
In all, each child received one safety lesson and eight swimming lessons. The aim of the program was to teach and equip every single one of them with swimming skills. It was pretty successful because many of them managed to learn how to swim. At the very least, they could do the dog paddle and float. Initially, majority of them had a fear of the water. However, upon completion of all the lessons, their fears were cast aside and they were all comfortable with jumping into the water. This is definitely an effective program and John Risher, a Kiwanian and swimmer, should be praised for his efforts in starting it. The “Every Child A Swimmer” program is also recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Here are some facts that people aren’t totally aware of. In the United Sates, seventy percent of all fourth-grade children can’t swim. Also, nine out of teb drownings occur within six feet of safety. Lastly, there is an estimated 80,000 near drowning accidents every year. However, with this program put to place, it makes an impact in the community that we live in and it can help to save lives. By being equipped with these skills from a young tender age, these children will have the ability to pass down their knowledge and skills to their friends. In other words, this program can also be of aid to others indirectly. For more of the story, you can check it out here.
In Singapore, the government is aware of how important it is to possess swimming skills. This is also the reason why they have made it a compulsory skill to pick up in primary schools. Here at Happy Fish Swim School, we believe that it is not necessary to wait till primary school to learn swimming. Hence, if you are interested to get your child to start earlier, do check out our Swimming Lessons For Kids!