Fourth and fifth graders at Villa Primary School are among the first group of students to receive free swimming lessons from Phoenix Athletic Centre.
The initiative is part of Phoenix’s aim to promote the development of young swimmers across the country and will continue for the duration of the school year, a press release said.
“The students’ enthusiasm made them a great joy to teach and we are looking forward to helping these children develop a new skill, to instill in them a love of swimming, and to have fun with them,” said Jessica Jackson, head coach of Phoenix’s swimming programmes and co-ordinator of the learn to swim initiative.
Also helping facilitate the programme is Jun Bang, a co-operative education student from the University of Waterloo in Canada, who said he “feels privileged to be working with local children who are so eager to learn.”
The release said the goals of the programme are to teach an essential life skill and to provide opportunities for the future.
Plans are underway for Cedar Grove Primary School to join.
Phoenix Athletic Centre’s swimming programme, in addition to the school learn to swim initiative, offers a comprehensive learn to swim programme for children and adults, a pre-competitive programme for children learning the basics of the sport of competitive swimming, and a successful competitive programme that recently had 12 team members on the national swimming team that contest the OECS championships.