This summer term has been very wet outside the pool with more rain than usual and more of an Autumnal feel at times but we have had a full and productive term.
The RLSS National Drowning Prevention Week was another success this year as swimmers at all levels including Group 1 learnt about water safety – what it felt like to swim in a T shirt, swimming in turbulent water, what to do in an emergency and what the colours of the beach flags mean…..all swimmers received a certificate and more importantly spread the information to family members.
One of the hardest aspects of the sessions was swimming without goggles which surprised us as teachers as how swimmers lost confidence in their ability to swim – so non goggle warm ups lie ahead next term!
The Teachers put in a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm to ensure that swimmers were aware of water safety – such an important skill to learn particularly with summer holidays looming.
The Wednesday length swimmers have been working towards their Rookie Lifeguard and have enjoyed taking the water safety skills one step further.
The term finished with our usual assessments and awards and our Olympic Gala for Group 5 and 6 swimmers. This gala took place at Eric Liddell pool which has a larger spectator area – which was just as well as it was packed with supporters. Over 40 swimmers took part in a range of events including ‘olympic rings’ , water polo relay and all won a medal for their individual race.
We also enjoyed a dazzling synchronised swimming display with an olympic theme by ABC swim school.
As the term draws to a close we wish all our swimmers a safe and enjoyable summer – keep practicing and see you in September.