Learning how to swim will soon be part of the Government’s school curriculum.
This is according to the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.
He told the Samoa Observer the initiative is part of ensuring students learn how to swim.
“There have been many cases of our young ones drowning because of the lack of proper training on how to swim,” he said.
“This is a must to be included into the curriculum, aside from the other sports we already have. I think it is critical that swimming should be a lesson in class,” said the Minister.
“Last week, a college from Australia proposed the course and we welcomed the initiative."
“This coincides with our vision to incorporate swimming as a mandatory lesson in school."
“Learning to swim is important for several reasons, and mastering this skill at a young age can benefit you throughout your life."
“An obvious reason for learning how to swim is to acquire the ability to survive in the water."
“At one time or another, you are bound to find yourself in or near water, whether you’re on a cruise, boating trip, fishing or lounging by a pool with friends."
“If the water is deeper than your height, and you find yourself in it, knowing how to swim could save your life.”
Another important aspect of this is that swimming provides an effective opportunity for exercise for the young ones.
“Swimming exercise involves cardiovascular activity, which enhances both heart and lung condition."
“Swimming also increases strength, endurance, flexibility and balance, thanks to the activity and movements involved in swim strokes."
“Children who engage in regular swimming activity might avoid health issues associated with childhood obesity, including diabetes.”
He further pointed out that drowning is a real risk for children and by teaching your children swimming skills, you equip them with water skills that can increase water safety.
“M.E.S.C. also advises parents to teach children to swim for water safety. However, even children who know how to swim are not immune from drowning."
“You must always supervise your children in the water, even when they know how to swim,” said the Minister.