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Swimming lessons will continue through the winter months at Joburg’s heated public pools in an initiative that will make children water safe.
CHILDREN from disadvantaged communities are able to learn to swim at no cost, thanks to the City‘s ongoing Learn to Swim programme.


Children anjoy a splash in one of the City's swimming poolsChildren enjoy a splash in one of the City's swimming pools“The idea is to make swimming one of the dominating sports in the townships. The programme has been under way since the beginning of the year,” said the City’s deputy director of communications, Nthatisi Modingoane.

During winter, lessons will only take place at heated City swimming pools; from 1 September, when all public pools reopen for the summer, it will be extended to non-heated swimming pools.

Lessons are facilitated by Swimming South Africa (SSA). “Qualified instructors from the organisation will provide training at all participating pools,” explained Modingoane.

Learn to Swim forms part of the campaign around swimming pools and water safety, which is spearheaded by the City’s department of sport and recreation and emergency management services.

Highlighting the success of this initiative, Modingoane said: “It is very well attended by the community and schools and some swimmers have escalated to club level.”

Last year, more than 3 500 children attended lessons. “This year‘s focus is to train children from grades one to seven,” said Modingoane. Adults, however, were also encouraged to join.

It was crucial for children to know how to swim, he added. “This will reduce the number of drowning cases.”

Participants learned various swimming practices, and there were programmes for beginners and for those who were at more advanced level of swimming, according to Modingoane.

Clubs and individual applications are welcome, and people are advised to register at pools close to their area.

Learn to Swim is an initiative of the City in partnership with SSA; the Gauteng departments of sport and recreation, and education; and Central Aquatics.
Swimming lessons are offered at the following heated public swimming pools:

Ellis Park, corner North Lane and Erin Street, tel: 011 402 5565;
Coronationville, corner Glencairn Street, tel: 011 477 8935;
Little Falls Pleasure Resort, corner Falls Road, tel: 011 958 5162;
Pimville, corner Modjadji Street, tel: 011 933 2653;
Linden, corner 11th Street and 4th Avenue, tel: 011 477 8935; and
Pioneer Park, corner Rosettenville Road and 11th Street, tel: 011 436 0207.
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