Youngsters graduate from swimming program in Belmopan

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On Wednesday, some twelve youngsters graduated from a swimming program in Belmopan. The classes are part of a summer long initiative hosted by Club La Fontaine. At the program’s first ever graduation, we met up with swimming instructor, Craig Sheldon, who shared a bit on the students’ progress in the past month.

Sheldon Craig – Instructor:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-11h59m33s2With each swimming class come challenges.  At first some of the kids were really scared of the water. I don’t know if it’s a factor of them not being around water or maybe it was just something instilled in them from birth.  What I try to do with my skills, as best as possible, is to get them out of whatever fright or discomfort they have in water. That’s where my jobs come in.  The progress of the kids, it’s something that they did on their own, with a little help of my expertise.

 

He further discussed the various techniques taught throughout the course.

Sheldon Craig – Instructor:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-12h00m52s19We did from the very basics.  We start off from the simple bobs.  Then we went up from bobs to front crawl.  That is for beginners too.  We have a couple of more levels that is there.  We have the intermediate.  We have advanced one and advanced two.  In these classes they will learn how to perfect their strokes. We learn how to do different other strokes like the arm side-stroke, the back crawl, the elementary back-stroke, and the breast stroke.  This is just for them to learn.  It’s not to say that they will become professionals and will be used for different little activities.  It is good for them to learn.

Fresh out the water, three of his students shared their experiences with us.

Zyron Wade:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-12h19m40s23I didn’t know how to swim, so my mother enrolled me into this class. Then I learned bobs and crawl, diving, front dive, back dive, and kicking.

 

 

 

Eric Sanabria:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-12h23m28s18I learned the front float, the back float, and diving. [I’m more confident in the water] because now I know how to swim.

 

 

 

Ian Sanabria:

vlcsnap-2013-07-26-12h24m25s90I enjoyed swinging just now because I learned more.  So when I go with my family to a river or stream, I can swim with them.

 

 

 

The next cycle of swimming lessons starts on August 1st. For more information on how you or your kids can get involved, contact Club La Fontaine at telephone number 651-1425 or check out their facebook page at Club La Fontaine.

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