Ocean Splash, festive spirit
Swim South Africa and Buffalo City Aquatics hosted 230 children on Monday, December 16 at Eastern Beach, East London.
Ocean Splash is an outreach programme that has been ongoing for five years, it is focused on teaching children from disadvantaged communities about general water safety.
The three-day programme was from the 16th to the 18th and includes water safety education and beach activities. It is open to everyone who would like their children to be taught about water safety, different strokes and riding a boogie board.
Ten professional swimming instructors from the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality are available for assistance.
Another programme takes place at the Parkside Swimming pools on December 19-20.
According to Lionel Poonav, president of Buffalo City Aquatics, Mdantsane’s Motion Fitness gym is also open for swimming lessons every Saturday morning.
“Our aim is for every child to be able to swim, no matter the background they come from. Swimming is a survival skill; it is not just for fun,” he added.